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How do the KRK Rokit series compare to the VXT series monitors?

Just yesterday we had a long time customer of ours call and ask about buying another set of KRK Rokit RP8G2 studio monitors. He also wanted to know if it might be worth the couple hundred extra to upgrade to the VXT line like a VXT-6 or VXT-8. Given we hadn't don an a/b test between the two before, we used it as an opportunity to test them out!

KRK Rokit RP8G2 and VXT-6 Studio Monitors | Sonic Sense RP8G2 Rokit on left, VXT-6 on right

Our test/shootout was done spur of the moment & unofficial, so we didn't do any real exacting calibration between the monitors (other than making sure their back panel settings were zero'd out) or plot out their responses using Smaart Live, etc. And since we didn't have any VXT-8 monitors on hand, we put the RP8G2's up against the VXT-6 monitors instead. The differences between the VXT6 and VXT8 are that the 6 uses a 6" woofer and has 90w of power, and the 8 has an 8" woofer and 180w of power. None the less, the comparison still seemed totally valid considering that the VXT-6 is much closer to the price range of the RP8 than the VXT-8 is. Since we only had one pair of speaker stands and one set of outputs from our Benchmark D to A available at that time, we just played some music on one pair, then swapped them out for the other, played the same music again, and listened for the differences.

I must say the differences were not real subtle and they rather reviled themselves quickly. First off, despite being a 6" driver and rated with a freq. response down to 49Hz, the VXT-6 actually seemed to have just as robust bass response as the RP8 despite the RP8's larger driver and rating down to 45Hz. The VXT had a tighter and more defined low end than the RP8. I suppose the RP8 may have showed that extra 4Hz depth in frequency response, but it was barely noticeable between them.

Where the two speakers really showed their differences was in the high frequency spectrum. The VXT monitors had a much more open & clear sound to them. When switching back and forth between the monitors it almost felt like there was a sheet thrown over the RP8's in comparison. They just didn't have the high freq. extension or "air" that the VXT-6's had. In addition, the VXT monitors seemed less fatiguing. We weren't listening for a long enough period of time to really have a good say on it, but it really seemed like RP8s were harsh sounding in comparison to the VXT6 monitors and would be fatiguing on the ear over long sessions. The last area that showed itself was in the imaging difference between the two. The VXTs had a nice 3D image and precise panning locations. reverbs & delays seemed lush and had nice depth. The RP8's in comparison were again not quite there. The image was definitely more blurred and less defined, or more "collapsed in" sounding.

Given that we can get you into a pair of VXT-6's for about $250 more than what you can find the RP8's for, I'd definitely say the jump is worth the money (imo). I think you're getting a better bang-for-the-buck out of them and that they'll be able to sustain your growth as an engineer (or musician) much longer than the RP8G2 monitors would. I guess we'll have to bring in the KRK Expose E8B studio monitors next. At $2500 street price each E8B, I'm curious how the VXT series will hold up against it!

-Preston Smits

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2 thoughts on “How do the KRK Rokit series compare to the VXT series monitors?”

  • theophile

    I'd love to hear the results of a comparison of the VXT8s and the Expose E8Bs. I have been living with a pair of the E8Bs in a home (analog-based) stereo system for the last 2 months.

    Aside from ultimate bass extension they are by an appreciable margin the most self-effacing speakers that I've had the pleasure to sit before. The icing on the cake, is that when my turntable is properly isolated there is an exposition of detail, dynamics and timbre integrated with the exposition of the tunes that voices/ instruments are conveying. Also in evidence is greater subtlety and a feeling of naturalness where the recording/ post performance mixing etc has involved a minimal application of processing of the sound .

    I'm more than impressed. I had never heard of them before I saw the seller's listing in October. Never laid eyes on them. The seller was however selling his pair for just under 25% of the lowest priced listings of a pair of the speakers that I could find anywhere. They were a bargain price for two and I figured that if I didn't like them I could at least recoup my investment. To make the whole thing look like Fate was at work, the seller lived about 25 miles from where I live and about 3 miles from where I work. I paid via Paypal and drove to his house got the speakers and drove home with them. No delivery problems.

    They make me happy about the sound of my system. They complement the rest of the system like the components were made for each other.

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    • Preston Smits

      We'd love to do a comparison between the VXT8s and the E8Bs but don't have the E8B units here in stock. They're available for order from us, but given it's a rare order we don't keep them on the shelf. I'm glad to hear you're loving yours, although not surprised, we've always heard great things about them!

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