To read the full detailed article see: KRK Rokit Powered 10-3 Review
KRK —the brand with the yellow cones— took everyone by surprise at Musimesse 2011 when they announced the coming of a new three-way monitor with a 10″ woofer for about $500. The weight-to-price ratio is unbeatable for a monitor speaker, but what about the specs?
A December afternoon in the AudioFanzine office:
– Knock, knock, knock.
– Who’s there?
– I’m the delivery boy.
– Good, we were waiting for you. Please put the package in the kitchen, next to the stove.
– Isn’t that a bit awkward?
– Why, if I may ask? A fridge is usually placed in the kitchen!
– I think you’re mistaken, this is not a fridge, but the KRK Rokit 10-3 speakers!
– Oh! When I saw the size of the package, I thought you were delivering the fridge. Do you want a drink?
– I’d love one. I sweat a lot and it’s very hot in your office, I feel so dizzy…
Sorry, we have to interrupt the story here and go back to the new KRK speakers. The Rokit 10-3 are huge! Considering their 46.3 lbs, we had to double-check if our monitor stands could withstand the load. It measures 21.2″ 12.7″ x 14.3″, and you can setup the speakers horizontally or vertically depending on your room. The speakers have the typical KRK look with two yellow-cone speakers — 4″ aramid-glass composite midrange and 10″ aramid-glass composite woofer. The monitor also features a soft-dome tweeter and a back-lit logo that indicates the speaker is on. The monitor has the exact same design as the other Rokit speakers, which constitute the budget series in KRK’s product range. In fact, in spite of the three-way design, the 10-3 are very affordable: $500! Few manufacturers offer three-way systems in this price category and we hail KRK’s initiative.
The rear panel offers no surprises: you get a pair of shelf filters to adjust both high and low-frequency ranges (+/-2dB @ 300Hz and -2/+1dB @ 5kHz). The speakers also feature a sub-filter (30Hz) and a volume control (-30/+6dB). The bass port is placed on the rear panel, which is a good thing, even if the manufacturer recommends to place the speakers at least 3 ft away from the nearest wall. The connections are comprehensive enough: balanced XLR and 1/4″ jacks plus an unbalanced RCA input. Unfortunately, the power switch is placed on the rear panel, as is generally the case with most budget monitor speakers.
The 10-3 are real three-way active monitors with three class AB amps: 80 watts for the woofer, 2×30 watts for both the midrange and the tweeter. The crossover frequencies are set to 350Hz and 3.5kHz.
Now let’s take a closer look…
Three-way studio speakers with a 10″ woofer for $500 — very rare! This KRKs are designed for people who want a speaker reaching low frequencies down to 30Hz and have enough space in their home studio to set them up properly. Faultless look and sturdiness: the manufacturer has proven its skills in the past. We like the comprehensive connectivity and the rotatable tweeter/midrange baffle that allows you to set up the speakers either horizontally or vertically. As for sound, we were surprised by the low-frequency response, which we expected to be more emphasized due to the 10″ woofer. In fact, the response stays flat and authentic. The only disadvantage is the uneven high-frequency range including an attenuation at 3.5kHz and a boost at 6kHz. However, you can partly solve the problem with the high-shelf filter on the rear panel. For $500, the KRK Rokit 10-3 are definitely an appealing product. Just make sure your monitor stands can withstand such a load and watch out for backaches when you set them up!
- Price considering it’s a three-way speaker…
- … Actually reaching down to 30 Hz
- Manufacturing quality and sturdiness
- XLR, 1/4″ jack and RCA input connectors
- Can be used as near-fields
- Horizontal and vertical setup
- 3.5kHz attenuation and 6kHz boost
- Very heavy and bulky
- On/off switch on the rear side