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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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (26)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (18), Experienced (8)

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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5.0

I don't think you will find a better battery amp.

By Uke;er

from Isle of Wight

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

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

    As a Ukulele group we use this amp with a Behringer 1002B mixer plugged into the aux channel, used with 4 mic's and loads of ukes

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    5.0

    It's great but MF does not carry the case for it

    By Jim The Runner

    from San Jose, CA

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

    Musicians Friend needs to carry the cases for this amp

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    5.0

    Works great with my modeler

    By rsm

    from Savannah, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Full sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I use this for practice with my Boss GT-100 modeler, and run the outs into the PA. I also use it for practice with my Roland AIRA rig, though it could use more bass - works great as a monitor for the AIRA, and I run the CUBE outs to the PA. Lightweight, portable and sounds great for guitar.

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      4.0

      Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier

      By Shap

      from Shelton, CT

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Sounds great, lighter weight than I would expect, batteries (NiMH) seem to last longer than advertised. My only complaint is that you have to remove the 8 AA batteries to charge them. I would really have appreciated an integrated charger OR interchangeable battery packs.

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        4.0

        great little performer - pleasantly surprised

        By Daggers

        from Brisbane, Australia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Great little amp for my needs. No longer do I need to lug a big amp to get the quality of sound I'm looking for. Very happy and satisfied.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I dig it

          By Anthony

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Cube Street EX Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier:

          Works like a charm. I recently bought the amp used and it doesn't even have a mark on it. Looks and plays flawlessly. Loud enough for what I need and has a ton of cool features. Still have yet to try out the mic input but overall it sounds great with guitar and even backing tracks on the auxiliary.

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          (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Disappointing!

          By Dennis

          from undisclosed

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Weak

          Best Uses

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

            This is really more of a cheap toy! Where the old "Cube" or "Micro Cubes" had good enough sound, effects, and volume to find it's way into the hearts of many experienced players, this new unit (despite the relatively high cost) is a long step down for the company! I tried it, and I hated it! This product does not live up to the name of "Roland".

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excellent Amp fo AA battery power

            By DP

            from Michigan's thumb.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              First, let me say that I very seldom give a 5 star rating...I would give this 4.5 if there were fractional increments. Slightly overpriced in my opinion, but I got it discounted...I have a regular cube street and I really like it, but I wanted something more powerful. This is it. I got this discounted as an open box item. Obviously someone was not happy with it. It is what it is...a battery powered amp...AA's for goodness sake. It's awesome for what it is. I even play my bass thru it and it's acceptable. It keeps up with my drummer, too. So if I don't want to power up the pa this gets the job done. It's quite a step up from my smaller cube street. More inputs, more power, more everything. Works great as a monitor, too.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              ITS TRACE JOSEPH DAWN IS GONE . THE EX CUBE IS AWESOME

              By TRACE JOSEPH WIND SPIRITS

              from LAKE POWELL SOUTHERN UTAH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

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

                FOR NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE PERFORMANCES . INDOORS AND OUT DOORS

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So far, so great

                By Angelic Strings

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

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

                  Professional multi-instrumentalist; primarily harp (20+ years experience). Often we pay money to attend 'Bridal Extravaganzas' & must compete with DJs to be heard with a huge background noise level. Amplification is often a must, but my previous lightest equipment was a Jazz floor amp (Workingman's 10 Combo SWR with AC power), & Mackie DFX-6 Mixer. Probably weighed over 40 lbs total (though I don't have a scale to confirm). Although I don't currently need the reverb, delay options on this system, it's a bonus; and the Apple input jack is definitely a plus. With battery power & weighing only 16 lbs, this equipment is an awesome improvement over my previous 'portable' system, and worked well at our wedding show this past weekend. This amplifier has several power output options, and I was able to use it on the economy setting the entire time (though if it had been a bit louder at the event, I would have needed to increase the power output to the mid-level option). I was able to use the 3rd line input for my wife's viola with her acoustic pickup, the other two lines for mic inputs (harp & viola) with basic Shure microphones.

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