Rockford Fosgate has been around in the automobile audio business for several decades and is renowned for manufacturing quality equipment for all consumer types. They offer speakers, subwoofers, enclosures, amplifiers and every other audio accessory that you could possibly need for your automobile. In this article we are about to discuss and review the Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 series of subwoofers, and we have carried out extensive research on the market as well as the customer reviews in order to deliver a trustworthy and comprehensive take on what the P2 series has to offer.
What are the main advantages of Rockford Fosgate P2 Series?
The P2 series from Rockford is a step up from the P1 series, mainly because of the higher RMS power ratings on these subwoofers. They are for the slightly more performance-oriented customer and are a great choice for audiophiles on a budget, as well as people who want to pimp up their humble rides with minimal investment and effort. The P2 series is part of the Punch series of subwoofers, designed to deliver quality audio at midrange prices. They include exclusive features such as kevlar coated paper cones, extended pole piece, bump vented back plate, and VAST surface cones. Also, the Punch P2 series contains DVC, or dual voice coil subwoofers which are much easier to set up in dual woofer configuration for maximum sound boom. They range from 8″ to 15″ and have a few tiny variations here and there, but size is the biggest factor while going from one P2 model to another.
Table of contents
- Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 8 Inch Subwoofer
- Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 10 Inch Subwoofer
- Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 12 Inch Subwoofer
- Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 15 Inch Subwoofer
Rockford Fosgate P2 8 Inch Subwoofer Punch Series
With a 8″ driver and a mean RMS power rating of 250W, you can’t really expect this speaker to shatter glasses at the stoplight. But the driver on this peppy little device is light and ensures a crisp, clean sounding bass without too much thump. The 250W RMS leaves it a little under-powered, but since these are so cheap you might as well hook up 2 or even 3 of them to your amplifier. Now keep in mind that these are 2-ohm subwoofers so you need to have an amplifier with sufficient impedance rating if you plan on connecting multiple Rockford Fosgate P2 8″ subwoofers. Space and connectivity is not an issue since you can easily get an enclosure or even custom build one as each subwoofer has a cutout diameter of just 7.13″, and a mounting depth of just 4.76″. And since these are P2 subwoofers, they are DVC and can be hooked up in a multiple subwoofer set up pretty easily thanks to their twin inputs. Also, sensitivity is a rather mediocre 83dB, so that is all the more reason for connecting multiple P2D2 8″ woofers together to get an acceptable amount of volume.
Rockford Fosgate P2 10 Inch Subwoofer Punch Series
The Rockford Fosgate P2 10″ makes up for the lack of power on the 8″ model by sporting a rather impressive power rating of 300W RMS and 600W peak. While its extra wattage may seem super cool, it still lacks the amount of thump and depth that we desire from an enthusiast grade subwoofer due to the 10″ driver size which simply does not pump enough “thump”. Again, the DVC allows you to hook up more of these quite easily, but trunk space is not going to change itself so better be careful if you have a hatchback or compact car. Only one of these is going to take up a major chunk of that trunk, thanks to the 9.13″ crosscut diameter, and 5.92″ mounting depth. Might want to construct your own custom enclosure as it will save you a chunk of money and you can tailor the shape and positioning of that all-important vent.
With smaller subwoofers like these, the enclosure can make a lot of difference and could potentially make even a 10″ subwoofer like this sound louder and better than a 12″ subwoofer placed in a poorly designed enclosure. The P2 series is designed to work equally well in both sealed as well as ported enclosures, but we highly recommend getting a ported enclosure with a port diameter of about 3″ on this subwoofer to compensate for the lower driver size and deliver a larger sound output. Talking of sound output, this subwoofer has a sensitivity of 84dB, a dB higher than the 8″ P2D2, but the increased power handling as well as the increased diaphragm travel makes for a world of difference in a real life scenario when you are pumping beats at maximum volume.
Rockford Fosgate P2 12 Inch Subwoofer Punch Series
We consider Rockford Fosgate P2 12″ to be the best bang for buck product in the P2 lineup, partly because of the amount of extra features you get over the 10″ model with just a slight increase in price. Firstly, the sensitivity has been increased to 86 dB, while at the same time also increasing the power rating to 400W RMS, and 800W peak power. The increase in power rating along with the sensitivity increase makes for an amazing power spike, volume just rips through the roof and bass sounds much meatier, along with perfectly crisp lows and great mid-tones. And the travel of the cone has been increased to 13.3 mm, meaning that the speaker rarely “bottoms out” and keeps pumping out high quality bass at every volume, across all music genres. The only backside that it has is the increased diameter and a mounting depth of 6.4″.
Rockford Fosgate P2 15 Inch Subwoofer Punch Series
While it does perform great, the 400W power rating is the same as that of the 12″ model and the 86dB sensitivity means that the maximum volume will not be much louder than the 12″ model. So, if all you wanted was sound then save your money and get the 12″ version. But if you want more than just sound, then stick around and read ahead. This Rockford Fosgate P2 15″ subwoofer is equipped with a giant magnet that generates the driving force needed to power those big cones. Despite the increased size and 400W RMS wattage, the 15″ model produces the deepest, lowest bass in the entire P2 lineup, and does it with authority. While the 14″ diameter, and 7.34″ mounting depth might put off some of the buyers, it is still a great subwoofer for your money and the kevlar reinforced paper cones are going to ensure you don’t replace your costly subwoofer any time soon. Best part is that if you hook up 2 or 3 of these in the back of your truck or SUV, you will experience raw, uncut power that will remind you of front stage at a 80’s rock concert.