Looking for something that is compact enough to fit on your desk and powerful enough to play all the sounds clearly enough? KRK Rokit 6 might be the choice. Check this article to find out.
|#||Model||Rating||Frequency response||Woofer||Our top||Check|
|1||KRK Rokit 6||38Hz – 35kHz||6″||1|| Check|
|2||Focal Alpha 50||40Hz – 22kHz||6.5 ”||2|| Check|
|3||Genelec 8010 A||67Hz – 25kHz||3”||4|| Check|
|4||ADAM Audio A5X||50Hz – 50kHz||5”||3|| Check|
|5||Neumann KH120 A||52 Hz -21 kHz||3.25″||5|| Check|
|KRK Rokit 6|
|Frequency response||38Hz – 35kHz|
|Focal Alpha 50|
|Frequency response||40Hz – 22kHz|
|Genelec 8010 A|
|Frequency response||67Hz – 25kHz|
|ADAM Audio A5X|
|Frequency response||50Hz – 50kHz|
|Neumann KH120 A|
|Frequency response||52 Hz -21 kHz|
What KRK Brand is
First things first, let us learn a bit more about KRK. KRK is a branch company of Stanton Magnetics. Stanton Magnetic is a huge American company, uniting smaller organization with its’ brand. It was started more than 70 years ago as a magnetic cartridges and had developed a lot since that time.
Physical Characteristics of Rokit 6
KRK’s Rokit 6 is a middle product of Rokit series. There is a larger and more powerful Rokit 8, and smaller and more compact Rokit 5. Rokit 6 is somewhere between these two monitors, trying to combine the best features of the fifth and the eighth. Let us take a look at what you’ll see first:
|Size and Weight||KRK Rokit 6 is an active near-field monitor. It has 9x13x11 inches size, which is comparable to a small cardboard box. Try thinking of it as of 5 thick books laying on each other. The weight is 19.5 lbs (almost 9 kg). Might look heavy, but in comparison to other monitors is pretty light-weighed.|
|Design||All the Rokit-series products look pretty much the same. The 6th has black body, with huge yellow speaker. There is Rokit’s a big Rokit’s logo there as well. The monitor looks pretty simple, but is rather stylish in my opinion.|
|Material||The body is plastic and has rubber covering. This is pretty standars developer’s decision is this price category. Nothing too surprising here. These monitors are durable enough, but better do not hit them hard.|
Rokit 6 – Technical Characteristics
Now, that you realize how these monitors will fit on your table, and how good the style of your studio will be, the time has come to learn a little more about how they will sound. Let us take a look at those responsible-for-sound-quality parameters.
|Frequency range||Rokit’s products all have really wide frequency range. In this exact case it varies from 38 Hz to 35 kHz. This provides an opportunity to adjust sound really nicely.Interesting: human ear can only hear frequencies from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Frequency in professional stereo systems is used for adjusting audio.|
|Volume||The highest volume peak is 107 dB. It’s like a chainsaw working in the full-power mode near your ear. Not much to say here. I simply assume that this one is loud enough for any purposes.|
|Amplifier Class||Rokit 6 uses AB-amplifier. It is a default budget decision. AB is a combination that allows to reduce B class’s distortion without cutting off any advantages of A class.|
|Inputs||The model has XLR, TRS and RCA connectors. All what you need in the beginning, nothing excesive.|
|Other stuff||Rokit 6 has really convenient audio control and power indicator. Working with the 6th Rokit is convenient and easy to orient in.|
Let us now talk about some features these monitors have:
- These monitors are connected to electricity via IEC port on the rear panel and a cable. Each monitor has its’ own cable (there are two of them in the set), so you’ll need at least two more sockets.
- The KRK system logos on the front panel are power indicators. They lighten up a bit when monitors are plugged-in and powered up. As the power control switcher is situated on the rear panel, it is a really convenient way to find out whether the monitors are activated.
- There are three input ports, which al my work simultaneously. However, the manual recommends to use only one per time. The more ports you connect the bigger power consumption is, and the more loaded the monitors become. So, if you have no necessity to use several ports, better only use one.
- The manual in the complectation is really convenient. It has not only the basic setup information, but advice on fixing some major problems that may appear while working with these monitors. It will really be useful for new users.
There are some downsides worth mentioning as well:
- Rubber pads on the body are not thick enough. As you are most likely going to install these monitors right on your table, you might wanna think about preserving its’ surface from scratches. The built-in default rubber pads will do for a while, but if you are looking for 100 per cent safeness, better buy a protective case.
- Rokkit 6 requires a break-in period. What I mean is that it will not sound as good as it can right out of the box. You’ll have to warm it up a little by playing some music for a while, before everything gets adjusted and only make your own adjustments after that.
All the numbers are nice and so on, but it is possible to make the real conclusions only after testing Rokit 6 in the studio. It is also rather important to read what more experienced users say on forums.
So, after playing different stuff on these monitors, it is possible to say following things:
- The sound is nice and clean. In fact, everything sounds even better than you can expect. The level of distortion is really low. It was possible to hear every sound clear enough to find out what the mixing mistakes were and what was done nicely.
- The bass however was not juicy enough. I used to work with much more powerful monitors. It is not that important if you’re picking monitors for home studio, but they will definitely not be suitable in a huge professional studio.
