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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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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
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (13)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Performances (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (11), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A good, not perfect solution

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...Read complete review

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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No Tweaking here

With just 4 guitar patches, there just aren't enough variations. You the treb, mid, bass but that's it. It's ether love it or leave it. I left mine and got my money...Read complete review

With just 4 guitar patches, there just aren't enough variations. You the treb, mid, bass but that's it. It's ether love it or leave it. I left mine and got my money back.
MP3 sound was just okay,.

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2.0

No Tweaking here

By G

from Albany, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Limited Guitar Sounds

    Best Uses

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

      With just 4 guitar patches, there just aren't enough variations. You the treb, mid, bass but that's it. It's ether love it or leave it. I left mine and got my money back.
      MP3 sound was just okay,.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      love this amp

      By dono

      from sonoma

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

        love this amp more than my mesa boogie, though I need that for band gigs,
        powerful, acoustic sounds great, electrics sound great, vocals great.
        Lightweight yet powerful, want another one.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cool busking amp!

        By Davankay

        from California

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Clean Bright Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Limited Vocal Effects

        Best Uses

        • Busking
        • Events
        • Performances

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

        I like the amp but would have preferred it came with more vocal processing options. The instrument channel allows you to take chorus or delay but not both. (Sometimes I like light chorus with some delay but I am a novice so that may be an immaturity in my style.) Two channels of vocals with some preset wet sounds and separate delay and reverb would improve the amp for me. We will be buying a vocal processor to feed the vocal channel as a result. We are really enjoying the acoustic simulator option on the guitar channel.

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        5.0

        Pleasantly Surprised

        By DB sound

        from Rockville,CT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • All-in-one
        • Nice Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Stereo

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

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

          Wanted something small/portable and easy to set up for small-room solo act. This little amp fits the bill perfectly. Inputs for mics,guitars,k'brds,cd/mp3 players. A complete portable PA system,with built-in FX. On my first test run (upon receiving the unit), I was pleasantly surprised with the sound quality. Very nice! I've only had it a short while - so cant comment on reliability. So far, I love it.

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          5.0

          The best thing since sliced bread!

          By Tom

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Light
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Worth every penny

          Cons

          • Haven't found any

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

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

          Has everything you need and weighs less than your instrument. The sound quality is amazing!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Little Amp!

          By PCMan

          from Saginaw, MI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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:

          These units seem to work best with NiCad Rechargeable batteries more so than regular batteries. Great addition to my music arsenal!

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          5.0

          Clean Sound

          By Sue

          from Wailuku, HI, Island of Maui

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Light To Carry
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Almost Too Many Choices
          • None

          Best Uses

          • Beach Gigs No Power Cord
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          Battery power is great for beach gigs as I live on Maui
          Light to carry
          Great sound
          Really like the iphone input for breaks and setup
          Refreshing change from my tube amp and being restricted to power cords

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          (3 of 3 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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Roland cube XE Street

              By Banjo Dave

              from Homosassa Fl.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              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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                (3 of 4 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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