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Stage 1 audio upgrade kit for select 2016-17 Polaris Generals: includes a marine digital media receiver

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Our take on the Rockford Fosgate GNRL-STAGE1

The Polaris General is just as good at hauling a load of wood as it is at tearing through the woods, so if you need an all-around side-by-side, it's a really good choice. The radio in the Polaris is okay, but if you care about sound, you'll want to step things up a notch.

Step up to a better receiver

The Polaris General is just as good at hauling a load of wood as it is at tearing through the woods, so if you need an all-around side-by-side, it's a really good choice. The radio in the Polaris is okay, but if you care about sound, you'll want to step things up a notch.

Everything you need

Rockford Fosgate's Stage 1 audio upgrade kit takes your General's sound to the next level with a marine digital media receiver that'll work with your stock speakers. It's tough enough for trail duty, so whether you're racing up a sand dune or blasting through a mud pit, you won't have to worry about your audio gear getting trashed. Rockford Fosgate designed this dash kit to fit right into your Polaris General, with no cutting and no modification needed. It also comes all the parts and pieces needed for a smooth, hassle-free installation.

Bluetooth® and more

Rockford Fosgate's PMX-2 digital media receiver packs a lot of features into a compact, water-resistant package. This trail-ready stereo features built-in Bluetooth, so you can stream music stored on your phone, or tune into Pandora® and enjoy your favorite playlists. If you prefer to plug in, you'll find an aux input, plus a USB input that will charge your phone while you're playing music. Speaking of charges, the PMX-2 also has a low-voltage warning alert built-in, so you won't accidentally drain your battery.

Need some speakers too? Rockford Fosgate offers a Stage 2 package for your General that includes a set of marine speakers.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod®/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
    • includes all parts needed for a smooth installation
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • works with Apple and Android smartphones
    • global AM/FM/Weather tuner
    • 2.7" color display
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Rockford Fosgate PMX-2:
    • Marine digital media receiver
    • Trim-ring
    • Mounting plate
    • Mounting bracket
    • Wiring harness
    • Backstrap
    • 4 Machine screws
    • 4 Hex-nuts
    • Installation & Operation booklet
    • Rockford Fosgate RFGNRL-PMXDK:
    • Dash bezel
    • PMX-2 harness
    • PMX-0 harness
    • Power harness
    • PMX-2 housing
    • PMX-0 housing
    • Metal bracket
    • 8 Small screws
    • 2 Large screws
    • 4 Butt-connectors
    • 5 Wire-ties
    • Installation/Operation Booklet
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    Installation Kit
    Marine & Display Features
    Bluetooth + Remote Control
    USB/iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM/WB + Pandora
    Amp & Audio Section

    Installation Kit

    Dash & Harness Kit: The included RFGNRL-PMXDK dash & harness kit is designed to facilitate the addition of the Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 digital marine source unit into select Polaris General model ATVs. The dash kit includes a main dash bezel and mounting hardware, radio housing and wiring harness.

    Notes:

    • The RFGNRL-PMXDK dash kit bolts directly into factory mounting holes with minimal drilling required.
    • The included harness of RFGNRL-PMXDK dash kit for the PMX-2 is designed to plug directly into your Polaris General model ATV factory wiring harness.
    • The included harness and trim-bezel for the PMX-0 will not be used.

    Vehicle Compatibility: The RFGNRL-PMXDK dash & harness kit is designed to specifically for the following 2016-2017 Polaris General model ATVs.

    Make Model Year
    Polaris General 1000 EPS 2016-2017
    General 1000 EPS Deluxe (not compatible with Ride Command Edition) 2016-2017
    General 4 1000 EPS 2017

    Marine & Display Features

    Marine Certified: Rockford Fosgate's PMX series of source units are fully tested against UV radiation degradation as well as tested to IPX water intrusion standards. They are also fully tested for ever changing environmental conditions such as temperature extremes, as well as vibration testing to make sure they can take a bump and keep performing. The PMX-2 is protected against Dust, UV, Temperature, Water, Corrosion & Vibration.

    • Dust: The unit's display and motor structure are sealed up tight so they look as clear as possible and perform day in and day out no matter how many times you hit the trails.
    • UV Inhibitor Materials: Centrex and ASA plastic materials are used for UV radiation resistance and components are tested in accordance with ASTM D4329 testing and certification procedures.
    • Thermal Shock Tested: Tested for extreme temperature operation as well as severe fluctuations in ambient temperature. Components are taken to both low and high temperature extremes and then tested to ensure operational capabilities.
    • Water Tested: IPX5 and IPX6 Ratings allow for the components to be directly sprayed with water without water incursion.
    • Corrosion Protection: Two part epoxy coated PCB boards prevent corrosion of critical components due to exposure in moisture rich environments.
    • Vibration: Subjected to full vibration and shock testing to ensure that it will take abuse and keep performing to our stringent standards.

    Applications: The PMX-2 digital media receiver is designed for marine and motorsports systems.

