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iMac to Rokit RP5G2?

post #1 of 10
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So I'm planning on getting some Rokit RP5G2 but I'm definitely on a budget. Can I just use a 3.5mm to rca cable and run these directly from my iMac? Will I get enough volume this way? Would it be better to use the 3.5mm to 1/4 TRS even though they are balanced inputs and my 3.5mm out is not? 
Edit: I'm also open to other suggestions. I've noticed that the rp6g2 are only $60 more than the 5's for bigger bass. However I"m not sure I hear it's also muddy. I listen to a lot of rap, pop, metal, rock, trance, dubstep, so muddy bass is a no no, but good highs are important too. My max budget would be no more than the RP6G2 at $360 usd. Being able to buy on amazon is a plus too... <3 amazon credit cards lol.


Edited by Xanimal13 - 3/9/12 at 11:56pm
post #2 of 10

Hmm, I'll help the best I can man...

 

I just bought Rokit 8 G2's.

 

I have a Windows PC.

 

But yeah, when I only had a 3.5mm output.

 

I bought a 3.5 to dual RCA adapter.

 

And ran RCA to XLR into the monitors. Works great.

 

But yeah you could also do 3.5 to dual 1/4".

 

Now if you have two 3.5mm ports, then of course you won't need the dual connectors like I'm talking about.

 

 

Also yeah, these will still have plenty of sound. They have built-in amps. So basically they're powered already.

 

You plug them into the wall, hook up the audio cable, and let them do their thing.

 

 

I have two Rokit 8 G2's, and with the gain on max (On back of the monitors), I can only turn my Windows audio bar up to 7, that's shaking the house.

 

When I go to 20 (When no neighbors are home), you can feel the bass pumping your chest, and the windows, and walls. Very good monitors.

 

I know you're getting the 5's, or 6's but I imagine they'll still hit really hard.

 

 

And personally I would go with the 6's for rap, trance, etc. Mine don't sound muddy at all.

post #3 of 10

You won't find the rp6 to be muddy at all, and I would recommend them over the rp5s for the extra bass especially if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music. You could use the 3.5 to RCA conversion to feed these monitors but it is likely you could get unwanted noise in your signal especially if you set up around a lot of other electronics or there is a grounding issue in your integrated audio card. The TRS/XLR inputs are better to use if you can afford an external sound card. The card would help reduce unwanted noise, allow for higher quality playback, and offer a hardware volume attenuator. Good sound cards/audio interfaces start at around $90.

 

As an aside, you lose dynamic range in your music if you use software volume controls so you won't be getting the optimum output. That is not to say, however, that it won't sound bangin.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I ended up getting a killer deal on the 5's after I noticed the 6's in my cart jumped up 60 bucks. (Price change as I was shopping I suppose). I got 2 of the 5's for 300+ xlr cables and stands. If the bass isn't bassy enough, I'll just get a subwoofer for it I suppose. No big really. I'm quite excited for them :)

post #5 of 10

Get an Audiotrak Cube Prodigy USB DAC for $99 and drive them directly from its RCA output.  Line out level can be controlled with the volume knob.

post #6 of 10

I got the 5's on ebay new for 250 USD, they're hooked up via dual TRS to 3.5 and the gain is at zero while windows is set at 50%. I love how they sound but holy crap I wish the ergo didn't cost so damned much!

post #7 of 10

Imagine driving a 600Ohm headphone from your laptop.  Now imagine driving your KRK with their 10,000 Ohm input impedance.  You are far from getting the best sound from them.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mauricio View Post

Now imagine driving your KRK with their 10,000 Ohm input impedance.  You are far from getting the best sound from them.


I guess that is meant to be a joke ? normal_smile%20.gif

 

post #9 of 10

If you are driving those KRK from the laptop's headphone output, that is exactly what you are doing.

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mauricio View Post

If you are driving those KRK from the laptop's headphone output, that is exactly what you are doing.


Surely, but any sound quality issues would most likely have nothing to do with the "difficulty" of driving a 10 kΩ line input (unless the headphone output is very poorly designed and needs a low impedance load for stability).

 

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