ROKIT 5 G3 vs G4 Which is a better choice?

Here we will take a look at the difference and comparison between ROKIT 5 G3 and G4 and we get to know which is a better use. The Rokit series is a brand of the KRK system. But here we want to know which is better than the other / the best to use.

ROKIT 5 G3

This audio niche was doubly not that perfect but was good though, but being that there was still a chance to improve it was now rebranded and had lots of good qualities of sound. Not long ago it was been replaced with Rokit 5 G4. Was it that bad? Maybe yes. The KRK Rokit 5 G3, was though not perfect but was hugely popular and has many positive traits, so they decided to rebrand them and sell them that would be beneficial to KRK and consumers around the world. The strength of the original KRK Rokit 5 G3 was good to build quality and also interesting looks and the classic 5 keeps them intact. The cabinet of classic 5 feels more solid and as sturdy as ever, but then we all became familiar with this look, so they do not pop as much as the Rokit 5 G3 when it was introduced many years back.

 It also offers traditional knobs that control gain and bass/treble level and the nice thing is that it offers 3 separate inputs (XLR, TRS, and RCA) that can be used simultaneously. The internal design uses two class AB amps (20W for tweeter and 30W for midwifery) and an active analog crossover to control them, This audio retains the V-shaped sound signature with elevated treble and slightly recessed mids, G3 has more air and spaciousness to its sound. the Rokit 5 G3 is also excellent for good mixing with perfect near field speakers, the sound out of these speakers is accurate smooth sound for making your mixdown. Extremely clean sound, very impressed, and the generation 3has better sound for your room type.

ROKIT 5 G4

The Rokit 5 G4 is an all-new branded type of KRK system, it obviously can tell that there is a lot of changes in the new G4 model. Firstly, the design has completely changed and improved by looking, the cabinet looks less busy and more elegant keeping very similar external dimensions. The materials used to build the cabinet are high quality as usual. The front bass reflex port grew in dimensions and the opening is nicely stylized with the Rokit 5 logo pressed in it. The drivers are also changed, the woofer is now made of Kevlar instead of glass aramid (which in reality is almost the same material but the structure looks a bit different this time) and is also less bright, more washed-out yellow. The LED display and the wheel which is used to operate it feel very modern and are easy to use. You can control all the settings of Rokit 5 G4 from the level of display/ wheel and the settings are more broad and precise compared to classic 5. Rokit 5 G4 only has one XLR/TRS combo jack so you are limited to only one source at a time.

Rokit 5 G4 uses class D amps (20W for tweeter and 35W for mid-woofer) and all digital DSP crossovers to control them but fortunately, the move from analog to digital did not increase the white noise levels of Rokit 5 G4, quite the opposite. The G4 is quieter than the classic 5 (G3). The quality of the sound is big of a difference as in the looks department from classic 5 (G3), it sounds more like a monitor with a flat frequency response from top to bottom. The bass response of G4 is as extended as G3 but it also feels a bit tighter and better controlled in comparison. The mids of Rokit G4 are better integrated with the rest of the spectrum and more detailed as well. G4 though, there is more cabinet coloration around 600Hz to 800Hz that makes them sound a bit boxier and closed off in comparison to Rokit 5 G3. The Rokit 5 G4 also creates a better soundstage and images more precisely.

Amongst the Rokit family, this is quite alright the smallest but still, without a doubt, it is a good audio niche and which would compete with the best studio monitors of other brands in its price range. But not comparable with G7 and the rest though that one has bigger features and improved audio enhancement than G4. The Rokit G4 also has a 2-way powered studio monitor with 55.0 W of RMS-rated power with a built-in amplifier.

The Rokit G4 is an improvement over Rokit G3 both acoustically and esthetically, the balance between the bass, midrange, and treble are much better and it sounds much more like a good studio monitor than that of Rokit G3 which sounds more HiFi. Rokit G4 response is more flatter without the huge lift in the treble we find in the older model, while bass wise Rokit G4 is still punchy and groovy but with more balance between low bass and mid-bass. There is also less upper bass boost, the KRK Rokit 5 G4 are a killer pair of budget studio monitor for anyone with a slightly heal their looking budget. KRK, with one of the most highly reputable names in studio monitors, offers decent power and a sophisticated EQ response from the smallest Rokit edition. Mixing in your bedroom or a small studio? The RPG G4 should be your shortlist, plus slightly more detail and texture in Rokit G4 now.

The real-life bass reach is similar, G3 and G4 go down to ca.40Hz, which is now an industry-standard in this class and means you can use them more comfortably without the help of a subwoofer, but the G4 has more authority and control in the low bass region. Law mids are again better integrated and slightly more detailed. The bigger difference in sound is starting from 1kHz and up, where G4 is flatter and more midrange focused than top-heavy G3. The overall balance is much better but the frequency response is still not perfectly flat with spikes around 2.5kHz and 8kHz. The lower spike adds a touch of extra bite and presence to trumpets and guitars, the upper spike adds a bit of sheen and sizzle to the sound of hints and cymbals. Tremble of new G4 is much lower in volume and much better integrated with upper mids now, on the first listen it may seem G4 is not as detailed as in the older model but that is just an illusion created by the boosted treble of G3, they are equally detailed and airy. The soundstage of both models is good in both with solid center images but the new model creates a bit more detailed images with a more realistic presence. Both Rokit G3 and Rokit G4 can play very loud but the new model has more control over distortion and feels more balanced, while Rokit G3 starts to be fatiguing on higher levels. The EQ on G3 and Rokit G4 achieve the same purpose, but the G4 offers more options. The main difference is that on the G4 there are 5 choices each of low end and high-end adjustments that are not only shelving EQs but also  EQs. The G3 was designed to be a good-sounding speaker system that could be used as a tool for “studio monitoring“ and “studio-grade applications” with the benefit of being a great-sounding speaker system.

The Verdict

As we have said above, the KRK Rokit 5 G4 is a big improvement and further enhancement over the outgoing model, not only aesthetically and functionally (DSP EQ) but also sound-wise. Rokit G4 sounds much more like a studio monitor now and will be an overall better tool for anyone producing music in their home studios. I was also happy as the KRK rebranded the Rokit 5 G3 in form of a classic 5 as it offers an interesting alternative to the sound of Rokit 5 G4, but when in need of a solid studio monitor music production, the best option to go for is Rokit 5 G4, which has better and flatter sound.

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