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Rockford Fosgate Punch P200-2

2-channel car amplifier
50 watts RMS x 2 (New Stock)

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Our take on the Rockford Fosgate Punch P200-2

by Buck Pomerantz
Rockford Fosgate

My system has plenty of power. Who needs an amp?

You might think you don't need an amp because you have a 400-watt system in your car, or because your new stereo puts out 50 watts a channel. But those are peak wattage ratings, which may boil down to 15 or 20 watts per channel, using the more realistic RMS rating. An amp sends your speakers the power they need to deliver your music with clarity and impact, whether you're using factory speakers or high-performance components. And low-frequency reproduction requires lots of power, so an amp is an absolute must if you're adding a sub to your system.

Rockford Fosgate Punch amps

Rockford Fosgate continues to develop progressive sound technologies. Their aim — to produce a smaller amplifier, with all the power and clarity you expect from the Punch name.

High-grade internal components mean high-power output.

Even heat dispersal for longer life

Dynamic Thermal Management

The award-winning "Dynamic Thermal Management" 3-stage cooling system uses forced air to dissipate heat evenly across the amp and out through the heatsink. The internal components in these compact amps stay cooler, resulting in higher efficiency and lower distortion. You get more installation options, without sacrificing wattage or audio quality.

MEHSA cooling process

MEHSA is a Rockford Fosgate proprietary process that increases the heat transfer from the MOSFET devices to the heatsink. This allows the heat to escape more readily from the amplifier, so that the transistors stay cooler.

Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application increases heat transfer away from the transistors

P200-2 Punch performance

The P200-2 2-channel amplifier dispenses 50 watts RMS per channel to your speaker system, or you can bridge it to supply 200 watts RMS to a sub. You can tailor the sound with variable-frequency high- and low-pass filters, or use the onboard EQ to add some high- or low-frequency punch to compensate for your car's acoustics. An optional wired remote control lets you tweak the sound from the front seat for quick adjustments while you're on the road.

P200-2 connections

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Highlights:

  • 2-channel car amplifier
  • 50 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms (100 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms)
  • 200 watts RMS x 1 bridged output at 4 ohms (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • Dynamic Thermal Management cooling system
  • variable high- and low-pass filters (50-500 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass/treble boost (0-18 dB at 45 Hz, 0-12 dB at 12,000 Hz)
  • optional wired remote bass/treble boost
  • Class-AB amplifier design
  • MOSFET power and output stages
  • preamp inputs
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads and a 40-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no on-board fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 40-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 8-7/8"W x 2-1/4"H x 7-9/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Performance
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels) 50 x 2
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels) 415 x 2
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels) 100 x 2
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels) 200 x 1
Minimum Impedance Bridged 4
Minimum Impedance Unbridged 2
Best Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power 0.05%
Signal to Noise Ratio 85 dB
Input Voltage 14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class AB
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency 50-500 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave) 12dB/oct
High-Pass Crossover Frequency 50-500 Hz
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave) 12dB/oct
Bass Boost 0-18dB
Bass Boost Frequency 45 Hz
Fan Cooled No
Fuse Rating 40
Speaker Level Inputs No
Preamp Outputs No
Width (inches) 8-7/8
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 7-9/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 2-Channel amplifier
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (length=1-1/2")
  • Installation and Operation booklet
  • Product Advisory sheet
  • Amplifier Performance Verification sheet

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Cast Aluminum Heatsink: The cast aluminum heatsink dissipates heat generated by the amplifier's circuitry. The inherent advantage of casting provides a 30% improvement of cooling over conventional extrusion heatsink designs.

Dynamic Thermal Management (DTM): DTM evenly distributes excess heat across entire amplifier heatsink.

MEHSA³ (Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application-Third Generation): MEHSA is a Rockford Fosgate proprietary process that increases the heat transfer from the MOSFET devices to the heatsink. The multi-layer insulated metal MEHSA substrate operates with minimal thermal resistance, spreading heat both downward and outward to quickly dissipate heat from each device across the heatsink. This allows greater power output, enhanced thermal stability, and maximum reliability.

