KRK RP5 RoKit Classic


This item runs exclusively on an operating voltage of 230 V and therefore requires a voltage transformer to run in your country of United States.

Active 2-way nearfield studio monitor

  • Drivers: 5" glass aramid woofer and 1" textile tweeter
  • Power: 50 W
  • Class-AB amplifier: 30 W woofer, 20 W tweeter
  • Frequency response: 46 - 34.500 Hz (+3 / -10 dB)
  • Max. SPL: 101 dB
  • Connectors: RCA, XLR and 6.3 mm jack
  • Auto standby
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 188 x 284 x 246 mm
  • Weight: 5.87 kg
  • Colour: Black
Available since September 2013
Item number 322608
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Speaker size 1x 5"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 50 W
Magnetic Shielding No
Analogue XLR Input Yes
Analogue Input (Jack) Yes
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) No
Analogue Input (RCA) Yes
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction Yes
Frequency range min. 46 Hz
Frequency range max. 34500 Hz
Dimensions in mm 284 x 188 x 246
Weight in kg 5,9 kg
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Large frequency range

The KRK RP5 Rokit G3 Classic is an active two-way monitor for nearfield applications. The third generation of the popular studio speaker is equipped with a 5" woofer and a 1" tweeter. The diaphragms, made of glass aramid and textile, are driven by 50W RMS of bi-amplified power and a sound pressure of up to 101dB SPL. For a relatively small loudspeaker, bass reproduction down to 46Hz is impressive. In the treble range, this monitor speaker even offers far more than the human ear can typically detect. Here, its treble reproduction up to 34.5kHz offers a considerably high amount of headroom.

Manual adjustments to room acoustics

The KRK RP5 Rokit G3 Classic offers a balanced XLR input, a balanced 6.35mm jack socket, and an unbalanced RCA connection. This allows it to be used in professional and semi-professional environments, but also as a hi-fi speaker. In order to achieve the appropriate adjustments to the listening position, the level adjustment of the monitor covers an immense control range of 36dB in total. In addition, both the bass and treble can be specifically adjusted to the room acoustics. A treble cut of up to 2dB and a boost of 1dB are possible. The bass reproduction can be reduced by 1dB and increased by 2dB. An automatic standby function switches the speaker off after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Inexpensive production tool for starters

Beginners and occasional users will find in the KRK RP5 Rokit G3 Classic a flexible, adjustable monitor speaker that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. With its distinctive yellow diaphragm, the speaker not only looks smart in home studios, but can also reproduce a really wide range of frequencies. If you don't require lots of volume, this is a serious workhorse whose size is not too bulky and which, at less than 6kg, can easily fit on standard speaker stands. And for those who still work with a CRT monitor, the magnetic shielding of the loudspeaker is an additional selling point.

About KRK

The KRK Systems brand, today a subsidiary of US guitar manufacturer Gibson, has existed since 1986, and has acquired as many years of experience in the construction and design of studio monitors. Today, KRK's product range has extended to include subwoofers and headphones, in addition to their near- and midfield monitors. KRK adepts include such illustrious names as Mark "Spike" Stent (Ed Sheeran’s sound engineer), Grammy winner Ed Cherney, rock producer Jacquire King, rock and metal producer Ulrich Wild as well as trance DJ Armin van Buuren.

Bundles for stability and initial setup

The KRK RP5 Rokit G3 Classic provides enough sound in small rooms to accurately evaluate recording signals and mixes. Likewise, thanks to its RCA connection, it can serve as an active hi-fi monitor that does not require an additional amplifier. Wherever space is at a premium and a wide frequency spectrum at a moderate volume is listened to at close range, this speaker is a suitable candidate. If you are looking for a pair of these speakers and also want to isolate them acoustically from surfaces, you can fall back on our KRK RP5 Rokit G3 Bundle (article no. 326178). If you prefer to place your new pair of speakers on speaker stands, you can opt for the KRK RP5 Rokit Classic Stand Bundle (article no. 326179). And we also have the right bundle for an initial setup with a monitor controller in the RP5 Rokit G3 M-Control Bundle (article no. 361360).

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snakeyay 13.10.2020
This is going to be a lengthy review - however, not to waste your time, I am not a professional, or a producer, so if you are looking for such a review, you can keep scrolling to find that one (plenty of those around).

To preface:
I did NOT know I needed studio monitors until I received these. They were on my bucket list, but I thought "eh, those will get loud" - and trust me, they can get loud, but it is so damn easy to tame them to a perfectly reasonable listening level. KRK's are connected via Scarlett Focusrite 4i4 interface using XLR cables (yes, you NEED cables) and are padded with the bundle acoustic padding.

Setting them up:
There are many guides on the internet - however, here is why everyone on the internet drags on in endless arguments (and for a good reason) about the perfect positioning of the monitors and doing the room preparing.
Now, many of us cannot afford to "dial in" the room just to fit the studio monitors. Is this necessary for listening to music or whatever you may be doing through the monitors outside of mixing? NO - absolutely not, you can have these without having bass traps, foams on your wall (even though the internet will lead you to believe you do) and what have you. If you are a producer and are mixing tracks, you already know what to do, but for every day music listener, guitar, bass, keyboard whathaveyou player - you do not this.
BUT - you do need to put these monitors in appropriate places. I have seen horrible monitors placements and what you are hearing is simply not what it is. My monitors are maybe 30cm away from me, they are perfect, however, they SHOULD be at your head-level or close to it.
Do you get acceptable sound if they are slightly off? Yes you do - do you get a better sound if they are set perfectly? Yes you do.
To wrap this up - if you're a tall bastard like me (196cm), it is worth noting that monitors would be best suited on stands.

