Expert review of the KRK RP5 G3 Rokit
- The monitor speaker sounds very detailed for a speaker in this price range.
- The bass sound is powerful.
- The speaker has balanced XLR and TRS (6.3mm jack) inputs, but also an unbalanced RCA (tulip) input.
- With the HF and LF controls you adjust the sound to suit the acoustics of your room.
- You need a subwoofer to make informed decisions about the mixing of low frequencies.
Here we go. Open the box and unpack it. Because of the small design, I expected the speakers to be lightweight. Quite the opposite, which is nice. The casing also feels solid and sturdy. On the back I see an XLR, TRS (6.3mm), and an RCA (tulip) input. The XLR connection is unfortunately not from Neutrik. To disconnect a cable, you'll have to use a little force.
Highlighted specifications: detailed sound reproduction
It's not possible to test by ear how honest the speakers sound. This means I have to limit myself to the experience and assess whether the reproduction is detailed. I play a few songs from Voices From The Lake. This style of music is based on nuances and detail. I'm immediately overwhelmed by a detailed reproduction of clicks, micro modulations, and intelligent use of reverb. This makes me happy. I can therefore say that the RP5s have passed my non-scientific test.
Highlighted specifications: bass reproduction
We're dealing with a 5-inch studio monitor. That's why I can't expect to hear all the details in the low frequencies. Having said that, I'm blasting a Robag Wruhme Remix on Michael Meyer's Baumhaus from the speakers. My weapon to test the low frequencies. I'm positively surprised. The kick is thumping and the low frequencies are clearly heard. The bass does sound a bit muddy here and there.
Highlighted specifications: connectors
You have a choice of 3 connectors to connect the speakers to your audio interface or mixer. The XLR and TRS (6.3mm) inputs are balanced and the RCA (tulip) input is unbalanced. I'm happy to see that the speakers have balanced inputs. If you have the option to connect balanced cables to a balanced input, then you should always do this. This prevents the cable from receiving an unwanted signal.
Highlighted specifications: low and high frequency switches
On the back of the speakers are low and high frequency switches. These let you turn low or high frequencies up or down and adjust the sound to suit the acoustics of your room. Because I'm in a small and acoustically untreated room, I try it out. I turn the low frequencies down a bit and find the balance between high and low. It sounds better. This makes the speaker ideal for the novice producer who works in a small space.