A class action lawsuit was filed last month against a NY-based distributor for advertising inflated RMS power ratings on its private brand of car audio equipment.
The suit claims that E-Distributors, Inc (also known as Rockville Audio, Rockville Pro Sound and Audiosavings) deceptively advertised RMS ratings, sometimes doubling the true rating, so that a speaker advertised as handling 600 watts RMS, had a true rating of only 300 watts.
The suit alleges that Rockville was aware of its false claims and caused consumers to blow out their speakers. The company also failed to accept blown speakers under its warranty policy, according to the plaintiffs in the suit filed September 16 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NY by Travis Serafini, On Behalf of Himself and Others Similarly Situated.
“Accordingly, Defendant’s advertised statements about its ‘RMS’ ratings are false and deceptive and constitute a breach of express and implied warranties,” said the suit.
Products covered include Rockville amplifiers, subwoofers and speakers such as the Rockville K9 and K6 lines and many RVP and RVW pro audio products.
Rockville products are sold on Walmart.com as well as on eBay, and other websites.
It particular, Serafini cites his purchase of two Rockville W10K9D4 10-inch, 6400-watt subwoofers with an enclosure for $254.95 through Rockville on the Audiosavings eBay page in April 2018. Two weeks later, he purchased two additional W10K9D4 subwoofers with an enclosure. He installed them, took the trouble to “break in” the subwoofers gradually. But when he tried to operate them at their advertised RMS rating, they soon failed completely.
The plaintiff went so far as to test the speakers’ power handling and found it to be significantly less than the advertised rating.
The suit cites numerous similar complaints by users posted on Amazon such as that of Dawn Taylor, dated January 7, 2020, stating, “The speaker blew days after installed. So for the price I paid it was a waste of my money.”
The claim was filed by law firm Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP, NY, NY. It seeks a jury trial and damages.
Note: The W10K9D4 appears to be rated at 800 “CEA-rated watts RMS” on Rockville’s website.