KRK Systems Classic 5 Monitors

KRK Systems, part of the Gibson family of brands, introduces the Classic 5 Professional Bi-Amp Studio Monitors designed using many of the concepts from KRK’s well-known ROKIT line of powered monitors. The Classic 5 monitors are built using carefully selected components making them perfect for songwriting, mixing and mastering.

Some of the time-tested features include a bi-amped Class A/B amplifier capable of 55-watts of power and a built-in automatic limiter to prevent damage to both the 5-inch glass-aramid composite woofer and the one-inch soft dome tweeter. Frequency range is stated as 46-Hz to 34.5-kHz and the enclosure is updated (from the original ROKIT 5) using a low-resonance design for minimized distortion and colorization. The cabinet has a built-in foam isolation pad underneath to decouple it from your desktop or the console’s meter bridge.

During my listening tests, I found the one-inch soft dome tweeter with its optimized waveguide provided articulate highs and excellent stereo imaging. The front-slotted bass port reduces bass buildup when the monitors are positioned on a desktop or near corners of your room.

But don’t worry about not having enough bass! Frankly I was surprised by the Classic 5’s powerful bottom-end. But if you just can’t get enough, engage the LF Level adjust for up to 2dB of bass boost. This three-position rotary switch also has Flat, -1dB and +1dB positions. Ditto on the HF rotary switch for boosting or cutting the treble.

A fine set of powered monitors any music maker would love, the KRK CLASSIC 5 Professional Bi-amp Studio Monitors come with XLR, 1/4-inch, and RCA input connections and sell for $149 MSRP.