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Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM

Marine digital media receiver

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Rockford Fosgate's RFX9901DM combines rugged, marine-ready design with high-tech features that will make your boat a rockin' place to be – in the good way. This digital media receiver (there's no CD player) gives you plenty of ways to stay entertained and informed when you're on the water.

Leave the discs on the dock

Rockford Fosgate's RFX9901DM combines rugged, marine-ready design with high-tech features that will make your boat a rockin' place to be – in the good way. This digital media receiver (there's no CD player) gives you plenty of ways to stay entertained and informed when you're on the water.

The powerful AM/FM tuner hauls in plenty of stations when you're within range, plus this receiver also works with the SiriusXM tuner (not included), so you can enjoy satellite radio's amazing variety of entertainment, news, and sports channels when you're many miles offshore. With the 4-line text LCD, you'll always know who's playing and from which source.

Plenty of entertainment options

Rockford Fosgate designed this receiver to be the centerpiece of your boat's entertainment system. Built-in Bluetooth lets you enjoy streaming music from your smartphone or music player. If you want to upgrade your sound with new speakers, amps, and a subwoofer, you can take advantage of the receiver's three sets of preamp outputs to build a truly impressive system. Add up to two optional wired remotes to control the music from wherever you're sitting.


The front panel has an IPX-6 rating.

You'll want to add Rockford Fosgate's RFX33SD media panel (available soon), which features a USB port, SD card slot, iPod® input, and aux input, so you can plug in a USB thumb drive, iPod, portable CD player, or SD card to enjoy music from your personal collection. The built-in Rockford Fosgate Punch EQ gives you everything you need to fine-tune your sound the way you like it.

If you do want to enjoy some disc-based content on your boat's entertainment system, you can plug in a portable DVD player. This receiver even features HDMI inputs and outputs, so you can enjoy hi-def audio and video with the right cable (sold separately). With dual-zone and multi-source capability, you can listen to digital music at the helm while someone down below enjoys a movie.

Made for marine use

The RFX9901DM is a versatile, multi-source receiver that's tough enough to handle the extremes of a marine environment. The front panel carries an IPX-6 rating, so it''ll withstand salt water, heavy fog, and lashing rain.

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 below to make sure it'll work in your boat.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of marine CD receivers.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner and RDS (does not play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for music streaming (will not make calls)
    • DIN chassis with 1.8-DIN front panel
    • four-line LCD display
    Audio Features:
    • Punch EQ
    • MP3/WMA/WAV compatible
    • low-pass filters
    • compatible with Rockford Fosgate RFX33SD panel with USB, SD, aux, and iPod inputs
    • inputs: HDMI input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (3.6-volt front, rear, sub); HDMI output
    • front/rear IR inputs
    • SiriusXM satellite radio-ready (subscription and tuner required)
    • compatible with optional wired remotes
    Other Features and Specs:
    • IPX-6 front panel for excellent water resistance
    • stainless steel body
    • chassis: 2-1/16"H x 7-3/16"W x 7-1/4"D
    • faceplate: 3-1/2"H x 8-1/16"W x 3/4D"
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Marine digital media receiver
    • Trim ring
    • Power harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Six M4 machine screws
    • Six 0.9375" self-tapping screws
    • Six 0.75" self-tapping screws
    • 0.625" Self-tapping screw
    • 6 Flanged hex-nuts
    • Hex-nut
    • 2 Flat washers
    • 2 Lock-washers
    • Metal backstrap
    • Instruction Manual

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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear (RCA)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 3.6 volts
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No

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    Marine, Display, & Remote Features
    Digital Media Integration
    AM/FM + SiriusXM Radio
    Audio/Video Section

    Marine, Display, & Remote Features

    Marine Certified: Thanks to its IP6X certified front-panel and stainless steel chassis, the Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM digital media receiver can withstand the harsh marine environment.

    Multi-Line Display: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM features a light-blue backlit, multi-line display that is easy to read. You can adjust the brightness (0-10) of the display to suit your surrounding environment.

    Capacitive Touch Control Panel: The RFX9901DM features touch-sensitive buttons and a rotary knob to control the head unit's operation.

    Custom Mount: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM 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.  The receiver does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard European or ISO-DIN automotive installation. The receiver has the following dimensions:

    • Chassis: 7.175" (w) x 2.045" (h) x 7.755" (d)
    • Trim Ring: 8.055" (w) x 3.4975" (h) x 0.565" (d)
    • Nose: 7.255" (w) x 2.925" (h) x 1.625" (d)

    Note: The faceplate has four mounting holes for securing the unit to the bulkhead. The screw hole spacing is 7.625" (w) x 3.0625" (h).

    Optional Wired Remote Control: The RFX9901DM is fitted with two proprietary wired remote inputs and can support of to two Rockford Fosgate's wired remote controls (all sold separately).

    • RFXMR6.5 wired remote without display (575RFXMR65, sold separately).
    • RFXMR6 wired remote without display (available from manufacture)
    • RFXMR7 wired remote with digital display (available from manufacture)
    • RFXMR8 advanced wired remote with digital display (available from manufacture)
    Note: An optional wireless remote control is also available from manufacturer.

    Digital Media Integration

    Dual USB Ports: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM marine receiver features two USB (type-A) ports on the rear-panel attached by 9" cables. The receiver's rear-panel USB ports can be used for plugging in a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The head unit supports music, videos, and photo files stored on a compatible USB device. The USB ports will also charge your device while connected. In addition, you can also connect a SD/SDHC-memory card reader.

    Note: Video and picture files cannot be played back on the RFX9901DM's display, but can be output to an external monitor via composite video or HDMI. The unit's USB ports are not Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad compatible.

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM digital media receiver features built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity between your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device and the Rockford head unit.

    • Wireless Audio Streaming: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM digital media receiver supports wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device (like iPod/iPhone and Android) to the marine receiver. Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) can be controlled from the head unit. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be done through your mobile device.
    • Pairing: Before using the unit's Bluetooth functions, you must pair your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or audio device to the RFX9901DM. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some mobile devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with this head unit.
    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone functions.

    Aux Input: The RFX9901DM is fitted with a rear-panel stereo RCA input for connecting an external analog source for music playback.

    AM/FM + SiriusXM Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM features a built-in AM/FM tuner with U.S. and European tuning. The built-in tuner offer 4 tuning modes; Seek, Scan, Manual, and Preset. The RFX9901DM provides 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, providing you with a total of 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets. The Radio Scan function pauses for 5 seconds on every station detected by the AM/FM tuner; you can also use the Preset Scan function to only pause 5 seconds for each preset station.

    SiriusXM Ready: The RFX9901DM comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Direct tuning from the head unit's front-panel controls
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio/Video Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The RFX9901DM 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: 45 watts x 4 channels (180 watts total)

    5V/6Ch Preamp Outputs: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM is equipped with three pair of 3.6-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.

    EQ Modes + Punch EQ: You can select from seven EQ preset modes (Flat/Pop/Jazz/Classic/Rock/Vocal/Off) to tailor your music listening experience. The Off mode allows you to manually adjusts the head unit's Bass & Treble. There is also a Punch EQ feature which increases both Bass & Treble at the same time.

    Dual Zone: You can send a different audio signal out of the unit's rear RCA outputs, so you can listen to different audio sources in two different locations.

    Video Output: The Rockford Fosgate RFX9901DM features a rear-panel composite video jack and HDMI jack to output video and photos from a connected USB device to an external monitor.

    Note: The HDMI input on this receiver is not functional.

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