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Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001

Mono subwoofer amplifier
150 watts RMS x 1

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by Tim Sprinkle
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.

Want big bass? Look at our SubwoofersDon't let your sound system dance around the ring; fire up a Punch series amplifier from Rockford Fosgate and enjoy a knockout performance every time! These amps will sting your speakers with plenty of clean power, while serving up the sound-shaping controls and high-quality components you need to create a heavyweight audio system.

Need a dedicated amp to drive a subwoofer? Rockford Fosgate has you covered with the Punch P3001. Slam your sub with 150 watts of RMS power at 4 ohms (or 300 watts at 2 ohms), and listen as your bass comes to life. With its clean circuit design, MOSFET power, and proprietary technology, excessive noise is never a problem with a Punch amp. The P3001 can bring out extraordinary impact in your music, driving your subwoofer with strength you just can't get from a lesser amp.

And great sound takes more than just power; you need command over every aspect of your gear. The P3001 gives you a built-in low-pass crossover to tailor your music any way you like it. You never have to worry about your subs playing notes they're not designed to handle, which means you can get more SPL without worrying about distortion. And, for those times when you really need to pound, kick in the Punch Bass for up to 18 dB of boost at 45 Hz.

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Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer car amplifier
  • 150 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (300 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • variable low- and high-pass filters (40-400 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable Punch Bass boost with wired remote (0-18 dB at 45 Hz)
  • MOSFET power supply and output stages
  • MEHSA mounting transfers heat efficiently from the MOSFET devices to the heat sink for high performance
  • TOPAZ — noise-killing differential inputs that eliminate 80% of ground loop noise
  • trans-ANA circuitry keeps preamp signal clean
  • NOMAD "intelligent" protection circuitry
  • fuse rating 40A x 1
  • 8-gauge wiring kit with a 40-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 11-3/4"W x 2-7/16"H x 11-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Performance
RMS Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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150 x 1
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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900 x 1
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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300 x 1
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)
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N/A
Minimum Impedance Bridged
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N/A
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
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2
Best Frequency Response
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20-200k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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0.05%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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80 dB
Input Voltage
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14.4v
Features
Amplifier Class
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AB
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
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40-400 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB
High-Pass Crossover Frequency
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40-400 Hz
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB
Bass Boost
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0-18dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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45 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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40 x 1
Speaker Level Inputs
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No
Preamp Outputs
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1 pair
Width (inches)
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11-3/4
Height (inches)
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2-7/16
Depth (inches)
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11-3/16
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Mono amplifier with 2 removable chrome covers
  • 4 Allen-head screws (installed)
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (M4 x 20mm)
  • Remote Punch Bass controller
  • Remote controller mounting bracket
  • 2 Self-tapping screws (2.5mm diameter x 10mm)
  • 16.25' Flat remote cable (with RJ-45 plugs on both ends)
  • Installation & Operation manual (English/French/Spanish/German/Italian)
  • Punch Amplifier Performance Verification Certificate

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Specifications

Features

Removable Chrome Covers: The Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001 amplifier features dual removable chrome covers. One of the covers conceals all speaker, signal, remote, power and ground connections, as well as the gain and crossover frequency controls for a cleaner installation.

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.

MEHSA (Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application): 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.

TOPAZ (Tracking Operation Pre-Amplifier Zone): TOPAZ is a circuit that simply eliminates noise. The TOPAZ circuit allows the amplifier ground to move with the source unit ground, creating a "noise elimination" zone just before the preamp section. If there is any noise in the ground coming down the RCA line to the amplifier, TOPAZ amazingly tracks it down and eliminates it. The result is a 30-40dB improvement of the isolation between input ground and chassis ground. 

Trans-ANA (TRANSconductance Active Nodal Amplifier): The 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.

DSM (Discrete Surface Mount): In the manufacturing process high speed robotics are used to place 0% tolerance resistors and large board traces providing greater reliability and efficiency.

TO-247 MOSFET: The Punch P3001 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.

Internal Crossover: The amplifier's internal crossover is a 12dB/octave Butterworth filter selectable for high-pass, all-pass (full range) or low-pass operation variable from 40Hz to 400Hz.

