In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the KRK Rokit 7 G4 powered studio monitors. Rokits are notable for the iconic black/white and yellow coloring, the hyped low end, and their affordability. Let’s see if the Rokit 7 G4 hold up the standard or lower the bar.
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Final verdict on the KRK Rokit 7 G4
The Rokit 7 G4 is one of the best studio monitors for the money, and features very few flaws to mention. There is some port interference due to the monitor being front-ported, however, this can be adjusted with parametric EQ. Overall, I can safely recommend this monitor.
What I like
- Generally flat frequency response.
- Perfect for bass-driven music styles.
- Solid build quality.
What I don’t like
- Port interference.
- Bass heavy sound might not be to everyone’s taste.
Power and frequency response
The KRK Rokit 7 G4 has a frequency response of 42 Hz – 40 kHz and a maximum SPL of 110 dB. The frequency response is generally flat and neutral. Due to the monitors being front-ported, there is a fairly notable resonance and cancellation at about 680 Hz – which is not uncommon for monitors with front ports.
There were some other frequencies I spotted when doing my diagnosis but I found them more or less insignificant to the overall performance of the monitor. Once correcting the main resonance at 680 Hz with parametric EQ, however, I found that the speakers sounded phenomenal.
I/O and controls
Turning around to the rear panel you’ll see one balanced TRS input, followed by a built-in LCD graph, and a master volume control which doubles as a control to navigate through the LCD screen to attenuate the monitor. At the bottom of the monitor is an IEC socket as well as the On/Off switch.
You can download the KRK Audio Tools app on your mobile device to help better attenuate your speakers to your room environment. The app will play pink noise out of the speakers while monitoring the acoustics of your studio, and will then give you a recommended set of metrics as to how to adjust your speakers.
Obviously, you might have different preferences from what the app is telling you, but it is a fairly useful and unique feature for a pair of monitors.
At the end of the day, this is a Rokit. Fairly well built, lighter than you would expect for a 7-inch speaker, and rugged enough for general purposes.
It sports the iconic Rokit look, with the bright yellow woofer and tweeter jumping out of the all-black/white exterior. Overall, not the best but not the worst by any means.
Compared to other studio monitors
Although the Rokits are, without a doubt, some of the best options under $500/pair, here are a few other monitors to compare against them.
KRK Rokit 7 G4 vs Adam Audio T7V
I find the T7V to be far less hyped and natural-sounding than the Rokit 7. While the Adam monitors have a slightly narrower frequency response, the overall sound signature is far more transparent. The T7V are also rear-ported which eliminates any worries about port interference.
KRK Rokit 7 G4 vs Yamaha HS5
The HS5 has a classic Yamaha sound, with a high peak at 1 kHz as well as a significant rough at 2 kHz. For my preferences, I would recommend the Rokit 7 over the HS5. However, if you are more comfortable with the Yamaha sound, it might be the better option for you.
KRK Rokit 7 G4 vs JBL 308P Mk2
While the JBL 308P is overall a fantastic monitor, it is not without its flaws. For what it’s worth, I would lean in favor of the Rokits. The JBL rattles in the back, mainly due to the overload of responsibility being directed to the subwoofer. This is an annoying problem and I find that the port interference of the KRKs is easier to deal with.
Who are the KRK Rokit 7 G4 studio monitors best suited for?
The KRK Rokit 7 G4 monitors are best suited for producers who specialize in hip-hop, EDM, and more modern styles of music where bass heaviness is preferable. This is not to say that they can’t work with other genres, but they do favor more bass-driven styles of music.Buy KRK Rokit 7 G4 at: SweetwaterAmazon