Rockford Fosgate P500X2 Punch 2-Channel Amplifier
Rockford Fosgate's Punch series amplifiers represent a good mix of performance and affordability, leaving very few reasons to spend more money. The Punch P500X2 puts out 150 watts RMS per channel at 4 ohms, 250 watts RMS per channel at 2 ohms, and 500 watts RMS bridged at 4 ohms, so there's no doubt that it lives up to its name. A built-in processor ensures speaker impedance changes or short circuiting won't damage anything, and there are status lights on the exterior to give you feedback as to whether your source is distorting or not. As expected from a Rockford Fosgate amplifier, heat management is a top priority - the proprietary MEHSA cooling process ensures that this Class-AB amplifier can remain cool. Rockford Fosgate includes a test tone CD to help set up the gain, and more test tones can be downloaded if needed. Variable high and low pass filters and PEQ2 bass and treble boost allow for more fine tuning. While $400 may sound like a lot of money for a 2-channel amplifier, the extra performance and flexibility is well worth the higher price tag.