Published by John Eppstein
18th December 2011
By rksguit on 12th February 2012
If the price is right go for it!
I'm possibly in the minority,I love my KRK G2 5"Rokit's
To start with these are "Near Field",and being such,they show their worst colours if pushed too hard.Yet for the size,they can be incredibly loud without losing detail,or producing noticable distortion[to a point!].
They are at their best when being used as....you guessed it "Near Field",and when I use mine,I treat them like 3 foot out Headphones,and as such I don't have them up too loud.
In this setting,I find them excellent,with a nice evenness that on my rig,immediately show up the shortcomings of albums I previously thought were good[but not great],and to me that shows a lack of color,so much so that if I listen to a record I previously thought was faultless,it's immediately evident that,I was right,and THAT record sounds great,over the one's[album's] that have had their shortcomings exposed.
If there is a criticism, it would be the often mentioned overly portly low mid,however this is something I find is exposed when they're turned up beyond their intended range.
Placing foam within the ports can alleviate much of the boominess[although I wouldnt call it that....for want of a better description]and I used the styrene that that they were excellently packed in,and trimmed it to shape.[mine came from the US,so I can vouch for the sturdiness of both the packaging,the monitors themselves,and the foam.
The worldwide voltage selection is also a big plus, if you don't live in their largest intended market,especially when so much gear must be bought country specific,or a step transformer must be used.[I had to buy such a transformer to use the Boss DR880 drum machine AND the Tascam 2488neo I bought with the KRK's,so I especially appreciated the 250/240/120 voltage selection]
I also appreciated the solid construction when accidentally dropping one on the step transformer[denting it severely] without even a scratch on the semi weighty monitor.
Another plus is the 3 way plug selection-xlr/trs-balanced, rca unbalanced,and top end control,as well as an effective volume control with notched steps for easy balanced dialing in.
In a small space anywhere in the world,you can't go wrong.
By nugznmugz on 23rd February 2012
I have em...
This is my first an only pair of monitors at home. I have mixed on NS10s, larger KRKs, Genelecs, and Adam ribbons. The thing I've noticed: the room is far more important that the speakers. Also, having a good 1/3 octave EQ in front of any monitors and a RTA to show you your boosts and cuts is pretty critical. That being said, the mid-lows can be a bit hot. Tame 'em with your EQ. If you don't have the hardware, use your DAW's parametric EQ to do it.
Honestly I don't trust any first mix anyway. My room (and most of the rooms I get to use) is far from ideal. These monitors are intended to be cost effective, not perfectly true. But here's the deal, spend your money wisely. Treating you listening position is far more important than the flatness of your monitors.
It probably is true that you can get "better" monitors for the price, but chances are if you're looking to spend less than $500 a speaker, you're new to this and it won't matter anyway.
Treat your space. Get some monitors. Listen to music (from CDs! not mp3s) that you know very well. Use a RTA and some sweeps. After a while you'll learn you speakers.
Would I rather have something else? Sure. Would it matter in my room? I doubt it. As far as monitors are concerned get what you can afford. If this is what you can afford you'll be ok!
By tone_rekooda on 26th March 2012
KRK RP5 RoKit G2
I´ve read a lot reviews about the KRK RP5 RoKit G2 and most of them telling you that you hardly can`t go wrong with this little monitors. Well, my review goes straight into the other direction.
I think they are well built, I didn`t find anything to complain about.
Sound Quality - Introduction
Now it`s getting interesting...
My first two pairs of monitors were M-Audio BX5a and later Event TR6. So I thought updating with the Rokits must be an improvement. I just have heard the Rokit 8 before and liked the bass response so I thought due to this experience and all that raving reviews about the Rokit 5 I can`t go wrong with the Rokit 5.
When I first installed them and started listening music and getting them to know I preferred the sound over the Event TR6` sound. The Rokit 5 sounded less harsh in the highs and bass sounded more honest to me.
So I did some mixes on them. I am electronic music producer myself since several years and know how it should sound and what to do in certain cases. I was pretty pleased with the results although the mixes sounded a little bit thin and dark on other monitor systems and especially the mids were underrepresentated. On the Rokit 5 the mixes sounded like the best thing ever done on earth.
Then I mixed my first Metal/Rock Projects on them. It sounded as usual very nice on the Rokit 5. Strange I thought because I am new to mixing this sort of music. When I referenced these mixes on other monitor system I nearly shited my pants because it sounded THAT awful.
I did some tests with well known songs and material and realized that the Rokit 5 are boosting the lows pretty much and especially the mids. Also the highs were always mixed too harsh on them ...
A friend has borrowed me his Klein & Hummel O110 for some weeks and I re-did all mixes on them. Awesome how well they translated and how different the Metal/Rock mixes sounded against the ones I did on the Rokit 5. That was the point when I realized I just don`t wanna mix on that KRKs anymore because they are lying to me big times.
