Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of RF's new line of Prime amps? They seem cheap for the power they put out compared to their other lines.

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- 05-16-2009Slo_RideRockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of RF's new line of Prime amps? They seem cheap for the power they put out compared to their other lines.

- 05-16-2009PaulThompson229Re: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
I dont think I would bother with them, Hifonics and Powerbass look better to me then them.

- 05-16-2009Slo_RideRe: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
Wow, really. I figured it would do rated power considering its Rockford Fosgate.

- 05-17-2009gunz4meRe: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
Dammit... I can't remember where I saw the review so pardon my recollection from a foggy memory..... Anyhow, IIRC, they barely do rated @ 14.4 volts.

Now, I am going to drive myself nuts looking for the review :(

ETA: Scratch my memory.... It was the birthsheet that I saw on a Prime 500-1. It birthed 545 watts @ 2 ohms! - 05-17-2009denimRe: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
**From what I have been told by a rep, they are pretty much right on par with the Punch amps in terms of power, just use Aluminum in stead of steel.** - 05-17-2009nickolas_j_tRe: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
yep. Same amp, different look.

- 05-18-2009Dano9177Re: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
Just to clarify all Rockford amps use aluminum not steel. One of the differences between a Prime amp a Punch amp and a Power amp is how much aluminum is used. Additionally the Prime amp uses an extruded heat sink where the Punch and Power amps use a Cast heat sink. As far as power output goes Prime amps typically make 5-10% more than rated power, however Punch and Power amps make 25-30% more than rated power. The Prime amplifer was designed for the novice customer on a budget, these amplifers meet or exceeds the performance of other like products. The Punch amps are for the enthusiest who expects more out of his system. The Power amps are the the fanatic who wants to push his system to the limit every time he gets in his car.

See this You Tube video for a closer look at the differences in heat sink design.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X843T56asqU

dan.hunter@rockfordfosgate.com - 05-18-2009denimRe: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
- 05-18-2009GAM3OVRRe: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1
- 05-18-2009Dano9177Re: Rockford Fosgate Prime R500-1