The volume knob on the monitors is at 10-15%, if I crank the volume knob on the audio interface, it becomes way too loud (hello neighbors), so these monitors WILL get loud, but unless you overdo it - they are perfectly tame for normal levels.

Subwoofer debate:
Do these monitors lack bass? Absolutely freaking not. You do not need a subwoofer (unless, for some reason, you really ARE mixing at those levels). These monitors have a good "woofer" of their own.

Final verdict:
I did not know I needed monitors until I got them - no headphones can replace the wall and amazement of sound you get to enjoy music with these bad boys.

Pro (amateur) tips:
- When acquiring your order from Thomann, be vary that these monitors ARE heavy (5 kilos each), so the box... it will be heavy. (and you may get additional shipping costs because of that)
- Buy two - no, listen to me: buy two, end of story.
- Buy a cable with balanced connection and preferably plug these monitors into an audio interface
- Playing guitar through amp sims is a JOY on these monitors
- Monitors are actually quite hard to topple over as they stay balanced even when bumped into (but you don't want 5 kilos crashing down)
- I was debating between these and Presonus, bought these out of a very shallow reason... they looked cooler to me

- The only con I can find is the controls on the back (but that's pretty much every monitor ever), so the initial fiddling of finding the proper volume and settings can be a bit annoying.


First Studio Monitors
Anonymous 24.09.2016
As is usually the case for first time buyers, you want to insure you are getting what you pay for and don't suffer from buyers remorse. I bought the KRK Rokit 5 as a bundle after looking around a lot for first timer's professional studio monitors, the bundle included 2 Studio Monitors, 2 pads to reduce vibration, 2 UK power cables. The box was big, the speakers weighed quite a bit (having not really experienced high quality speakers before), they look glorious and most importantly they sound amazing. The design is great and the yellow and black color scheme works really well, the KRK logo on the front lights up when the speakers are turned on. There is a great selection of connectors at the back (TRS, XLR and RCA connectivity), the dials are really good, you can feel the small changes you need/want as you turn them and they are of solid construction, you can tell the build is solid by the way the changes in setting feel.

Note 1: Studio monitors are sold individually, so don't cause yourself grief buy accidentally buying only 1 studio monitor you either need to set the "Quantity" to 2 in the basket or you can buy a bundle like I did have a bundle which include the following: you get 2 studio monitors, 2 x UK power cords are included free and 2 pads for reducing vibration are also included for free.

Note 2: The instrument cables (XLR, TRS or RCA cables) are not included, they have to be added to the basket.

Note 3: These speakers weigh a bit, so if you buy 2 make sure you take needed precautions before picking up the box

Note 4: When setting up the speakers, insure the speaker power button is in the off state and insure the settings are all the lowest, this is to avoid any possible pops or crackles when you connect stuff (which could damage speakers and your ears)

Note 5: For the best sound, position speakers as per KRK's included manual, really handy, I had incorrectly positioned mine when I started and wasn't too please thought sound was only coming out of one speaker. KRK's manual recommend the best position (height and angle).


Good for begginers
Anonymous 21.01.2017
I use these for my music production, mixing and mastering, and of course listening to music.


- Good quality in sound, you can adjust the highs and the lows at the back of the monitor to fit your rooms reverb/dampening.

- You can make them loud and i mean LOUD.

- the colours are nice, they blend in with my desk i ordered ''Glorious Workbench white
Producing Workstation'' very nicely, doesn't get dirty at all, no finger prints or anything of the sorts, easy to maintain. ( though i can imagine the holes for bass get dusty after a long time )

- The body of these is quite strong and would probably survive a fall from a small height but no more than once. ( i don't recommend trying that out though)


- The lows are sadly barely there with the cutoff at 45Hz you can hear barely any bass with some of the tracks that reach that low bass zone, in this case my music doesn't sound as good sometimes because i'm missing that ONE frequency. i suggest just getting a subwuffer or buy bigger version of these monitors, either 6 or higher if you want that loud bass.

- The speakers them selves are very delicate so if you have children or a cat/animal that can get to them they can be easily damaged suggest keeping at high points away from reach of anyone other than you.

- One of my KRK rokit 5s came scarred with a big mark on one of the corners so i suspect someone has dropped it before it was packaged, so like i said, the body is strong, the monitor still works, but the mark will stay there forever now. the small plastic logo with he light inside it as well, came out when i unpacked it.


it's a pretty good product, for beginners only though, if i were to replace these i would go with the 6 inch or above ones because the bass really is needed here.


KRK RP5 RoKit G3
Anonymous 13.10.2016
I'm using the KRK RP5's in my own little studio @ home.

They have excellent stereo image, great sound clarity for material that's excellently done (Sting, Toto, Mylene Farmer, Janet Jackson).

Once you get a song sounding good on these speakers, after hours of working on them, the song will definitely sound excellent on all other references, because they're very linear.

The general sound of these speakers is very crisp (except somewhere around 180-260 hz in the low freq area where I can feel a slight amplifiying in these speakers). This is a good thing because in that area there's usually a build-up in frequencies in songs, accumulated from all the present instruments / channels, that if not take care carefully, your song can sound bad on other reference or non-reference speakers.

Because the low-drivers are 5'', you cannot hear the sub-bass that much (as in 6'' or 8'' woofers).

The sub-frequencies are actually audible, but you really need to position the speakers perfectly in your studio room, with at least 60-80 cm distanced from you, at your left and right, so the low frequencies can have space to reach your ear.

For this budget they are excellent, have knobs in the back for room adjustments and they also auto-shut-off, when the signal is not present for 30 mins (when you're not working).


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