Sound Quality - In Particular
You can`t really locate a sound in the stereo image. I didn`t have the feeling that anything was centered on this monitors, it was something like a sound-cloud where every instrument was blurred so it sounded nice but not detailed or accurate.
The same as stereo image, literally not judge-able. My electronic music consits of a lot of reverbs which make the athmosphere. I always had to guess and adjust the verbs by knowledge and not by ear. On our bad sounding Yamaha PA in the rehearsal room the reverbs and its spaces sounded better than on the Rokit 5.
That`s the biggest fault in my eyes. They aren`t detailed, they lie to you and tell you that your mids are just right and they sound perfect but in reality your mids aren`t here or at least anywhere else.
Mixing bass was, like mixing reverbs, always a guessing game. I hardly mixed a bass right in terms of volume.
Eqing on the Rokit 5 is another guessing game. You have to boost or cut so much to hear a result ...
Some Gossip as a Sidenote
The friend with the Klein & Hummel did a monitor A/B Session at his university (He is studying Electrotechnology/Soundengineer). For A/Bing they had his K&H, Genelecs, Adams, PSI Audio, KRK Rokit 5 and some others. The people had let`s say 20mins to listen to every monitor pair so they can judge them at the end. Most of the people were not audio technicians, they rather were music listeners. Guess what? The KRK RP5 G2 were under the best monitors because everything sounded so nice on them.
I know it sounds a little bit like "Bobo" telling you this because not everybody has a lot of money for good monitors but I am telling you anyway : it`s better to save some money and buy something different. I`d say it`s better to work with a midpriced AKG headphone than throwing your money out of the money.
If I had to look for monitors in this pricerange nowadays I´d rather save some more extra bucks and buy at least Yamaha HS80. To me and my ears they are sounding a lot more honestly than KRK RP5 RoKit G2
By harrym on 16th July 2012
Agree with John's initial review about the bass. These are relatively small and inexpensive monitors, but the woofer is small. If you want to hear the bass accurrately you're going to need a subwoofer. Consider that, or purchasing a larger/better monitor with a better bass response.
By hue on 21st July 2012
You get what you pay for but know what you're after.
While I agree on many points above, there are some things that could be clarified.
Stereo imaging is as much about placement as it is about the monitors.
While the bass may be an issue with these monitors I find that it's more a lack of bass altogether and it's not for a lack of absorption in my room nor an excess of it. I find myself struggling to hear anything below 80 Hz which is to be expected really but the first week I had these I found myself adding a lot of bass to compensate only to find that it was way too much on any other speakers or headphones for that matter. A subwoofer would help.....maybe. Generally, watch that bottom end. This is one case where an RTA really can help.
Clarity is an issue. I think it has more to do with a lack of power than anything. This is where nominal output really makes a difference. If you push these puppies too hard they start to get muddy. It's a matter of distortion. The speakers are underpowered.
For a very small room with good absorption these would be fine. They're a little too small for my space.
They are a decent monitor but don't rely on them as your only reference. Not that I ever do but make sure you compare. I've been able to make decent mixes with these monitors. It's just a matter of careful and comparative listening.
By Modye on 6th August 2012
KRK Rokit 5
I started with this monitor with not much intel about mixing but only beatmaking. The genres i listenend to with these monitors are Hip-Hop,soul and R&B.
The speakers blew me away the first time i used it because i used to work with cheapo desktop speakers. Later on i've heard better set-ups but they still sound very well.
I mixed a lot on this set and u can work pretty well with them, reminding that they cost not as much as a high end set-up.
The low-end is a bit overdone but once u get to know the speakers u can work around that. The imaging is done very well minding its a nearfield monitor and speaker placement is a big deal.
I've used them in 3 different rooms with no treatment at all. But they tend to sound good in all the different rooms.
As a starting beatmaker/engineer i would recommend this as u get a lot of bang for your buck.
Last edited by Modye; 6th August 2012 at 11:25 PM.. Reason: type faults
By Dtessmer1 on 18th September 2012
I have a pair of krk rokits and I have to say that no matter where I have used them (a real pro studio, living room, bedroom), they do not accurately represent what really sounds good across the board. If I mix so that it sounds perfect, i get too much low end and way too much midrange in my car and home stereo. I can't honestly say these are good monitors.
