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Polk/MOMO C500.1

Mono subwoofer amplifier
500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

Item # 107C5001

Polk Audio is legendary for building some of the best speakers in the world! Now, they've extended their...

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Polk Audio is legendary for building some of the best speakers in the world! Now, they've extended their...

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Item # 107C5001

About the Polk/MOMO C500.1

Polk Audio is legendary for building some of the best speakers in the world! Now, they've extended their engineering expertise and dedication to great sound to their Carbon series amps. These bruisers are designed to give your system two big advantages over the competition: massive power output and outstanding sound quality. Plus, thanks to Polk's collaboration with Italian motorsports accessories designer MOMO, they've got a distinctive, stylish look.

Polk Audio is legendary for building some of the best speakers in the world! Now, they've extended their engineering expertise and dedication to great sound to their Carbon series amps. These bruisers are designed to give your system two big advantages over the competition: massive power output and outstanding sound quality. Plus, thanks to Polk's collaboration with Italian motorsports accessories designer MOMO, they've got a distinctive, stylish look.

The Polk/MOMO C500.1 is one mono subwoofer amp that won't let you down when the going gets tough. Its Maximum Dynamic Headroom (MDH) power supply delivers huge amounts of instantaneous power, so your subwoofers won't falter during musical peaks. The heatsink is specially designed to dissipate heat with extreme efficiency, so there's no need for a noisy fan.

If you're building a competition system, check out this exclusive feature: the C500.1 features a Pre-EQ switch, which optimizes the crossover and bass level especially for use with Polk/MOMO subwoofers.

So, now we know it sounds great — but how does it look? In a word: excellent. Flexible three-way wire management lets you route your cables to the left, right, or bottom, and the cover plate conceals the controls and all your connections for an uncluttered look. Combine that with up-to-the-minute carbon fiber accents and removable end caps (take 'em off to save space, or to mount two amps right next to each other), and you've got one seriously stylin' power plant.

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Product highlights:

  • mono subwoofer car amplifier
  • 350 watts x 1 at 4 ohms (500 watts x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • 2 ohm stable
  • variable low-pass filter (30-200 Hz)
  • selectable low-pass crossover slope (12 or 24 dB/octave)
  • subsonic filter (15 Hz at 24 dB/octave)
  • bass boost (0-18 dB at 30-160 Hz)
  • Pre-EQ switch optimizes the crossover and bass level especially for use with Polk/MOMO subwoofers
  • RCA inputs accept both speaker- and preamp-level input (To use the inputs as speaker-level, you must attach RCA connectors to your speaker wire.)
  • preamp outputs
  • remote subwoofer level control with 19.5-foot cable
  • 6-Way Smart System Protection (SSP) circuitry
  • 11-1/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 9-3/4"D
  • fuse rating: 25A x 2
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # AA0005-A

What's in the box:

  • Mono amplifier with two 25-amp fuses installed
  • 2 Spare 25-amp fuses
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (3/4" length--2 silver/2 black)
  • 2 Allen-head screws (3" length)
  • 2 Allen wrenches (2.5mm and 3mm) 6 Self-adhesive rubber grommets
  • Remote bass gain module
  • 19.25' Remote Bass Gain cable (with RJ-11 plugs on each end)
  • Owner's Manual
  • On-line registration card
  • Amplifier Power Authentication certificate
  • Quick-Start guide
  • Polk/Momo window decal (2-3/4" x 13")

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MDH Power Supply: Polk Audio's Maximum Dynamic Headroom (MDH) power supply allows the amplifier to deliver more instantaneous power peaks, easily driving the speakers during musical peaks.

Protection: This Polk/MOMO amplifier features 6-Way Smart System Protection (SSP) circuits. The SSP circuits include protection against Power and Ground Reversal, Thermal and Short Protection, Current Overdraw, and Low Impedance. When a problem arises, the amplifier goes into an Auto-standby mode to ensure safety, reliability, and durability. Three LEDs indicating Power, Thermal and Short/Low impedance protection are located on the amp's top panel.

