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Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5

5-channel car amplifier — 75 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm

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Our take on the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5

Rockford Fosgate's Punch P1000X5 amplifier can power your entire system, delivering 75 watts RMS to each of your front and rear speakers, along with up to 500 watts RMS to a subwoofer. The sub channel's low-pass and subsonic filters come in handy for getting the right sound from your sub/enclosure combo, and you can use the amp's high-pass filters to remove the bass from your full-range speakers so they'll play more efficiently. The Punch EQ2 includes bass and treble boosts, in case you want to liven up the mix.

Big power for your whole system

Rockford Fosgate's Punch P1000X5 amplifier can power your entire system, delivering 75 watts RMS to each of your front and rear speakers, along with up to 500 watts RMS to a subwoofer. The sub channel's low-pass and subsonic filters come in handy for getting the right sound from your sub/enclosure combo, and you can use the amp's high-pass filters to remove the bass from your full-range speakers so they'll play more efficiently. The Punch EQ2 includes bass and treble boosts, in case you want to liven up the mix.

Not worried about rear speakers? You can also switch this amp into 3-channel mode to drive a couple of high-performance components with 250 watts RMS each while still powering a sub with up to 500 watts.

Easy to set for optimum performance

P300X2 control panel shown as example

P300X2 control panel shown as example

Once again, Rockford Fosgate steps away from the crowd with their C.L.E.A.N. technology (Calibrated Level Eliminates Audible Noise) — a setup system that ensures your music will sound as clean and powerful as possible. It works like this: play the setup tone on the included test CD, adjust the receiver volume until a red clip light on the amp goes out, then turn the amp gain up until a blue light comes on. It's that simple — your amplifier is now set to match your receiver's output. When your receiver reaches maximum clean volume, you'll get maximum clean power from your Punch amp. At quiet listening levels, you'll hear less background noise and more of your music.

Keeps an eye on things while playing

If that blue light turns solid red while you're playing music, the amp's telling you that your source is distorting and you should turn it down, or risk damage to your gear. The optional PLC2 remote level control also doubles as a clip indicator, so you can see from the front seat if your music's clipping. The amp's built-in computer keeps tabs on the output current, ensuring that plunging speaker impedances (they change during play) or even a short circuit won't hurt anything.

Eliminating heat raises efficiency and lowers distortion

Rockford Fosgate's Dynamic Thermal Management system uses forced air to dissipate heat evenly across the amp and out through the high-mass heatsink, efficiently drawing heat away from vital internal parts. Their proprietary MEHSA cooling process maximizes the heat transfer from the MOSFET devices to the heatsink, allowing the heat to escape more readily, so the transistors stay cooler and work better.

Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 control panel

                                                            P1000X5 control panel and input clip light

Product Highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 75 watts RMS x 4 + 150 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 125 watts RMS x 4 + 300 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 250 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 500 watts RMS at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • variable high- and low-pass filters (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • variable PEQ2 bass/treble boost (0-18 dB at 45 Hz and 0-14 dB at 12.5K Hz)
  • switchable subsonic filter (28 Hz, 12 dB/octave) on subwoofer channel
  • C.L.E.A.N. gain setup system includes test tone CD
  • test tones also available as MP3 download from Amazon On Demand, Rhapsody, Google Play, and Spotify, labeled "3sixty.3 setup disc" (Punch amps and the 3sixty.3 use the same test tone tracks for setup)
  • Class-BD amplifier design
  • frequency response: 20-20K Hz
  • Dynamic Thermal Management and MEHSA MOSFET cooling systems
  • MOSFET power and output stages
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs (speaker-level inputs require a speaker wire to RCA adapter)
  • signal-sensing turn-on with speaker-level inputs eliminate need for remote turn-on lead
More Info:
  • optional PLC2 wired remote level control with clip light available
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads and an 150-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 150-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 15-1/8"W x 2-7/16"H x 8-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 5-Channel amplifier
  • Four 1-1/2" Self-tapping screws
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • Quick setup instructions
  • Certificate of Performance
  • Setup/Manual disc

Very powerful, excellent performance for the price. Love it.

