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Rockford Fosgate Prime R250X1

Mono subwoofer amplifier — 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms

11 Reviews | 4 questions - 7 answers

Overview

Our take on the Rockford Fosgate Prime R250X1

Rockford Fosgate performance in a small package. The Prime Series R250X1 mono amp can drive a sub with up to 250 watts RMS, so you can really feel your bass rockin'. You can use the low-pass filter and Rockford Fosgate's famous Punch boost to get the best possible bass from the sub and enclosure in your vehicle. A phase switch gets your subs firing along with your other speakers for maximum impact, while the speaker-level inputs let you hook this amp up to almost any system, even a factory stereo.

Rockford Fosgate power for your sub

Rockford Fosgate performance in a small package. The Prime Series R250X1 mono amp can drive a sub with up to 250 watts RMS, so you can really feel your bass rockin'. You can use the low-pass filter and Rockford Fosgate's famous Punch boost to get the best possible bass from the sub and enclosure in your vehicle. A phase switch gets your subs firing along with your other speakers for maximum impact, while the speaker-level inputs let you hook this amp up to almost any system, even a factory stereo.

Rugged performance and value

The R250X1's heavy cast-aluminum chassis efficiently draws damaging heat away from its internal components, ensuring reliable, long-term play. The amp's built-in sensors keep track of the output current and power supply temperature, ensuring that plunging subwoofer impedances (they change constantly during play) or even a short circuit won't hurt anything. The included wired remote lets you control the amp's volume level from the front seat. Your driver's seat will become your favorite place for listening once this Prime amp goes to work.

Putting together a bass system with this amp? Check out this Crutchfield-approved amp/sub package.

I used this amp to power an 8" bazooka tube. The thing sounds great! The crossover adjustments are easy to use and installation was just as easy. I like the remote bass boost knob too!

Chris, Newton, MA

What's in the Box:

  • Mono subwoofer amplifier
  • Remote Punch Level Control module
  • 18' Remote Punch Level Control cable (RJ-25 connector on both ends)
  • 6" Speaker level input harness
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Two 1/2" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Flat washers
  • Installation & Operation manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian)
  • Amplifier verification certificate

Product Highlights:

  • mono subwoofer amplifier
  • 150 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms (250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms)
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable low-pass filter (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable bass boost (0-12 dB at 45 Hz)
  • phase switch
  • wired remote Punch Level Control included
  • Class AB amplifier design
  • frequency response: 20-250 Hz
  • MOSFET power supply
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • preamp outputs
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads and a 30-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no on-board fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 30-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and this amplifier is recommended
  • 11-1/4"W x 2"H x 7-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Rockford Fosgate Prime R250X1 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

11 Reviews

Great Amp!

Written by: Chris from Newton, MA on May 20, 2016

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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I used this amp to power an 8" bazooka tube. The thing sounds great! The crossover adjustments are easy to use and installation was just as easy. I like the remote bass boost knob too!

Pros: Easy to install and tune.

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Works Great for Me

Written by: Paul from Chesapeake, VA on January 24, 2016

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I bought this amp to drive the factory sub in my Honda Ridgeline when upgrading the factory head unit to a new one. That being said, I didn't need much by way of power, but I also wanted something good quality, since I had to tear about the entire back end of my truck's cab to put it in. (The factory sub is inaccessible without removing the rear seat - bolts and all.) Nice touch adding the remote control for the bass level - especially considering the fact that once I put the seat back I don't have access to adjust it.

Pros: - Good quality (sound and build) - Remote level control

Cons: - No Complaints

Fantastic Amp

Written by: Joe C from Maryland on January 10, 2016

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One of the best amps around. The service was great by Crutchfield. They suggested this amp and it is the perfect set up.

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Great Product

Written by: Anonymous from Arizona on September 6, 2015

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Great product. Provides great power to my sound system. Items were delivered on time.

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Great amp

Written by: Trevor from Minnesota on May 31, 2015

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Great amp, powering a 12" audiobahn, love the remote bass punch it comes with for fine tuning without going to the trunk. Has plenty of power for my ears.

Pros: Remote with plenty of cord for fine tuning the bass punch, plenty of power for such a small amp

Cons: Haven't found any cons yet

Awesome

Written by: Ag from Charlottesville va on April 30, 2015

Big performance from a little guy

Pros: Plenty of adjustments for fine tunning

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Rockford Fosgate Prime R250X1

Written by: Dave from Oregon on February 19, 2015

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Great amp for the price and easy to install

Pros: Sounds great, easy to install and it won't break your bank.

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Amp

Written by: Zack from Merced California on January 25, 2014

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Very easy to attach to your vehicle, not cheaply made either!!! Hook up to your system couldn't be easier. Simple to adjust and tune once it's connected!

Pros: Small compact size, inexpensive, easy to fine tune, connecting to your system was simple!

Cons: Not much to complain about, you get exactly what you pay for.

Not bad for the size

Written by: PillzNY from Bronx, NY on July 14, 2013

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Provides just the right amount of power to the sub I purchased

Pros: Size isn't big at all. After the right adjustments, sounds great

Cons: Honestly can't think if any.

very nice amp

Written by: brad from raymore, mo. on July 13, 2013

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This is my first install of any amp. I think I choose wisely! If I had the extra money, I woulda went 4ohm mono at 250rms or more, but that gets expensive. Running at 2 ohms loud, it starts to get hot sooner than later. But good bang for the dollar! Highly recommended.

Pros: Nice and small, Allen wrench on every terminal! Loved that. Made it easier for me. No matter how ya mount it, easy access to adjustments.

