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Rockford Fosgate R2D4-12

Prime R2 Series 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils

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Our take on the Rockford Fosgate R2D4-12

by Jo Greene
Rockford Fosgate

What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

Rockford Fosgate's Prime R2 subs deliver strong bass in your car, and they are definitely built to last. The R2D4-12 sub features a 12" mica-injected polypropylene cone that works with a high-density poly-foam surround to punch out fat, deep notes. Rockford Fosgate stitches the tinsel leads that carry the signal to the voice coils directly into the cone — they'll hang tough through heavy use so you get consistent, reliable performance. The stamped solid-steel frame offers venting usually found in high-end subs that keeps this sub running cool.

Dual 4-ohm voice coils allow you to wire this sub for 2- or 8-ohm impedance, giving you more flexibility in setting up your system. Rockford Fosgate optimizes this Prime sub for both sealed and ported enclosures so you can choose the type of bass you want in your ride.

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Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • mica-injected polypropylene woofer cone with poly-foam surround
  • stamped solid-steel frame
  • power range: 50-250 watts RMS (500 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 43-250
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-1/8"
  • sealed box volume: 1.02 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.79 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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12 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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Mica injected poly
Surround Material
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Poly-foam
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.02
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.79
Port diameter (inches)
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4
Port length (inches)
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9.3
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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Yes
Sensitivity
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89 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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43 - 250 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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50-250
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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500
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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5 1/4
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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11 1/8
Vas (liters)
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68.8
Fs (Hz)
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35
Qts
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0.6
Xmax (millimeters)
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6
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

  • 12" Dual 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Eight 1-1/8" Allen head screws
  • 4mm Allen head bit
  • Installation/Operation manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)

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Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Features

Overview: The Rockford Fosgate Prime R2D4-12 is a 12-inch subwoofer with dual 4Ω voice coils. The sub features a StampCast steel frame, quick-release compression terminals, and a mica injected polypropylene cone. An anodized aluminum voice coil former and spider venting help keep the subwoofer cool.

Steel Basket: The R2D4-12 subwoofer features a StampCast steel basket for added rigidity.

Compression Terminals: The Prime R2D4-12 features spring post terminals which accommodate speaker wire up to 12 gauge.

CEA-2031 Compliant: Power handling on the Rockford Fosgate Prime R2D4-12 subwoofer conforms to CEA-2031 industry standards. This means the subwoofer has the capacity to handle power under continuous demand, not instantaneous power handling, that over time, can damage voice coils.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box: Rockford recommends a sealed enclosure with an optimum internal volume of 1.02 cubic feet (from 0.75 to 1.25 cubic feet is acceptable). Sealed enclosures provide the most control over a woofer, will handle a lot of power, and provide accurate sonic reproduction, making them suitable to all types of music.

Ported Box: Rockford recommends a ported enclosure with an internal volume of 1.79 cubic feet using one 4" diameter x 9.3" long port; this yields a tuning frequency of 45 Hz. Ported (or vented) enclosures typically provide better overall efficiency than sealed so they are suitable for use with smaller amplifiers, giving you more bass output from less power. However, this efficiency comes at the expense of very low frequency output (below 40Hz).

 
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5 out of 5

Tight bass

Written By Kminosky, Zanesville, Ohio on Friday, April 19, 2013
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I bought this sub to replace an MTX Thunder 4000 and right off the bat is noticeably better sound and hits a lot harder. I'm running this off of a 2 channel 1000watt Sony xplod and I will be purchasing another one of these subs soon.
Pros:
Tight, acurate bass in sealed enclosure. Excellent for metal and rock.
Cons:
I still need to get a second matching sub. Otherwise none.
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5 out of 5

Powerful and clean

Written By Tyler S, Frederick, MD on Friday, November 30, 2012
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I have this in my 2010 Civic sedan mated to a RF Punch 300-1 and it's wonderful. Very tight and you can feel the punch. Dynamat is a must with this kind of bass, unless sqeaks and rattles are your thing.
Pros:
Low cost, good looks, GREAT sound.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Great for small cars

Written By Andy, Maryville, IL on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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I bought this for my nissan versa it works excelently.
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Great quality for price
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1 question already asked

Just wanna know what size amp I should get, rms wise.... to push 2 of these without blowing them out but still sound good and clean? [ Mathew  Aug 12, 2014 ]
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  • 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 Staff  Aug 12, 2014 ]

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