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).
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.
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.
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.