By pandomin on 1st October 2012
Krk rp5 g1
I got the "old" ones which design was more rectangular. Whats nice about them they are 7-8 year old now, Im 3rd or 4th owner of them and they're still kicking ass and they didnt had a calm life ;-) I worked few years on them and did some good and even very good mixes/masterings but they're not really trustfull boxes. U need to compare a lot with other recordings to be absolutely sure about quality of ur work. Though, for money, especially 2nd hand stuff is really great. I bought them (a pair) for 200$ and I think its really hard to find anything that is such well designed for this money. They're really good for small studios, as a desktop speakers and even as "HIFI" speakers. They dont sound that flat so u cant stand listening to the music on them ;-) And whats funny they're like +/-2dB in most of their frequency response when u measure them. I especially advise them to producers, DJs, remixers etc. There is something weird about 100-120Hz, some harmonics distortion or whatever, but its not that important(I bet your room is complete disaster in this frequency band if you know what i mean ;-P ;-) ) and can be fixed with a sub(u can find 2nd hand RP10 for like 200-250$ too sometimes :-) ). To sum up, good stereo scene, nice highs, mid is not that bad, and the bass get low but you can feel that its more like electronics equalisation than the real power from the woofer ;-) Big plus for a lot of connectors (RCA, XLR, Jack). I think they kick asses of most monitors in their price range but as always... Get a pair, put them in ur room and check if u like them. And..... I just like KRK's yellow woofers ;-);-);-)
By Due Diligence on 8th May 2013
The KRK 5's are great monitors, even better than most higher priced monitors. If something don't sound right, it's more likely something in your mix that don't sit right. Learn to mix right first before blaming the monitors. A lot of y'all rely too much on EQ, Limiters and Compressors. Don't overuse them. That's when you get distortion and a messed up dynamic range.
By 1/2 Cut 1/2 Lit on 14th June 2013
KRK Rokit 5 G2
I have had these speakers for about 3 years now, they are great for the price range and a very well built i have no problems to report. Anyone who complains about their mixes sounding different in other speakers dont understand the concept of mixing. Besides room setups and distance issues, you have to adapt to your monitors, the monitors dont adapt to you. I used to mix on computer speakers and would listen to mixes on other systems. You listen, you decide what needs to be adjusted and go back to the drawing board and adjust it. Mixing rarely comes out perfect in the first version on any speakers you use. Usually by 3-4 version my mix feels complete.
By BeatJunkiez on 30th June 2013
KRK RoKit 5 G2
First I want to start off by saying I produce hip hop beatz and wanted monitors for mixing tracks, since I have a feeling the negative comments about the KRK rokit series is from people who don't produce that style of music.
There sound is excellent and the bass port in the front is great since I get a more accurate sound then if the bass was coming out of a back port and hitting off walls before getting to my ears. If you are in a small to medium size bedroom. I find the bass is great, gives a nice kick!!
EASE OF USE-
Vary simple, plug in and you're good to go!
They have everything you need. All 3 types of connection's to fit any set up you have in your home studio. HF adjustment from -2db to +2db.
They don't need a LF adjustment since you can place these right up to a wall witch 99% of home studio buyers will have to do because of lack of space without there being an over exaggerated bass.
BANG FOR BUCK-
Does not matter what I buy I always wish it was a little cheaper but these are in the same price range as other similar style monitors. Plus it's from a well respected company who only make studio monitors. I am from Canada so pricing may be different but I got them brand new with 4 Primacoustic pads to go in between the monitors and desk for $440.oo (Each Rokit 5 G2 was 178.99)
By foamboy on 30th June 2013
I COMPLETELY agree with John Epsteins original review.
These are built relatively well,although I had to return one the day after my purchase because there was a problem with either the amp or the volume adjustment. Either way,it was defective.
These speakers definitely have a strange low mid mud that makes it a little difficult to mix. I HAVE learned these and I can tell you that these are okay,but I would not recommend them.
There are those of you who say....
"Then it's not mixed right. It's not the KRK rokit 5 monitors.It should sound right on different devices. I listen my mixes on mp3 players, car stereo, home stereo, phone and studio monitors...that's the perfect way to find out if something is not balanced in the mix....If it sounds right on your monitor speakers, it don't have to sound right on your car stereo, you will need to adapt your mix. "
"You listen, you decide what needs to be adjusted and go back to the drawing board and adjust it. Mixing rarely comes out perfect in the first version on any speakers you use. Usually by 3-4 version my mix feels complete. "
I mean,really? By that logic WHY even bother with monitors? To me it comes down how quickly can a mix get done using a piece of gear. All I can say about the Rokits,is that if the kick and snare sound great on the Rokits,they are going to be too damned loud on any other system,same for the bass and anything in the low mid bass freqs. This is what I mean when I mention work flow and ease of use. Sure,you CAN learn ANYTHING,but it was real frustrating for me (these were my first "real" monitors) to realize that in order for something to translate on multiple systems,it has to sound out of balance on these speakers.
Knowing what I know now, I would definitely rather try something else that is more "balanced" sounding. I have heard good things about Yamahas,but I have not auditioned them enough to make an honest conclusion.
Mixing should be fun and creative and I don't want to have to worry about working with an unbalanced speaker.