More Problems with KRK Monitors

Andy Parzit

Feb 14, 2015
I have Rokit 8 KRK monitors and they are headed for the trash. Don't be fooled by the cute yellow cones and the lighted KRK logo. It is what's inside that counts....poor sound and technical/electronics issues.


Quality recording seeker !
Well-Known Member
Feb 21, 2013
I have Rokit 8 KRK monitors and they are headed for the trash. Don't be fooled by the cute yellow cones and the lighted KRK logo. It is what's inside that counts....poor sound and technical/electronics issues.

A big part of making studio monitors work for you depends on the room acoustics, the placement in the room and getting used to them.
Also, monitors should be taken like measurement tools. Having a flat sound often reveals a lot of unpleasing things in our music.
Actually monitors are not build to sound good but to sound accurate.
Altought some will sound more in tuned with your taste and your room, I'd keep them and have a second reference for a while before throwing them away.

Or send them to Kurt who was the first to claim them ;)


Apr 19, 2006
The Rokit range is the KRK entry-level product. It's not unusual for a mix engineer to outgrow them, sonically speaking, and want to move up to one of their more serious ranges. That said, reliability issues should not come up with any product, entry-level or professional.

pc reinforces the point that monitors work in conjunction with your room acoustics. If your present Rokits are not sounding good in your room, then there is a distinct chance that more expensive replacements will not sound good either.

For any make of monitor, you need to choose a size that is likely to work best for your usage, and this includes what range of music styles you deal with, whether you use them as near-fields or mid-fields and, as mentioned, the quality of your listening environment. If, for example, you have a constrained room, you may get better results going for a smaller cone size and setting them up as true near-fields rather than pressing a near/mid-field product into strict near-field operation.


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Nov 25, 2012
@Boswell @pcrecord @Andy Parzit @Kurt Foster

... which all brings up a request to the OP - for those that may come upon this thread researching similar issues in the future - to please specify what the problems with the monitors are, because all we really know at this point is that the OP considers them to be "trash", without specifying particular reasons as to exactly why he feels this way. And, as mentioned by both Marco and Bos, details of his monitoring placement, along with those of the listening environment, would also be appreciated ( and required for trouble shooting), because it may not be the monitors that are at fault at all...

It is what's inside that counts....poor sound and technical/electronics issues.

That's a very ambiguous "review", as you neglected to mention the reasons as to why you feel this way.

While the Rokit models are considered to be "entry-level", as Bos mentioned, along with his astute observation regarding it being natural to outgrow certain entry level gear as your hearing becomes more finely tuned and your skills improve, and what Marco mentioned about monitors sounding accurate as opposed to sounding "good" is also true, I wouldn't go as far as to consider the KRK's to be "trash"... unless we are talking about obvious malfunctions of some kind, which is negatively altering the sound - something wrong with the internal power amp, a blown speaker, loose seals or fasteners on the enclosure that might be causing vibrating, shorts in jacks or other connections, those kinds of things.

But, if none of those things are occurring, and the monitors appear to be working correctly, then I'd definitely be looking to your environment ( or possibly their placement ) as crucial factors in effecting the sound you are hearing; and while there are certainly better monitors available, if your room is badly-skewed acoustically, you're probably not going to be happy with any studio monitor, regardless of their level of quality.

If the OP would be kind enough to provide more details, and/or specific reasons as to what exactly bothers you about the monitors, it would not only be helpful to us in possibly assisting you, it would also be of tremendous benefit to those who may come upon this post in the future while researching similar issues and topics.

One final note - if you are indeed planning on throwing them out, and you've made up your mind about this, do a fellow musician a favor and send them to someone who can use them instead.
In this case, Kurt ( @Kurt Foster ) was the first person to request this - and he has offered to pay the shipping - so it would be considered a professional courtesy made by you to give them to someone who feels that they can use them, or, who can repair them and use them, if there is in fact something wrong with them... especially if it costs you absolutely nothing to do so. ;)



Apr 6, 2005
Had manufacturing issues with all I've had. I've attached a pic of one I had issues with, one of the main caps wasn't even soldered on properly. It would have fell out if not for the goo spread all over inside to keep stuff from falling out. The soldering was a defective job.


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