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KRK Rokit 6 G3

Magazine article Guitar Player

KRK Rokit 6 G3

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THE KRK ROKIT 6 G3s ($199 EACH, street) are some very hot-looking, active studio monitors. You can't help but notice the cool, racing-yellow circle on the 6" Aramid glass composite woofers (there's also a 1" soft-dome tweeter), the futuristic beveled edges (that actually minimize signal-diffraction distortion), and the wry smile of the front-firing port (that helps give low-frequency content more punch). The G3s also offer some nice "tweaker" options, with dedicated High- and Low-Frequency Adjustment knobs, and a Volume control. Frequency response is from 38Hz to 35kHz, and the onboard class AB amplifier puts out 73 watts (48 watts for the lows, and 25 watts for the highs) with a peak SPL rating of 107dB. Inputs are unbalanced RCA, balanced 1/4" TRS, and balanced XLR jacks. The MDF-constructed enclosures each weigh 19.4 lbs.

LISTENING TESTS

I initially brought the speakers into San Francisco's First Generation Studios/Beyond Pix for a live-broadcast, voice-over session for Business Matters on the BBC World ServiceGranted, this first test seems like a rather easy one. But with spoken-word tracks, it's essential that the monitors capture an accurate portrait of the voice to ensure intelligibility and articulation, as well as reveal if there are plosives, lip smacks, or other distracting noises in the speaker's voice. If the monitors fall down on this gig, they're probably not going to reproduce music tracks accurately, either. However, I found the G3s to be true to the source sounds, with excellent presence and signal clarity. The BBC clients were thrilled.

The music-listening tests occurred during soundtrack sessions for director Frieda deLackner's film, By Chance, at City of Dis Studios in San Francisco. We tracked acoustic guitars, a string section, and a full rock band. I left the G3s completely flat for the initial run-through, but I found the high end to be a tad dark, so I tweaked the HF Adjustment control to +ldB. …

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