November 2021 - 26

REVIEW
KRK Systems
KNS 8402
A super-comfortable set of cans,
purpose-designed for the studio
REVIEW BY PAUL VNUK JR.
he KNS 8402 and KNS 6402 are the latest headphone offerings
from KRK. Both models are an update of the popular KNS 8400 and
6400 models. Both are designed with musicians in mind, and the
KNS 8402 is the decidedly studio-focused model.
5Hz-23kHz, 36 ohms impedance, a
97dB SPL sensitivity, 124dB SPL calculated
max SPL level, and according to KRK,
up to 30 dBA of ambient noise isolation.
The KNS 8402 comes with a vinyl
bag, an antimicrobial cleaning cloth,
and an 8.2' detachable cable with a
1
/4
" screw-on adaptor, as well as an
optional in-line volume control.
Comfort
KNS, the next generation
Everything that made the original model
so popular is retained and refined in the
new KNS 8402. The headband and circumaural
(around the ear) earcup design
are similar to the previous generation. A
modern, industrial black-on-black look
replaces the classic yellow-adorned KRK
logo and silver trim of the KNS 8400.
The flexibility and durability of the impactresistant
plastic have been improved, and
as before, the memory foam ear cups and
headband cushions are replaceable.
Both new models still feature 40mm
neodymium drivers with copper-clad
aluminum wire voice coils. As such,
the KNS 8402 boasts similar specs to
the 8400 with a frequency response of
26 RECORDING November 2021
The KNS 8402 weighs just over a
half-pound (only .03 lbs. heavier than
its predecessor). They have a wonderfully
balanced weight distribution, and
the headband design and soft memory
foam ear cups do a great job of sitting
comfortably on your noggin for hours on
end. Yet, they are still firm enough not to
fly off with rapid head movements.
Sound
Returning to my predecessor's comments,
the word I want to key in on is
soundstage. KRK designed the KNS line to
give a familial nod to its monitor speakers.
This manifests in the open, natural midrange
of the KNS 8402. It is not quite an
open-ear sound, yet they offer a much less
closed-in feeling than other similarly priced
closed-back models. The KNS 8402 provides
a solid low end foundation with a
T
A decade of KRK cans
We looked at the original KNS models
back in February 2011. Our reviewer
summarized that, " These headphones
provide a noticeably different listening
and sound staging experience than other
headphones in their class... " He also
appreciated " ...a very smooth panning
field with a solid and well-defined phantom
center that...somewhat simulated the
effect of listening on good monitors in the
close field. " We will return to both comments
in a moment.
forward low-mid presence, while the high
end is clear yet not harsh or fatiguing. If
you like low end hype and oomph in your
headphones, the KNS 8402 leans more
toward the bass you can discern vs. bass
that rattles your skull.
Use
KRK touts the KNS 8402 as a studio-focused
headphone for tracking and mixing
duties, and I found them to be solid, and
better yet, enjoyable listening headphones
as well. While it's difficult to quantify the
30 dBA ambient noise rating, I found them
well suited for vocal and acoustic guitar
tracking to keep click track bleed at bay,
and they work just fine for drum tracking-
you can crank these pretty loud without distorting
or breaking up, so be conscious of
your levels. I tried them with my iPhone, a
handful of audio interfaces, and two highend
headphone amps. In each case, they
performed admirably and sounded great.
Conclusions
It's easy to hear why the KNS headphone
line has become so respected in
the last ten years. Everything that made
the original so popular is retained in the
new KNS 8402, just made better. They
are comfortable for long sessions, do
well to control bleed, are durable, and
offer a unique, solid sound with a fantastic
open sound stage for a closed-back
design. Best of all,
this studio-focused
quality is nicely affordable.
Price: $149
More from: krkmusic.com
http://www.krkmusic.com

November 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of November 2021

Fade In
Fast Forward
Studio Upgrade Roundup
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
KRK Systems: KNS 8402
Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
Novation Circuit Rhythm
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
Mackie: Onyx16
Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
Readers' Tracks
Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Intro
November 2021 - Cover1
November 2021 - Cover2
November 2021 - 1
November 2021 - 2
November 2021 - 3
November 2021 - Fade In
November 2021 - 5
November 2021 - 6
November 2021 - 7
November 2021 - Fast Forward
November 2021 - 9
November 2021 - Studio Upgrade Roundup
November 2021 - 11
November 2021 - 12
November 2021 - 13
November 2021 - 14
November 2021 - 15
November 2021 - 16
November 2021 - 17
November 2021 - 18
November 2021 - 19
November 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
November 2021 - 21
November 2021 - 22
November 2021 - 23
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
November 2021 - 25
November 2021 - KRK Systems: KNS 8402
November 2021 - 27
November 2021 - Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
November 2021 - 29
November 2021 - 30
November 2021 - 31
November 2021 - 32
November 2021 - 33
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
November 2021 - 35
November 2021 - Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
November 2021 - 37
November 2021 - RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
November 2021 - 39
November 2021 - 40
November 2021 - 41
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
November 2021 - 43
November 2021 - Novation Circuit Rhythm
November 2021 - 45
November 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
November 2021 - 47
November 2021 - 48
November 2021 - 49
November 2021 - Mackie: Onyx16
November 2021 - 51
November 2021 - Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
November 2021 - 53
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
November 2021 - 55
November 2021 - 56
November 2021 - 57
November 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
November 2021 - 59
November 2021 - 60
November 2021 - 61
November 2021 - RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
November 2021 - 63
November 2021 - Readers' Tracks
November 2021 - 65
November 2021 - 66
November 2021 - 67
November 2021 - 68
November 2021 - 69
November 2021 - 70
November 2021 - 71
November 2021 - Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Cover3
November 2021 - Cover4
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