NEW At CEDIA 2009: Panamax/Furman Will Introduce BlueBOLT
BlueBOLT, is a new technology providing secure, hosted IP (Internet Protocol) system control over compatible Panamax and Furman products. BlueBOLT leapfrogs other hosted IP solutions by offering unprecedented ease of use through a uniquely rich, modern graphical user interface (www.myBlueBOLT.com) that allows installers to monitor multiple installations across multiple locations. There are no static IP addresses to obtain, port numbers to remember, or new ISP accounts to configure. Unlike traditional IP systems that require a dedicated IT professional or programmer to set up, BlueBOLT offers true plug-and-play operation. Users simply connect any Panamax or Furman product equipped with a BlueBOLT IP communications card to the Internet, and the unit will find its home server and be ready to use with minimal configuration.
BlueBOLT allows individual outlets or outlet banks to be power-cycled from any Web browser or Web-enabled mobile device — drastically reducing service calls. For Internet routers, outlets can be assigned to power cycle automatically if an Internet connection is lost. As BlueBOLT-compatible products provide a wide range of remotely controlled features, BlueBOLT’s modular nature allows multiple products and feature sets to be controlled using a single access point and interface. With BlueBOLT, voltage and current consumption can be monitored in real time or tracked over a time period. E-mail notifications are sent when power anomalies are detected, allowing installers and end users to take immediate action in the event of a catastrophic surge, brownout, blackout, or other power event. BlueBOLT also provides a simple and convenient way to manage energy consumption by cutting off all current to select components, thereby eliminating wasteful stand-by power in an A/V system.
BlueBOLT technology will be available via an add-on card compatible with select Panamax and Furman products. The card will be available Q4 2009.
New Additions to the Line of UPS Battery Back-Ups
MX5102 — Power Management, Surge Protection, and UPS Battery Back-Up System
The MX5102 is Panamax’s first product to combine power management features such as linear filtration and surge protection with battery back-up for home theater systems, all in a single hybrid component. Available as a standalone product or as part of a rackmount solution, the unit’s front panel offers an LCD status display that shows the incoming line voltage as well as battery run time remaining in case of a temporary power failure. The hybrid MX5102 provides UPS functionality via two of its 10 outlets, while still providing common power management features such as high-current outlets and 12V triggering to the switched outlet banks.
Supplied with cables and a rack mounting kit, the MX5102 is available now at an MSRP of $649.95.
MB1500 — Fully Programmable UPS
The MB1500 features a 12A capacity with 1500VA battery back-up, while including surge protection, automatic voltage regulation, and Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT). Remote or local IP control is an available option through Panamax’s new BlueBOLT technology, which allows the MB1500 to be managed either remotely or integrated into a home network. An optional 2-RU 1500VA battery extension pack (BATT1500-EXT) is also available to double the battery life of the unit.
The MB1500 will be available in Q3 2009, at an MSRP of $1299.95
MB1000 — UPS With Voltage Regulation
The MB1000’s battery back-up and automatic voltage regulation prevent sensitive home theater equipment from locking up due to power sags or temporary black outs, while keeping connected components from overheating and/or experiencing premature failure. A standard RS-232 serial communication port provides communication between the MB1000 and a home theater controller, HTPC (home theater personal computer), or home automation system.
The MB1000 is available now at an MSRP of $729.95.
MB850 — Compact Hybrid UPS
Measuring 10.25 inches by 8.875 inches by 4.375 inches (length x height x width) and weighing only 16 pounds, the MB850 with voltage regulation is an ideal, entry-level back-up solution for home theater applications with remotely located A/V equipment or space and weight constraints, where the unit can be placed close to the equipment.
The MB850 is available now at an MSRP of $299.95.
New Pro line of Power Management Products on Display — 15A M4315-PRO and 20A M4320-PRO Power Conditioners
Panamax will be demonstrating the latest additions to its PRO line of power management products: the M4315-PRO (15A) and M4320-PRO (20A). These 1-RU units combine control with “pro” level linear filtration for an optimal home theater experience, and are the first PRO power management products to feature BlueBOLT compatibility. The M4315-PRO and M4320-PRO include standard RS-232 communication for remote control of outlets, enabling installers to automate equipment functionality. BlueBOLT (available separately on an optional IP communication card) provides external access to many more custom programming and monitoring features. These units come in a 19-inch PRO width, offer a detachable IEC power cord, and feature four isolated linear filtered outlet banks.
The M4315-PRO, M4320-PRO, and BlueBOLT will be available in Q4 2009.
PM8-GAV — Planet Safe Power
The PM8-GAV combines current-sensing outlets with Panamax standard noise filtration and surge protection. This product helps homeowners conserve energy and save money by shutting off power to nonessential devices when the PM8-GAV senses a control device is in standby mode. The PM8-GAV includes noise filtration for increased picture and sound quality, as well as quality surge protection for peace of mind.
The PM8-GAV will be available in Q4 2009.
BATT1500-EXT Battery Extension Pack
The optional 2-RU BATT1500-EXT battery expansion pack is designed to extend the battery life of the MB1500 UPS to further protect A/V equipment.
The BATT1500-EXT is available in Q3 2009 at an MSRP of $649.95.
Panamax has been an international leader in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Panamax is available in all major electronic markets including home theater, professional audio and music, OEM, and office equipment. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network, distributors, and in select retail outlets.