Searching for an affordable pair of monitors? With manufacturers out there offering plenty of models when it comes to studio monitors, it is understandable if you get overwhelmed by the options. But not to worry, in today’s “KRK ROKIT 5 G3 Review”, I will explain to you why I have singled out this pair of studio monitors as an option that is worthy of mentioning!
KRK Systems is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading manufacturers of studio monitors. Professional audio engineers and producers from around the globe recognise the quality of KRK monitors, and have used it to produce chart topping records. KRK engineers strive to create monitors with transparent frequency response and excellent sound imaging.
The latest KRK ROKIT 5 (Generation 3) monitors carries on this design principle faithfully, and will deliver optimum performance regardless of your personal musical tastes or mixing direction. They are engineered to provide superb accuracy during recording, mixing and mastering. With all of its quality features offered at an affordable price point, this product is a must-have!
Let us now go through the major features of this powered studio monitor!
- 1-inch soft dome tweeter
- 5-inch glass-aramid composite woofer
- Extended frequency response up to 35 kHz
- Proprietary “waveguide” technology
- XLR, 1/4-inch (TRS) and RCA inputs
- 50-watts power output, bi-amp
Next, we will take a closer look at the core aspects of this monitor and see how they will benefit you!
As with any studio monitor in the market, their sound quality will always be questioned. But you don’t need to worry, as the KRK ROKIT 5 is engineered with a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter and a 5-inch glass-Aramid composite woofer. This allows it to deliver outstanding vocal clarity (with frequencies up to 35 kHz), together with a tight mid-range and bass frequency response (as low as 45 Hz).
The ROKIT 5 studio monitors also packs a punch with its proprietary bi-amp, class A/B amplifier which is capable of SPL up to 106dB. These monitors are also designed with a low-resonance enclosure, in order to minimise distortion and prevent excessive colourisation of the sound. This is very important in audio productions, as you would always want a transparent sound reproduction quality.
Superb Imaging and Bass Response
Another very important factor to consider when choosing the right monitors, is stereo imaging. With the KRK ROKIT 5 monitors, you will be able to hear every single sound element in the mix, within the stereo sound field. Thanks to KRK’s new proprietary “waveguide” technology, all the sounds in a demo will be precisely where the sound engineer wants them to be.
When it comes to 2-way studio monitors, most engineers will always doubt their ability to reproduce low-end frequencies. In my opinion, this is where the KRK ROKIT 5 monitors outshines its competitors. Its speaker enclosure is designed with a “front-firing port” which provides a low-frequency extension. This means that you will be able to clearly hear the notes of a bass guitar!
Having ample connection options is crucial when wanting to incorporate a studio monitor into any professional or home recording studio. Thus, with this in mind, KRK engineers have designed the KRK ROKIT 5 monitors to include multiple connections such as XLR, 1/4″ (TRS) and RCA. You won’t have a problem integrating the ROKIT 5 into any recording environment.
Another aspect of this product that strongly appeals to me, is its frequency tuning parameters. Most budget home recording studios are not acoustically treated to have the best audio production environment. Hence, this is where the ROKIT 5’s high frequency and low frequency adjustment controls will come in handy. They allow you to tailor the system to your room’s acoustic response.
Here’s a great video highlighting the ROKIT 5’s specifications!
Pros and Cons
- Great high-frequency clarity
- Clear mid-range response
- Tight low-end frequencies
- High SPL with low distortion
- Multiple connection options
- Extended bass response
- Low and high frequency adjustment controls
- Might require a separate audio interface for optimal sound performance
- Monitor volumes may need to be increased to 80-90% for decent loudness
- Not the best choice for bigger sized rooms
I remember my first time looking around and testing various studio monitors many years ago, and I can tell you that there are not many models that offer decent quality at an affordable price. If you are on a tight budget, the KRK ROKIT 5 monitors may not seem to be the cheapest product out there. But as an engineer myself, I assure you that the ROKIT 5 is worth every dollar.
I always believe in recommending audio products that will serve you in the long run. There is really no point in buying a cheap pair of speakers, only to realise that you deserve better within a relatively short period of time. With all the useful adjustment features, connection options, and overall design quality, the KRK ROKIT 5 monitors are definitely worth seriously looking into.
Whether you are a beginner audio engineer or even a relatively experienced music producer, the ROKIT 5 monitors will surely be a great addition to your home studio!
Take note that studio monitors are often not sold in pairs. You will need to buy two units of the same model for a complete stereo setup.
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