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KRK Rokit 5 G3 Monitoring Speaker Review

The KRK Rokit 5 G3 (Generation 3) monitoring speakers continue to be one of the most popular around the globe. It owes its popularity to its performance for the price, and those unmistakable bright-yellow woofer cones are nearly ubiquitous amongst online photos of home studios. The Rokit range is manufactured by KRK Systems, which is well known for producing not only the popular Rokit range, but also much more expensive commercial studio monitors.  At Studio-Speakers.com we’ve done a ton of research to find the best studio monitors for mixing and home recording, and we’ve found the Rokit 5s provide simply the best bang-for-the-buck of any studio monitors in their class.  Read on to find out why.

Features of the Rokit 5 G3 monitoring speakers

The KRK Rokit 5 G3 is a 50W two-way active studio monitor that is ideal for the project or home recording studio. Featuring a bi-amped class A/B amplifier built into each speaker box, the KRK Rokit 5 G3 studio monitors offers plenty of headroom  and minimal distortion. Each system has a high-quality 1-inch soft-dome tweeter that provides clarity and an extended response up to 35 kHz, well beyond the human hearing range (approximately 20KHz). This tweeter is effective in providing an accurate picture of the high frequencies in the mix.  The 5-inch glass-Aramid composite woofer of the Rokit 5 G3 has been designed to provide a clear response in the ever-important midrange, as well as tight and punchy bass, both of which the Rokit does admirably.

rokit 5 g3 home studio monitoring speakers

The KRK Rokit 5s also feature a front-firing port optimized to reduce noise due to air turbulence, keeping the bass sounding clean and uncoloured even at higher volume levels.  Front-facing ports also reducing the impact on bass when positioning speakers near walls, which can be handy if your studio space doesn’t allow a lot of flexibility in terms of monitor speaker placement.  Additionally, the enclosure features radiused edges that are designed to minimize distortion caused by diffraction.

 

The KRK Rokit 5 G3 speaker is housed in a low-resonance enclosure equipped with a factory-installed foam pad at the bottom to provide isolation between the speaker and the surface it sits on.  Isolation is important to prevent studio monitor speakers from vibrating the surface they sitting on (such as your desk), which can create audible distortion.  Isolation is a nice inclusion and it works quite effectively, saving you from having to find and test foam yourself, or from buying an after-market isolation solution.

 

The rear panel facilities include a standard IEC-C14 power connector with a fuse and a volume control that offers as much as-30 dB of attenuation or up to +6 dB of boosting. The system offers both low and high-frequency adjustments, allowing you to tailor the speaker’s response curve to your studio’s acoustics, and to your tastes. There is one control for low-frequency boost/cut (-2 dB / -1 dB / 0 / +2 dB) and another for high-frequency boost/cut (-2 dB / -1 dB / 0 / +1 dB).  It’s great to see these fine tuning options at this pricepoint.   The KRK Rokit 5 G3 offers flexible connectivity as well, allowing for input via balanced XLR, balanced 1/4” TRS, and unbalanced RCA.

 

The Rokit 5 Gen 3’s styling is simple and attractive, sporting yellow cones and logos, which are part of the KRK signature look. It isn’t large, measuring only 9.06” x 7.28” x 11.10” and weighing only 14lbs each. Don’t let this lightweight model fool you, however, as its performance is not at all reflected in its size.

 

Technical Specs
Woofer 5″ Aramid Glass Composite
Tweeter 1″ Silk Dome
Power Output 50W (20W High / 30W Low)
Frequency Response 45Hz – 35KHz (+/- 2dB)
Max Peak SPL 106dB
Input Impedance (Ohms)     10K Ohm Balanced
Dimensions 9.7″x7.4″x11.2″ (246x188x284mm)
Power 100V, 110-120V, 220-240V
Weight 13.0Lbs. (5.9 kg)

 

Performance

KRK has shown a lot of attention to detail in the design of this monitor, and that translates to a great sounding monitor for the price.  After spending some time mixing with them, it’s easy to understand why these monitors are so popular in budget studios for recording and mix-down duties.  They are relatively neutral sounding across the mid-range and high-end, and provide enough clarity to be get a good picture of what is happening in the ever-important vocal frequencies.  They sound much larger than their physical size, which is in part due to their slight hyping of the lower frequencies that creates the impression of lower bass extension.  This makes them a lot of fun to mix with, as it’s not hard to make your mix sound punchy.  However, the low-end response also needs to be taken into consideration when mixing to ensure a good mix balance when recordings are played back on other systems.  While the performance of these speakers is very good for the price, this needs to be taken in consideration with the fact that if you compare the KRK Rokit 5 G3s to considerably more expensive studio monitors (such as the KRK VXT6 monitoring speakers also reviewed by us) you will hear an appreciable improvement in both clarity and frequency response from the more expensive monitors.  However, once you’ve spent some time getting used to the Rokit 5s, there will be nothing stopping you producing some very high-quality mixes, which is impressive considering the Rokit 5’s low price.

 

Other Feedback

Studio-Speakers.com is not the only one to recognize how wonderful these speakers are.  On various websites and forums, it has an average rating of at least 4 stars, with a 4.6 rating on Amazon.  Several magazines have praised the model in their reviews:

“For their price, build and sound, the ROKIT 5 G3 completely impressed me! Bottom line, I feel I could trust these to work on, and everything I have done with them so far has translated very well, be it in my car, on computer speakers, earbuds or television speakers….You can’t argue with the ROKIT legacy.”

Paul Vnuk Jr., Recording Magazine

“Altogether, it seems that KRK has succeeded in producing a studio monitor that sounds much more expensive that it is, and will surely be a popular choice for recording engineers, DJs, live-sound mixers and audio enthusiasts.”

Brandon Hickey, Mix Magazine

 

Conclusion

Overall, the KRK Rokit 5 G3 delivers a clear, solid sound and is unmatched when it comes to versatility at this price. Whether you are mixing hip-hop, rock or just enjoying musical scores, these monitors will deliver great performance. They’re also incredibly fun to mix with, which is probably why they are just so popular amongst those with smaller studios or those getting into the home studio recording and mixing game.  Not only are they used in home studios, they’re also frequently used in DJ booths, which says a lot for their flexibility. Studio-Speakers.com rates these as the best studio monitors in their price range.  If you want monitoring speakers that can offer top performance at a very reasonable price, then the KRK Rokit 5 G3 is hard to beat.

Do you already have a pair of these monitors?  Feel free to us what you think in the comments section below.

9 Total Score
Best in its class!

If you want monitoring speakers that can offer top performance at a very reasonable price, then take a look at the KRK Rokit 5 G3.

PROS
  • Deliver a solid punch for such a small and inexpensive monitor
  • Neutral frequency response works well for mixing most music
  • Fantastic value for money
CONS
  • Slightly hyped bass needs to be taken into consideration when mixing
  • Outclassed by more expensive monitors
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