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Rockford Punch P400X4

4-channel car amplifier — 50 watts RMS x 4

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Our take on the Rockford Punch P400X4

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.

Big power for your speakers or subwoofers

Rockford Fosgate's Punch P400X4 amplifier can put out 50 watts RMS to each of your front and rear speakers, plenty of power for clean music even at high levels. You can use the amp's high-pass filter to remove low bass from your speakers so they'll play more efficiently. You can also switch this amp into 2-channel mode to drive a couple of subwoofers with up to 200 watts RMS each. The amp's low-pass filter comes in handy for getting the right sound from your sub/enclosure combo. The Punch EQ2 includes bass and treble boosts, in case you want to add some boom and sizzle back into the mix.

Easy to set for optimum performance

P300X2 control panel shown as example

P300X2 control panel shown as example

Once again, Rockford Fosgate steps away from the crowd with their C.L.E.A.N. technology (Calibrated Level Eliminates Audible Noise) — a setup system that ensures your music will sound as clean and powerful as possible. It works like this: play the setup tone on the included test CD, adjust the receiver volume until a red clip light on the amp goes out, then turn the amp gain up until a blue light comes on. It's that simple — your amplifier is now set to match your receiver's output. When your receiver reaches maximum clean volume, you'll get maximum clean power from your Punch amp. At quiet listening levels, you'll hear less background noise and more of your music.

Keeps an eye on things while playing

If that blue light turns solid red while you're playing music, the amp's telling you that your source is distorting and you should turn it down, or risk damage to your gear. The amp's built-in computer keeps tabs on the output current, ensuring that plunging speaker impedances (they change during play) or even a short circuit won't hurt anything.

Maintaining coolness raises efficiency and lowers distortion

Rockford Fosgate's Dynamic Thermal Management system uses forced air to dissipate heat evenly across the amp and out through the high-mass heatsink, efficiently drawing heat away from vital internal parts. Their proprietary MEHSA cooling process maximizes the heat transfer from the MOSFET devices to the heatsink, allowing the heat to escape more readily, so the transistors stay cooler and work better.

Rockford Fosgate P400X4

                                                     P400X4 connection panel and input clip light

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Highlights:

  • 4-channel car amplifier
  • 50 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms (100 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms)
  • 200 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms (4-ohm stable in bridged mode)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
Features:
  • variable high- and low-pass filter filter (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable PEQ2 bass/treble boost (0-18 dB at 45 Hz and 0-14 dB at 12.5K Hz)
  • C.L.E.A.N. gain setup system includes test tone CD
  • test tones also available as MP3 download from Amazon On Demand, Rhapsody, Google Play, and Spotify, labeled "3sixty.3 setup disc" (Punch amps and the 3sixty.3 use the same test tone tracks for setup)
  • Class-AB amplifier design
  • frequency response: 20-20K Hz
  • Dynamic Thermal Management and MEHSA MOSFET cooling systems
  • MOSFET power and output stages
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (speaker wire to RCA adapter required for speaker-level input)
  • signal-sensing turn-on with speaker-level inputs eliminate need for remote turn-on lead
More Info:
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads and an 60-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 60-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 11-1/8"W x 2-7/16"H x 8-13/16"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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50 x 4
Peak Power Output (Watts x Channels)
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N/A
Power at 2 Ohms (Watts x Channels)
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100 x 4
Bridged Power (Watts x Channels)
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200 x 2
Minimum Impedance Bridged
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4
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
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2
Best Frequency Response
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20-20k Hz
THD at Rated RMS Power
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1%
Signal to Noise Ratio
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85 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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50-250 Hz
Low-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB/octave
High-Pass Crossover Frequency
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50-250 Hz
High-Pass Slope (dB/octave)
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12 dB
Bass Boost
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0-18 dB
Bass Boost Frequency
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45 Hz
Fan Cooled
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No
Fuse Rating
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60
Speaker Level Inputs
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RCA
Preamp Outputs
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No
Width (inches)
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11-1/8
Height (inches)
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2-7/16
Depth (inches)
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8-13/16
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?

