KRK’s studio monitors are well known in the music production community. Everyone has heard of ‘yellow cones’ from KRK. Today we’re going to take a look at another yellow cone, this time a larger one. KRK 12S2 V2 is one of the most capable subwoofers under $500, and here’s why.
There is something about KRK’s design that makes them immediately recognizable, and it’s not just the famous yellow driver. The cab, the way it was finished and how KRK designed certain details, all plays into this. KRK 10S2 V2 is a pretty compact woofer given the size of the transducer they’ve chosen. The cabinet features that beveled aesthetic, with a glossy black texture and a transparent grille in the front.
A cool thing about this KRK is the fact that they have gone with a front firing bass reflex port. It’s a slotted type and it really works well with the overall tone of the subwoofer. All of the subwoofer controls are located on the back panel, which is in line with the industry standard. Overall, KRK 10S2 V2 looks great, inspires confidence and is easy to aesthetically blend into a variety of environments.
In terms of features, KRK has chosen a great set of hardware for this build. We are looking at a 10″ aramid glass driver paired with a decently powerful Class D amplifier. Speaking of which, KRK 10S2 V2 is capable of delivering some 160 Watts RMS of pure sound. Where KRK has really done a great job is with the built in crossover. It is extremely flexible, allowing you to pair with just about any set of monitors you have, whether they are KRK or not.
The back panel is where all the goodies are at. In terms of controls, there’s the polarity switch, volume knob, crossover knob and auto standby switch. I/O panel includes RCA, balanced XLR/TRS inputs as well as XLR/TRS outputs. When you add the optional bypass footswitch, the I/O panel definitely feels generous.
Considering the popularity of KRK’s monitors, everyone was expecting the same type of performance from their subs. Fortunately for everyone, that is exactly what we got. There are two things that make KRK 10S2 V2 a good choice. First is the abundance of headroom you have when it is time to push the volume up. The other is how tight everything remains when you decide to do so. There is plenty of range and width to the output, but nothing feels loose or out of control.
KRK did an awesome job with the crossover network. You can easily tune the woofer to match whatever set of monitors you have. Available crossover frequencies are high enough to cover even the most treble heavy monitors. Lastly, we have to give KRK praise for that I/O section. Having such a variety of XLR and TRS ports means a lot.