KRK Rokit Powered 5
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KRK Rokit Powered 5

Rokit Powered 5, Active Monitor from KRK in the Rokit Powered (1st Generation) series.

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 21 reviews )
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S2D11/11/2014

S2D's review"Rokit Man"

KRK Rokit Powered 5
Having had the KRK Rokit RP5 monitors since December 2008, the main choice at the time for me picking them was price and a recommendation by the salesman at Dolphin Music based in the UK. My main purpose for using the Rokits was/is producing and music mixing, which they are very capable of doing. Used in pairing with both a E-MU tracker pre interface and a Focusrite Saffire Pro 14, the RP5's have a consistent and defined sound to them which carries on no matter what interface is being used in conjunction with them. One of the other influential factors for me choosing these monitors was the impartial sound and flatter frequency response they offer.

SOUNDS

The sound the KRK Rokit RP5's provide is very useful for mixing and producing, especially if you are just starting out. The stereo image is well defined and once you get used to them you will easily be able to tell when elements in a mix are out of phase with one another (for example when mixing drums a loss of low end in the kick drum or body in the snare) and when listening to top pro mixes you can hear extremely wide elements such as backing vocals in a chorus compared to more restrained panning of instruments during a verse for example.

Dynamics (and sometimes lack of dynamics with some genres) are well respected. From the extremes of classical music right through to flat out, compressed-to-hell hip hop and pop tracks of today's charts, the Rokit RP5's stay true and honest to the original integrity of the music. You will also be able to tell when you hear a track that has not been mixed properly, as the RP5's will not 'hype' bad mixes or recordings to make them sound good unlike the majority of consumer speakers available today. You don't buy these monitors to make all your music sound good with a ridiculously inflated bass or treble response, you buy them to tell you the truth about your mixes so you can craft it to be neutral and suit any music style.

The spectrum is fairly presented (with a frequency response of 45Hz all the way up to 35kHz incase your dog needs to mix a track), there are also controls on the back of the speakers to control the high frequency volume amount they give out incase the room you are mixing in is not acoustically treated and has a particular preference to either enhancing the high frequencies too much or soaking them up. Depending on the style of music you are working on, the low end sub response may not be enough for you with the 5" Aramid Glass Composite woofers, so adding a dedicated subwoofer to the setup might be an idea in that case.

OVERALL OPINION

For the price range the Rokit RP5's are in, they can't be beaten for quality and value for money. KRK really spoil consumers with these reasonably priced monitors. Yes there are better monitors for mixing out there such as Genelecs and even the higher end models of KRK monitors, but of course they will cost you more than double the price of these. Add to that the fact that acoustic treatment of the room you are mixing in is just as important - you can have the best, most expensive monitors money can buy but if you're main mixing room is a loft in a council house then it will make little difference. These speakers are also quite portable for travelling with if you are on the go a lot of the time. At the time of purchase i tried other monitors by companies like M-Audio but ultimately decided on the KRK's, and the fact that they still work perfectly more than 5 years after purchase with no trouble is a testament to the quality of the RP5's.

So overall, if you are new to producing/mixing or are a keen hobbyist with a set budget then the KRK Rokit RP5's are highly recommended, however if you are building a proper recording studio and have a fair amount of money to spend then i would advise looking higher up the monitor food chain at some of KRK's or Genelec's (as well as many other pro audio monitor companies) more expensive models.
yoTrakkz11/01/2011

yoTrakkz's review"epic sound"

KRK Rokit Powered 5
I was is the market for something with 8" woofs as I was having a difficult time capturing the bottom end in my mixes with my trusted old Tannoy PBM 6.5. I didn't want to listen to anything else, but I walked by while someone was listening to the KRK RP5's. Holy Crap! I spent about 30 minutes listening to these and I walked away with them. The bottom is generous, although not at match for the 8"s I was listening too. But they were so focused and the bottom end so tight, that the 8"s sounded muddy by comparison. I can listen farther into the mix better than the Tannoy's. They have a very tightly defined sweet spot, so take the time to position them carefully and they will performs very well


SOUNDS

The KRK RP-5 Rokit Monitors are nice. The sound is extremely clear and natural. When you crank it there is no white noise that creeps. Great low ends and the highs are heavenly. Frequency adjustments on the back for tuning perfectionists. Good bang for buck. However. If you're rocking out hiphop or rap or anything with a boom it'll distort when its loud. If you forget to turn them off after using them they'll pop when you reboot the PC. If you put your cell phone or any wireless device on top of them they pop and make weird noises. Other than that they've been a great addition to the studio.

