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KRK ROKIT 5 G3 Review – Great Value For Money!

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!

Product OverviewFront View

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!

Primary Specifications

  • 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!

Optimal Sound QualitySoft Dome Tweeter

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).

Woofer

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.

Front Firing Port

Front Firing Port

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!

Connectivity and Useful ParametersBack Panel

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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

ConclusionRokit 5 Monitors

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.

Thanks for reading this review, and do leave comments or questions below!

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Farhan

When I'm not rocking out to great music, I'd prefer to be sleeping on a field on a windy day =)

8 Comments

  1. I actually have these speakers myself. Seriously, I’m not making this up! I bought them several months ago because I wanted to be able to more accurately mix my own music. I had read that it is important to have studio monitor speakers that play your sounds exactly they are.

    I really like these speakers. They have really good, clear sound. They sound 100 times better than my laptop’s built-in speakers, it’s crazy really. There are really only two things that irritate me about them. One is that there is a slight hum sound sometimes, and the other is how they automatically switch themselves off after a while. But apart from that they are great.

    • Hi Marcus!

      It is always great to have reviews from others who have personal experience with using the product. It adds more depth to this kind of articles. Good thing you also pointed out the flaws of these monitors. This will help readers make a more informed decision.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Thorough. So many reviews of this type of equipment are created by people who just don’t know. Great ideas. I think you covered everything that I will need to know moving forward. Keep up the good work. I’ll be back to check out what else you’ve focused your eye on.

    • Hello George!

      I am humbled by your positive opinion on my review of this product. I try my best to bring quality content through research and my own personal experiences. You are always welcomed here George!

      Thanks a bunch =)

  3. Hi there !
    Thank you for your review I love the efforts you put into it.
    Actually I thought it was more expensive than $147 I wanted to buy a pair of high quality monitors and these seem to be worth investing on.
    Do you really think KRK ROKIT 5 G3 Great Value For my Money?
    Thank You 🙂

    • Hi Juba!

      I appreciate your kind compliments! There are not many manufacturers out there that offer such build quality and functionality, for an affordable price. I definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a decent piece of gear that will not put a hole in your pocket!

      Cheers =)

  4. I’ve been look around for advice on new monitors, so you can imagine how happy coming across this article made me. Really great article, and I’m honestly sold about making these my next monitors. I also like how you placed the link to the product at the end of your article. Gave me some good ideas about what my website content should look like.

    • Hey Brandon!

      Glad you enjoyed reading the review. I’m also happy to know that you have learned something from this article. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

      Thanks a lot =)

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