Hide-away receiver for your boat

Is Rockford Fosgate's RFX3000 marine receiver right for your boat's audio system? Run through this checklist:

  • You want a small hideaway receiver you can control with wired remotes from different areas of your boat.
  • You want to listen to AM/FM radio, but you don't plan on playing CDs.
  • You want to be able to listen to music from your iPod® or other USB device.
  • You'd like the option of adding satellite radio or other audio sources to your system.
Rockford Fosgate RFX3000

If this sounds like you, the RFX3000 is ready to go to work on your boat. You can mount this compact receiver in an out-of-the-way spot, connect all your audio devices, and then control it all from up to three different Rockford Fosgate wired remote controls.

Entertainment center

The RFX3000 features a built-in AM/FM tuner, plus inputs for your iPod, a USB port, an auxiliary input, and satellite radio control (tuner and subscription required). The receiver houses a built-in amp (25 watts x 4), and you can access bass and treble controls through your wired remotes. You'll appreciate the three pairs of preamp outputs for external amps, plus the dual-zone outputs that allow you to play different sources in different parts of the boat.

Important Note: You will need the Rockford Fosgate RFXMR55B wired remote to operate this marine receiver, as it has no built-in controls.

RFXMR5BB remote

You'll need this RFXMR5BB remote to control this marine receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • hide-away marine receiver (doesn't play CDs)
    • Rockford Fosgate RXMR5BB remote control required for operation
    • built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/50 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • accepts up to 3 marine remotes
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control
    • compatible with Sirius satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: iPod input, USB port, auxiliary input, video input, three wired remote control inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (3-volt front, rear, sub), video output, dual-zone output
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • Hide-away AM/FM digital media receiver
    • Wiring harness
    • 6' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 6' iPod cable (with an Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a proprietary 9-pin connector on other end)
    • 4 Mounting screws
    • 4 Flat washers
    • 4 Lock washers
    • Operation Manual

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 25 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color None
    Key Button Color N
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Marine Digital Media Receiver
    Wired Remote Control
    USB/iPod/AV Connectivity
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section

    Marine Digital Media Receiver

    Digital Media Receiver: The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 is a hide-away AM/FM digital media receiver. The RFX3000 is perfect for when you want tunes in your boat, but have limited space for an in-dash source unit. This hide-away unit features an AM/FM stereo and Front/Rear/Sub RCA outputs to connect external Rockford Fosgate amplifiers. There are also AUX, USB, and iPod inputs to connect your external digital media. In addition, the RFX3000 is Sirius Satellite Radio ready.

    Hide-Away Box: The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 is designed to be mounted out of sight in a remote location of your boat. Choose your mounting location carefully so that the unit will not interfere with the normal driving functions of your boat. Avoid installing the unit where it would be subject to high temperature, such as from direct sunlight or hot air; or where it would be subject to dust, dirt or excessive vibration.

    Note: Correct mounting positions include horizontal and 45-/90-degree facing upward.

    Wired Remote Control

    Required Wired Remote Control (sold separately):The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 hide-away AM/FM digital media receiver requires the purchase of the Rockford Fosgate RFXMR5B wired remote (575RFXMR5B, sold separately) to operate the unit (The RFX3000 contains no controls on the unit itself.) There are three proprietary remote control inputs to connect up to three Rockford Fosgate marine wired remote controllers.

    5-Pin Remote Control Input (2): The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 features two proprietary 5-pin remote control inputs that allow you to connect up to two Rockford Fosgate RFXMR5B wired remote controls. The RFXMR5BB (575RXFMR5B, sold separately) is a marine wired remote controller for the Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 hide-away AM/FM digital media receiver. This wired marine controller features a water resistant 3-line LCD & has easy access push buttons.

    8-Pin Remote Control Input (1): The RFX3000 is fitted with a proprietary 8-pin wired remote input that is compatible with the following Rockford Fosgate's wired remote controls (all sold separately).

