The Orion HCCA11000.1D is an absolute monster of an amplifier, both in cost and inside. While it may look like every another standard monoblock , don’t let the looks deceive you, these things are an absolute beast and are not for everyone.
This is a powerful first unit, with sound quality coming at a close second. This isn’t a kit for those who are new to tuning or customizing sound, this is an expensive piece of kit that demands respect. If you don’t know what your watts from your amps, the big red plates say it all “danger keep away.” This one is for the bass hunters.
Orion is a relatively new player in the audio space being founded in 2011 in Miami, Florida. Orion has made a name for themselves for being the hardest and most badass provider of audio in the space. So it’s not surprising that the HCCA11000.1D is as ostentatious as humanly possible.
I wouldn’t blame you for thinking with those claims in mind that Orion is all bark and no bite with its sound, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Its hardcore ethos translates perfectly into the product.
Expect nothing elegant in the HCCA11000.1D because you won’t find it. This is an experience of unbridled power, and that power can be dangerous, like shattering some windows kind of dangerous. This is not an amp for cheap speakers or outlets. They likely won’t survive it. The same goes for any newcomers to the field, there are plenty of devices out there that will handhold you into the listening experience. This isn’t it.
If the HCCA11000.1D was an animal, it would be one that has aposematic tendencies. For those who don’t know what an aposematic species is, it’s a colour, a species is to warn off potential prey that it’s not worth eating.
Some of these animals are a fake warning, for others it’s real. The HCCA11000.1D would be a real one. Its bright red plate shows that this is a series piece of kit and it means it, having an overall watt of 11000 you will not be lacking for any power. With additional bass boosts and other features to do nothing but enhance the power, it’s almost dizzying to think of what you could achieve with this power.
To make this beast more manageable, Orion made the commendable decision to mount the controls on either side of the unit to assist in mounting and installation. You have three power combinations to choose from when you’re deciding how to power the unit; in the 12.6 volts, you have the choice of 3 options at 4650 watts at 4 ohms, 7330 watts at 2 ohms, and 12200 watts at 1 ohm.
For the 14.4 volts category, you have 3 options to choose from; either a 6180 watts at 4 ohms, 9700 watts at 2 ohms, and 1590 watts at 1 ohm. These are just the power options, which will give you an idea of how seriously Orion takes power.
The rest of the controls lie on the opposite side of the unit where you can toggle things like gain and level control, allowing you to really tweak things to your liking. There are also the standard features of bypassing to protect your unit too.
As normal, we have collected a list of previews, audio samples, and bench tests for you to check out before you decide if this is the right amp for you.
Last update on 2021-03-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API