Cons: Not one.

Lots of juice!

Written by: Jorge from Burleson, TX on May 14, 2013

I've never have a small amp that said that it was 250 watts actually do it. I tested this amp and it was putting out 345 watts. I've got it running a single Rockford Fosgate P1 10inch sub in a ported box and it gets loud. I've had others ask me if its 2 12 inch subs.

Pros: Puts out more power than stated, very compact size, easy installation, looks good

Cons: None that I can think of

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Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the Rockford Fosgate Prime R250X1 manual

  • Mono subwoofer amplifier
  • Remote Punch Level Control module
  • 18' Remote Punch Level Control cable (RJ-25 connector on both ends)
  • 6" Speaker level input harness
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Two 1/2" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Flat washers
  • Installation & Operation manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian)
  • Amplifier verification certificate

Product Research

Features
Controls
Connections

Features

CEA 2006 Compliant: The R250X1's power ratings and signal to noise ratio are measured according to the uniform standards advocated by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This allows you to accurately compare these specifications for all CEA 2006-compliant amplifiers, even from different brands. Manufacturers who adhere to these standards can display the CEA 2006 logo on their products and packaging. CEA2006 Specifications for this amplifier are:

  • 4 Ohms: 150 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms, 14.4 volts, and less than 1% THD+N
  • 2 Ohms: 250 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms, 14.4 volts, and less than 1% THD+N
  • S/N: 80 dB, measured at 1 watt output (100 dB measured at rated power)

LED Indicator: The amplifier is equipped with an LED power/protect indicator. The LED illuminates blue when the unit is turned on. It illuminates red if the thermal or short circuit protection circuit is engaged, and the amplifier will automatically turn off.

Mounting: The amplifier can be mounted vertically or horizontally using the supplied mounting screws. The amplifier should never be mounted in an engine compartment as this will void the warranty.

Controls

Gain Control: Use the amplifier's gain control to match the output of the source unit. The rotary gain control is labeled 1 to 11 and has a sensitivity range of 150mV to 4V when using a preamp level signal, 450mV to 12V when using a speaker level signal.

Remote Punch Level Control: The R250X1 includes a wired Remote Punch Level Control, linked to the gain control of the amplifier. The module allows you to remotely control the output level of the amplifier from the dash or center console. The Remote Punch Level Control features a rotary dial, and comes with mounting hardware and an 18' cable.

Note: The Remote Punch Level Control measures approximately 1-3/4" wide (2-5/8" including the mounting flange) x 3/4" high x 1-5/8" deep (2-1/8" deep including the knob and wiring).

Crossover: The amplifier is equipped with a 12dB/octave Butterworth low-pass crossover. The crossover point is continuously variable from 50 to 250 Hz. This being a subwoofer amp, the crossover is always engaged.

Phase: The 2-position phase switch allows you to easily reverse the output phase of the amplifier, choose 0° or 180° to match the rest of your vehicle's speaker system.

Punch EQ: The Punch EQ bass boost circuit is adjustable from 0 (min) to +12dB (max) and centered at 45Hz.

Connections

Power Terminals: The power and ground terminals are nickel-plated set screw terminals and will accommodate up to 4 gauge power and ground wires.

Fuse: An external 30-amp fuse (not included) must be installed on the power wire at the battery. If a wiring kit is used which includes a fuse with a value other than 30-amps, the original should be replaced with a 30-amp fuse.

Remote Turn-On Terminal: The remote turn-on terminal is a nickel-plated set screw terminal that will accommodate up to an 8 AWG wire. It's used to remotely turn the amplifier on and off.

Speaker Terminals: The one pair of speaker outputs is nickel-plated set screw terminals what will accommodate up to 8 AWG speaker wire.

RCA Input Jacks: The industry standard RCA jacks provide an easy connection for preamp level input. They are nickel-plated to resist signal degradation caused by corrosion.

Speaker Level Input: A speaker level input harness is included, making it easier to add the amplifier to a factory radio or to a receiver with no preamp outputs.

RCA Output Jacks: A pair of RCA pass-thru jacks provides a convenient source for daisy-chaining an additional amplifier without running an extra set of RCA cables from the front of your vehicle to the amplifier location.

Wired Remote: An RJ-25 jack is used with the included Remote Punch Level Control.

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Why did you buy this?

Good price for an amp from an established brand. [ Miguel  May 19, 2016 ]
Awesome power for dollar amount! [ Tim  May 08, 2016 ]
it was recomended [ Charles  Mar 31, 2016 ]
Seems to be a good choice for the Rockford Fosgate R2S-1X10. We currently have 4 other Fosgate amps in different vehicles that have performed well. [ GARY  Mar 26, 2016 ]
Small size, plenty of power. [ Curtis  Jan 29, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  May 05, 2015 ]  Staff
4 gauge is also necessary unless, you want to blow fuses in the line or heat up the wire. [ John  Dec 03, 2014 ]
Yes. I used Sky High 4 gauge OFC and it fit perfectly. [ John  Dec 03, 2014 ]
Yes. I believe larger than 8 guage wiring is required. $ guage would be overkill, but fine technically. You may have trouble fitting it into the ports but they probably have ends that can be crimped on. I am pleased with the output though. Good amp, especially for the price. [ STEVEN  Dec 03, 2014 ]
I wouldn't recommend it it will heat up if you like volume. [ JARED  Dec 03, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It would not be recommended to use a 10 gauge. The amp calls for an 8 gauge as the minimum size. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Aug 06, 2014 ]  Staff
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