KRK System + Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Xavier, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I am looking to buy some KRK speakers but really have there basic questions about them.

    1) If I were to purchase these speakers would I need to buy a receiver in order to have them run with my computer, or can i directly connect them with the headphone port?

    2) I know that these speakers have a few components that you can buy to add on to your system, like the subwoofer. After I have these speakers can I connect that subwoofer or will I need the receiver for that?

    3) I have 2 sets of speakers already hocked up through a 3-way splitter to my MBP, will the KRK system speaker work alongside the other two speakers already hocked up?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    All of your questions are based on either buying active or passive speakers. Active are powered, with a built in amp, so no receiver is required. Passive means that they are not powered which would require a receiver.

    You can have them go out through your headphone port, you are going to need some cables, remember that you get a crossover and amp sent with them.

    No, assuming you buy the powered speakers, you just run your cable from the speakers, into the subwoofer, and then the subwoofer into your computer (like a computer 2.1 system)

    Yes, I hope the others are monitors, otherwise you are probably not going to want the other ones.
  3. waynesun macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2006
    As a previous owner of the KRK's:

    1) You will need at least an audio interface that supports 1/4'' inputs and two 1/4'' cables to route into the interface.

    2) It's a different setup than the conventional 2.1 computer speakers (contrary to what the guy above me said). They're reference monitors, so you'll definitely need to route the monitors into the woofers with another set of cables.

    If you're looking to buy the RP-10 woofer, look up this information. The set will total to around $500.00 at LEAST (not including the audio interface - a decent one will fetch you at least another $100.00). If you're looking for those kinds of lows, the Yamaha HS50ms are WAY clearer and pronounced for their price. They white cones would go along properly with your mac setup.

    In short: In addition to the monitors, you will need to spend an additional hundred or so on something that accepts 1/4'' (I see you have an MBP, so a FireWire interface would be the best solution).

    If you don't want to deal with all that interface jazz (that's a lot of cables and clutter we're talking about..), I would recommend the Swan M10s, a single competent solution available at The Audio Insider. (google the dealer)

    3) KRK's would work.. i'm guessing. As long as your speakers accept the same cables as the KRK's output to.. you should be fine.
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas

    I still have my KRK's. Is it not industry standard on most 2.1's for comptuers to route the speakers into the subwoofer, because the sub acts as an amp?
  5. rsherid macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    KRK Studio Monitors

    My two new KRK Rokit 5's are crackling when not in use. I've barely used them. Please tell me they didn't blow out already.

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