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Rockford Fosgate Marine Speakers: M2 vs. M1 vs. M0


Introduction
In November 2019 Rockford Fosgate introduced their new line of marine grade speakers. The lineup consists of three different levels of speakers, M0, M1, and M2. M0 is the entry level model while the M2 is their top of the line offering. With these new speaker lines, Rockford Fosgate has resdesigned their speaker grilles and also added their ColorOPtix RGB LED technology. Outside of the re-style and the addition to the LED lights, nothing has changed versus the Prime RM0 (M0), the Prime RM1 (M1), and their Punch PM2 (M2) series speakers from before. In addition to updating the speakers, Rockford also re-designed their marine grade subwoofers to match with the M1 and M2 marine subwoofers.





Speaker Sizes
The M0 speakers are only offered in a 6.5" size. The M1 speakers now come in both a 6.5" and an 8". The previous generation RM1 speakers were not offered in an 8" so there is a product line extension. The M2 speakers are offered in a 6", a 6.5", an 8", and a 8" horn tweeter.
M0
• 6.5"
M1
• 6"
• 6.5"
• 8"
M2
• 6"
• 6.5"
• 8"
• 8" Horn Tweeter







Grille Options
When it comes to grille options for Rockford Fosgate marine grade speakers, the options vary by the series. The M0 and the M1 are only available in an open-style, 6 spoke design and you can choose either black or white girlles. The Rockford Fosgate M2 speakers come with 2 different grille styles. They come with the open-style, 6 spoke design and they also include a stainless steel insert that can be installed on top of the open grille for a closed style grille similar to the previous generation of Rockford marine speakers.
M0
• White
• Black
M1
• White
• Black
M2
• White w/ Optional Stainless Overlay
• Black w/ Optional Stainless Overlay





Matching Tower Speakers
As of right now, the matching tower speakers have not been released for M0, M1, and M2. Rockford Fosgate is not going to make matching tower speakers for M0. The matching mini-cans for the M1, and M2 will be released later in 2020.
M0 Tower Speakers
• No Matching Tower Speakers Available
M1 Tower Speakers
• Matching Tower Speakers Coming Soon
M2 Tower Speakers
• Matching Tower Speakers Coming Soon




Matching Subwoofers
Both the M1 and M2 speakers have matching the subwoofers. Both the Rockford Fosgate M1 and the M2 come in dual 2 ohm and dual 4 ohm voice coils. Both the M1 and M2 subwoofers have grilles that will match the speakers and the M2 subwoofers include the stainless steel mesh overlay as well. The M1 subwoofers are available in 8", 10", and 12" diameters but the M2 is only available in a 10". The M1 and M2 subwoofers come with with Rockford's ColorOptix RGB LED technology and integrate seemlessly with their RGB LED controller.
M0 Subwoofers
• Not Available
M1 Subwoofers
• 8", 10" and 12" Subwoofers
• 2 Ohm & 4 Ohn DVC Options
• Available in both White & Black
• Grilles will Match the Speakers
• ColorOptix RGB LEDs Included
M2 Subwoofers
• 10" Only
• 2 Ohm & 4 Ohn DVC Options
• Available in both White & Black
• Grilles will Match the Speakers
• Stainless Steel Mesh Overlays Included
• ColorOptix RGB LEDs Included




Power Handling
With the Rockford Fosgate marine speakers, as the number increases, so does the power handling. M2 can handle more power than M1, which can handle more power than M0. The Rockford Fosgate M0 is their entry level speakers and the 6.5" model can handle up to 65 watts RMS. Both the 6.5" and 8" M1 speakers can handle up to 75 watts RMS. The 6.5" M2 speakers can handle 85 watts RMS and the 8" model can handle 125" RMS. The horn tweeter version of the 8" M2 can handle 150 watts of RMS power. As you go from M0 to M1 to M2, the RMS power handling doesn't change that drastically, especially in the 6.5" size. What does change though is the tweeter material and the size of the tweeter.
M0 Power Handling
• 6.5" Speakers - 65W RMS
M1 Power Handling
• 6.5" Speakers - 75W RMS
• 8" Speakers - 75W RMS
M2 Power Handling
• 6.5" Speakers - 85W RMS
• 8" Speakers - 125W RMS
• 8" Horn Tweeter Speakers - 150W RMS




Efficiency Rating
Speakers have efficiency ratings which tell you how loud that speaker plays at a certain distance given X amount of power. It is usually done as 1 watt per 1 meter. This number tells us how loud those speakers are going to play when power is held constant. If I give each speaker 50 watts of power, one speaker has a SPL rating of 89 dB, the other has an SPL rating of 92 dB, the speaker with the SPL rating of 92 dB is going to play louder. However, speakers are subjective and louder is not always better, but you can always turn the volume down. This number just tells us how efficient those speakers are. The 6.5" M0 speakers have an SPL rating of 90.5, the M1 speakers have a sensitivity rating of 89, and the M2 have a sensitivity rating of 89. For the 8" speakers, the M1 have a rating of 89dB, the M2 are 90dB, and the horn tweeter M2 speakers have an SPL rating of 93. With the 6.5" speakers, they are all roughly the same in terms of their efficiency. For the 8" speakers, you can see that the M2 horn tweeter speakers are significantly louder and more efficient than the regular 8".
M0 Speaker Efficiency
• 6.5" Efficiency rating of 90.5 dB
M1 Speaker Efficiency
• 6.5" Efficiency rating of 89 dB
• 8" Efficiency rating of 89 dB
M2 Speaker Efficiency
• 6.5" Efficiency rating of 89 dB
• 8" Efficiency rating of 90 dB
• 8" Horn Tweeter Efficiency rating of 93 dB




