Panamax MR5100 Review 2021 – Is it Worth the Hefty Price for a Power Conditioner?


Last Updated on January 11, 2021 by Marc Edwards

You just spent close to $20k setting up the latest home theater system integrated with cutting-edge wireless and Bluetooth technology for your new apartment.

That satisfied and proud look on your face shows that the money spent was well worth it.

You are a successful professional and you want the best for everything.

There is only one thing left on your to-buy list for home theater system setup. A good quality power management cum conditioning device that is also capable of surge protection.

After all, you do not want your prized home entertainment system to get damaged because of powerful voltage spikes or any form of power irregularities.

If you have no budget constraints, Panamax MR5100 might be the best candidate to help protect your costly home-entertainment system and related A/V equipment.

Panamax MR5100 MR5100 11-Outlet Home Theater Power Management with Surge Protection and Power Conditioning

Below is a list of key features of Panamx MR5100 we find worth mentioning.

We do not usually recommend such high end power conditioner to most clients. But if majority of the features mentioned below appeal to your current setup and situation, then MR5100 may be the one for you.

Core Features of Panamax MR5100


11 Voltage Regulating Outlets

With 5 “Always On”(including one at front panel), 2 Switched and 4 Switched High Current outlets, it is now possible to protect your entertainment systems as well as ‘7 by 24” mission-critical devices like home surveillance cameras and Internet routers from voltage sags and swells.

Moreover, with switched power outlets, there will be no more phantom loads which means lower electricity consumption and energy saving. You will love the two high current outlets as you can even plug in power-hungry audio equipment like acoustic suspension sub-woofers and Class A amplifiers.

Who says we cannot have the best of three worlds? 🙂

Front Panel USB Charging Port | LAN Port |  Multi-Purpose Outlet

Imagine having the convenience of charging up your cellphone from the USB (Type A) port (rated at 0.5/5V) while you play your favorite LAN game on your Xbox – all the while enjoying a three-prong protection against power surges and irregularities.

Level 4+ Power Cleaning and Linear Filtration

With the M5400-PM model, you get to enjoy theater-quality video, ultra-definition picture and concert-quality sound from your A/V equipment with MR5100 – highest level of power filtration and voltage regulation in the Panamax MR Family of products.

Common power contamination symptoms like loss of detail, pops, hisses, hums and visual artifacts are eliminated hence allowing your home entertainment systems to perform at their optimal level.

Three Isolated Outlet Banks

With MR5100, cross contamination between plugged-in electrical components are significantly reduced with its 3 isolated banks.

Each bank hosts two to four A/C outlets and any electrical noise or interference triggered by one bank will not be able to ‘contaminate’ power source going into neighboring banks.

Power Sequencing

By having a Start-up delay (5 seconds) for high current outlets and a Shutdown delay (10 seconds) for switched outlet banks, MR5100 is able to efficiently minimize and reduce speaker “thumps” and voltage related damage (e.g. blown fuses) to A/V components.

This feature also helps prevent circuit breakers from tripping when all equipment is powered on at the same time.

The sequential startup/shutdown feature is definitely a great feature to have as certain complex audio/video systems are susceptible to voltage transients generated during power startups.

Automatic Over and Under Voltage Protection (AVM)

Automatic Voltage Monitoring is a patented feature by Panamax where incoming A/C power is constantly being monitored through its display on the digital voltmeter.

Whenever an over-voltage or under-voltage occurs, a flashing lighting bolt signal will be displayed in red on the voltmeter. Power to all connected electrical components will also be automatically disconnected.

Power to all electrical components are automatically resumed when a safe level of incoming power is detected.

Protect or Disconnect Technology

With this exclusive technology, Panamax MR5100 is able to provide lightning fast protection for your connected equipment against catastrophic voltage surges and spikes. When such harmful voltage event occurs, MR5100 will permanently disconnect A/C power to all connected devices.

Digital Voltmeter

Having a front display panel that monitors the voltage status is definitely an excellent feature to have. Whenever voltage drops below 95VAC or exceeds 135VAC, the display will get turned off and a “Unsafe Voltage” indicator alert will flashed indicating unsafe voltage condition.

Surge Protection for Coaxial Signal, Phone Line and LAN Ports

MR5100 comes with an upgraded version of coaxial protection that is designed to eliminate signal loss entirely and it comes with a clamping level of 75V which will help minimize exposure to damaging voltage surges and spikes.

As for telephone line protection, having a clamping level of 260 volts will protect your digital video recorders and satellite TV receivers from harmful power spikes.

