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For years KRK’s Rokit series have been the cornerstone of affordable music production. After two successful iterations, we’re looking at the third generation of these speakers. These have proven to be some of the slickest monitors to get under $300.
KRK never really insisted on pushing an aggressive design on their Rokit monitors. However, you could always recognize one easily thanks to that yellow aramidcomposite driver. Compared to Gen 2, this new iteration brings a lot of changes to the overall design of the speaker.
KRK’s Rokit 5 is no longer boxy but features a more extruded baffle. On top of that, the front firing port has also been redesigned. It is no longer wide. Instead, they have made it fit the diameter of the driver. Cabinets are still made of decent quality MDF, while the baffle features a composite construction. All of these changes were made to enhance the performance of these monitors.
By doing so, KRK has alienated a small portion of their user base who don’t find the new design all that attractive. However, since looks don’t define a good speaker, those who need a good tone won’t mind the new looks all that much.
KRK’s Rokit 5 Gen 3 are active monitors, each featuring a bi-amped Class A/B unit inside. Transducers themselves haven’t changed all that much, although their performance is definitely different. So much so that there is a very distinct difference between Gen 3 and Gen 2 models.
That 45Hz – 35kHz frequency response range is rather accurate, while the max power you can count on tops out at 50 Watts. On the back side of the speaker, you will find several acoustic space controls. These come in form of HF trim LF trim and volume control. When it comes to inputs and outputs, KRK has included balanced 1/4″ TRS as well as balanced XLR ports.
On top of that, there is an unbalanced RCA port above. Overall, KRK Rokit 5 Gen 3 isn’t too complicated in nature. KRK has implemented everything that worked well on the Gen 2, and only tweaked the monitor a little to make improvements where necessary.
Rokit series of monitors have always been among the go-to choices for affordable music production. Both previous models of Rokit 5 offered a fairly flat response across the range. This has changed a little with the Gen 3. Redesigned front firing port has made these a bit more bass heavy at the bottom of the range, which isn’t necessarily bad.
However, you are getting a bit of that over-hyped bass that does everything but helps in balancing a mix. With that said, the mids and trebles are pretty sweet. There is enough sonic definition and clarity to notice even the more subtle details. Since the port is at the front instead of the back, you don’t have to worry too much about the positioning of these monitors.
As always, they work incredibly well in confined spaces and smaller rooms. This type of nature is exactly what made the Rokit series so popular in the first place. Fortunately for us, that hasn’t changed at all.
With the new generation of Rokit 5, we have seen some pretty interesting changes made to an already successful platform. The core performance is still there, meaning that you can get a fairly decent transparency on a budget.