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Rockford Fosgate Marine Amp Guide



Power the wave makers. Rockford Fosgate marine amps are Element Ready for whatever you can throw at them.

Rockford Fosgate's marine amps will give you all the power distribution you're looking for while being extra resistant to the elements like water, dust, rain, and wind.

On Rockford Fosgate's website, they often like to place their products into three different categories: Good, Better, and Best. We do think this is a handy way to break down their products into easy to define categories. With the Good and Better models, you'll likely find that they may get the job done for your installation, but they might be lacking in certain features.

With the Best amp models, you'll likely have all the features and power you're looking for (and more!), but it will come at a price premium. Whatever your budget or needs list is, we hope that this guide will point you to the perfect marine amp for your installation

M5 Series (BEST)

Rockford Fosgate offers two marine amplifier series that it considers in its "BEST" category that we highlighted before. The first is the M5 Series marine amps

Rockford Fosgate amplifiers are well known for producing more power than their power ratings suggest. With these M5 amplifiers, Rockford Fosgate introduces the first series of amplifiers based on new industry standard Dynamic Power ratings. This allows Rockford Fosgate to bring its conservative power ratings to the forefront.

Rockford Fosgate now lists two power ratings with the M5 marine amps. The first will be the traditional Continuous Power output. The second will be the new Dynamic Power output. The Continuous Power output rating can be looked at as a benchmark to compare against other amplifiers in the same class. The Dynamic Power output rating can be looked at as real-world wattage when connected to a speaker setup while listening to music. This new system provides a nice balance between technical application and real-world output.

In addition to clarifying the power rating, Rockford Fosgate has also introduced what it calls its "next level" of Element Ready™ design. It carries an IPX6 rating which means the amps are protected against high-pressure water streams from any angle. It does this with splash guards on both ends combined with heavy-duty molded harnesses with integral sealing gaskets. This means you can enjoy your day on the water worry-free knowing that your amp is fully protected from water.

The M5 Series amps feature tons of additional features and technology to make your system setup as complication-free as possible. These features work with maximizing power delivery and heat management to keep your music playing even for extended periods out on the water. You can purchase with confidence knowing that there's no better combination of features and technology from a time tested name you can trust like Rockford Fosgate.

Rockford Fosgate M5-1500X5 1500 Watt 5 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 125W x 4 + 400W x 1 @ 4 Ohms
• 200W x 4 + 700W x 1 @ 2 Ohms
• 400W x 2 + N/A @ 4 Ohms Bridged
• N/A + 700W x 1 @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate M5-1000X1 1000 Watt Mono Marine Amplifier
• 525W x 1 @ 4 Ohms
• 900W x 1 @ 2 Ohms
• 1000W x 1 @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate M5-800X4 800 Watt 4 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 125W x 4 @ 4 Ohms
• 200W x 4 @ 2 Ohms
• 400W x 2 @ 4 Ohms Bridged

Power Series (BEST)

Rockford Fosgate manufacturers a second lineup of marine amplifiers that it classifies in its "BEST" tier. These are the Power Series amps. These amps stand out with their brushed silver coating and top-mounted controls across the whole lineup. The brushed silver coating protects the amplifiers from corrosion, UV rays, and dust. In addition, these amps feature a two-part epoxy-coated circuit board that protects them from corrosion in humid and moist environments.

The Power series also features the second-largest amount of options for power ratings across all of Rockford Fosgate's marine amp lineups. With power rating options from 400 Watts up to 1000 Watts, there's a variety of options to power many different configurations of speakers and subwoofers in your marine vehicle.

These amps also feature Rockford Fosgate's Boosted Rail patented technology. This technology lets the amp draw a small amount of current during normal use. It then creates a reserve of that current for when cranking your tunes out on the water. There are also controls for bass boost and a low pass filter to dial in your setup to fit your desired sound perfectly.

Rockford Fosgate TM1000X5AD Power Mini 1000 Watt 5 Channel Marine Amplifier
• Class A/B + Class BD (Sub)
• 100W x 4 + 400W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 100W x 4 + 600W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• N/A x 4 + 600W x 1 @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate TM750X1BD Power Mini 750 Watt Mono Marine Amplifier
• Class BD
• 500W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 750W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• 750W x 1 RMS @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate TM500X1BR Power Mini 500 Watt Mono Marine Amplifier
• Class BR
• 175W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 300W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• 500W x 1 RMS@ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate TM400X4AD Power Mini 400 Watt 4 Channel Marine Amplifier
• Class AD
• 100W x 4 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 100W x 4 RMS @ 2 Ohms
Rockford Fosgate TM400X2AD Power Mini 400 Watt 2 Channel Marine Amplifier
• Class AD
• 200W x 2 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 200W x 2 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• Constant Power Circuit

Punch Series (BETTER)

Rockford Fosgate rates its Punch Series Marine Amps slightly below the M5 and Power series in its "BETTER" category. These marine amps are a great option because they split affordability with features, all while providing the largest range of power ratings and amplifier channels to choose from.