Trans-ANA (TRANSconductance Active Nodal Amplifier): Trans-ANA is a circuit that allows the audio signal to pass through the amplifier at low voltage. The signal is directly level-shifted to the fixed high voltage rails via a pair of drive transistors. Signal linearity is assured by an active node formed by the drive transistors at ultrasonic frequencies. The result is crystal clear sound quality.

NOMAD (NOn-Multiplying Advanced Decision): NOMAD is an intelligent protection circuit that uses an analog computer to make real time decisions regarding temperature, voltage, current and impedance. The unit is protected without limiting sound output unless needed.

TO-247 MOSFET: The Punch 200-2 utilizes ultra high performance MOSFET output devices, giving the amplifier more power handling capability as well as lower thermal impedance for more reliable operation, even under the harshest load conditions.

DSM (Discrete Surface Mount): In the manufacturing process high speed robotics are used to place 1% tolerance parts and large board traces. DSM improves the efficiency of the circuit, decreases cross-talk from other discrete components and lowers operating temperature.

Power and Protection LEDs: The LEDs are located on top of the amplifier. A blue Power LED illuminates when the amplifier is turned on. A red Thermal LED illuminates if the amplifier overheats. The yellow Protect LED illuminates if a short circuit or too low an impedance is detected at the speaker connections. When any of the protection circuits engage, the amp automatically shuts down until the problem is corrected.

Controls

Internal Crossover: The amplifier's internal crossover has a 12 dB/octave slope. It's selectable for high-pass, all-pass (full range), or low-pass operation and is variable from 50Hz to 500Hz.

Punch EQ: Punch EQ works in conjunction with the crossover switch. When the crossover is set to low-pass, the Punch EQ acts as a variable bass boost; 0-18 dB at 45 Hz. When the crossover is set to high-pass, the Punch EQ acts as variable treble boost, 0-12 dB at 12 kHz. When the crossover is set to all-pass, both the bass and treble boost circuits are active.

Connections

Power Connections: The power and ground terminals are nickel-plated captive c-clamp wire connectors and will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. An external 40-amp fuse (not included) must be installed on the power wire. If a wiring kit is used which includes a fuse with a value other than 40-amps, the original should be replaced with a 40-amp fuse. The remote turn-on terminal will accept wire sizes of 12- to 24-gauge. A Phillips-head or slotted screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Differential Input: Differential input circuitry measures the voltage of both the positive (+) and negative (-) portions of the input signal, subtracting the voltage common to both conductors (noise); resulting in a cleaner signal. Reducing the noise on the input then improves the sound quality of the output.

Speaker Connections: The 2-channel nickel-plated clamp wire connectors will accept 8-gauge to 18-gauge wire. A Phillips-head or slotted screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Remote Punch EQ (PEQ) Connection: An RJ-45 jack is provided for connecting an optional remote PEQ control (575ROCKPEQ, sold separately). If you use the remote PEQ, the Punch EQ control on the amp is disabled, and replaced by the remote.

Note: Previous model Punch Bass and Para-Punch remotes will not work with this amp.

 
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5 out of 5

Extra Powerful

Written By Josh, Tyler, TX on Monday, October 15, 2012
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Sounds great. I have this under my passenger seat and powering 2 JL coaxial door speakers. The combination is loud and crisp, is anything they are overly powerful. The build quality was very impressive. I've been listening for a month with no problems.
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Very powerful Build quality
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5 out of 5

Amazin Amp..

Written By Nismo9132, Rhode Island on Thursday, February 18, 2010
 
I installed this along with new Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692 6x9 speakers.. I'm amazed at how much more bass I am getting now that I installed this amp which is not powering any subs, just the two 6x9s.. It sounds like I've got 2 subs in the trunk of my 09 Altima though.. Overall just an amazing combo.. Rockford Fosgate is the best.. there's no comparison.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P200-2

Written By albertu, Mountain View, CA on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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prefect size for under seat install. Very good power. Good for coax or component speakers. Probably not strong enough for 10"+ sub. Get the refur unit, it's a hundred bucks off.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P200-2

Written By Cody, Fort Collins, CO on Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Awesome amp. I sure do love Rockford Fosgate.
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4 out of 5

Mixed feelings on this one

Written By Michael, Connecticut on Monday, August 25, 2008
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Let me start by saying boy oh boy does RF ever under-rate their amps - I went through 3 of these (more later), and EVERY ONE made over 60% more power that it's rated for at 4ohms. That's right, over 80w on a 50w amp. Awesom! What's no so awesome is the "smart protection" circuit that RF employs, which replaces the on-board fuse. I had an issue with the remote turn on lead from my HU that blew 2 of these amps... Now, I can't say for sure that a traditional fuse would have protected me because I don't know exactly what went wrong, but I sure like to think it may have saved me. Fortunately the Cruthfield reps were kind enough to not only take back the blown amps, but lead me to a solution to keep the replacement from blowing up.

