Rockford Fosgate P3-2X12 1200 Watts Dual Rms Subwoofer Enclosure Review
Rockford Fosgate is a leader in the car audio equipment industry. Their extensive, best-selling line of subs have been dominating the market and considering their reasonable pricing, it’s easy to see why.
But no subwoofer setup is complete without the right enclosure. The P3 subwoofer enclosure is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a solid, reliable setup and clear, rich bass.
If you’re looking for an audio system that arrives wired and ready to go, then look for further than this best-selling enclosure and sub set.
Overview and Features
Before you hit that buy now button, measure the amount of trunk space you have to work with. Failing to do so is a rookie mistake and one that can lead to returning the enclosure if your car can’t handle this massive model.
This subwoofer enclosure by Rockford Fosgate already comes loaded with two twelve-hundred-watt subwoofers, so all you’ll need to purchase is the amp.
The cabinet itself is made out of tough medium-density fiberboard, which is durable, affordable, and the perfect choice for sub housing material.
MDF is actually a very versatile building material, which is why it’s used commonly in shelving and storage cabinets. The MDF used for the cabinet measures in at 5/8 inches thick. The design is topped off with high current binding posts that improve durability.
This set comes with a twelve-month product warranty that covers manufacturing defects.
Subs: Offering Quality and Power
As we mentioned earlier, this model comes with two twelve-inch subs that offer twelve hundred watts of power which adds up to twenty-four hundred watts of raw power. The subs feature one OHM each and both are internally wired in order to create a one OHM amp load. In terms of speaker connectors, this model features up to ten AWG compression terminals. Since this enclosure comes with two subs it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a new audio setup that’s more affordable. However, you’ll still need to purchase an amp to power the subs.
In terms of power, their top competitor, the CT Sounds Meso 10 Inch Car Subwoofer 1500w RMS Dual 2 Ohm offers more, but it’s sold as a single sub and doesn’t come with an enclosure. For the price, this package is a great deal considering you get two subs that total up to twenty-four hundred watts, not to mention the enclosure. If you’re on a tight budget, we highly recommend this model.
In terms of sound and power, these subs received plenty of positive feedback for their distortion-free performance. However, if you’re a beginner and don’t know much about setting up a new audio system, you’ll need to be careful when adjusting your new system. You can click here to learn more in our article on subwoofer tuning.
You can also learn more about pro-quality audio system setups in our buyer’s guide, just click here.
The sound waves that are created by bass notes are very big. As you know, subs need a lot of power to generate them, the type of power that only an external amp is able to provide.
When you’re searching for an amp to power these subs, there are a couple of specs you’ll need to pay attention to: the amp’s RMS output, which is the amount of power an amp is able to put out continuously, and the power the speakers can handle continuously. The other spec is the subwoofer’s upper power handling ability. Keep in mind, max power specs will only refer to short bursts of power and are basically irrelevant when it comes to amp and sub matching.
When you’re looking for a compatible amp, just keep in mind that more power is always better. In fact, underpowering a sub can actually do more damage than by sending it too much power.
Ideally, the amp you choose should have an RMS output wattage at seventy-five percent to one hundred and fifty percent of the subwoofer’s RMS power handling capability.
All of the electrical components and circuits, including the voice coils, offer natural resistance to the flow of electricity. This type of resistance is referred to as impedance. This is measured in OHMs. These subs have an impedance rating of one OHM each.
When you’re wiring the subs to your new amp, you’ll need to ensure their impedance specs are a match. basically, you’ll need a two OHM rated amp since each of the subs has a one OHM output.
If you’re thinking two subs is probably too much power for a single amp, it’s actually pretty common for audio enthusiasts to drive more than one subwoofer using just one amp.
There are several ways you can wire the subs so the impedance they send to the amp matches the amp’s stability specs.
Remember, the lower the impedance subwoofers present to the amplifier, the more power the amplifier will send to the subwoofer. Because of this, it’s very important to ensure that you present the right impedance to the amplifier. If it’s too low, then you’ll risk overheating the amp because you’re trying to supply way more power than it’s able to deliver. However, when you’re wiring both subs, presenting the smallest, safest impedance to an amp is an excellent way to maximize the power output in order to get the most out of both of the subs.
- Two subwoofers
- Durable MDF enclosure
- Compact design
- Amp not included