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Review – KRK Rokit Powered 8 Generation 3

June 30, 2014
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The third generation of the KRK Rokit 8 extends the monitor’s frequency range and refines the overall shape of the cabinet to improve sound quality.
 

SEVERAL YEARS after it launched its personal-studio mainstay, the Rokit Powered Generation 2 monitors, KRK has introduced the Rokit G3 series, a modest update, but a worthy successor to one of the most ubiquitous sets of affordable powered monitors.

Among other behind-the-scenes enhancements, KRK redesigned the Rokit’s curved edges and front baffle, as well as its medium-density fiberboard (MDF) low-resonance enclosure, all of which help to reduce playback distortion and coloration.
 
The Rokit 8 G3 has a peak SPL of 109dB and an extended frequency response that reaches from 35Hz to 35kHz. Its 100 watts of power distributes 25 watts to the 1-inch soft-dome tweeter for the high frequencies and 75 watts to the 8-inch glass-aramid-composite woofer for the mids and lows. At 24.6 lbs. per speaker, the Rokit 8 G3 has shaved 1.5 lbs. off the previous model.

Every model in the Rokit G3 series includes three analog inputs—XLR, balanced 1/4" TRS, and unbalanced RCA—and three back-panel controls: HF and LF Level Adjust and a notched volume knob with a range of –30dB to +6dB. The notched controls make it easier to accurately adjust multiple monitors from the front, without looking around back.

The contoured front-firing port reduces bass coupling off of studio walls behind the speaker, and the padded mat attached to the bottom further reduces distortion created when the monitors sit on hard surfaces. Along with the signature KRK yellow cone, the curved design of the Rokit 8 G3 looks as attractive as it is effective in producing accurate sound.

Foxy, Not Boxy I’ve used Rokit G2 monitors for years in my home studio and became very accustomed to their transparent, even-keeled sound. The G3 review pair exceeded the G2’s legacy in every way. It maintains the larger-than-average sweet spot and excellent frequency separation. The Rokit 8 G3’s extended frequency response makes a very subtle difference, but after listening to them for extended periods using a variety of media sources and audio resolutions, they do come across as having a clearer and more spacious sound than the previous generation, presenting crisp, accurate details across the mix of lows, mids, and highs.

Like before, the Rokit 8 G3 presents a balanced bass tone—neither anemic nor thumping. If you need bowel-rumbling bass, you will want to add a subwoofer to your system. Volume is not a problem, however. With a peak SPL of 109dB, the Rokit 8 G3 gave me plenty of headroom across my entire signal chain with the speaker’s volume set at 0dB. The sound also stayed consistent at low and high levels. Home-based and small studios should have no problem blowing their clients’ heads off with the Rokit 8 G3’s volume.

For $500 a pair—less than half the price of KRK’s top-tier VXT 8 monitor—the Rokit 8 G3 delivers a detailed, transparent sound, a wide sweet spot, and multiple inputs. They are a serious option for any small studio with price concerns.
 
SUMMARY
STRENGTHS Wide sweet spot. Lots of power with consistent sound at high SPLs. Balanced sound across the frequency range. XLR, TRS, and RCA inputs. High quality for the price.

LIMITATIONS No input selector switch. Auto-mute sometimes takes a moment to disengage.

$419/each MSRP;
$249/each street
krksys.com
 
 
 
 

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