Every model in the Rokit G3 series includes three analog inputs—XLR, balanced 1/4" TRS, and unbalanced RCA—and three back-panel controls: HF and LF Level Adjust and a notched volume knob with a range of –30dB to +6dB. The notched controls make it easier to accurately adjust multiple monitors from the front, without looking around back.
KRK Rokit 5 G3
Design: 2-way ported
Woofer: 5-inch aramid glass composite cone
Tweeter: 1-inch soft dome
Frequency response: 45 Hz – 35 kHz
No matter your budget, any monitor choice is going to involve some kind of compromise. At the more afforable end of the price range, that’s especially important. Around the £250 point it’s just not possible to get a speaker which will offer a truly flat frequency response, revealing clarity and super deep bass extension.
KRK’s enduringly popular Rokit series offers a slightly different balance of priorities when compared to more clinical models like the Eris E5s. We can’t pretend the Rokit 5s are the flattest monitors in the world. They’re a little hyped in the lows and highs, with a less revealing mid range than the Eris E5s. They might not be as accurate as more expensive monitors, but what they do offer is impressively deep bass extension for a speaker in this category and, for want of a better word, vibe.
KRK Rokit 6 g3
The third-generation Rokit 6 G3 (£260 per pair Bundle as tested; £159.99 each) is a two-way active studio monitor speaker, and is the middle choice in a lineup that also contains 5-inch and 8-inch woofer options. The new model delivers on all fronts, with a warm, detailed sound quality that's not fatiguing to listen to, plus plenty of clean level and useful four-position EQ adjustments for the bass and treble. That makes the Rokit 6 G3 an easy Editors' Choice award recipient for budget studio monitors.
Despite its budget price, this is a full-blown pair of professional speakers, and it shows the moment you lift each one out of its carton. Each Rokit 6 G3 measures 11.49 by 8.9 by 13.1 inches (HWD) and weighs a sturdy 18.5 pounds. The medium-density fiberboard cabinet is nicely finished with a matte black vinyl wrap and tapered front edges. KRK's now-trademark yellow cone driver sits on the bottom, while a soft-dome tweeter sits above it. Near the bottom is a trapezoidal, front-firing slot port. The KRK logo on the front panel lights up white and yellow whenever the monitors are powered up.
As is evident by the pleasing sound signature, these aren't the brightest and most revealing monitors out there. But they're certainly forward enough for detailed mixing work, and you get a reasonable amount of detail in the treble to work with, if not quite the sense of ambience retrieval you'd hear in, say, a $1,000 pair of speakers. You can also bump the treble up a dB, which certainly helps, without adding any harshness. If you have a large enough room, I'd still recommend going with the Rokit 8 G3 just for the additional low-end extension, but the Rokit 6 G3 should excel in smaller studio environments where deficiencies in room acoustics come into play sooner down the frequency response spectrum.For the price, it's going to be tough to beat the kind of value the Rokit 6 G3 delivers.
KRK Rokir 8 G3
The largest of this latest generation of Rokit studio monitors packs a powerful punch.
As the largest of the three Rokit two-ways it is quite an imposing monitor that may be a touch large for a small bedroom studio but is fine if you have the space and should not offer any problems with placement close to a wall or corner as you can tweak the low end response with the previously mentioned rear panel knob.
This offers three settings apart from flat - you can drop the low end by either 1dB or 2dB or increase it by 1dB if you want a bit extra down there. There's also a high-frequency knob that will let you dial in the very same amount of adjustments at the top end.