Headphones are one of the most popular items in the professional and consumer audio markets.
At the service of consumers, prosumers and professionals, KRK has been providing users with reasonably priced monitors and headphones for years, and the company’s latest product is its $ 99,6402 headphones.
The affordable 6402 can be used for music playback, as well as streaming services ranging from Apple Music and Spotify to Netflix, Disney +, and HBO Max. Additionally, the headphones can be used for home recording applications that include tracking and mixing.
By sending me a pair of headphones, I used them to listen to music; I have also used the headphones to stream video and record music.
Features and configuration of the KRK 6402 headset
The headphones are shipped in a reasonably sized box and the headphones are easy to unpack. The closed 6402s are dubbed to reproduce the sound of the company’s monitors, which are popular with home and professional studio owners.
Emphasizing the technical elements of the headset, KRK incorporates a 1.57 inch neodymium driver, and KRK claims that the headset is capable of producing a frequency response of 10Hz to 22kHz. KRK states that the 6402 are also capable of providing up to 26dB of sound insulation to minimize helmet bleeding.
Some of the comfort features of the headphones include a leatherette covered headband, acoustic cellular foam ear pad, and foldable pilot housings for easy storage of the headphones.
The headphones also come with a detachable 8.2-foot-long cable, as well as a thumbscrew adapter and soft carrying case.
CE Pro Features
- Designed to serve as reference monitors for recording
- Provides up to 26 dB of sound insulation to minimize bleeding
- The 6402 provides a nominal frequency response of 10 Hz to 22 kHz
- Comes with 1/4 “and 1/8” fittings and detachable cable for use with consumer devices and recording equipment
- KRK uses 1.57 inch driver with headphones
- The earphones incorporate a leatherette headset, acoustic cellular foam ear cushions and a soft carrying case
- The street price is $ 99
Installation was straightforward. I either used the 6402 with my iPhone XR, which required the use of a Lightning adapter, as well as an iPad Mini 4, which required the 1/8 inch connector with which the 8.2 feet long are completed. I screwed in the ¼ inch adapter that I used with my Focusrite interface for recording.
Performance and conclusions
Before I get into the review itself, I like the overall value of the headphones. I have found them to be very effective for listening to music from my Apple Music account, as well as content from a range of streaming services including Netflix, Disney +, and Amazon Instant Video.
Enter my listening. I wanted to let the headphones snap into place before I started critical uses like recording. Normally I use in-ear monitors (IEMs) to listen to my Apple Music account and to stream videos to my devices. Using the 6402 was a breath of fresh air compared to my IEMs. I say this because my IEMs don’t sound bad, but switching from an IEM to a closed-back headset provides a much more dynamic and punchy listening experience.
From a sonic point of view, I have found that the KRKs offer a good level of bass, fast and precise. The headphones don’t sound like listening to a set of consumer products that are EQ’ed for heavy bass – the 6402 is well balanced from low to midrange.
The midrange is also warm and smooth. I think – and this relates to the perception of the bottom of the headphones – that the 6402 has a bit of an emphasis around 100Hz and that emphasis supports the cohesion between the upper bass and lower midrange reproduction of the headphones.
KRK expressed the upper end with full extension, but that upper end is somewhat relaxed in his presentation.
Switching from using headphones with consumer devices to being a recording tool, I thought the 6402 did a great job of handling activities like tracking. While recording in my “music room”, I set up my Focusrite interface, along with my travel pedal board and my Taylor 314 guitar to record a solo acoustic instrumental piece that I titled “A Sunday Morning Strum”.
Using the KRK 6402 headphones to monitor my recording, I wanted to record a simple live take of a song idea that involved using modulation from my MXR Micro Flanger pedal on the Taylor with just a touch of delay and reverb. of my Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master pedal v2 and my Xotic SP Compressor pedal.
Live tracking, my first pass, I used the effects mentioned above and played the idea for the song. Adding a second track I then went into GarageBand and set up a track with a reverb touch from the software and played live on the first track I recorded.
Using the headphones to mix the two tracks, I balanced the levels of each track and added a touch of EQ to the second track. After listening to the song again and feeling satisfied with what I had recorded, I uploaded the recording to SoundCloud (the song is available for listening if you click on the link).
The great length of the headphone cable allowed me to move freely to grip the guitar from the stand, turn and face my computer and interface and play without any restrictions. The sound quality of the headphones also allowed me to record and be sure that I could achieve what I hoped for without feeling held back by my equipment.
I think whether someone is using the headphones for consumer listening applications or for recording in a professional studio or at home, the 6402 will serve users well.
Since the headphones are roughly available for a retail price of $ 99, it’s hard to ignore the overall value the product brings to the audio listening sessions of consumers, prosumers, and professionals.
CE Pro Verdict:
- Detachable cable and 1/4 “and 1/8” connections provide great flexibility
- Soft sound with pleasant and natural bass levels
- The 6402 can be worn for long periods without becoming uncomfortable
- The cable is long which is great for recording for maneuvering around guitars, computers, interfaces, mic stands, etc., but the cable tends to get tangled a bit.
- If someone is looking for versatile music, streaming media, and recording headphones, the 6402s are pretty big, so they may not be as user-friendly as a pair of headphones.