KRK has announced a new generation of active powered subwoofers — shipping this spring — available in 8-, 10-, and 12-inch variations: S8.4, S10.4, and S12.4.
All three are driven by class D power amplifiers dessigned to enhance transient response, control, and punch. The redesigned cabinets provide a more compact profile than their predecessors, intended to foster improved placement flexibility.
“KRK’s redesigned subwoofers don’t just deliver precise bass and a rich feature set; they’re the next dimension in subwoofer performance,” says Sterling Doak, Director of Marketing for Gibson. “When mixing tracks for bass-heavy genres, it is especially important for producers and DJs to integrate a quality subwoofer solution into their studio set up. Our new generation of subwoofers are perfect for reproducing the low end of your mix—ensuring that you’re giving your tracks the exact amount of bass you desire.”
Connectivity options include XLR, 1/4-inch TRS, and RCA inputs and outputs that interface with just about any manufacturer’s studio monitors, mixers, and/or audio interfaces. With an exclusive bypass control feature, users can send full-range audio to their monitors with the click of an optional footswitch without having to move out of the monitoring “sweet spot” to turn off the subwoofer. This allows for quick comparisons with (and without) the subwoofer’s contributions to the sound. Additionally, polarity and input sensitivity controls are designed for enhanced phase coherence and level-matching.
Additional refinements include modestly improved low-frequency extension, improved porting for enhanced low-frequency phase response and less port noise, as well as a four-position crossover frequency selection switch designed to make it easier to adjust the sub’s settings to optimally match existing monitors. Durability is enhanced with an inverted dust cap, removable all-steel grille option, and reinforced MDF enclosure. Additionally, the woven aramid composite woofer provides a rigid and lightweight driver to help optimize sound quality and a front-firing port allows for placement near walls without interference from a rear-firing port.
“With studio subwoofers, users are looking to achieve the most balanced, tight, and pure sound—and with KRK subwoofers, what you hear is what you get,” Doak concludes. “Pairing a KRK subwoofer with any KRK studio monitor will deliver an optimized listening and mixing experience with extended low end.”