Remote Punch Bass: The Punch Bass helps correct for acoustical deficiencies in the listening environment by helping reproduce full range sound without adding excessive boost. The Punch Bass control has a narrow band adjustment centered at 45Hz, variable from 0dB to +18dB. Using the mounting bracket, the supplied Punch Bass wired remote can be mounted in any convenient location. The module's case can be configured with the bracket above or below the module, or, without the case, mounted flush in your vehicle's dash (requires a 2" x 7/8" cutout with a maximum thickness of 3/8"). The wired remote is 2.281" wide, 1.214" tall and 1.509" deep (2.471" including the knob and cable connection). The included cable is 16.25' in length.

RCA Pass-Thru Jacks: The pass-thru jacks provide a convenient source for daisy-chaining an additional amplifier without running an extra set of RCA cables from the front of the vehicle to the amplifier location. The pass-thru jacks output a full-range signal.

Power Indicator and Protection LEDs: The RF logo, located on the top left of the amplifier, illuminates when the unit is turned on. The "Swirl" portion of the logo illuminates with the output signal level. A yellow "Protect" LED, located next to the RF logo, illuminates if a short circuit or too low of an impedance is detected at the speaker connections. Another yellow LED, labeled "Thermal", illuminates if the amplifier overheats. The amplifier will automatically shut down if either of the two LEDs indicate amplifier trouble.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Power Connections: The power and ground terminals are nickel-plated captive c-clamp wire connectors and will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. 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.

Speaker Connections: The nickel-plated clamp wire connectors will accept wire sizes of 8- to 18-gauge. A Phillips-head or slotted screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals. Note: Although there are two sets of speaker terminals, the amplifier still produces a monaural signal. The A and B speaker outputs are internally wired in parallel.

Remote Punch Bass Connection: An RJ-45 jack is provided for connecting the supplied Remote Punch Bass cable.

Specifications

CEA-2006 Compliance: The specifications given by Rockford Fosgate for the Punch P3001 amplifier comply with the new CEA-2006 Amplifier Power Standard from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

Performance Verification Certificate: Each amplifier comes with a Performance Verification Certificate which lists the results of a 10-point performance inspection as well as a measurement of the actual power output. The actual amplifier reviewed by Crutchfield produced 183 watts RMS per channel at 4 ohms, and 367 total watts at 2 ohms. The amplifier is rated at 150 watts RMS per channel at 4 ohms and 300 total watts at 2 ohms.

Dimensions: 

  • Without Covers: Width=11.654", Height=2.432", Depth=10.908"
  • With Covers Installed: Width=11.688", Height=2.432, Depth=11.173"
 
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5 out of 5

AWESOME!

Written By James, Spring Hill Florida on Friday, November 24, 2006
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I recently bought a Eclipse and it had an option of a Rockford Fosgate system, and I really didnt think it sounded that good in the car. But Rockford was recomended to me and the price was soo reasonable that I bought it. Well it POUNDS. My dad is a sound guy and works with top of the line equiptment and he said it was flawless! GREAT DEAL! Thanks
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4 out of 5

Works like a charm

Written By Kris, Milwaukee, WI on Friday, October 20, 2006
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I've got this amp pushing 300W to the Polk Audio db124DVC, and it works great. The only problem I've encountered is it gets pretty close to overheating after about 45 minutes. It gets extremely hot to the touch, and although I don't have a ton of experience with car audio, I do know that heat is electronic's worst nightmare. Other than that, the remote is perfect; I don't know what I'd do without it. It's so easy now to adjust the levels while driving. This amp is pretty much everything I could've asked for.
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001

Written By Drew, Las Vegas NV on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
 
this amp needs 12stars instead of 5. i have it pushing two 12.1 Infinity Kappa Perfects both in 1.27 sealed chambers and it POUNDS. i actually beat a buddy of mine, with ported 12s and a kenwood 1800watt amp. this fosgate amp is highly under-rated and would recomend this amp to anyone with a tight budget look'n to push one, or two subs HARD.
-Drew
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001

Written By Kurt, Kansas City, MO on Monday, May 29, 2006
 
I had one of these pushing two P2 12" in my Ford Escort before it was stolen and I pushed every ounce and loved every minute of it, amazing product. Definetly more bang for the buck in the price range. I was extremely surprised at the output on such a "low" rating.
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5 out of 5

great amp for the price

Written By Fatman, Kernersville North Carolina on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
 
i bought this bad boy to push my 2 RF 03 model he 10s (almost exact same as Punch stage 2s) and my birth sheet says 410rmsx1 at 2 ohm which is perfect for my subs since they are 200rms each this thing pushes them very well and sounds good and clean with all types of music from country to techno to rap i listen to it all and this amp makes it sound so much better i would for sure reccomend this amp to anyone that wants amazing bass for an even more amazing price actaully im about to buy another one of these bad boys to run 2 punch stage 2 10s in the prelude its more than worth the money in my opinion :D
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001

Written By Tommy, Columbus, GA on Saturday, April 08, 2006
 
First off this amp is very underrated. The actual output on the amp I recieved is just over 400 watts RMS X 1 at 2 ohms! The actual out could be more or less if you order one.

