Panamax's MAX In -Wall™ Family Awarded Innovations 2004 Design and Engineering Showcase Honors

Power Solutions Company`s Newest Line of Clean Power & Signal Distribution Products for Home and Office Wins the Design and Engineering Showcase Award in the Accessories Category

Panamax's MAX In -Wall™ Family Awarded Innovations 2004 Design and Engineering Showcase Honors in the Accessories Category


PETALUMA, CA - December 17, 2003 - Panamax, the leading manufacturer of power protection and conditioning products, announced today that the innovative MAX In -Wall family was awarded the coveted 2004 Design and Engineering Showcase Honors under the accessories category.

Bob Smith, director of new business development for Panamax, stated: "We are very grateful and excited to be a 2004 Design and Engineering Showcase Honoree with our breakthrough MAX In -Wall Family." He continued: "The CES Innovations Awards program recognizes consumer technology products that exhibit excellence in design and engineering. The In -Wall family does just that being specifically designed for custom installers to facilitate their jobs and allow them to properly protect remote displays such as flat panel TVs and ceiling mounted video projectors in a code compliant fashion -something until now unavailable."

Innovations 2004 is the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) prestigious competition, which honors product excellence in Design and Engineering. A panel of 30 prominent industry experts judged the entries in the Innovations 2003 Design & Engineering Awards Program. For the ninth year, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) endorsed and acted as advisors to the Design & Engineering Showcase. Product evaluations are based on weighted criteria: value to user, aesthetics, and contributions to the quality of life as well as the product`s innovative qualities. Honorees were announced in mid -December with products on display in the Innovations booth at the 2004 International CES, January 8 -11, 2004. The press -only Innovations 2004 Press Preview Reception will be held in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the Silver Exhibits, Tuesday, January 6, 5:00 -8:00pm.

MAX IN -WALL FAMILY

Designed with Michael Candea, Special Projects Designer for Audio Advisors, the In -Wall family provides discreet wiring alternatives for properly protecting and grounding remote flat panel displays or ceiling -mounted video projectors. "I've seen a variety of unacceptable approaches to solving power quality issues for these displays," stated Michael. "However, I am certain that the In -Wall family of products will provide installers practical and code -compliant solutions".

Five MAX® In -Wall products offer the professional installer and system integrator the necessary flexibility in creating clean power and signal distribution solutions in a variety of applications:

MIW -PowerKit -TL - The powerkit provides the ultimate, three -stage power solution for remote displays. In Stage One, the specially designed power cord and twist lock combination plug and receptacle allow remote displays to access clean power from your Panamax power distribution component at the main signal processor. Stage Two, the in -wall power cable delivers clean power to the display location, feeding the final in -wall outlet. Stage Three, the final in wall outlet provides a secure connection and additional filtration to eliminate any noise that may have been introduced along the way. This three -stage power solution eliminates competing ground reference points, providing clean power to remote displays.

Additional low voltage modules easily snap into the MIW wall kits for professional and code compliant installations:

MIW -Power - The AC power outlet accepts a variety of low voltage signal modules to create isolated ground reference points at each outlet location.

MIW -5RCA & MIW -VGA - These two low voltage signal modules are used in conjunction with the MIW -PowerKit -TL and MIW -Power units. The signal modules are designed to accommodate RGBHV, component and stereo audio, as well as composite and IR signals with a maximum of five RCA connections (MIW -5RCA), and HDDB15 cabling (MIW -VGA). The MIW -VGA includes a 3.5mm stereo phone jack for audio, IR Repeater or 12 V Trigger.

MIW -B&O - This module provides fixed architecture for one AC outlet, one master link, and one power link connector.

The flexibility offered by the MAX® In Wall family provides the installer with multiple solutions for clean power and signal distribution. The In -Wall Module Series, the first PRO Series release, is available now!

Panamax MAX® In -Wall Family

MIW -PowerKit -TL, AC Twist Lock Power Installation Filter Kit - $349.95
MIW -Power, AC Installation Protector - $49.95
MIW -5RCA, Signal Module - $59.95
MIW -VGA, Signal Module - $69.95
MIW -B&O, Combination AC and Signal for B&O Systems - $99.95

CES 2004 attendees are invited to visit Panamax booth #18434 at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall to check out the MAX In -Wall Family of products as well as Panamax's complete line of power conditioning solutions. The Consumer Electronics Show 2004 runs from January 8 -11, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Panamax - The Industry`s Leader in Innovation and Technology

Panamax has been the premier power -conditioning manufacturer in the consumer electronics industry for over 25 years. Panamax has a staff of 5 full -time research & development specialists, and has introduced many technological innovations to the power -conditioning product arena. Dr. Richard L. Cohen, Vice President for New Technology, participates in the UL advisory group that sets standards for surge protectors, and is leading an IEEE surge protection working group to write a guide for lightning protection for residential electronics. Partly because of these relationships, Panamax products already meet new UL surge protector requirements that will go into effect in November 2003. Panamax also has a high -power test laboratory that is certified by CSA to perform agency testing, and has drawn on an unparalleled understanding of surge protection to create the finest power -conditioning products available in the market today.

About Panamax

For over 25 years, Panamax has specialized in producing the most innovative power -conditioning products available to protect home and small business electronics equipment from damage caused by power surges and lightning. The company's extensive line of award -winning power conditioners is designed to safeguard a wide array of electrical equipment including computers, telephone systems, copiers, domestic appliances, home theater and direct broadcast satellite systems. Panamax is ISO 9001 certified and markets its line of power conditioners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. The company has earned numerous industry awards, and is backed by outstanding customer service and the best warranties the industry has to offer.

For additional information on Panamax and its products, please visit www.panamax.com or call (800) 472 -5555.

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