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Panamax/Furman Chosen as Provider of Power Management Solutions by Barretts Home Theater in Chicago

PETALUMA, Calif. — Dec. 15, 2008 — Panamax/Furman, a world-leading provider of AC power management solutions, today announced that both the Panamax and Furman brands have been selected by Barretts Home Theater, a high-end A/V retailer and custom installer based in Chicago, to fulfill the company’s power management needs. Barretts is currently stocking and specifying a wide range of advanced Panamax/Furman power management systems for the protection and maximum performance of A/V components.

Barretts Home Theater has been a family-owned and operated A/V specialist since 1966. As a leading home entertainment authority in Chicago, Barretts maintains the finest selection of audio and video components from the world’s most innovative manufacturers. In addition, its expert team of designers and installers assists with all facets of planning and building customized home theater environments.

“At Barretts, we pride ourselves on selling and integrating the most technically innovative and highest quality entertainment equipment available, and our Panamax/Furman offering is certainly no exception,” said Peter Heskin, buyer for Barretts Home Theater. “We’ve actually been carrying the Panamax brand for two years and it has proven to be such a reliable line for us that we decided to add Furman to complement our power management offering. We chose Panamax/Furman based on their industry-wide reputation for combining outstanding audio and video quality with exceptional protection for sensitive components. For our customers, this ensures a superior home theater experience without the inconvenience of system down time.”

Barretts carries a wide range of Panamax/Furman solutions ranging in price from $99.95 to $3,499.95. For high-definition (HD) home theater systems, the Panamax MAX® PM family of components, which was honored with a Resi Award at CEDIA EXPO 2008, and the M8-HT and M8-HT-PRO power filtration and surge protection products offer power cleaning and Linear Filtration Technology (LiFT) to eliminate common symptoms of AC line noise, including loss of detail, pops, hisses, and visual artifacts. These advanced filtering technologies allow equipment to perform at full capacity for an optimal home theater experience.

For high-end home cinemas, Furman’s IT-Reference-15 i, IT-Reference-20 i, SPR-20 i, Elite 15-PF i, and Elite-20 PF i power management systems offer Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT), Series Multistage Protection (SMP), and automatic Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS). Furman’s IT-Reference 15i and 20i provide Discrete Symmetrically Balanced Power for complete isolation from the power grid, and both the Reference and Elite models feature Furman’s exclusive Power Factor Technology for uncompromised performance from power amplifiers and powered subwoofers.

“By offering both the Panamax and Furman brands, we are able to provide a wide variety of solutions and price points that enable us to service all markets and applications — whether building a $15,000 home theater or a million-dollar home cinema, we have what our customers need to get the most from their investments,” Heskin added.

“Barretts has a long history of providing exceptional quality and service to their clients, and we are honored to be chosen as its power management supplier,” said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman. “From walk-in customers looking to enhance the performance of their flat-panel displays, to large-scale home theater installations, Barretts’ clientele will find a wide range of Panamax/Furman solutions to meet their individual needs, while providing them with a truly enhanced home theater experience.”

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Panamax ~ Furman
Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in developing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 30 years. Their products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together, as part of Panamax, Inc., Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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