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Orion Cobalt CO8001 (CO800.1)

800W Max Monoblock Car Amplifier

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  • Cobalt Series Monoblock Single-Channel Class A/B Car Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 300 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 400 watts x 1 chan.
  • Max power output: 800 watts
  • LED power indicators
  • Selectable bass boost (0, 6, 12 dB at 44 Hz)
  • Single channel operation
  • Speaker-level inputs
  • 1 Pair of Preamp RCA outputs
  • Heavy duty aluminum alloy heatsink for optimal heat dissipation
  • RCA level inputs
  • Screw terminals
  • Damping Factor: >150
  • Variable low-pass filter (50-500 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Frequency response: 20-30,000 Hz
  • Dimensions: 8-1/8"D x 13-7/16"W x 2-1/8"H
  • 8-gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation. Contact us for information regarding a discount on select amplifier kits when purchased together with this amplifier.
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Power Specifications - Subwoofer Channel

RMS Power @ 4 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 4 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
300 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 2 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 2 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
400 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 1 ohm
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 1 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
Not Stable
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent or low bass hit. Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison. This is the peak power output for the amplifier's 5th channel.
800 watts x 800 channels

Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Series
This designates the series of the amplifier. Many amps are available in a litany of different wattage and channel configurations, but maintain consistent features throughout the product line.
Amplifier Class

An amplifier increases the power of the signal being fed to it by taking energy from its power supply and matching the signal but increasing its amplitude. Amplifiers use many different methods for converting these electrical signals and have been categorized into classes.

Class A/B: Greater than 50% of the input signal is amplified while the other percentage is “off”. These amplifiers have a small amount of current flowing through the output transistors all the time which almost eliminates crossover distortion. Class A/B has great sound quality but is not as efficient as class D. These amps are most commonly used to drive speakers.

Class D: Also known as switching amplifiers, class D amps have output transistors that are completely turned “on” or “off”. This means that when the transistors are on, there is almost no voltage across them but when they are off there is significant voltage but no current flowing through it which makes these amplifiers very efficient at the cost of sound quality. These amps are most commonly used to drive subwoofers.

Other Classes: You may see classes such as GH, bD, X, FD, etc. by some manufactures. These amplifiers tend to be either class A/B, D or a hybrid of the two but with improvements to their designs that can make them more efficient or offer better sound quality.

AB
Number of Channels
Each channel on an amplifier will power one speaker using a positive and negative cable. There are various types of amplifiers, each designed to power a certain number of speakers. Monoblock amplifiers, also known as single channel, are designed to power one or more subwoofers. These amplifiers often have very high power ratings. On the other hand, multi-channel amplifiers power multiple speakers, usually at lower power ratings. 2-Channel and 4-Channel amplifiers can power car speakers or low powered subwoofers. Occasionally you might see a 5 or 6-channel amplifier that can power speakers and subwoofers at the same time. The most common setup is a monoblock amp to run subwoofers and a 4-channel amp to run door speakers. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information.
1 - Mono
Total Peak Power Output
The total peak power output is measured as the wattage per channel multiplied by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

It is measured during a brief musical burst, such as a sudden drum accent. Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal.

The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

800 watts
Total RMS Power Output
Total RMS power is measured by multiplying RMS power per channel by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

RMS power is the amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS figure, the louder and cleaner your music sounds.

The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.

400 watts
Maximum Input Gauge Size
This is the largest gauge wire that will fit into the power and ground terminals of this device. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire is. For example, a 4 gauge wire is thicker than an 8 gauge wire and thus has higher current carrying capacity. Always do your best to get this size wire to reduce the risk of damage to your components.
8 AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
2 ohms
THD at Rated RMS Power
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.9%
Speaker Level Inputs
Speaker level inputs are commonly referred to as high-level inputs and vice versa. This input type allows you to get your audio signal directly from the speaker wire in your vehicle, instead of using RCA cables. The advantage of this is factory integration, as most stock radios do not have RCA outputs to run amplifiers.
Yes
Preamp Outputs
Many amplifiers are equipped with RCA preamp outputs which pass the original music signal from the source to additional amplifiers. This is known as daisy chaining because the source connects to the first amp, and the first amp connects to the second amp, etc. The advantage to daisy chaining is you only need one 2-channel RCA cable to transfer the signal from the head-unit to the amplifier, and then one additional cable for each amp being daisy chained.
1 pair
Built-in Crossover

A crossover is a type of filtering system that permits only certain frequencies to play. A Low-Pass (LP) crossover allows only frequencies below its setting to get through which is good in the case of some subwoofers. A High-Pass(HP) filter allows frequencies above its setting to pass through, this is normally used on speakers.

When a crossover is set to FULL it means no filtering is added and the full frequency spectrum is allowed through the amplifier. Filtering is important because feeding a speaker frequencies it cannot reproduce effectively creates distortion.

Low-pass (LP)
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
The low-pass crossover frequency is typically used for subwoofers. It can be a fixed crossover point or a variable crossover range. A variable low-pass crossover allows you to select a specific crossover point which allows frequencies below the set crossover point to pass, while making frequencies above the set point gently or harshly roll-off, depending on the steepness of the slope.

The steepness of the roll-off slope is measured in dB/octave and refers to the rate of attenuation (lowering of volume) outside their pass bands.