OVERALL OPINION

These speakers really are musically well balanced. So many monitors sound like garbage because they are balanced mathematically at the expense of the human ear. This whole series of monitors is made around the idea of striking a happy medium between sterile flat response and the more musical sounding EQ that these speakers have. These have become like an industry standard set of monitors in today’s music world.
themaddog06/04/2011

themaddog's review"Good starter monitors"

KRK Rokit Powered 5
As I started building my home studio, it was apparent I needed a decent pair of monitors. I went to Guitar Center and these were the best sounding monitors that I could afford ($300 for the pair). They are active monitors, meaning they have built in amplifiers and do not need to be connected to a power amp. They can accept 1/4", XLR, or RCA inputs. The high frequencies can be cut but -2 or -1 dB, or can be boosted by +1 dB. The volume of the monitors can be changed from -30 dB all the way to + 6 dB, depending on your input or output needs. Since these are active monitors, a user would likely set this value once and change the volume level on his or her mixing console. All of the inputs, control knobs, and power switch and supply are located on the back.

SOUNDS

These monitors produce a flat response with a great deal of depth to material being played. If you have never heard music through studio monitors before, you will probably be surprised at what a difference playing back your favorite records through these speakers can make. That being said, if you were to lay out a lot more money for more expensive monitors, you would be totally blown away by the little nuances that you would be able to easily pick out within professional studio recordings. The monitors themselves produce very little noise when playing back silence, which is not noticeable at all once music kicks in. These speakers do a great job with mid-range to high-end sound, but do not produce a lot of bass. This is partly because they are designed to produce a relatively flat response among all of the frequencies, but in addition, they are only five inch speakers and cannot replicate the bass frequencies as larger speakers can. Pair these speakers up with a subwoofer, and tune your sound system appropriate between these monitors and your subwoofer, and you'll have a great little setup.

OVERALL OPINION

These are great monitors for entry level, but do not approach any of the higher end gear that KRK has manufactured. For the price, these are a good speaker, and occasionally you'll see them on sale for less than the $300/pair that I paid. I eventually replaced these monitors with KRK V8's that I got for a steal. At that point, I took my Rockits and made them my home stereo speakers paired with a Cambridge Soundworks subwoofer. They excel at this, and a I get a great, full sound out of a relatively compact package.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

KRK Rokit Powered 5
Nothing really. Its a monitor. So it needs on and off switching and some inputs. It even has a knob to adjust the HPF.

Price paid: 199 euro's each

SOUNDS

Soundquality is the best you can get at the price for sure ! The RP5 sounds very tight, detailed with good stereo imaging. Compared to KRKs own V4, this one is much better. Also compare it to behringer, the budget genelec, phonic and alesis, this one is still the way to go ! I have them for ore then a year now and I love them ! The soundquality you get for the price is very good ! 9 out of 10

OVERALL OPINION

Well in fact, the first couple of months I had it, it sounded to me that one of the cones was a bit on the loose. Just not fitting tight into its mounted surface. However 2 weeks after it I never heared the rattling and stuff again so I dont know what it was but it seems it self repaired? I would say very good quality

I love them really ! I would replace them with a new pair if they broke down. The sound is very good and I just love it !

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: SantiBanks ( 6-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

KRK Rokit Powered 5
Mulitple input options, powered (bi-amped). You can't go wrong.

Price paid

150.00 each

SOUNDS

I was in the market for some replacement monitors. I A/B'ed the against the M-Audio monitors. These blew the M-Audios away. They sound very precise, and clean without alot of sound coloring. I can't find a weak spot in these monitors aside from if they are pushed beyond their limit (which is the case with far more expensive monitors).

OVERALL OPINION

Very easy to use.

They feel heavy and durable, I love the finish and the yellow coned woofers.

Great sound quality, great value, great price, great look. You can't go wrong with these.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dutty (January 1-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

KRK Rokit Powered 5
Love the slotted hole versus the standard round. I think it gives a better sound.

Price paid

$240 USD

SOUNDS

These monitors sound really good, I was skeptical at first when I saw them in guitar center. But I'm definitely glad I decided to go with these. I couldn't believe the low end that I get from only the 5" woofer. I live in an apartment so I can't play these too loud. So the 4" might would even do the job for me in my situation, but I haven't listened to those.

OVERALL OPINION

Very well built, KRK's signature yellow woofer is definitely an eye catcher as well. These monitors are very heavy especially for a 5" set. I think the slot style hole for the bass definitely makes a difference compared to the normal round hole found on most speakers.