Anonymous, Dexter, NY


Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5

Anonymous from Dexter, NY on 9/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very powerful, excellent performance for the price. Love it.

Pros: Power and price.

Cons: None

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5

MATTHEW from Columbia, MD on 9/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

works great sounds great

Pros: easy hook up & set up

Cons: none

Great amp!

Chad from Broken Arrow, OK on 8/6/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice clean amp!

Pros: Really pushes my Audiofrogs and Fosgate sub!


Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5

Emile R. from Madisonville, LA on 8/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding amp! A little tricky to set up, but I'm sure I'll get it tweaked in soon. Easy to mount and fits well in the space of previous amp.



nice five channel amp

jason from claremont, nh on 6/1/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

sounds as good as installing two amps, one for subs and one for full range, it has plenty of power for bass ( running two MTX thunder 10" in a sealed box) Have to turn bass down on the DSP. The mids and highs are very clear and do not distort with HP filter switched on for front and back. very happy with this amp and the sound from it. you cant go wrong with Rockford fosgate!!!

Pros: one amp for complete system, easy wire hook up, just need Phillips screw driver. B + and GND both accept 4gage wire

Cons: none

Power House

Big Bubba from Hickory, NC on 5/22/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply Amazing, This one amp power my entire Jeep. Two 6.5" in Dash, Two 6.5" in rear sound bar, two 12" Subs in Sealed Box in back. This AMP rattles the Jeep and whatever vehicle is next to it. I was surprised on how much power is coming through this thing. I had Rockford Fosgate amps in the past but nothing like this one. I highly recommend if your looking for one amp to drive you entire system.

Pros: Powerful, fairly compact. Completely adjustable. Its like having an amp and electronic crossover all in one.

Cons: Can be somewhat confusing for a novice to set up and adjust due to having the adjustable crossover.

Great 5 Channel Amp!

DOWORK from Brooklyn, NY on 3/21/2016

I've been through a lot of amps in my life and Rockford Fosgate has always made a great product. I've had this amp for two years now connected to four T165-S components, one P3 10" Subwoofer and an Audio Control DQ-61 (Processor) and couldn't be happier with the power, clarity, and set up. I haven't been able to find a compatible five channel amplifier, considering how the bass channel is 1 ohm stable and really does its job. When I read reviews saying that products like this amplifier don't meet specification, I only assume that something is wrong with their set-up. I definitely recommend this amplifier to anyone looking to get a single solid amplifier to do all the work.

Pros: Design, Technology, Clipping Indicator, Easy Set-Up, Comes with Disc for Fine Tuning

Cons: None. Some say its expensive but I think its priced right.

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X5

D from Aberdeen,ms on 1/9/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sound amplification is clear and solid



amp sounds good

dude..wheres my car? from Georgia on 12/9/2014

The 5 channel punch amp (P1000x5) is clean sounding...but is does not have the power that is advertised on the spec sheet. however...if you are not trying to shake everything in the truck/car...this amp works well



RF Punch P1000X5

Ed from LA on 7/31/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2010 Ford F150 Crew Cab - Didn't want to lose my rear speakers when adding an amp and sub. I have been well pleased with Rockford Fosgate equipment I have owned in the past so I thought the P1000X5 would solve my problem. I did get to keep all my speakers but the amp was disappointing. The "CLEAN" system setup worked with the door speakers but not the sub. I finally had an installer make the adjustments on the amp and it is sounds decent. If I had it to do over I would purchase the RF T-400, like I had in my previous vehicle, bridge the rear speakers and use for a good sub. That sounded so much better than what I have now and cost much less. The 1000X5 is a good amp but not worth the price in my opinion. Also purchased the PLC2 remote for the amp. It has a nice looking light but otherwise I can't tell it does anything. Lest I forget - Thanks Dean @ Tech Support for getting me through the aggravation. As usual, Crutchfield folks are great.

Pros: Got to keep my rear speakers. Decent amp.

Cons: Overpriced by mfg., "CLEAN" system non-functional with sub inputs. Could have spent less money for a better sound.