50 - 500 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
80 dB
Bass Boost
The objective of the bass boost is to get more kick out of your subwoofer. It is a circuit that emphasizes the lower frequencies at a given point. The bass boost should always be set first before setting the gain. This feature is known for destroying subwoofers and is commonly used incorrectly, so be cautious.
0 - 13 dB
Bass/Gain Remote
If the amp comes with a bass/gain remote you will be able to control the level of your bass from your dashboard. Typically bass remotes also include a 16-20 ft. wire for installation.
Yes
Fan Cooled
A great feature to have if an amp generates a large amount of heat. Cooling fans can help regulate the temperature to prevent the amp from overheating (burning).
No
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
30A x 2 
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Yes
Strappable
Some amplifiers can be "strapped" together in order to increase the output of a single audio channel. These amplifiers feature RCA preamp outputs, allowing you to pass the signal directly from one amp to the other to ensure consistency.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
5.0
Features
4.6
Design
4.7
Usability
4.8
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Canada

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cobalt co800.1

January 18, 2013

This amp is a true amp of power ,Very easy to install and lov the the look of the sweet blue light . I have two jl subs 12inch and the amout of bass is great .I would buy this amp again and again .

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hcca

Phoenix az

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Great

December 31, 2012

This amp is awesome I have had Orion audio before but never the cobalt it its my Orion 12 in HP series hard

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Kevin

SANTA ANA, CA

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Best bang for your buck!

September 23, 2011

Best amp I've owned by far Orion hits your speakers hard but not your wallet thanks to Sonic Electronix!

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i2iot

Jackson ms

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What you would expect

July 31, 2011

Orion is awesome. Even their brand cobalt is good. It is beating my two 15s. They are kicker K2's or something.

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Chadam

Escondido ca

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Amp is awesome and it shipped to my door step in 2days

May 3, 2011

The amp was just as described easy to install and pumps juice to my JL W3 now it's time to up grade the sub what do you guys got for a player

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k.d.dang

Seattle, WA

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Great amplifier, great value

February 25, 2011

Driving a JL 13" flat sub, plenty enough power for me, works great

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DON DIESTRO

Plantation, FL

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GREAT AMP

February 21, 2011

I purchased this amp with a Polk MM1240DVC and ran it with 10 AWG speaker cables and Monster 4 AWG. Break in on the speaker was about 25 hours with setings all turned off and zeroed out. I turned on the full crossover put the gain up just a touch and set the boost to the middle position. Let me tell you something... This amp sends one of the cleanest signals I have ever heard. The speaker is in a 1.7 Cubic Ft ported box and slams with the volume turned up. One issue that i am having is with the remote control. The dial seems to not do anything, however I think I need to turn the gain all the way up on the amp before i can utilize the switch.

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Kenny

Grand Haven, MI

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Very nice amp

February 10, 2011

I've had this amp in my Eagle Talon for about 5 months now and I think it is a very nice amp. I've got it running one 12" Rockford T1 in a 2.5cu.ft. sealed box with the gain turned up a little over half way and it slams. Good clear clean sounding bass with no distortion very loud for only an 800 watt amp. I'd put it up against two twelves and a 1000 watt amp any day. And I'm still trying to break in both the amp and the sub, can't wait to turn the gain up a little more and get a custom box. Very nice amp for the money, it does get a little hot but thats to be expected. Overall I'd have to say the Orion Cobalt is a very high quality amplifier.

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troll

tyler, tx

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very nice

December 14, 2010

I'm running one of these amps on two old skool petras prowler 15s in a down fire box n my dakota. plenty of power. does suk alittle power though. About 2 get another one and run one on each of a pair of jl w3s. It should b pretty nasty for not much cash. would recomend 2 anyone.

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ty

Boston, MA

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Great amp for the price. Nice tradition style!

September 29, 2010

I picked this amp up a few months ago, I was just looking for a small, basic (good looking) monoblock that put out between 300 to 500 watts to push my sub. I decided on the Cobalt CO8001. For the price, you really can't beat it.

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Ox

D.C.

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Good amp for the price

September 7, 2010

I have one of these hooked up to a single type r 12 and they're a perfect combo. It pushes it well and produces a good amount of air. I also have the 300 watt version going to spl tweets and polk 5x7's. When I pull down my back seats the combination of the two and my power acoustics cap look plush! Everyone looks back there and goes wow what is that!!!

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Anthony

Medford, MN

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WOW

December 21, 2009

i used to have a 2 channel 600 watt amp only putting 75 watts RMS to my 800 watt max (150 RMS) 12" inch Pioneers. now i have this amp wired to 2 ohms puttin 400 RMS to each speaker and OMG!!! its a night and day difference with my subs. the lows are amazing. and it hits ten times harder. the only draw back is it sux alot of power. but i dont mind i got a big capacitor to help when they need power. so if u want an amp that has lots of power and dont wanna dip into ur savings account. get this. u wont be sorry :)

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john

West Fargo, ND

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great little amp!

August 5, 2009

pushes my 2 rockford p1s hard, definatly recomend.. only problem is it draws alot of power for 800 watts

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CO8001

UPC

093207060977

Weight

10.00lbs

Internal SKU

09-co8001

Internal Product ID

18885

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Orion Cobalt CO8001 (CO800.1)