Very easy to use. Plug up the power then plug them into your sound card.

This is the first set of monitors I've owned so I can't compare these to a lot of others out there, but for the sound, quality, style, and price. I don't think you can beat these. $240 flat including shipping on ebay (brand new still in the box)

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: thasyndicate ( 7-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

KRK Rokit Powered 5
1" silk dome tweeter, 5" aramid glass woofer. Good choice of inputs (xlr, trs, rca), main gain control knob (-30 to +6 dB) and high frequency control knob (-2 to +1 dB). could use a crossover control know but it's not really necessary.

Price paid

$300 USD

SOUNDS

Incredible sound, great response for a 5 inch woofer.

OVERALL OPINION

Very easy to use, just plug in the power, plug in your input, put the knobs to 0 dB, turn on and play away.

Well built, solid as a rock.

This the best purchace I've ever made for music production, given I haven't purchased much. Also, I do believe these are the best monitors you can find for $300 or less.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: hollip3020 ( 6-, 2005)
JackLudden08/09/2008

JackLudden's review

KRK Rokit Powered 5
These are a pair of entry-level, home studio active monitors. When I bought them I wanted a step up from desktop computer speakers that could represent the highs and bass that you lose with speakers like that. I was using them for my home studio - just recording some of my own music at the time. They are active, so they require no external amp. I had them hooked up via XLR to my soundcard, playing from a windows DAW.

SOUNDS

The frequency response is not all that neutral. Since they are only 5 inch speakers, the bass is not that well represented. I also found that when you tried to turn up the speakers to high volume to hear the bass better, everytime you'd get a mass of bass energy, such as a kick drum or loud bass note, everything else seemed to temporarily attenuate in the mix until the bass energy subsided. Now that kind of happens psychoacoustically normally - but there was definitely something happening there that this speaker could not quite handle very well. The highs are not that smooth, although the imaging is fair. Not great, but fair. The sound on this speakers also sounds somewhat muffled, which makes me think there's a deficiency in the high mids and/or highs. The transients in the mids are okay, but again they become a bit of a problem when you have a lot of bass energy.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought these speakers about 3 years ago, but have sinced gotten a pair of JBL LSR4328. What I liked about them is that they are so cheap, that the improvement in sound that you can when going from desktop computer speakers is a no brainer improvement. Frankly, when I bought them, I didn't hear as well as I do now, so they sounded great at the time. This makes me say that these might be a good pair to get for the home recordist looking for their first pair of active monitors. What I liked least is that the sound quality is simply not very impressive - it's just not accurate. The bass problems coupled with the muffled highs make me think that these could be a problem to mix on. That said, for the price, these are probably still a good buy for the home studio as you get accustomed to critical listening. I wouldn't get them again now, but I did enjoy them for a year or so after buying them.
Raimus09/06/2012

Raimus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" it's the taf"

KRK Rokit Powered 5
I use it in a home studio since a long time now, and not flinch.
I was then turned to it because that's what I heard from meix in this price range. Okay, I admit I did at the time only compare with the yamaha HS50 which are admittedly much less flattering. My young novice ear in sound did not doubt one second between Rockit and HS ...

SOUNDS

Of course they have their default, but it is as if we accommodate all ...
Can a poor acute, with flattering low med and finally not really there ... I am close to it (1 meter) and the spectrum is correct.
I've made over time, now I have trouble in past

OVERALL OPINION

One thing I would like noted: the new versions are totally changed not only aesthetics but also I think the design. Now all the components are molded on the inside, in case of failure no other choice but to sent back to the manufacturer ...
I did more listening compared, and the new are really much worse.
Buzbuzz05/03/2009

Buzbuzz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

KRK Rokit Powered 5
My opinion will not be flattering, in fact, two months of APRS utilistation return is dj deuxime the Service; More sound comes out of the grave, so with three weeks each time dlais, I have a little b. ..

Yet my choice was a logical port on RP5 G2 between the yamaha and the latter for the same price I found it easier to silent install it on my wall because the event is facade, j 'would have an off button AIM facade.

SOUNDS

When it works I really felt the difference, because I tried M AUDIO DX4 however well for dj use of Maoist enthusiast. The Stereo is really good.
This is done to the proximity.

OVERALL OPINION

Good for résumé:
When it works it's rather good, but ... Only when it works.



SERIES bad or no chance on this one I do not know the;
In any case, KRK never again.