I purchased these for my keyboard workstation (Roland FA). I hooked Airplay up to them using an apple router 3.5mm stereo out to the keyboard input, which helped me avoid an external mixer.
I first tried the RP7s because I figured bigger was better I and I got them for an excellent price - similar to the RP5's actually. The RP7s are indeed very powerful speakers, and have a huge presence in a small room. The problem was that they seemingly enveloped you in a cloud of hiss/white noise that I found distracting when playing the keyboard at low volumes.
Before ordering the RP5s, I called KRK to ask if the 5's were quieter. Two separate people told me they were not, that all of the speakers had basically the same amount of background noise because they are active. But I decided to try the 5's anyways because several reviews claimed that indeed they are quieter.
And comparing the RP5 and RP7s, I can say this:
1. RP5's are about 50-75% quieter, and I cannot hear the "hiss"/white noise over the normal background noise in the room. The RP7 background hiss was definitely noticeable and I found it distracting when playing music.
2. The RP5 probably has better soundstage and clarity when sitting closer than 4 ft. I found them clearer at that distance. I am guessing the RP5's are designed for a shorter listening distance than the 7's, even though KRK's literature does not explicitly state this.
3. The RP7s' are noticeably more powerful with huge low end extension and headroom, but they were overkill for my room. I can see why they would be great for mixing in a larger room with dynamic music.
In summary, this is an example where the bigger RP7s did not mean better. To be clear, these sound better than my Monitor Audio tower speakers. They are so fun to listen to and I find the price point amazing for the performance that you get. It's a bit puzzling that they don't throw some RCA inputs or BT capabilities (or even Airplay 2) to compete with 500-1k audiophile speakers.
|商品尺寸||2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm; 4.85 公斤|