In addition, these amps feature a conformal-coated circuitry that withstands moisture and stainless steel hardware, which protects them from corrosion in humid and wet environments.

These amps also feature Rockford Fosgate's Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application. The MEHSA (for short) works by providing up to five times better heat management and transfer over mounting techniques that are usually used. This mounting setup will ensure a worry-free day of music out on the water, even if your amp is located in a small space.

One of our most loved features on these amps is the Rockford Fosgate CLEAN level setting technology. This takes the guesswork out of dialing in your amplifier with easy-to-use LED indicators that identify clipping. You'll be able to set up your marine amp for maximum performance with ease

Rockford Fosgate PM1000X5 Punch Series 1000 Watt 5 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 75W x 4 + 150W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 125W x 4 + 300W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• N/A x 4 + 500W x 1 @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate PM1000X1BD Punch Series 10000 Watt Mono Marine Amplifier
• 300W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 500W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• 1200W x 1 RMS @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate PM600X4 Punch Series 600 Watt 4 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 75W x 4 RMS @ 4 Ohms
•150W x 4 RMS @ 2 Ohms
Rockford Fosgate PM500X1BD Punch Series 500 Watt Mono Marine Amplifier
• 150W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 300W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
• 500W x 1 RMS @ 1 Ohm
Rockford Fosgate PM500X2 Punch Series 500 Watt 2 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 150W x 2 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 250W x 2 RMS @ 2 Ohms
Rockford Fosgate PM400X4 Punch Series 400 Watt 4 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 50W x 4 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 100W x 4 RMS @ 2 Ohms
Rockford Fosgate PM300X2 Punch Series 300 Watt 2 Channel Marine Amplifier
• 100W x 2 RMS @ 4 Ohms
•150W x 2 RMS @ 2 Ohms
Rockford Fosgate PM300X1 Punch Series 300 Watt Mono Marine Amplifier
• 200W x 1 RMS @ 4 Ohms
• 300W x 1 RMS @ 2 Ohms
•N/A x 1 @ 1 Ohm

Prime (M2) Series (GOOD)

Rockford Fosgate only has one marine amplifier series that it classifies in its "GOOD" rating. On the plus side, Rockford Fosgate tried to build as many features into these amps as possible while still keeping them at an economical price. These amplifiers still feature the same Element Ready™ protection that is modeled after their BEST M5 series models. It contains a special UV resistant protection to shield it from the sun's rays, and a special internal conformal coating that protects the interior electronics from water.

All of the amplifiers in the M2 series feature extremely efficient class D technology. This technology reduces the demand of the electrical system on the amplifier during use, thus increasing its efficiency. You can be sure that even on a budget, this amp is powerful and efficient enough to keep your music playing all day long out on the water

In addition to making these M2 series amplifiers affordable, Rockford Fosgate also wanted them to be easy to set up and configure. Rockford has done their best to simplify its engineering to create an ease of setup that makes them perfect to use in any marine application. This focus on simplicity includes an integrated Punch EQ that's specific to Rockford Fosgate. It works by being continuously adaptive to automatically correct acoustic deficiencies in the audio signal while searching for ways to improve the bass levels by up to 3 times. That's a lot of value in an incredibly affordable package to keep your music sounding great all day long.

Rockford Fosgate M2-750X5 750 Watt 5 Channel Marine Amp
• 50W x 4 + 200W x 1 @ 4 Ohms
• 100W x 4 + 350W x 1 @ 2 Ohms
• 200W x 2 + N/A @ 4 Ohms Bridged
Rockford Fosgate M2-500X1 500 Watt Mono Marine Amp
• 300W x 1 @ 4 Ohms
• 500W x 1 @ 2 Ohms
Rockford Fosgate M2-300X4 300 Watt 4 Channel Marine Amp
• 50W x 4 @ 4 Ohms
• 75W x 4 @ 2 Ohms
• 150W x 2 @ 4 Ohms Bridged