Download owner's manual

  • 4-Channel amplifier
  • Four 1-1/2" Self-tapping screws
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • Quick setup instructions
  • Certificate of Performance
  • Setup/Manual disc

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a system of testing and measurement methods for mobile audio amplifiers. This voluntary standard advocates a uniform method for measuring an amplifier's RMS power output and signal-to-noise ratio. The criteria for measuring power uses a DC input voltage of 14.4 volts and the RMS power output is measured with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N) over a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (for full range amplifiers). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels (dBA) at a reference of 1 watt into 4Ω. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on an equal basis. Using CEA-2006 criteria, the Rockford Fosgate P400X4 is rated as follows:

  • Power Output:
    • 4Ω: 50 watts x 4-channels
    • 2Ω: 100 watts x 4-channels
    • Bridged: 200 watts x 2-channel (into 4Ω)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 85 dBA (105 dB at rated power)

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

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

MEHSA³ (Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application-3rd 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 amplifier is protected without limiting sound output unless needed.

DSM (Discrete Surface Mount): High speed robotics are used in the manufacturing process 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.

CLEAN Set-Up: Rockford's integrated level setting technology, CLEAN (Calibrated Level Eliminates Audible Noise), replaces sophisticated test equipment with input/output clip LEDs, allowing you to match the source unit's output to the amp's gain, and optimize the amp's output. The input clip indicator works in conjunction with the audio source volume, illuminating red when the source reaches it's clipping point. The output clip indicator works in conjunction with the input level dial on the amp, illuminating the appropriate color depending on the audio content used for the setup.

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.

Balanced Differential Inputs: Differential inputs eliminate noise picked up by signal cables by measuring the voltage of both the (+) and (-) input signal, then subtracting the voltage common to both conductors (noise), resulting in only the clean signal entering the amplifier.

Controls

Input Level: The front and rear sections of the amplifier have separate input level controls. To accommodate the varying range of signal levels from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the input levels are adjustable from 150mV to 12V.

Crossover: The amplifier's internal crossovers are also independent for the front and rear channels. The slope is 12 dB/octave and both can be set to high-pass, all-pass (full range), or low-pass operation. The crossover points are variable from 50 Hz to 250 Hz.

Punch EQ: Both the front and rear amplifier sections have Punch EQ circuits, the function of which changes 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, 0-14 dB at 12.5 kHz. When the crossover is set to all-pass, both the bass and treble boost circuits are active.

Input Switch: With the input switch in the 2-channel position, connecting only the front inputs will send the signal to both the front and rear sections of the amplifier. In the 4-channel position, both front and rear inputs must be used.

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 60-amp fuse (not included) must be installed on the power wire. The remote turn-on terminal will accept up to 12-gauge wire. A Phillips or flat-head screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Speaker Connections: The four pair of speaker output terminals are also nickel-plated captive c-clamps and will accept up to 8-gauge wire. A Phillips or flat-head screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Signal Input: The front and rear RCA inputs will accept either a line-level or speaker-level input. A speaker-level signal can be connected using a Speaker Wire to RCA adapter (sold separately). When using a speaker-level input signal, the auto turn-on feature is active and the remote turn-on terminal becomes a 12 volt output to turn on/off up to two additional amplifiers or other components.

 

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3 questions already asked

Does this amp include the bass remote? [ Adam  Jun 17, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • no. it does not [ RICHARD   Jun 22, 2014 ]
  • No it doesnt [ BRIAN   Jun 17, 2014 ]
Can I use this amp in tri mode? I want to run my front door speakers on channel 1 and 2, then bridge 3 and 4 to power my sub. [ Clint  May 21, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Yeah, you can. But honestly I would just go buy the P300X2, and a mono block for your sub. Bridging for the sub on this amp will only give you like 250 watts rms to your sub. And that's like...max. Also I'm not entirely sure if you can make 2 channels high pass, and the other 2 low pass. Just be sure you buy a 2 ohm DVC sub if you're going to bridge it. [ Luke   May 24, 2014 ]
Why doesn't this give you a max power output? I would like to know so I can pair up the right speakers. [ RFproject  Feb 06, 2014 ]
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