I bought this amp to power two P1's and got much more than I expected. I have it all installed into my Jeep Wrangler and the sound it puts out is amazing.

All in all this amp is absoultley amazing for the price.
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4 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001

Written By Fatty, Truman, MN on Sunday, March 12, 2006
 
I have owned this amp for about 8 mounths now. I bought it to power my 1 12" power acoustic, but instead i blew the 12 and bought an Alpine type-E 12 to take its place after 2 days the sub was history so i upgraded to an Alpine type-R 12. It sounded great with one type-R in my two door convertable but when i added the 2nd the amp did not seem to have enough punch to push both subs. But all in all, it is a great product its relieble and relitively inexpencive. And if i had the cash i would buy a second one in a heart beat!
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3001

Written By resslera, Colorado Springs, CO on Sunday, January 15, 2006
 
I had this amp installed by a local dealer to power 2 Kicker 12" subs in a sealed box. At first I was skeptical that this amp would power these effectively. All I can say is wow! This is hooked to a factory stereo and it makes those 12s growl. I have the bass knob usually turned down a bit so I can tolerate it. Excellent price to boot!
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5 out of 5

Awsome Amp

Written By Brad, Oneonta, NY on Wednesday, December 07, 2005
 
This amp is an awsome amp, i am currently using it to power my alpine R12, and it powers it nicely, it sounds much more powerful than any other amps in its cass, the bass hits hard and crisp, there is no noise in the system at all, i reccomend this amp to anyone who wants a quality hight powered amp for their subwoofer...
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5 out of 5

Wow, this amp hits hard

Written By Tyler Dretke, La Grande, OR on Saturday, October 22, 2005
 
I have this is my honda, and the amp makes my two 10" Diamond subs hit hard. I had them powered by a Xtant 300.1, but I had to sell it for money. This amp sounds just as good for a fraction of the cost. I really recommend this amp.
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5 out of 5

WoW!!!!

Written By BigCliff, Beaumont Texas on Friday, August 05, 2005
 
Well for starters i have been purchasing Rockford Fosgate for 20 years and they still shock me today im on my 2nd set of 12's trying to keep up with this amp. I had to step up my subs to handel the power. 150watt RMS speakers didn't do the job i coulden't be happier.
thanks Rockford Fosgate for always giving me more than i pay for I like it when i get more boom for the buck!
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4 out of 5

good amp

Written By cheeseman, valley city, ND on Monday, July 25, 2005
 
We'll start this off by saying that rockford makes some decent amps. i had this amp hooked up to 2 10 inch P1s, that was a mistake. these things would go to a certain point and then it would just sound bad. so i threw one of my 12 inch crossfire BMFs onto one channel and that bumps up my rating for this amp cuz the amp pushes that pretty delightfully. not a rockford fan but this amps aite.
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4 out of 5

This one here

Written By Terrell, Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, April 17, 2005
 
I must admit, Rockfor Fosgate always brings the best out of their products. For years i have always bought their equipment, and it keeps getting better. This little monster is pushing 2 8" Fosgate P2's and believe me, it is loud! All of the sound is inside the car with me, and that is ok, since noise ordinance is heavy out here in the land of enchantment. Rockford, YOU GO BOY!!!
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4 out of 5

Medium Size, Big SurpriZe

Written By Gregory, Atlanta, Ga on Monday, February 14, 2005
 
This Amp is Untoppable for its purpose. I wanted a Lil more power and bass and stay within my budget. I received a lot of Power and Thunderous Punch 10bd Bass Boost that drowns out road noise totally. This Amp has no noticeable noise even with output turned all the way up. It also has three methods of power protection. You can not blow or short out this out even if you have three thumbs. One short coming. I removed the highly shined chromed plates because of vibration, but with a little engineering I could have correct that.
Big Up to The Rockford Family! "My kind of Peeps"

"GW"
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