Heat Sinks: The high-density, split-dome convection heat sinks provide more surface area than standard fin-type heat sinks for better heat dissipation.

Removable Cover: The amplifier has a removable cover which conceals the power and signal terminals and amplifier controls. Once the amplifier controls have been set, the cover can be reattached to help provide a clean-looking installation.

Switchable Inputs: The RCA input can accept either line-level or speaker-level input signals. For speaker-level inputs, you will need to attach RCA connectors onto the speaker wires, and move the switch to "High". Note: RCA connectors are not included with the amplifier.

Subsonic Filter: The amplifier has a subsonic filter (15Hz @ 24dB per octave) to eliminate super-low frequencies which can rob amplifier power and cause damage to speakers.

Bass Boost: The C500.1 includes a variable 0-18dB bass boost with a variable center frequency of 30Hz to 160Hz. The boost has a 1/3 octave bandwidth.

Pre-EQ: The amplifier also features a one-button preset bass boost called the Pre-EQ, optimized for use with Polk/MOMO subwoofers. The Pre-EQ provides a 9dB boost at 40Hz with a 1/3 octave bandwidth, and overrides the variable bass boost controls.

Low-Pass Filter: To filter out midrange and high frequencies from your subwoofers, you can engage the amplifier's low pass filter. The filter has a low pass frequency adjustment of 30Hz to 200Hz to allow you to set the frequency at which you want to roll off the mids and highs in your system. It also has a frequency slope toggle which lets you choose how steep you want the rolloff to be--12dB per octave or 24dB per octave.

Remote Subwoofer Level Control: The amplifier is equipped with a Remote Subwoofer Level Control module allows you to dial in the precise amount of bass you desire from the drivers seat. The module provides 0dB (maximum setting) to -30dB (minimum setting). A 19-1/2' cable is supplied to connect the module to the amplifier. The dimensions of the module are: Width=1.638" (2.286" including mounting "ears"), Height=0.897", Depth=1.955" (2.405" including knob and cable)

Polk/MOMO Amplifier Power Authentication: A certificate is included with the amplifier to attest to each individual amplifier's power performance. This Amplifier Power Authentication indicates whether the amplifier passed the standards in Total Quality, Response and System Protection. It lists the amplifier's serial number, and the amp's actual power output alongside the amp's rated power. (For example, the specific amplifier reviewed by Crutchfield had a power output of 570 watts RMS @ 14.4V at 2 ohms. The amp is rated at 500 watts @ 14.4V at 2 ohms.)

Compact Size: The C500.1 amplifier features a small footprint for compact installations. The End Caps are removable, making the amplifier only 10" wide, and allowing you to seamlessly butt together multiple Polk/MOMO amps.

Cable Management: The End Caps have side vents for routing power and ground wires to one side and speaker and signal wires to the other side. The gap between the amp base and the removable plate also provides a channel for routing wires.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Dual Speaker Outputs: Although the C500.1 is a mono amplifier, it has two set-screw speaker outputs. These monaural speaker outputs are wired internally in parallel, allowing you to easily connect two subwoofers. The set-screw speaker terminals accept up to 8 gauge wires and require a 2.5mm Allen wrench (supplied). Note: When connecting two subwoofers, the minimum impedance of each subwoofer is 4 ohms.

Pre-Out Terminals: The amplifier supplies a pair of stereo female RCA-type pass through jacks to allow you to easily daisy-chain additional amplifiers without the use of Y-connectors.

RCA Input: The RCA input can accept either a low-level (Line) input signal or a high-level (Speaker) input signal. To use the high-level input, you must attach male RCA connectors (not supplied with the amplifier) onto your speaker wires and move the Input Type Selector to "High".

Power Connections: The power and ground connections set-screw terminals will accept up to 4 gauge wires. The set screws require a 3mm Allen wrench (supplied). The remote set-screw terminal accepts up to 8 gauge and requires a 2.5mm Allen wrench (supplied).

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