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.
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.|
Brandon, 22, Amateur
- Honestly, I am not even making any music. I was just looking for some professional looking monitors to make my setup look better. Rokkit looked exactly like the thing I was thinking about.On one hand I can not complain about how it works. It is loud enough for me, it doesn’t occupy much place. On the other hand, I don’t know whether it is the thing the professionals are really looking for. Probably, one can choose something better for producing music, but being a casual user, I’m totally satisfied.
So, making a little summary on this part, I would say that Rokit 6 is an OK average monitor in terms of design and durability. Instead of inventing some mind-breaking decisions, engineers concentrated on making already existing project work nicely. Well, they managed to complete their task on a decent level.
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.
Long story short, Rokit 6 has pretty decent technical characteristics. It is not the most powerful monitor in the World, but it has OK frequency range, volume level is high enough, and there will be no problems with connecting it to any kind of equipment. It also has a great manual. However, it might need some extra covering and time to get adjusted properly.
John, 29, Sound engineer
- What I can say is that sound quality more often depends on how well-built the monitor is. The body material here doesn’t matter as much (it is mostly important for durability). It is the positioning of speakers, amplifiers and even the ports sometimes, that plays the main role.I’ve worked with different monitors and can say for sure that American models are one of the best constructed. They have the perfect balance of inner details material and positioning. I would totally recommend them for both beginners and experienced producers.
Important: don’t forget that monitors require their own electric power. It is necessary to have some extra sockets in your studio.
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.
So, there is a lot of people, who were not really impressed by the quality of this monitor. If I were to sum up all the conclusions and say what users think of Rokkit 6, it would be the following:
KRK Rokkit 6 is a decent budget model, that is worth its’ money. However the sound quality and adjustability are mediocre. It is an ok pick for a beginner or a home studio, but if you’re looking for something of A+ quality, this is definitely not your choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clyde, 24, DJ
- I’ve been DJing for 5 years already. It all started as a hobby, when I was studying in a high school. I barely had enough money to purchase samples and DAW. I didn’t even have professional headset. However, this never stopped me from making music. I can’t say that hose were the hottest drops ever, but I’ve been feeling skill improvement during the whole year of practicing.I’ve only purchased my first monitors two years ago. They were not the cheapest ones, as I had already had enough money and experience to work with complex equipment. My main idea is that it is not necessary to have monitors to start making nice music, creativity and will to develop are much more important.
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.
I would recommend considering KRK Rokit 6 as your first pick if you are a beginner in music production. However, there are still several models worth considering, so take a look at them as well.