LAN (network) ports are also protected via a 52V clamping level, 8 wire protection.

An Unmatch Lifetime Warranty

With a $5,000,000 lifetime connected equipment warranty, sit back and get ready to enjoy a worry-free experience with your home entertainment system.

If your equipment are damaged by power surge while being connected to a properly installed Panamax power management device, Panamax will either replace or pay to replace based on fair market value of your connected equipment.

Panamax MR5100 11-Outlet Back View

What We Love About It?

Besides the patented AVM feature that comes with all Panamax models, we are impressed with the availability of 3 isolated banks of power outlets which goes hand in hand with Panamax’s Linear Level 4 Noise Filtration feature.

We also love the fact that there is an isolated bank of 4 high current outlets in which you are free to plug in power-hungry A/V equipment without worrying about voltage overloads. 🙂

Find Out Why MR5100 Has Raving Reviews
9.4 Total Score
Review of Panamax MR5100 [Power Management | Power Conditioning | Surge Protection]

Panamax MR5100 is a high-end Home Theater Power Management and Conditioner we highly recommend. It comes with a patented Automatic Voltage Monitoring technology as well as an impressive $5 million lifetime warranty.

Features and Functions
Power Cord Length
Warranty Period
  • 11 Voltage Regulating Outlets
  • Automatic Voltage Monitoring (AVM)
  • Protect or Disconnect™ Technology
  • Front Panel USB Charging Port, LAN Port and Multi-Purpose Outlet
  • Level 4+ Power Cleaning and Linear Filtration
  • Three Isolated Outlet Banks
  • Digital Voltmeter
  • Power Sequencing
  • Surge Protection for Coaxial Signal, Phone Line and LAN Ports
  • An Unmatch Lifetime Warranty
  • Comes with a Cat5 Ethernet cable
  • Only 1 USB port
  • No LAN port at Front Panel

Minor Flaws – What to Expect?

Do not have high expectations for their shipped Ethernet cable as only a CAT5 will be provided.

This could be due to the fact that the Ethernet LAN ports are of  10/100baseT.

Do not expect substantial results if the area you are staying in already has a very clean and good quality A/C power source.

In addition to that, according to some of the feedback from buyers, do not expect a huge jump in audio/visual quality if low end gears are being used.

Who Should Buy It?

If you are someone who owns a high-end home entertainment system at home that requires top quality power management and conditioning, MR5100 should definitely be on your shopping list.

And if you are living in an area where the power sources are of low to medium quality, getting a good quality power conditioner will definitely help in improving the sound and image quality of your A/V equipment.

Moreover, if you own high-end, elite-class home entertainment systems at home, it totally makes sense to get a brand and model like Panamax MR5100 to complement and to experience audio/visual quality of similar grades.

Who Shouldn’t Buy It?

On the flip side, if you are already enjoying a good quality power source in your area and you are relatively happy with the sound and video quality of your home theater system, there is really no need to get one.

Do note that if you have a low to mid range A/V system at home, do not expect Panamax MR5100 to miraculously provide a huge quality boost to your audio and visual experience.

Is The Price of MR5100 Worth It?

The price of Panamax MR5100 is worth it if you are able to derive a huge audio and visual quality boost from using it. Like we mentioned earlier, if you have need for 3 isolated power banks, it is definitely a worthy buy to help improve the quality of your audio/visual experience.

Overall, if you are truly in needs of most features and functions that come with MR5100, you should really give it a shot.

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There are quite a fair bit of positive reviews from buyers of Panamax MR5100 and most of them are pretty happy with the improved A/V experience.

Go for it if you really need a high-level protection for your entertainment system at home to guard against catastrophic spikes in power current.

What’s more, Panamax provides a 3 years warranty and a whopping $5 million lifetime limited connected equipment protection policy.

What have you got to lose?

Additional Panamax MR5100 Information

Panamax MR5100 Manual

Panamax MR5100 Datasheet

Panamax MR5100 FAQs

Does Panamax MR5100 come with ‘Always On’ A/C outlets?

Yes, MR5100 does come with 5 ‘Always On’ A/C outlets.

What are the Max Filtration Rating for MR5100?

Max filtration rating for Bank 1 and 2 is at -80dB @ 150kHz

Max filtration rating for Bank 3 (high current) is at -63dB @ 250kHz

Max filtration rating for Bank-to-Bank (1 vs. 2) Noise Isolation is at -75dB @ 125kHz

What is the Joules Rating for MR5100?

2025 Joules.

What are the dimensions of MR5100?

The dimensions are 17″W x 12″D x 3.5″ H, 4″ H with feet

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