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KRK VXT8 Active Studio Monitor - 8 Inch, 180 Watts
- Woofer: 8-inch Woven Kevlar
- Tweeter: 1-inch Silk Dome Ferrite
- Frequency Response: 37Hz - 22kHz +/-1.5dB
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 22 x 17 in||15.6 x 12.4 x 10.8 in||16 x 14 x 21 in||13.1 x 11.4 x 8.9 in||7.91 x 11.02 x 13.27 in||12.5 x 22.5 x 17.3 in|
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The VXT monitors achieve a new level of precision with a visually striking enclosure design that is equally functional, providing low resonance, improved structural integrity and extended low-end, slotted ports for reduced port turbulence, plus a sleek curvature that provides excellent imaging characteristics and a wider sweet spot. The domed tweeter (comprised of true silk for fast transient response) and the new woofer design (with its stiffer, lighter cone that provides low distortion and extended low-end) both have vented formers to remove heat and reduce the effects of power compression, enabling these monitors to maintain their sonic signature. With uncompromising attention to detail that includes tamper resistant switch covers, integrated Omni Mount support and more, the VXT Series is an outstanding choice for a broad range of monitoring applications.
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Here's the background:
I started out with the M-Audio BX5 monitors a while back and they were my first set of monitors. Those were decent for about a year, but after that I needed to upgrade. So I went to guitar center and listened to what they had. After a while, I ended up buying a pair of KRK Rokit 8 G2 monitors. As I would expect, those were better than the BX5s. I've had the Rokits for about 2 years now and after having to move my studio to a small room, I decided the Rokits were just too big and had to go. I began the search for smaller monitors, and with a much bigger budget, I didn't want to go backwards to the rokit 5s. Personally I really like the look of KRK monitors so I decided my next purchase would be a small monitor from them that was above the consumer level of the rokits so I had no choice but to look at the VXT line. Now when I was at guitar center two years prior, I did have a listen to the VXT line including the VXT6 and VXT8, both of which did not sound very good or particularly flat so I was not impressed, so it seemed like I wouldn't be looking at KRK for my next monitor after all. But then I saw a guy selling a new pair of white VXT4s on amazon for $100 a monitor and I just couldn't resist. I was thinking that even if the monitors weren't that great, that I would only be out $200 and I could use them elsewhere. Well... huge surprise...
Now I want to clear up a pretty big misconception with these two KRK lineups as most people give much less credit to the VXT line than they deserve. I too an one point was clueless as to how a monitor such as a VXT 4 could cost $50 more than a Rokit 8 considering that the Rokit 8 has much more power and could handle levels much louder than the VXT 4, or so they claim, but even after having them for 3 days, I can clearly tell you that these are miles ahead of any Rokit monitor.
Where to even start...
Construction: Each of these small monitors weighs in at 14lbs, which for their size is really quite heavy. Still to this day, it surprises me how solid these are. Just go knock on one and you'll see what I mean. It literally feels like you are knocking on a solid piece of aluminum.
The woofer itself is also made of a very nice double woven material and a nice rubber surround, but that's not really what makes this a better quality woofer. If you just give the outer woofer a nice little push with your finger, the woofer moves back extremely smooth and with almost no resistance. Anyone who has ever built a speakers knows that it's difficult to have a woofer move very smooth and soft while maintaining a very strong structure and not flexing. This makes it easier on the amplifier to drive the woofer, and the woofer naturally wants to move which gives an extremely flat and natural sounding output. That alone is only a small part of what makes these miles ahead of the Rokits. Go and try it for yourself. Try and push the woofer of let's say a rokit 8 and then a VXT 8 and you'll notice the rokit is very stiff compared to the VXT woofer.
Now let's talk about the most important part about a monitor and that's the sound it produces. After a proper break in, I listened to a few very familiar songs just to see how these compared to my older Rokit 8s. All I can say is wow... my first thoughts were that these small VXT4s absolutely blow the Rokit 8s away with the sound they produce. It is absolutely everything you could want in a monitor. The sound is extremely full sounding and the clarity is amazing. Even after listening to them for a few hours I can say that these have more depth and more clarity than the Rokit 8 which was twice its size. You can really feel the engineering that went into this monitor, just from the extremely solid enclosure to the quality of the woofer, the sound that these put out really make you feel the quality that was put into these.
But here's the real difference:
I made quite a few mixes on the Rokit 8s while I had them, and for the most part my mixes sounded good. Taking my music to speakers other than the Rokit 8s, I could tell there was always something that didn't sound the way I intended it to, and for I while, I was ok with that. But, after re listening to my mixes on the VXT 4s, all of a sudden I heard so many mistakes....
For most of you who have read reviews about the Rokit 8s know that they are favored by dance producers because of their ability to reproduce a kick drum, or in other words, they were on the bass heavy side. Not a problem I though as I got used to them, I would just keep in mind that the kick would be a bit louder than I would typically have. Well was I wrong... Playing just a few tracks on the VXT 4s, I immediately realized my low end was way too loud! I was very surprised. How could it be that my Rokit 8s, which were known as bass heavy, actually made me turn up the kick louder than it should be... that basically contradicts them being bass heavy as typically on speakers that are bass heavy, you would turn the kick down to compensate for the mids and the highs, but no, somehow the Rokits made me make the kick way too loud, and not just a tad bit loud, but overpowering the other sounds loud. Yes you heard that correctly, the 4 inch woofer in the VXT 4 actually made me realize I had more bass than what the 8 inch woofer on the rokit 8 was telling me. Not only that, as mentioned previously, the VXT 4s pointed out a ton of mistakes that the Rokits just didn't do. After fixing those mistakes on the VXT4s, I immediately went and played my song on a variety of other speakers and to my surprise, all the mistakes were actually gone, and the low end was just the right level.
So in the end, the Rokit series might be good for just listening to music on, but if you are serious about mixing then you have absolutely no reason to consider anything but the VXT lineup. I too was confused for the longest time about how this small speaker could cost more than a Rokit 8, and now I know that these are miles ahead of the Rokit series. Not only do they actually tell you the truth about your mixes, they are also extremely sturdy and very well built. All in all I cannot tell you how much I recommend the VXT 4 or in fact any of the VXT lineup. Something that I cannot understand though is why did they sound just decent at the store and then amazing and extremely revealing on my desk? I think that's what throws people off with this monitor, but I guarantee you, take a pair of these home, set them up correctly with some nice IsoAcoustic stands to keep them isolated from your desk and at the correct height, and just listen to your mixes on them. It's absolutely amazing how true and revealing these are while still sounding just pure, amazing and natural.
Just a few more things I wanted to mention about why I like these more than the Rokits. First off, when you turn the Rokits on and off, they make a loud and annoying popping noise, while the VXT 4s make almost no noise at all, rather they make a pleasing little tick sound to indicate that power is off. Also, with the Rokits, unless you are using an interface to send them a signal, they will have an annoying background hiss that is very audible when there is no sound playing through them. The VXT 4s on the other hand can be plugged into anything, even the 3.5mm output jack on your laptop, and guess what, no hiss!
But anyways, hope that clears up some huge differences with these monitors. And for reference, I do have these sitting on some small IsoAcoustic stands on my desk, and they are plugged into a Focusrite 2i2, and everything sounds perfect.
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The sound is good, but I would try a different brand. It picks up the radio A LOT.Read more