2021 General XP 1000
Has anyone tried this adapter with the RF TM1000X5ad amplifier and get independent front and rear fade from the Ride Command? Thanks
I have the RFPOL-RC3 installed with a TM400X-AD, two 6.5” RF speakers, a sub and the original Ride Command sound bar and I get fade front and rear, with the sound bar being the front channel and the RF 6.5” as the rear. It sounds exceptional.
Yes, I am. The original sound bar is plugged into harness #1 coming off the RC, the 6.5” speakers is coming off of harness #2 and the sub off of #3.
Not a problem. That’s correct. The RC5 is designed for a 5 channel amp, the TM1000X5AD, or any 5 channel amp. But the speakers you use should be able to handle the power that amp puts out. If you put 65 watt speakers with that amp, it’ll sound like crap and you’ll kill the speakers in short order as it is 100 watts per channel and 200 to the sub.
The Ride Command unit has 3 output harnesses, labeled 1, 2 and 3. Each harness provides stereo output, left and right, the balance control. Harness 1 and 2 provides full range output, and harness 3 is dedicated to the lower frequencies, for the sub, but still in stereo.
With the Ride Command, you already have the sound bar. It has an independent 20 watt (I think) amp built into it, and it is connected to output harness 1. In my opinion, it (the sound bar), is sufficient for the higher frequencies with the 3.5” speakers and the 20 watt amp, since it is literally inches from your ears.
If you use the 5 channel amp with the RC5, you will need to disconnect your sound bar and purchase an extra set of speakers for the front (or rear) channel of the TM1000.
By using the RC3 with the 4 channel, 400 watt amp, I kept the sound bar as is (~20 watts), used output harness 2 for the newly installed 6.5”, 150 watt speakers, plugged into the front input of the amp (~100 watts per channel output x2), and used output 3 for the rear output of the amp. Since I only have 1 subwoofer, I bridged the output of the 2 rear channels, giving me about 180 watts to the sub. Sounds great.
It’s not as complicated as it sounds. It’s actually pretty easy once you get in there and look at everything.
The sub enclosure is designed to mount the amp right on top of it. If you can find the Rockford Fosgate mounting bracket, that would be ideal, and they extend the warranty on the amp by an extra year if you use it.
Be sure to wire and fuse everything to spec.