Sound quality is what has me scratching my head. This is my first amp, so I really can't compare it to anything other than the HU, but I honestly didn't see a big gain in SQ over the 26w head I was running my Polk / Momo components off before... The lows definitely picked up some power, but I feel like they lost a touch of accuracy. As the previous reviewer mentioned, the highs became very bright, too much so on certain songs. I didn't detect a huge change in the mids, which when coupled with the aforementioned changes now seem slightly lifeless. I've played with all the settings on the amp and the HU and I've gotten it to a good point, but it's really not hugely better than it was $200 ago.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Good Entry Level Amp

Written By Jay, WI, USA on Sunday, June 29, 2008
 
I used this amp for about a year before submitting this review. It was driven by a high end Alpine HU into a set of very nice co-axial speakers running at full range. I was able to compare this amplifier to an older Alpine amplifier and a reference quality amplifier. All 3 amps have similar power ratings. Rockford's P200-2 amplifier is easily delivering the power that it's rated at and has great headroom. There is a nice, warm sound to the amp at moderate volumes. The warm, smooth bottom end is instantly noticed. However, this amp's main downfall is if you push the amp hard, the amplifier will alter high frequencies to the point of making things sound brittle and harsh. I never pushed the amp to audible clip (distortion) levels, but the change in high frequency tonalities was a big downfall to this amp. Bass response continues to be linear at all volume levels with great control over the drivers I was using. Construction seems to be good, but nothing near the vintage Punch series amps from the late '80's/early 90's. Reliability was excellent, though I don't abuse my gear. Power and speaker connections were good for this price point, though not overly solid. Overall, it's a great amplifier for a great price if you are on a strict budget and don't have a need for pushing the amp hard. If you are searching for high fidelity at higher output levels, move up to a better series of amplifier.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

bangin bass 4 budget

Written By Donn, Harrisburg ,PA on Monday, January 14, 2008
 
i got this amp hooked up to 2 p1 12 punch subs and it gets the job done. it can handle mostly any thing. if youre a bass lover like me then u might want a more powerful amp but if u just want something to start out with or add some good bass to ur ride this is it.wont set off car alarms but will rattle youre trunk. i had it for a year and it does a little more watts the said. rockford is the way to go and great support from crutchfield keep up the good work
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

NICE AMP!!!

Written By Richard, ATL on Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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I bought this amp to power the Rockford fosgate PL2-112 Preloaded Subbox and man does this thing hit I have it in a 2004 Acura TL. I got this set up to replace the Infinity Basslink II that I blew becuase I had to max it out to be satified with it. I have this on the factory settings and I am more than happy with the sound. My licene plate rattled at first till I "rigged" it. I used 4 guage speaker wire. I never bothered to review a product I bought untill now!!!
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The Perfect Amp!!

Written By Jonathan, Memphis, TN on Thursday, October 04, 2007
 
I drive a 2005 Chevy Colorado Crewcab, and, if you've ever been in one of these, you know there is not a great deal of space for a system. The size of this amp is what really drew me in(not to mention the legendary status of the Rockford Fosgate name). I have this amp bridged to 1 channel pushing a Pioneer TS-SW2541 shallow mount 10" in a 0.6 cu ft. box, and it sounds phenomenal. The specs on this site say 200W RMS x 1 @ 4 ohms bridged, but the certificate from RF that came with my amp(all RF amps have this certificate) shows that it put out 273W RMS x 1 @ 4 ohms when bench tested. WOW. I already have my doors covered in Dynamat, but I'm probably going to have to Dynamat the rest of the truck now because of this amp!! This amp is a beast. I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone; not just for those with limited space.
17 out of 19 people found this helpful
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