    • RFXMR6 wire remote without display
    • RFXMR3 wired remote with digital display
    • RFXMR7 advanced wired remote with digital display

    USB/iPod/AV Connectivity

    USB Input: The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 is equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port and includes a 6' USB extension cable to connect a USB mass storage class device. The unit supports USB (msc) devices that are formatted in FAT16/32 and contain MP3 audio files. The unit provides audio playback, basic control, song/artist display, and charging (via required remote control; sold separately).

    • Search Functions: The RFX3000 offers several search functions to help you find your music.
      • Intro Scan: listen to the first 10 seconds of each song a disc
      • Seek: skip to the previous or next track
      • Seek +/-10:  skip ahead or backward 10 tracks at a time for a faster search
    • Playback Functions: The RFX3000 offers Normal, Random (all/folder), and Repeat (all/folder/track) playback functions for your connected USB device.

    iPod Connect: The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 features a rear-panel proprietary iPod connector port and includes a proprietary iPod dock cable to connect most iPods with dock connector. The RFX3000 supports audio playback, control, song/artist display, and charging of your iPod (via required remote; sold separately). The unit lets you search music for playback from your iPod/iPhone by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, or Genre). You can then search each category alphabetically. You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod/iPhone; Play/Pause, Next/Previous track, and Random/Repeat. Your iPod's controls will be locked during connection. The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of 3/13/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video unit iPod/App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th n/a N N N N N N N
    mini 1st n/a N N N N N N N
    2nd n/a N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: This unit features a rear mounted, stereo RCA auxiliary input on a 6" pigtail so you can connect an external audio source.

    Note: The optional auxiliary extension cable (020CCAUX, sold separately) turns the unit's stereo RCA inputs into a single stereo minijack (3.5mm) input. The auxiliary extension cable's 3.5mm connector features a rubber-cap and can be flush mounted for a permanent and safe installation in a marine environment.

    Video Input/Output: The RFX3000 features a composite video input and output to accept signal from an external video source and send it to a connected external monitor (sold separately).

    Optional USB/iPod/AUX Socket: You can connect Rockford Fosgate's RFX30 USB/iPod/Aux socket (575RFX30, sold separately) to the Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 hide-away marine digital media receiver to gain better access to the unit's USB, iPod, and Aux inputs for easier connection and disconnection of your external digital media.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The RFX3000 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with U.S. and European tuning.

    Tuning Modes: The built-in tuner offer 4 tuning modes; Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset.

    Preset Tuning: The RFX3000 provides 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, providing you with a total of18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets.

    Radio Scan: The Radio Scan function pauses for 5 seconds on every station detected by the AM/FM tuner.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • Sirius Satellite Radio: To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 Sirius Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) directly to the unit's Sirius direct connection (no proprietary interface required). You can also connect the Sirius dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1) along with a compatible portable Sirius radio (all sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius Satellite Radio receiver can also be connected to the unit via the rear-panel auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The RFX3000 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 40 watts x 4 channels

    Bass & Treble: The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 provides independent Bass & Treble controls to tailor the unit's sound to your listening preference.

    3V/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The Rockford Fosgate RFX3000 is equipped with three pair of 3-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Sub). The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

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    great in show car

    Written By nick, prattille, al on Sunday, May 19, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 1957 ford fairlane 500. Hidden behind the dash with the remote run so it comes out from under the seat. Loved it. Sounds great install only took about an hour. Mostly running wires and drilling for the bolts

    Pros: Easy install. Sounds great.

    Cons: The remote comes separate and you have to pay separately

    On my scooter

    Written By KP, Los Angeles on Monday, August 20, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this receiver and the small remote on my Vespa scooter,- putting the unit under the seat and the remote next to the left brake. It works great. Easy, clear and I love the iPod hookup that also charges the iPod at the same time. I had another stereo on the bike before and it broke down within the year. This is perfect for my needs. Thanks to the patient sales guys for helping find/pick the right products to match my needs. No one else seems to make an FM stereo that works well on a big scooter

    This is ...

    Written By Wakesetter247, Midlothian VA on Sunday, April 15, 2012

    I have this in my boat (standard from Malibu), and it never works properly. When it does work, the menu structure is garbage, the volume controls take for ever and a day to change, and the display will freeze.

    Pros: nothing

    Cons: everything

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