Great power and price

S. Zimmerman from Olympia, Wa on 9/22/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic fit and finish. The unit looks great and performs even better. I was building a system on a budget and this came up on sale. Powers 4 Fosgate 6X9's and two 10inch subs in a 2011 Challenger R/T. Huge improvement over the "Factory Boston Acoustics".

Pros: Enough power in one amp for my system. Saved buying a separate sub amp.

Cons: None


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5-Channel Design: The Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 is made up of three sections, two full range stereo amps (front and rear) and a mono subwoofer amp. The full range amps are Class-AB and the subwoofer amp is Class-bd, a patented, more efficient design. The front and rear amps are independently bridgeable, meaning the P1000X5 can be used as a 5-channel, 4-channel, or 3-channel amp. The minimum impedance for the full range amps is 2Ω (4Ω when bridged) and the minimum subwoofer amp impedance is 1Ω.

CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006 is a system of testing and measurement methods for mobile audio amplifiers. This voluntary standard advocates a uniform method for measuring an amplifier's RMS power output and signal-to-noise ratio. The criteria for measuring power uses a DC input voltage of 14.4 volts and the RMS power output is measured with 1% or less Total Harmonic Distortion plus noise (THD+N) over a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (for full range amplifiers). Signal-to-Noise ratio is measured in weighted absolute decibels (dBA) at a reference of 1 watt into 4Ω. CEA-2006 allows consumers to compare car amplifiers and receivers on an equal basis. Using CEA-2006 criteria, the P1000X5 is rated as follows:

  • Power Output:
    • Full Range:
      • 4Ω: 75 watts x 4-channels
      • 2Ω: 125 watts x 4-channels
      • Bridged: 250 watts x 2-channel (into 4Ω)
    • Subwoofer:
      • 4Ω: 150 watts x 1-channel
      • 2Ω: 300 watts x 1-channel
      • 1Ω: 500 watts x 1-channel
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 85 dBA (105 dB at rated power)
    • Full Range: 85 dBA (105 dB at rated power)
    • Subwoofer: 80 dBA (100 dB at rated power)

Cast Aluminum Heatsink: The cast aluminum heatsink dissipates heat generated by the amplifier's circuitry. The inherent advantage of casting provides a 30% cooling improvement over conventional extrusion heatsink designs.

Dynamic Thermal Management (DTM): DTM evenly distributes excess heat across the amplifier's entire heatsink.

MEHSA³ (Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application-3rd Generation): MEHSA is a Rockford Fosgate proprietary process that increases the heat transfer from the MOSFET devices to the heatsink. The multi-layer insulated metal MEHSA substrate operates with minimal thermal resistance, spreading heat both downward and outward to quickly dissipate heat from each device across the heatsink. This allows greater power output, enhanced thermal stability, and maximum reliability.

Trans-ANA (TRANSconductance Active Nodal Amplifier): Trans-ANA is a circuit that allows the audio signal to pass through the amplifier at low voltage. The signal is directly level-shifted to the fixed high voltage rails via a pair of drive transistors. Signal linearity is assured by an active node formed by the drive transistors at ultrasonic frequencies. The result is crystal clear sound quality.

NOMAD (NOn-Multiplying Advanced Decision): NOMAD is an intelligent protection circuit that uses an analog computer to make real time decisions regarding temperature, voltage, current and impedance. The amplifier is protected without limiting sound output unless needed.

DSM (Discrete Surface Mount): High speed robotics are used in the manufacturing process to place 1% tolerance parts and large board traces. DSM improves the efficiency of the circuit, decreases cross-talk from other discrete components and lowers operating temperature.

CLEAN Set-Up: Rockford's integrated level setting technology, CLEAN (Calibrated Level Eliminates Audible Noise), replaces sophisticated test equipment with input/output clip LEDs, allowing you to match the source unit's output to the amp's gain, and optimize the amp's output. The input clip indicator works in conjunction with the audio source volume, illuminating red when the source reaches it's clipping point. The output clip indicator works in conjunction with the input level dial on the amp, illuminating the appropriate color depending on the audio content used for the setup.