Tweeter Size & Material
As you'd probably expect, as you go up from M0 to M1 to M2, the tweeter materials and sizes change. The 6.5" M0 has a .5" LCP balanced dome tweeter. The 6", 6.5", and 8" M1 speakers have a 1" LCP balanced dome tweeter. The 6", 6.5" and 8" full range M2 speakers have a 1" aluminum alloy tweeter. The larger the tweeter, the louder the music will play. The aluminum tweeters in the M2 are going to cut through the engine, wind, and water noise better than the LCP tweeters used in M0 and M1. The larger tweeter in M1 is going to sound better, play brighter, and play louder than the .5" tweeter in M0. Now to the good stuff. The 6.5" and 8" M2 speakers have a 1" PXNX tweeter which is a proprietary material to Rockford Fosgate. They don't tell us what the exact material is, but it is 3 dB louder than the previous aluminum alloy tweeter while also sounding smooth like a soft-dome tweeter.
M0
• 6.5" - .5" LCP Tweeter
M1
• 6.5" - 1.00" LCP Tweeter
• 8" - 1.00" LCP Tweeter
M2
• 6.5" - 1" "PXNX" Tweeter
• 8" Has 1" "PXNX" Tweeter
•8" Horn Tweeter Has 1" Horn Tweeterr




Power Source
We recommend using an amplifier for all marine speakers because a boat is a loud, noisy, open-air environment. The more power you give your speakers, the louder, clearer, and with less or even no distortion. However, if you are powering speakers directly off of your head unit, you can use either M0 or M1. The M1 will sound pretty decent off of deck power. The M0 will not as bright or loud. The M2 speakers require an amplifier to hear what you are paying for.
M1
• Can be Powered Directly off of your Head Unit
• If you have an amplifier, upgrade to M1
M1
• Can be Powered Directly off of your Head Unit
• Amplifier Recommended
M2
• Amplifier Required




Color Optix RGB LEDs
The Rockford Fosgate M1 and M2 speakers come with RGB LEDs integrated into the grille and they use Rockford's Color Optix system for the RGB LED controller. The Rockford Fosgate ColorOptix RGB LED controller can support up to 8 speakers or subwoofers. The RGB LED system is designed to be plug and play. First, you purchase the Color Optix controller. Next, you purchase the cables you needto run from the controller to each speaker. Then, you can use Rockford's RF Connect app to control the lights via Bluetooth from your iPhone or Android device. You can select from over 30 different scrolling color options or select a static color from any color on the color wheel. The Color Optix system is the easiest option to connect RGB LEDs in the industry. It is IPX7 rated and uses Deutsch/Amphenol element ready connectors for a plug and play solution. Plus one end into the controller, the other end into the speaker and you are good to go. No splicing, soldering, terminating, etc.
M1
• Color Optix RGB LEDs Not Available
M1
• Color Optix RGB LEDs Included
M2
• Color Optix RGB LEDs Included






Our Recommendation
If you are debating between M1 and M0, I think it is worth spending up for M1 vs. M0. When using an amplifier, the M1 will sound really nice and play plenty loud if you like to cruise and you don't care about other people hearing your music. The M2 will blow away the M1 when powered properly. If you like "melt your face-off" loud, go with the 8" horn tweeters. With the Rockford speakers, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for the cheapest, "decent" speakers on the market and you don't care about LEDs, go with M0. If you want it to sound good but you are on a budget, M1. If you want it loud and you want it to sound amazing while cutting through all the ambient noise, the M2 speakers deliver. If you are looking for amp recommendations, the Rockford Power Mini amplifiers are probably the best value for marine-grade, raw power output.
Comparison
Rockford Fosgate M0
Tweeter Size
.5"
Tweeter Material
PEI
Deck Power Compatible
Yes, but an Amplifier is Recommended
Grille Options
White
Black
LED Options
None
RMS Power Handling
65 Watts
Peak Power Handling
250 Watts
Efficiency @ 1W/1m
90.5 dB
Frequency Response
40 Hz - 25KHz +/- 3 dB
Mounting Depth
2.52"
Rockford Fosgate M1
Tweeter Size
1.00"
Tweeter Material
PEI
Deck Power Compatible
Yes. Amplifier Recommended
Grille Options
White
Black
LED Options
ColorOptix RGB LEDs Included
RMS Power Handling
75 Watts
Peak Power Handling
150 Watts
Efficiency @ 1W/1m
89 dB
Frequency Response
48 Hz - 20KHz +/- 3 dB
Mounting Depth
2.49"
Rockford Fosgate M2
Tweeter Size
1.00"
Tweeter Material
"PXNX" Proprietary
Deck Power Compatible
No. Amplifier Required
Grille Options
White (Stainless Steel Mesh Insert Included
Black (Stainless Steel Mesh Insert Included)
LED Options
ColorOptix RGB LEDs Included
RMS Power Handling
85 Watts
Peak Power Handling
170 Watts
Efficiency @ 1W/1m
89 dB
Frequency Response
52 Hz - 20KHz +/- 3 dB
Mounting Depth
2.49"