Why Rockford Fosgate
Rockford Fosgate was born when Jim Fosgate committed himself to addressing the mismatch between the natural sensitivity curve of the human ear and the speakers found in early consumer electronics. In pursuit of a more desirable response curve that is more pleasing to the eye and achieves more equal loudness, Jim went on to create what is now known as the ‘Punch EQ’, which provides up to 18dB of bass boost centres at 45Hz as well as a hinge filter starting at 1kHz and providing up to 12dB of treble boost at 20kHz. This established the type of EQ curve we are all familiar with today. Such is the impact and influence of Jim Fosgate.
The Rockford Fosgate Range
Rockford is an all-encompassing brand able to provide everything you need from one end to the other, including all the ancillaries and accessories you need to complete a properly well resolved audio system. Pretty much the only thing Rockford Fosgate doesn’t do is in dash source units, which is a segment of the market already so well catered for they need not lend a hand.
Rockford Fosgate have one of the most expansive ranges of speakers on the market today. It is so large in fact that it can be a bit daunting to navigate, but there’s a simple rule to know for Rockford Fosgates entire range to make perfect sense. Rockford divides their ranges into three categories as follows: Prime = Good, Punch = Better and Power = Best. So, Prime will comprise the base model speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers, while Punch represents the midpoint and Power is the top end stuff.
Subwoofers is where Rockford Fosgate truly shines brightest, with myriad options to choose from regardless of whether you are after a passive loaded subwoofer, active loaded subwoofer, spare wheel type enclosure or raw subwoofer driver, whether that me slimline shallow mount or otherwise. No matter what your unique budget limitations, installation requirements and listening preferences, Rockford Fosgate has a subwoofer to perfectly suit your needs.
As you would expect, amplifiers are another category where Rockford Fosgate offer you more choice than anyone else, with their range covering all power levels from factory upgrade right through to SPL level madness. Refreshingly, Rockford Fosgate haven’t tipped all their eggs into the class D basket just yet, offering a proper choice of amplifier topology that ranges from sound quality focused class AB through to the very latest high efficiency class D designs.
Responding to the advent of HVAC integration and the ever-increasing quality and functionality of OEM fitted source units, with their native support for handfree phone integration, apple carplay and the like, Rockford Fosgate have a selection of plug-n-play OEM interface harnesses, line level converters, signal processors and digital signal processors designed to interface with just about any combination of factory and aftermarket components you could envisage or require, and provide whatever level of signal manipulation you could possibly need.
Rockford Fosgate’s installation accessories game is tight too, with enough ancillaries and accessories to sink a ship including speaker grills, fuses, fuse holders, circuit breakers, RCA cables, power wiring kits and bolstering capacitors, ensuring you need not source a mixed bag of gear from a motley crew of brands in order to create the perfect system. With Rockford you can have Rockford from one end to the other.
Rockford Fosgate is also big in marine. Unlike in mobile, Rockford have found room to innovate and provide a broader choice of source units in a wider range of form factors for the marine market, which need not adhere to the din standard which remains to the automotive market. In this regard Rockford Fosgate offer a quartet of compact digital receivers suitable for panel mounting just about anywhere, and into a circular home. There’s even an ultra-compact model capable of slotting straight into a standard 2-inch instrument gauge hole which employs the same type of u-clamp used to secure standard instrument gauges, making installation into even the most space deprived cockpit as easy as pie. Rockford Fosgate even offers a hide-away source unit with all the features and wireless compatibility you could want, providing a perfect for those who want a completely stealth system, don’t have the space for a head unit, need something that is completely sealed away from the salt and spray or simply would rather command and utilise their sound system from their mobile device. For those with a legacy din slot to fill, Rockford Fosgate offers a fully-featured multi-zone capable din-compatible source featuring an oversized faceplate with large multi-colour screen and oversized analogue volume knob for easy control, along with all the fruit you would expect from Rockford Fosgate including their signature Punch EQ, a full complement of digital crossovers, EQ and canbus interface for superior integration with your factory gear.
Speaker wise, Rockford Fosgate has ample selection t ensure you’ll find the drivers you need no matter the type or size of your vessel. For those after maximum value for money there is the Prime, Punch and M0 ranges, all in popular 6.5-inch sizes. Moving up the rankings, the M1 series is comprised of a list of high performance coaxials ranging in size from 6 to 8-inch, in your choice of black or white finish and each fitted with RGB LEDs supporting Rockford Fosgates Colour Optix technology, allowing you to customise the illumination to suit your personal preferences and vessel colour scheme. Topping out the good, better, best categories is the M2 series, covering sizes from conventional 6.5-inch to enormous 10-inch 2-way coaxials, Also available in your choice of black or white and supporting Rockford Fosgates Colour Optix technology. The 8s and 10s are also available in Rockford Fosgates loaded enclosures, making them easy as pie to fit to your wake tower. Add-on tweeters are also available for larger vessels and systems that might require a bit more cowbell.
Filling the bottom octave out on the water can be a challenge, but is easily overcome with more cone area thanks to Rockford Fosgates range of subwoofers. Designed to be pairs with their M1 and M2 series speakers, these hefty air movers and available in 8-12-inch sizes and feature the same Optix RGB technology, so you can uniformly colour match your entire system with ease.
Amplification is no different, selection abounds to suit all manner of preferences. The M2 series provides ample power in a compact package thanks to the latest class d digital amplification. Punch is for the more discerning system builder. Understanding that trusty old class ab output stages still reign supreme for full range duties while class d is king when it comes to the bottom octave, the Punch range of marine amplifiers includes a conventional 4-channel full range class ab and a large monoblock class d for larger systems, as well as well resolved 5-channel integrating a quality class ab 4-channel and suitably matched class d subwoofer channel. More manufacturers should be building amplifiers like these. Rockford Fosgate also offer the M5 series and Power series, consisting of a selection of compact class ad amplifiers with superior waterproof and dust ingress rating, providing ultra-high efficiency and added protection against the elements. The M5 series also features Rockford Fosgates Element Ready technology, which detects and indicates any clipping that occurs in the output to help you match amplifier and speaker to ensure you always enjoy crystal clear sound, no matter how loud you like it.