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Anyone who was in car audio in the 90's knew about the red Orion HCCA amps...they are legendary in the competition scene!

I've always wanted to test one of the big 2100 HCCA's as they were "rumored" to do 1600-2500 Watts if provided enough voltage. Orion only rated these amps to handle 1 ohm (2 ohms mono, 1 ohm stereo), yet several Internet postings suggest the numbers above. Orion rated the amp to do 800W at 2 ohms mono, full range 20-20kHz, 0.03% THD at 12V...yes, 12V.

So, what does Honey Badger say about the Orion 2100?? Check it out below. Before I get too many comments, I tested (3) of these amps, (2) were the "Competition" and (1) was the "Digital Reference" version. Results were within a couple of watts. I tested the amp at near 15V as I found giving it more input didn't benefit the output.

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, I tested (3) of these amps, (2) were the "Competition" and (1) was the "Digital Reference" version. Results were within a couple of watts. I tested the amp at near 15V as I found giving it more input didn't benefit the output.

can't wait to see what the results are with the eq setting engaged. Nice video, thanks for uploading!


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I'm not surprised it doesn't do more power at two and one ohm, I'm guessing back then they probably didn't need amplifiers to run below four ohm.

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Part 2 of this video is coming tonight. As requested by an Orion amp tech, I tested again with the EQ button enabled. Does this make any difference, I wouldn't think so? Stay tuned, video coming up tonight showing if there is a difference or not.

@TRON, this amp was rated to handle 1 ohm stereo or 2 ohm mono loads and was stated to do 800W at 2 ohms mono, 12V, 0.03% THD across the full spectrum 20Hz - 20kHz. Full range amps were big back then as there were very few dedicated mono amplifiers.

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I'm not surprised it doesn't do more power at two and one ohm, I'm guessing back then they probably didn't need amplifiers to run below four ohm.

On the contrary, there were many amps that ran low impedance in the late 80's early 90's. We ran the old Punch 45 HD amps into some abusive loads, I personally ran the smaller HHCA amps (225 and 250) into half ohm, and one of the Phoenix Gold line of that era claimed they could drive 1/4 ohm. For the most part the only manufacturer in those days that never got into the low impedance "cheater" amps was Zed Audio.... and he even made a few.

Part 2 of this video is coming tonight. As requested by an Orion amp tech, I tested again with the EQ button enabled. Does this make any difference, I wouldn't think so? Stay tuned, video coming up tonight showing if there is a difference or not.

I doubt it.... though if you can increase the distortion threshold above 1% it might have a little more to give.

All in all, I loved my 225 and 250 HCCA's back in the day and dreamed about owning "the beast". In retrospect I'm really happy I never spent my money on one.

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