Since brands like Shure and Monster discovered that there’s quite the market for closed portable and/or studio headphones, it was only a matter of time that others follow suit. Enter KRK Systems, purveyors of fine no-nonsense, no-ripoff listening devices for at home and in the studio, and their newly announced KNS8400 and KNS6400 closed headphones. They go for about 150 and 100 bucks, respectively. We already reviewed the KRK RP5 and KRK RP6 G2 Rokit speakers.
While the aforementioned Shure of course are a serious professional audio company (with serious prices slapped on their products), and Monster basically built their empire on a big cable scam (later on following up with decent in-ear phones), KRK is a bit of an underdog, not that well known to the unwashed masses. Most aspiring artists however know that KRK is one of the main brands to consider for top notch active studio monitors, delivering excellent sound quality while not breaking the bank.
While I haven’t heard their new phones yet, I sure hope they stay true to KRK’s company philosophy, delivering good sound for a good value. KRK claims the phones are as accurate as their studio monitors, and they use some sort of memory foam ear pads that remembers the shape of your ears and noggin. They also sport a user-replaceable cable.
Thanks to forum member Aevum for the tip. Official KRK headphones website.
True studio monitors have been out of the reach of consumers for quite some time, given the generally high cost. Sure a few companies have marketed what they call monitors at a low cost, but they do not sound very good or monitor like at all. Along comes KRK with a low cost high quality line of studio monitors they call the “Rokit” series. This leads me to the RokitG2 6 studio monitor that I recently picked up for the sole purpose of listing to music from a computer or mp3 player, and not the normal use of a monitor for studio applications. At $199 each ($398 per pair) the Rokit 6 is not a cheap solution and I didn’t know how well they would work for a living room setting, considering as they a marketed as studio fixtures. Continue and find out if they are a hit or miss for listening to music in a home environment.
If you are looking for great sounding equipment a good place to turn to are recording studios since their everyday activities depends on high fidelity sound gear. Usually, studio monitors can cost an arm and a leg compared to most MP3 player docks or the cheap studio monitors don’t have a big sound advantage. But there is a little gem made by KRK that does fall into great sound quality at a reachable price.
The KRK RP5 was routinely popping up as a best buy studio monitor for under $300 so I wanted to see how these would translate into a consumer environment. This review is not geared towards music producers but towards the average MP3 player owners looking for a future proof way to “dock” their player to speakers. Additionally, it is geared towards computer user that has a little bit of extra desk real estate for great sounding speakers.