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Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD

Marine CD receiver

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Our take on the Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD

by Ken Nail
Rockford Fosgate

Marine-grade performance

Rockford Fosgate built the RFX9700CD marine CD receiver to provide reliable performance in the demanding marine environment. Its big fold-down face keeps stray moisture away from openings, and the easy-grip knobs are perfect for damp fingers.

Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD

Plenty of audio options

The RFX9700CD gives you plenty of ways to enjoy your music. You'll find the CD and and SD card slots behind the fold-down face for your discs or other media loaded with MP3 files. Rear USB and aux inputs provide more options, and there's even a dedicated iPod® connection too.

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Stay in (remote) control

You don't have to be at the helm to stay in command of this receiver. Rockford Fosgate offers a variety of wired remotes that'll plug right in to the '9700, giving you control from a remote location, or letting you mount the receiver below decks or in a watertight compartment.

High-performance audio

Wherever you put it, you'll enjoy the kind of sound you'd expect from Rockford Fosgate. The internal amplifier gives you plenty of volume but, if you're into serious power, the three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs deliver a strong, noise-free signal to your amps.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Installation Note: This marine receiver's chassis will fit in a standard DIN (2" x 7") opening, but its oversize face can cause problems in certain applications. Please check the receiver's dimensions in Details to make sure it'll work in your boat.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine CD receiver with built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 files
    • USB port and SD card slot
    • fold-down front panel
    Marine-specific features:
    • easy-grip knobs and marine-rated faceplate
    • marine remote ready
    Audio features:
    • bass and treble controls
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control — adapter cable included
    • compatible with Sirius satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: SD card slot, rear USB input, rear auxiliary input, rear iPod port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB/SD Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Marine AM/FM CD receiver (with rubber surround/front-covers installed)
    • Power wiring harness
    • Speaker 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)
    • Six M4 x 27mm machine screws
    • Six 1" mounting screws
    • 0.5" Mounting screw
    • 6 Flanged-nuts
    • Hex-nut
    • 2 Lock-washers
    • 2 Star-washers
    • Metal backstrap
    • Instruction Manual

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Marine Rated
    Display Features
    Disc/SD-card Playback
    USB/iPod/AUX Connectivity
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    Remote Control
    Installation Notes

    Marine Rated

    Marine Grade: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD is a true marine grade in-dash CD receiver with easy to use controls and easy grip knobs. This head unit features a heavy-duty fold-down faceplate to keep water away from the Compact Disc and SD Card slot, along with rear-panel USB, AUX, and iPod inputs, and is Sirius Satellite Radio ready.

    Marine Certifications:

    • Water Intrusion iPX5
    • Salt/Fog Tested ASTM B117
    • UV Exposure Tested G154

    Display Features

    Oversized Fold-Down Face: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD features an oversized fold-down face, so your CD-disc and SD memory card stays protected behind the unit's marine rated face-plate. The front-panel mechanically folds down to load and eject your CDs and SD memory cards.

    Note: The face-plate is not detachable.

    Single-Line Display: The marine head unit features a high visibility 1-line display, with black text and white background.

    Disc/SD-card Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD features a front-loading CD mechanism located behind the head unit's fold-down faceplate. The marine CD receiver supports playback of CD, CD-Text, and CD-R/RW (MP3) discs.

    SD Card Slot: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD's SD card slot is hidden behind the head unit's fold-down faceplate. The marine head unit supports both SD & MMC memory cards that contain MP3 audio files.

    Search Functions: The RFX9700CD offers several search functions to help you find your music.

    • Intro Scan: You can listen to the first 10 seconds of each song a disc.
    • Seek: You can skip to the previous or next track.
    • Seek +/-10: You can skip ahead or backward 10 tracks at a time for a faster search.
    • Direct Entry: You can use the front-panel control to access a track/file directly

    Playback Functions: The RFX9700CD offers Normal, Random (all/folder), and Repeat (all/folder/track) playback functions for your inserted disc or SD card.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage.

    USB/iPod/AUX Connectivity

    USB Input: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD  is equipped with a rear-panel USB type-A port (attached to the chassis by a 39" pigtail) 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 head unit provides audio playback, basic control, song/artist display, and charging.

    iPod Connect: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD features a rear-panel proprietary iPod connector port and includes a proprietary iPod dock cable to connect most iPods with dock connector. The RFX9700CD supports audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod. This unit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod. The head 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 RFX9700CD 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 Head 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 head 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 head 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The RFX9700CD 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 RFX9700CD 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 head 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 head 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 RFX9700CD 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 RFX9700CD provides independent Bass & Treble controls to tailor the head unit's sound to your listening preference.

    Loudness: This feature allows you to listen to your music clearly at low volume levels by reinforcing the bass and treble.

    5V/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD is equipped with three pair of 5-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.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wired Remote Control: The RFX9700CD is fitted with a proprietary wired remote input and is compatible with 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

    Optional Wireless Remote Control: Available from manufacturer.

    Installation Notes

    Custom Mount: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD requires a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. Six screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the waterproof gasket against the bulkhead. 

    Note: The receiver does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard European or ISO-DIN automotive installation.

    Dimensions: The receiver has the following dimensions:

    • Chassis:
      • Width: 7.155"
      • Height: 2.025"
      • Depth: 7.875"
    • Nose:
      • Width: 7.745"
      • Height: 3.515"
      • Depth: 1.875"

    Screw Hole Pattern: The faceplate has four mounting holes across the top of the face-plate, and two holes on the bottom of the faceplate for securing the unit to the bulkhead. The screw hole spacing is as follows (you must remove the faceplate's side cover plates to access the screw holes):

    • Top Row:
      • Total Width: 7.0625"
      • Width Between Two Center Holes: 2.375"
      • Width Between End Holes and Adjacent Center Holes: 2.375"
    • Bottom Row Width: 7.25"
    • Height (Between Top and Bottom Rows): 2.9375"
    • Screw Mounting Depth: 0.75"

    Maximum Mounting Angle: You can install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

     
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