KRK is expanding the Classic Series with the introduction of the Classic 7 and Classic 8 studio monitors. The new speakers join the Classic 5 as larger, but still affordable alternatives.
KRK Classic 7 and Classic 8 studio monitors
As the company’s entry-level offering, the KRK Classic series is positioned as an affordable alternative to the manufacturer’s more expensive 4th-generation ROKIT monitors. In fact, the Classic 5 is pretty much a rebranded 3rd-generation ROKIT 5. With the addition of the new Classic 7 and Classic 8, KRK is now offering a full line-up of 5-inch, 7-inch and 8-inch models in the Classic series.
The new Classic 7 and Classic 8 use the same 1-inch textile soft-dome tweeter as the Classic 5. It is paired with 7-inch or 8-inch glass aramid woofers in the characteristic, eye-catching yellow color. KRK claims that the larger speakers deliver a clear midrange and tighter bass. Like all KRK monitors, the Classic 7 and Classic 8 feature low-resonance enclosures with front side bass reflex ports, which allow for flexible positioning, KRK says. The monitors also come with pre-installed high-density foam pads for acoustic decoupling.
Both new monitors are bi-amped Class A/B systems with built-in, automatic limiters. In addition to the volume control, they offer high and low frequency controls with four settings each for tuning the speakers to your listening environment. With XLR, 1/4” and RCA connectors, there’s a variety of options for connecting the speakers to your audio interface, mixer or other sound sources.
So are the new Classic 7 and Classic 8 simply rebranded 3-rd generation ROKITs? As for the 8-inch model, it could be – the speakers look very similar. The 7-inch model didn’t exist in the 3-rd gen ROKIT series, however, which consisted of 5-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch models. In the end, what matters is that you now have an even more affordable alternative to the 4th-generation ROKIT monitors, which is good news for anyone on a tight budget.
Price and availability
As of today, KRK hasn’t shared the shipping date and prices for the Classic 7 and Classic 8 yet. To give you an idea, they will most likely cost less than the 7-inch and 8-inch ROKIT G4 models, which retail for about USD 240 and USD 300 apiece, respectively.