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Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 Head Unit Radio Review

When adding tunes to your UTV, finding a place to mount the head unit can be a problem. Just because you don’t have the room to mount a full size receiver in your SxS doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a low quality cheap marine radio made for boats. Rockford Fosgate has come to the plate with a compact radio that is packed with features and offers outstanding clear sound input to whatever speakers you choose.

The Rockford unit puts significant engineering efforts into a package that is able to produce clear sound, while standing up to the most rigorous riding and adverse conditions. The PMX-2 features a 2.7″ full color thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display, which works well for viewing even in direct sunlight or with polarized sunglasses. TFT displays offer the advantage high contrast, especially when not viewing from severe angles. The display is optically wet bonded to protect against moisture and dust. Whether you are riding through the dry desert or in the pouring rain, you can have the ultimate confidence in this device.

The PMX-2 allows you to listen to just about any type of digital media that you can think of. You can stream Pandora, directly connect your iPhone or Android, connect via Bluetooth or even read from a USB flash drive. There is also a built in FM/AM tuner. The Bluetooth connect is super reliable and we never experienced any drop-outs with the connection. The head unit control of Pandora is super convenient and it’s nice not having to mess with your phone to play music. Even navigation of music stored on a USB device is easy, with unit allowing you to browse through files and folders easily. Since the device uses a rear USB input, we purchased male to female extension cable to mount on our dash that worked great for less than $10. The USB input can also be used to charge and power devices as well.

The head unit boasts plenty of power with it’s built in amplifier than produces 25Wx4 RMS and 50Wx4 peak. You can tune your music with several built in pre-set equalization settings or take full control with its seven band equalizer. Also included are standard controls such as front and rear fader, along with left and right balance controls. Rockford Fosgate really takes things to the next level with built in sub controls, built in crossover for the outputs and gain settings for each audio source. The built in sub controls build extra value into the system, saving you money in not having to purchase an external controller for the various subwoofer systems available on the market. The PMX-2 also utilizers Rockford’s exclusive Punch EQ, which allows even more gain controls to really give your music a boost.

The EEPROM memory system that Rockford uses keeps all your settings stored if you have to disconnect the battery from the system. Also, another nice feature that the PMX-2 utilizes is a low voltage warning, which will notify you if you are just hanging around with friends listening to music. You will be warned plenty ahead of time so that you can still start your UTV and recharge your battery.

The PMX-2 is compact enough to be custom mounted to just about any UTV on the market and the included trim bezel will give a factory look. Rockford Fosgate also makes direct fit bolt on kits for a variety of UTVs. Most of the direct fit factory location mounting solutions offer options for adding additional switches to your dash as well.

The X3-STAGE1 kit from Rockford will fit any 2017-2018 Cam-Am Maverick X3. It comes with all needed hardware, custom molded dash kit and pre-terminated wiring to make installation easy.

The RZR-STAGE1 kit fits a variety of RzR models from 2014-2018 and replaces the center storage pocket. Compatible models include the 2014-2018 XP 1000, 2016-2018 XP Turbo, 2015-2018 900 S and XC 900 and the 2017-2018 S 1000. The kit allows for an additional two accessory switches to be added to the custom molded plate.

The GNRL-STAGE1 kit includes everything you need to make installation a breeze on 2016-2018 Polaris General 1000s. All hardware, brackets, dash plates and pre-terminated wiring harnesses are included.

The RNGR-STAGE1 from Rockford Fosgate fits a wide variety of Polaris Ranger models from 2014-2018, including the mid-size, crew and full size models. The STAGE-1 setup is an accessory lover’s dream, with options to run up to nine different switched accessories off the custom molded dash piece.

The YXZ-STAGE1 is compatible with the 2016-2019 Yamaha YXZ1000R. The dash plate allows for an additional two accessory switches to be added with ease.

The Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 is a versatile, rugged and great sounding system and we highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for some of the best sound quality and features available on the market today. The head unit is backed by an outstanding two year warranty and should last for years to come, in even the most punishing riding conditions.

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