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Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier  

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With its compact size and battery-powered operation, Roland’s CUBE Street was a huge hit among traveling musicians. Now, the new CUBE Street EX infus...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Big stereo sound that you can take anywhere.

With its compact size and battery-powered operation, Roland’s CUBE Street was a huge hit among traveling musicians. Now, the new CUBE Street EX infuses the popular mobile amp with a huge performance upgrade that delivers more projection, more channels and more versatility. It offers 50W of power and a stereo speaker system with dual 8" woofers, and 2" tweeters provide clean, punchy sound for larger crowds, while four independent channels offer abundant connections for a variety of mics and instruments. Detailed sound adjustment is available with separate EQ and reverb controls, and great guitar tones are dialed in easily with the onboard COSM amps. Selectable power modes provide up to 20 hours of operation with eight AA batteries, and two CUBE Street EX units can be linked together for more sound coverage if needed. And with i-CUBE LINK, you can even plug in your iPhone or iPad to play backing music and record your performances.

COSM Models
The CUBE Street EX makes it easy for guitarists to plug in and get pro sounds immediately. COSM tones for electric guitar include Lead, Crunch, and Clean, plus an Acoustic Simulator for extra versatility from a single axe. There’s also an AC preamp optimized for acoustic/electric guitar and a convenient built-in tuner. Chorus/delay and reverb effects are available as well, and these can be turned on/off with optional footswitches while performing.

FEATURES
  • Power: 50W (25W & 25W stereo)
  • AC or battery-powered (5 hours at 50W; 10 hours at 25W; 20 hours at 10W)
  • Speakers: 2x8” woofers; 2x2” tweeters
  • Four independent channels for connecting a variety of mics, instruments, and audio devices
  • Two XLR mic inputs allow two vocalists to perform at once
  • COSM tones for electric guitar, including Clean, Crunch, and Lead; preamp for acoustic guitar provides clean, natural sound
  • Angled back for use as a stage monitor; mounting hole for use with optional ST-A95 Speaker Stand
  • Stereo Line Out jacks for connecting to an external sound system when used as a stage monitor
  • Stereo Link jacks to connect a second CUBE Street EX for broader sound coverage
  • Easy recording into your iPhone/iPad via i-CUBE LINK and free CUBE JAM app
  • Dimensions: 19.4” x 13.5” x 12.1”
  • Weight: 16.5 lb.

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RolandCube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Performances (6)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Portable Amp

    By 90 dB

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

        We already have the Cube Street,and a Crate Taxi for busking in the street. This little amp blows them both away. We're using it for backing tracks and as an auxilliary bass amp, and the sound is loud and clear.

        The features on this amp make it unique, and the power-saver faeture is great. Roland hit a home run with this amp!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Roland cube XE Street

        By Banjo Dave

        from Homosassa Fl.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

          I have just received my second XE and hooked them together by the stereo link. It increased the power output by x2 it is very powerful and maintains the quality of the sterio sound.
          The only fault I find in the unit is the amp modeling could be better. Significant power loss when using acoustic settingsThe other difficulty I have is speaker placement. Using amp stands gets the sound up but it loses a little quality when raised. I have not used this set up for a gig yet. So, it may all work out later after gaining more experience.
          So far. So good.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By Tim

          from Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

            Great product!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Better than the Crate Limo except for...

            By Kyotobusker

            from Massaschusetts

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

            Only two issues keep me from giving this amplifier a 5 star rating; battery life and the inaccuracy of the level of power left, and the smaller range of options for effects than I had with the Crate Limo.
            Otherwise an excellent amp for street performers and small venues.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent sound when tweaked.

            By Banjo Dave

            from Homosassa Fl.

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Connectivity
            • Light weight
            • Sound quality

            Cons

            • Choirus
            • Needs 2 Mikeguitars
            • Reverb

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

            I have owned the smaller version Street cube for years and have been amazed at the quality of the unit. I have been waiting for something a little bigger to come along. Roland did a great job on this bigger version. It has an amazing sound and lots of power. The vocals are amazing.I use the smaller cube for a monitor to get the great stereo sound. I can imagine how good another cube would be hooked up in stereo. That would be 2 stereo mains and a stereo monitor. Wow!!!

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great portable amp!