Power and Protection LEDs: The LEDs are located on top of the amplifier. A blue Power LED illuminates when the amplifier is turned on. A red Thermal LED illuminates if the amplifier overheats. The yellow Protect LED illuminates if a short circuit or too low an impedance is detected at the speaker connections. When any of the protection circuits engage, the amp automatically shuts down until the problem is corrected.

Balanced Differential Inputs: Differential inputs eliminate noise picked up by signal cables by measuring the voltage of both the (+) and (-) input signal, then subtracting the voltage common to both conductors (noise), resulting in only the clean signal entering the amplifier.

Infrasonic Filter: The subwoofer section's infrasonic filter is fixed at 28 Hz with a slope of 12dB/octave. This high-pass filter is designed to prevent frequencies below the audio range from being applied to the subwoofer, or reproduced by the amplifier. This improves your subwoofer performance and power handling, particularly in vented enclosures.


Input Level: The front, rear, and subwoofer sections of the amplifier have separate input level controls. To accommodate the varying range of signal levels from today's factory and aftermarket radios, the input levels are adjustable from 150mV to 12V.

Crossover: The amplifier's internal crossovers are also independent for the front, rear, and subwoofer channels. The slope of all three is 12 dB/octave and the crossover points are variable from 50 Hz to 250 Hz. The full range sections can be set to high-pass, all-pass (full range), or low-pass operation. The low-pass crossover in the subwoofer section cannot be bypassed.

Punch EQ: Each amplifier section has its own Punch EQ circuit. In the full range amps, the EQ function changes with the crossover switch. When the crossover is set to low-pass, the Punch EQ acts as a variable bass boost; 0-18 dB at 45 Hz. When the crossover is set to high-pass, the Punch EQ acts as a variable treble boost, 0-14 dB at 12.5 kHz. When the crossover is set to all-pass, both the bass and treble boost circuits are active. The subwoofer amp has only the bass boost; 0-18 dB at 45 Hz.

Input Switch: With the input switch in the 2-channel position, connecting only the front inputs will send the signal to both the front and rear sections of the amplifier. In the 4-channel position, both front and rear inputs must be used.

Sub Input: If the source unit has a dedicated subwoofer output, set this switch to On to activate the amplifier's sub input.

Remote Punch Level: When activated, this switch allows the use of a optional remote Punch Level Controller (PLC2).

Infrasonic Filter: A switch allows you to turn the infrasonic filter off if you prefer.


Power Connections: The power and ground terminals are nickel-plated captive c-clamp wire connectors and will accommodate up to 4-gauge wire. An external 150-amp fuse (not included) must be installed on the power wire. The remote turn-on terminal will accept up to 12-gauge wire. A Phillips or flat-head screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Speaker Connections: The six pair of speaker output terminals (front left and right, rear left and right, and two subwoofer outputs) are also nickel-plated captive c-clamps and will accept up to 8-gauge wire. The two subwoofer outputs are internally wired in parallel, making it easy to connect two subs. A Phillips or flat-head screwdriver (not supplied) is required to tighten/loosen the terminals.

Signal Input: The front, rear, and subwoofer RCA inputs will accept either a line-level or speaker-level input. A speaker-level signal can be connected using a Speaker Wire to RCA adapter (sold separately). When using a speaker-level input signal, the auto turn-on feature is active and the remote turn-on terminal becomes a 12 volt output to turn on/off up to two additional amplifiers or other components.

Punch Level Control (PLC): An RJ-45 jack is provided for connecting an optional wired remote PLC2 (item number 575PLC2, sold separately), allowing remote control of the output level of the subwoofer amplifier. A second RJ-45 jack is the PLC output, used to daisy-chain additional amplifiers controlled by a single remote.

Note: Previous model PEQ, Punch Bass, and Para-Punch remotes will not work with this amp.

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Mr. Garrate guide me to purches it. [ Hee chang  May 16, 2017 ]

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Tech Support is included with your purchase from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. [ Kenny  Apr 07, 2017 ]  Staff
A side or b side, it doesn't matter because they are connected together for impedance adjustment purposes. [ caleb young  Jun 21, 2016 ]
Either A or B for sub out they are paralleled if u use ohm meter u will find continuity at A+ and B+ and also at A- and B- [ jason  Jun 13, 2016 ]
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