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Before we get into the Adam A7X vs. KRK VXT8, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will outline the KRK VXT8 and then compare it with the A7X towards the end. 🙂
- Ratings/Best Price
- Video Review
- Who these monitors are good for?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
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- Configuration: 2-Way
- System type: Active Studio Monitor
- Low-Frequency: 8″ Woven Kevlar woofer
- High-Frequency: 1″ soft dome tweeter
- Frequency Response: 37Hz – 22kHz (+/- 3dB)
- Max Peak SPL: 114 dB
- Amplifier Class: Class A-B
- Power Output: 180W
- High Frequency: 60W
- Low Frequency: 120W
- Input Impedance (Ohms): 10 K Ohm balanced
- HF Level Adjust: +1dB shelf / Flat / -1dB shelf
- LF Level Adjust: whole, half, quarter
- System Volume: (-30dB – +6dB)
- Auto Mute: (on / off)
- Indicators: Power, Clip, Limit
- Indicator Control: Clip Indicator (On / Off / Limit)
- Input Connectors: Balanced 1/4″/XLR Combo. What is XLR?
- Ground Lift: On / Off
- AC Power Input: Selectable 110V-120V / 220V-240V (50Hz – 60Hz) or 100V (50Hz – 60 Hz)
- Enclosure Construction: Structural Foam
- Finish: Black Textured Paint
- Port Configuration: Front firing slot port
- Grille: Optional
- Mounting: Bottom
- Compatible OmniMount: 60.0 WBX
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 17.06″ (433mm) x 12.51″ (318mm) x 11.66″ (296mm)
- Weight: 41 Lbs. (16.5 Kg.)
The VXT8 is a huge and rather hefty monitor that leaves a large footprint, but will ultimately provide you with mix worthy sound. They are very balanced, but do have a slight emphasis on the low end. Luckily that low end is not boomy or muddy, and really provides excellent clarity.
The monitors are revealing, while still retaining a sense of pure, natural sound.
- Controlled bass response. Not boomy. Balanced sound overall.
- Durable and heavy duty. Solidly built.
- Nice clarity. Small details in your mixes become apparent. You will start to hear things that you haven’t before.
- The VXT’s will point out flaws in your music. The Rokit Series is more for casual listening.
- Revealing, while still remaining natural and pure.
- Warm mid-range, precise treble.
- Good instrument placement and Soundstage. What is Soundstage?
- Buzzing issue apparent in more than one replacement.
What these monitors are good for?
- Listening parties,
- The average in-home DJ
- Jazz and Classical music
What you will need?
- A common option is your audio interface. A few great choices can be found in the best budget audio interface.
- You will also need some rudimentary knowledge on Acoustic Sound Treatment.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- They are very hefty, and need foam absorbers to transport sound effectively.
- They translate extremely well. You won’t be wasting time checking your mixes a thousand times.
- The system level adjustment switches on the backs of the monitors are useful if you need to adjust your monitors to fit the room’s acoustics, in order to keep a flat frequency response.
An honest set of studio monitors with a balanced overall sound. What are Studio Monitors?
Similarities & Differences
- Both monitors have controls on the back to affect the frequency spectrum based on your room.
- Overall they share similar characteristics.
- The VXT8’s definitely are more colored overall than the A7X’s. You will notice a bump in the low end on the VXT8’s while the A7X’s are more neutral.
- The VXT8’s are more forgiving in general, meaning they will make your music sound better.
- The VXT8 is much larger, and will leave a bigger footprint in your studio space.
- The VXT8 is more affordable. The A7X runs around $750, while the VXT8 is about $500 (both per speaker).
The most important thing to take away from this review, and any comparison of studio monitors is your own ear. Regardless of what monitor you choose, your room and your ear play a crucial role in developing your mixing abilities. You will undoubtedly have to learn the monitors tendencies, and adjust from there. It’s more about getting a feel for the sound they produce, rather than the monitors themselves.
That said, I would most likely go with the A7X’s as they are more balanced overall. With the VXT8 you are getting more low end which may not be as conducive to a genuine and honest mix. The A7X’s are brutally honest, and should be what you’re looking for in a studio monitor.
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Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this comparison of the Adam A7 vs. KRK VXT8, and came away with some valuable information.
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Are you convinced the A7X is more appropriate? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..
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