Hey what’s up fam! Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday.
Today I’m back with another review for American Musical and this time they sent over one of their many powered subwoofers, the K10S from KRK Systems. Also, like other products furnished by AMS for review, I do get to keep this after I’m done, which is cool, since I was looking to get this monitor anyway!
So let’s check this one out!
What is the K10S Powered Subwoofer?
Well, the whole concept behind a subwoofer in a monitoring setup is to allow you to really focus in on the low end frequencies so you can mix them with more precision.
It’s not merely for loud playback of your low end bass frequencies, but more-so it’s a tool that allows you to actually hear with accuracy what your low end is doing in the mix. It doesn’t have to be at high volumes for the sub to do it’s job either. Now I personally own the KRK Rokit 5 studio monitors so having the matching sub really works out well.
The basic setup is that you run your main output into the sub first, then feed your monitors from there. It has an 80hz high pass filter which allows you to send everything OVER 80hz to your monitors. This basically cuts those frequencies out from your signal so your smaller monitors don’t have to try and reproduce them, allowing the sub to focus in on those lower end frequencies.
- size: 10″
- power rating: 225 watts peak
- frequency range: 34 Hz- 50Hz to 130Hz variable
- connectivity: rca in/out, xlr in/out, 1/4″ in, footswitch
- price: $399
How does it sound?
Sounds like bass to me!
The way it allows you to focus in on the low end is really very useful. The bass response from the K10s is really deep, tight, punchy, and smooth.
I also like having the bass port in the front, I’ve had other speakers where they were in the back and I prefer a front facing port, I feel it allow the speaker to move the air more freely, which gives a very desirable bass output that you can really feel.
I didn’t notice any of my higher frequencies trying to come through the sub either so the crossover/filter works really well.
The low end output from this sub is very clean, not overpowering at all if you set the volume/filter properly. Most users will not need to crank the volume of the sub up much at all, but it’s there for those that need it so that it will fit into any type of monitoring or recording situation.
So what’s the bottom line?
I don’t care what type of recording setup you have going on, whether you’re purely into electronic creation or if you’re recording various musical instruments, having a sub in your configuration is definitely highly recommended in my personal opinion. It can really expose and help you correct the flaws in your low end.
I love the build quality, very solid, and the little pad on the bottom is a nice touch, no worries about scratching the bottom of the sub and it also can act as a bit of isolation from the surface it’s on. I also really like the ability to use a latching footswitch to bypass the sub entirely for times when you need to monitor without all the low-end.
I give the KRK K10S powered subwoofer 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s really a great addition to any monitoring setup.
My one gripe would have to be the lack of 1/4″ outputs. Not a deal breaker so much as it’s an annoyance, especially when you’re ripped the box open ready to plug everything up only to realize you need to go get some more cables first.
Other than that, I’m very happy with this sub and the low end sounds it’s allowing me to hear properly.
Go on over and check it out: http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-KRK-K10S-LIST
If you have any experience with this or any other sub in your setup, please leave a comment and share your thoughts below
Even if you don’t have any experience with subwoofers in your monitoring setup, let me know what you think by leaving a comment!