With the Rokit G4 – which also includes the KRK Rokit RP7 G4 – KRK is presenting the fourth generation of its popular entry-level series of studio monitors.
The design is a bit more angular and the yellow is a little less gaudy. Have the Rokits grown up?
KRK’s Rokit series has been in many home studios around the world for quite a while. The RP7 G4 keeps up nicely with Yamaha with the long-running HS5 and HS7 as well as Adam with the still quite young, but popular T series. So it’s nice to see that KRK has taught the Rokits a few new tricks!
The KRK Rokit RP7 G4 weighs about 7.5 kilograms, a healthy weight. This is important because, on the one hand, the loudspeakers should be solidly constructed and, on the other hand, a certain weight also counteracts the resonance of the loudspeaker housing.
The case looks robust in any case. A layer of foam rubber is attached to the bottom of the housing, which is intended to decouple the loudspeaker from the base. The plastic front has a waveguide for the tweeter and the woofer has also been sunk into the speaker front.
The bass reflex port at the very bottom on the front takes up almost the entire width of the case and is vaguely reminiscent of a laughing mouth, giving me the impression of a one-eyed minion.
No turbulence noises can be detected at the bass reflex port.
On the back there is everything you would expect (IEC socket for the power supply including power switch, an XLR jack combination socket for symmetrical input signals) – and more: A small display and an encoder wheel suggest that the Rokit RP7 might have a touch moved in from the future.
In fact, behind the grandiose designation “High-Resolution DSP Room Tuning” hides a digitally controlled tone control and the volume control of the monitors. In contrast to previous Rokit generations, amplification is provided by two Class D power amplifiers. The 6.5 inch woofer has 97 watts available and the tweeter 48 watts, which exceeds the previous Rokit series.
Setup and accessories
Then get up and hook up! The Rokits can conveniently handle both jack and XLR plugs. Switching on is completely silent without the crack or thump that is sometimes known from cheap active speakers.
And now explore the “DSP Room Tuning”: DSP systems have increasingly found their way into higher-priced loudspeaker systems in recent years. Neumann offers both subwoofers and near-field monitors with DSP support ( e.g. KH80 DSP ), Genelec in addition to the 8351 APMa whole range of loudspeakers and a complete system for measuring and KS Digital are pioneers in this field anyway.
As a rule, there is complex sound tuning in such systems with multi-volume equalizers, phase corrections and time adjustment between the speakers. With the Rokits you get an equalizer. The manufacturer speaks of 25 settings.
In fact, there is a high and a low filter with five presets each, which offer typical boosts and cuts in the highs and lows. The equalizer cannot be accessed directly in order to process unevenness in the frequency response of the room.
Of course, you can’t expect the DSP power of a $5000 system in such cheap monitors, but the question remains whether the name might generate false expectations. The equalizer settings work well, for example, to reduce the bass a little when the speakers are placed against a wall.
The operation of the display with the encoder basically works very well, but you have to be aware that you have to go behind the loudspeaker every time. Blind operation like the classic, raster slide switches, for example having an Adam Audio T7V is not possible.
This is particularly annoying when the speakers are in front of the wall and have to be moved out of the sweet spot every time.
The free KRK Audio Tools app for Android and iOS promises help with setting up and measuring. It comes with a practical protractor with which the suggested 30 ° angle between the loudspeaker and the listening position can be established with great precision.
There is also a signal generator and spectrum analysis tools, the question being how exactly these work can be done with the microphone of the cell phone that is optimized for speech.
After switching on, the Rokit RP7 confirm their operational readiness with a very low background noise. When it comes to electronic music, it is noticeable that the Rokit RP7 G4s have inherited the powerful bass of their predecessors, but not necessarily the sponginess that goes with it.
According to the datasheet, the bass range down to 41 Hz and sound taut and punchy. The tweeters have a good resolution but tend to be sharp. In addition, they do not achieve the delicate image of the “Air” area, such as the Adam T series does.
One impression that is confirmed with guitar-heavy rock music is that the low mids seem a bit swallowed up. This can be counteracted with the EQ presets, but of course there are other disadvantages. A good phantom center is shown in mono operation, Neumann KH 120, but speaks for a good coordination of the monitors.
Another positive thing I noticed is that the Rokit RP7 G4 retain their basic character even at high levels and that no port noises can be detected at the bass reflex opening, as they were known from older Rokits.
The KRK Rokit RP7 makes a good sound impression for electronic and bass-oriented music.
The woofer gives the fourth generation of the RP4 a rich bass response
The KRK Rokit RP7 G4 is a decent step forward from the last generation of Rokit. For their price, they are solid and well-balanced speakers. Only for guitar music, you should perhaps also test other speakers.
But you should always compare, of course, because monitors also have to meet your own taste. Apart from the somewhat awkward placement of the display, there is little to criticize about the Rokit RP7 G4.
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