KRK Systems ROKIT 6 G2 by Reegs
I'm reviewing the active design here. I'm a recording engineer with half a decade experience in venue-based recording and production, as well as about a full decade in computer music production.
KRK makes well-designed monitors, and they've been doing it for a long time. The Generation 2 of Rokits are no exception and are their solution for the prosumer/hobbyist arena. The 6" design offers good reproduction of all but the lowest frequencies in your mix, at a size that will fit on your desk where space is a concern. I bought them for my small home studio, where I do small mixes and noodle around with electro-orchestral VST stuff. I looked at the 8's, and they were just too big for the space. I felt the 5's were a little too small to trust my low end.
They are solidly built from ABS plastic and MDF (each weighs around 25lbs). They contain connections for balanced XLR/TRS as well as phono/RCA jacks so if you want to hook up a second consumer level source, such as a home theater or headphone out of iPod, you don't need to go through an interface or any converters. On the back are a useful set of detented output attenuators and a high frequency cut knob for up to 3dB. The finish on the standard black ones is matte. I like that the only light on them when powered up is the KRK logo, which glows a refreshing pale white instead of a glaring blue. Much easier on the eyes. When in use for long sessions or left on for long periods, they get a little warm to the touch. Since I like the woofers in one piece I haven't pushed them as loud as they can go, but I don't think they will suffer from overheating (there IS an internal safety cutout for this, however). It's a good model for quieter environments. The amplifier noise is nearly silent. Your ear needs to be up against the tweeter to hear it.
Expect to pay about $350 for a pair (street). Sonically, especially for their price range, they are very neutral. Compared to KRK's VXT line, the Rokits lack some of the detail and transparency in the midrange due to their heavier driver design. They definitely follow the garbage in, garbage out rule. Quality mixes will sparkle, and you'll know if your mix isn't up to spec. I recommend training your ears for these monitors by listening to some references from the genre you're producing. There's a slight dip it seems in the highs around the silibance region, and they also have a tendency to get a little boomy mixing pieces with plucked bass. Like any monitor pair, proper positioning and room treatment can reduce these effects. I do a lot of jazz mix work so I'm constantly cross-checking this with a pair of closed back headphones. Using the two together it's easy to get a mix that is extremely consistent across most every system. They definitely have a sweet spot for sound transparency (which on my setup is around at least 1/2 of full at a -6dB attenuation level, your ears may vary). With bass heavy mixes they do rumble a bit so I recommend getting a set of Auralex MoPads or similar isolation fixes. You can mix for a few hours on them before getting fatigued. (Breaks are needed.)
All in all, I'm very happy with this pair of monitors, especially for the price I paid. Are they high end professional caliber? No, but they get the job done. I probably wouldn't use them exclusively for mastering a CD release, but very rarely am I forced to go back and redo a mix because it didn't translate well to car/iPod/home theater.