    Optically Bonded LCD: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 features a 2.7" TFT color LCD for optimum viewing, even in full sun, that is optically wet bonded to prevent any dust or moisture penetration. There are two brightness settings for the LCD screen.

    Water Resistant Control Knob: The PMX-2 uses a water resistant rotary encoder knob, along with push-button controls that feature white LED illumination.

    Voltage Gauge & Warning: You can check the voltage of your system through the PMX-2's menu. The unit also provides a Low Voltage Warning Alert.

    EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory): The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 features an EEPROM memory system which retains settings even when power is removed.

    Bluetooth + Remote Control

    Bluetooth Music Streaming: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 offers built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0+EDR) for wireless music playback from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows phone, Blackberry, and more. You are able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth device to the PMX-2 marine receiver. You can control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track and Repeat/Shuffle for stored music and music apps on your device. When using a Bluetooth AVRCP 1.4 compatible device like the Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or an Android smartphone (OS 4.0+), you can even browse your stored music by category (Playlist/Artist/Song/Genre). The PMX-2 will also display your device's song/artist information with album art.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for phone calls.

    Optional Wired Remotes: The PMX-2 features a wired remote input which is compatible with Rockford Fosgate's PMX-1R & PMX-0R wired remote controllers (both sold separately). In most cases you will need one of Rockford Fosgate's extension cables (sold separately) to connect a wired remote controller. Up to 3 remotes can be added to one marine receiver using PMXYC Y-cable (sold separately).

    USB/iPod/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The Rockford Fosgate features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port for connection of a USB mass storage class device, like a USB thumbdrive or flashdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3 music files loaded onto a USB MSC device. You are able to browse your music by folders, as well as control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random.

    Note: The unit's USB port is not compatible with Android.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2's USB port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. Simply use the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone device or a 3rd party Apple certified cable (sold separately). The PMX-2 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display (including album art), and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Music Control: The PMX-2 lets you navigate your Apple device's stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast, Composer, or Audiobook. The head unit also offers basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat. Newer Apple devices with iOS 6.0+ will remain unlocked while connected, so you can access music apps on your device. Older Apple device's clickwheels & touchscreens will lock when connected to the PMX-2.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, and Artist/Artist name. It will also display album art.
    • Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/6/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    SE 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    touch
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    6th 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux Input: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 is fitted with a rear-panel stereo RCA AUX input to connect an external audio source. You can give the Aux input a custom  name.

    AM/FM/WB Tuner + Pandora

    AM/FM Tuner: The PMX-2 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM and 12 AM preset stations; these presets can be stored manually or automatically. You can set the tuner to Local or Distance tuning. The Local option tunes to nearby radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. In areas where reception is poor, switching to Distance tuning enables the unit to tune in to more distant stations. You can choose between US or European tuning.

    Weather Band: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 is also equipped with a built-in weather band tuner. Select from weather band frequencies between 162.40 to 162.55.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The free Pandora App (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 using your USB-connected or Bluetooth-paired Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+), or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the PMX-2 via the appropriate the Dock-/Lightning-cable that came with your iPhone or via Bluetooth. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the marine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The PMX-2 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically.
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Amp & Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The PMX-2 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: 25 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)
    Note: The power specifications for the marine receiver are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    4V/4Ch Preouts: The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 is equipped with two pair of 4-volt preamp outputs (Front & Rear/Sub). You can configure the Rear/Sub pre-out for rear speakers with fading capability or as a non-fading sub output. You can turn off the unit's internal amplifier, you plan on using only external amps.

    Equalizer: The PMX-2 is equipped with a variety of EQ presets, and 7-Band EQ, and Rockford Fosgate's Punch EQ.

    • Presets: Select between seven EQ presets - FLAT, ROCK, CLASSIC, ACOUSTIC, DANCE, ELECTRONIC, or HIP-HOP.
    • 7-Band EQ: Use the built-in 7-band EQ to custom tailor the sound of your music to your liking.
    • Punch EQ: Punch EQ is an onboard equalizer with up to +18dB at 45Hz and/or up to +12dB boost at 12.5kHz.

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: The PMX-2 provides a high-pass crossover for the front & rear channels which can be set to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, or Full-Range. The unit also provides a low-pass crossover for the subwoofer output that can be set to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, or Full-Range.

    Sub Control: When the sub out is activated, you can independently adjust its volume level from 0 to 40.

    Source Gain: You can adjust the gain of each source so they all play at the same volume level. Select between -3dB, -2dB, -1dB, 0dB, +1dB, +2dB, or +3dB for each source.

    Key Beep: A beep tone will sound with any press of a button on the receiver. This can be turned on or off.

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    The Rockford Fosgate GNRL-STAGE1 is designed specifically for installation in select 2016-2017 Polaris General ATV models. However, I'm afraid we don't have enough information on the 2018 General at this time to confirm fit and/or compatibility. You may want to try contacting Rockford Fosgate's support for more details; you can find their support website here: http://www.rockfordfosgate.com/support You can also contact a Crutchfield Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat to discuss further. [ Larry  Feb 18, 2018 ]  Staff
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