- The levels of control and adjustment are impressive. Controlling the frequency and adjusting the sound felt really nice. Comfort of work is on a really high level.
However, not all the users were that impressed. I’ve found following feedback in the internet:
- Rokkit 6 is a really easy-to-use device, however I find quality rather pure. Being a budget model it is worth its’ money, but there is nothing great about them. I am not saying that this is an unworthy purchase, but if you’re not tight on budget better look for something of higher quality.
- It was rather hard for me to adjust sound and equalize it. I had had another pair of monitors before and I had to use my earlier equipment to have a complete control over the situation. I would say that the best feature of Rokkit 6 is its’ appearance.
Other Monitors worth considering
Well, Rokkit’s production is decent, but the market has so many options, that it is worth taking a look at some other monitors as well. So, what we are looking for is a budget and compact studio monitor. Here is what I found:
Focal Alpha 50
Focal Alpha 50 is a near field studio monitor. It provides a well-balanced sound with no distortion. It has another bonus, that is important, but does not get much attention often – low power consumption. Your electric bills will not make your hair gray if you use this one.
It has an MDF body, which performs much better plastic analogues.
However, the model itself is a bit old and lacks some adjustment opportunities. This one might be your choice if you prefer reliability over several extra functions.
- General Size: Near-field System type: Active Configuration: 2-way Drivers Low-frequency driver: 5″ Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable High-frequency driver: 1″ Full-range driver: Not applicable Driver type: Polyglass Sound Frequency response: 45Hz – 22kHz Max peak SPL: 103 dB Amplifier class: AB Output power: 103W Onboard Features Input connectors: XLR, RCA Standby mode: Yes A
- The Focal Alpha 50 is a versatile studio monitor with quality components and design
- It serves beautifully in a variety of capacities, performing just as well with instrumental music as with electronic music
Genelec 8010 A
Genelec 8010A is a set of super compact monitors. It only weighs 1.5 kilo and has a small size (so small that you can fit both on a regular table and there will still be enough room for a PC).
It is rather loud (up to 96 dB) and OK frequency range (60hz to 25kHz). The amplifiers are reliable but not very powerful.
Such convenience and mobility is achieved in cost of sound quality. It is not bad-bad, but in comparison to analogues, yes, it is rather bad. However, this one should be considered as a spare set. You only use it while travelling or while your main set is in trouble.
- “General Size: Near-field System type: Active Configuration: 2-way Drivers Low-frequency driver: 3″” Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable High-frequency driver: 3/4″” Full-range driver: Not applicable Driver type: Cone Sound Frequency response: 67Hz – 25kHz Max peak SPL: 96 dB Amplifier class: Info not available Output power: 25W Onboard Features Input connectors: XLR Standby mode: No”
- “Exceptional sound quality, small size and universal mains input voltage make 8010As perfect for project studios or for professional sound engineers on the move
- With a balanced XLR input, 3-inch woofer, 3/4-inch tweeter and two efficient Class D power amplifiers, 8010A’s produce more undistorted sound pressure level than you might expect
ADAM Audio A5X
This is a professional TV monitor. It uses a single tweeter and 50 Watt amplifiers. ADAM has a really large frequency response (50-50000 hZ) and can stand through long recording and paying sessions. However, it lacks some musicality.
ADAM will probably be a nice choice as a home monitor, and will do for recording music as well, but it is not the most specified model.
- Carbon fiber/Rohacell/Glass fiber speaker cone Bookshelf size, perfect for most project studios X-ART tweeter, award-winning high end Decoupling feet on the enclosure keep mixes clear
- Equipped with the X-ART(eXtended Accelerating Ribbon Technology) tweeter and a large (5
5″) midwoofer, double bass reflex tubes, a 50W A/B amplifier for the tweeter and a 50W PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) amplifier for the midwoofer, a gain for the high frequencies (+/- 4dB) and two shelf filters for the high and low frequencies
- Stereolink connects two A5X speakers in such a manner as to allow the user the option to control the overall stereo volume of the system from either speakers gain control
Neumann KH120 A
Neumann is a german studio monitor. It has a body covered in titanium fibres (which is good in terms of durability) and separate woofer and tweeter limiters. It has powerful amplifiers as well as flexible controls.
However it costs a bit more than the other models and it will take a lot of effort to find out what all the cushions and knobs on the body are for.
There is of course more options on the market, but here are the most valuable ones. Remember that you need to find a balance between the cost and the power. It is better to pay several hundred dollars more to get better monitor. However, if you are low on budget, you might consider working with no monitor at all. It is enough to have nice headphones for the beginner.
- Bi-amplified (50W + 50W) two-way monitoring speaker system featuring a 5.25-inch long throw woofer and 1-inch titanium fabric dome tweeter
- Precision manufactured to ± .5db tolerance ensuring perfectly matched pairs to deliver superb soundstaging and imaging.
- Free field frequency response of 52 Hz -21 kHz, ± 3 dB
So, let us sum things up and make the final conclusion about this device:
- KRK Rokit 6 is a compact and stylish set of monitors, that will fit in home studio. It doesn’t require much space.
- This monitor has OK parameters of sound adjustment and frequency range.
- This is a decent choice for beginning DJs and producers, but it will require upgrading to a better system, because there are better options for experienced users.