            By Bluegrass 1

            from North Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

            I needed a portable amp with several channels and optional set up capability and this hit the mark. My needs where to set up two vocals, a hammered dulcimer (pre-amped) and an acoustic guitar for a wedding where no electric is available. On board effects are great. I also found out I can run a 1/4 line from the phone jack to a larger mixer to increase its usable channels as long as I use the pad button. I have several other Roland products and have always been satisfied.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sound and portable

            By Tim

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

              I use to teach music in the public schools and it does everything I need it to and it is easy to move around.

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              (34 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A good, not perfect solution

              By Jon Fields

              from Allentown, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Roland Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

                I received this two weeks ago from MF, who matched the lower price listed at another on-line retailer. When I ordered it, it was backordered at both retailers with a sooner ship date from MF. The projected ship date slipped out a few weeks as I assume MF sold out their anticipated deliveries from Roland, but ultimately mine shipped on the day projected when I ordered it. Good that it shipped on time, bad that MF lumped my projected ship date in with whatever was the current new order projection when I checked my backorder online.

                So, is it 50 watts? Subjectively, I think Fender Deluxe Reverb (20 watts) when I drive it loud enough to distort, and then back off, on batteries, which is still impressively loud. For you heavy metal types, the power amp distortion was actually musical and you might be able to push this thing harder for electric guitar.

                As an electrical engineer, and knowing that 8 AA NiMH x 2.4 AH x 1.2V is roughly 24 watt-hours, the peak usable current for an AA is ~2 Amps yielding ~<20 watts, that the peak-to-average ratio for pop music is roughly 10, and that Roland says this thing can do 5 hours at "50 watts"; I would guess the 50 watts is peak power that it can sustain briefly out of a capacitor charged by the batteries, that the sustained RMS for hours on batteries is probably closer to 5 watts RMS, and the sustained power for minutes (old style RMS) is roughly 20 watts.

                For my QSC K-10, I find it sounds good with no EQ sitting on the floor with the bass cut enabled. On a stand, no bass cut and I usually back off the treble on my guitar and run vocals flat EQ'ed. I find the Street Ex sounds good flat EQ on the floor when standing on its end. All the effects are usable except the acoustic guitar simulator which sounds noisy and bad (the one in my Zoom MS-50G sounds better, but with a T5z I will use neither). The electric guitar amp simulations have no pre-gain control but still seem pretty good and I don't miss that control like I thought I would (obviously the guitar's volume control has that task exclusively with this feature). Using the 3.5mm stereo input for music requires a little bass boost on the source side to sound best to me.

                It is very light and seems nicely sturdy. All the controls have threaded nuts holding them in place (nice).

                We played out last Sunday with the Street Ex for about 100 people in a pavilion with a roof, no walls, and no AC power. I played my T5z as an acoustic and as an electric using a Zoom MS50G for distortion, and my duo partner alternated between his Taylor GC8 ES1, Ibanez bass, and Martin D12-20 K&K all through a Baggs Venue. I used the two XLR inputs on the Ex for our mics and put the two guitar pedals into line inputs (we used the 1/4" no volume control one on the back and the 1/4" one with a volume control). We were plenty loud and even ended up turning down. Prior to turning down we did drive a little distortion out of the amp.

                To me the amp is voiced bright and sounds best on the ground. Since we had it up on a stand we had to boost the bass and cut the treble either with the guitar pedals or the amp's channel controls for the mics. If I had the day to do over, I would have brought a battery powered mixer and put everything through one channel on the Street Ex and equalized everything one time for the amp's brightness on a pole stand.

                The vocals sounded excellent, acoustic guitars were fine, and the bass was OK if you don't mind the fundamental being greatly attenuated (no way this can really reproduce a thumping bass...which luckily we don't need). After playing three sets with the Street Ex power switch set to max the amp's battery meter still said we had a full charge. Recharging the NiMH AAs when I got home took long enough to indicate they were fairly well used.

                All in all I am happy it could do the job better than its predecessor, a Roland KC-110 which got hopelessly compressed and distorted with any bass guitar when on batteries, but there is no way I would use it in place of my QSC K-10 if AC power was available. We played the day before with the K-10 (a very large room with 200+ people) and the K-10 is a big step up (even ignoring the power of the K-10 and the the light weight of the Street Ex).

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