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Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp

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The Roland KC-150 Keyboard Mixing Amp is built like a tank. The KC-150 is a compact 65W amp with a 12" speaker and piezo tweeter, 4-channel capabilit...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Roland sound at an affordable price.

The Roland KC-150 Keyboard Mixing Amp is built like a tank. The KC-150 is a compact 65W amp with a 12" speaker and piezo tweeter, 4-channel capability, 2-band EQ, XLR mic input, and RCA stereo auxiliary input. It also has a subwoofer output compatible with the Roland KCW-1 for a powerful low-end boost. It can be mounted on a speaker stand for use as a stage monitor and has a headphone output for silent all-night solo jams. Cool amp.

FEATURES
65W of power
12" speaker with piezo tweeter
4-channel capability
2-band EQ
XLR mic input
RCA auxiliary input
Subwoofer output compatible with the Roland KCW-1 for a powerful low-end sound
Mounts on a speaker stand
Headphone output

An excellent sounding amp that's great for practice and small venue gigs. Order today.

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RolandKC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Oh how I miss this amp!!!

Oh, the KC-150. I bought this amp when it first came out about 10 or so years ago. This amp served me well for many years. It was almost always powered...Read complete review

Oh, the KC-150. I bought this amp when it first came out about 10 or so years ago. This amp served me well for many years. It was almost always powered on, and I threw pretty much everything at it; Bass guitar, Keyboards, and even had it hooked up as a monitor to my TOA 10 channel mixer for a while when I was between monitors. This amp NEVER let me down (unlike some of the gear that I have now). I made the mistake of selling it to "upgrade", and that upgrade has, in the course of a year, turned out to be a downgrade. I will tell you that at very high volumes it loses a little quality, but if you have a home recording studio and need an amp that can be mic'd or as a general use workhorse this amp is great. Bottom line: if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Highly recommended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Brand name doesn't always guaranty quality

I purchased one of these Roland KC-150 units years ago, based largely on colleagues'opinions about this manufacturer. Also, the size and price seemed to fit my needs, which included home studio work...Read complete review

I purchased one of these Roland KC-150 units years ago, based largely on colleagues'opinions about this manufacturer. Also, the size and price seemed to fit my needs, which included home studio work and occasional performances, and my budget. However, I have to be honest; though it seemed to be the "cat's meow" out of the box, it started losing its punch and overall sound quality early on. That is, the sound became crackly with a bit of static within maybe a year of very mild use. After changing out cords and other potential culprets, I had it looked at. The verdict from the tech was, "it's simply worn out, these little guys just aren't made to last." Usually, when something goes out this quickly, you can say, "well, you get what you pay for," but I felt confident I had made a sound investment.I'm currently in the process or buying more studio equipment; I cannot swear that I will not make a second purchase from this manufacturer, but I can guaranty that it will not be this model.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Brand name doesn't always guaranty quality

By Jason-LVjcE

from LA

Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I purchased one of these Roland KC-150 units years ago, based largely on colleagues'opinions about this manufacturer. Also, the size and price seemed to fit my needs, which included home studio work and occasional performances, and my budget. However, I have to be honest; though it seemed to be the "cat's meow" out of the box, it started losing its punch and overall sound quality early on. That is, the sound became crackly with a bit of static within maybe a year of very mild use. After changing out cords and other potential culprets, I had it looked at. The verdict from the tech was, "it's simply worn out, these little guys just aren't made to last." Usually, when something goes out this quickly, you can say, "well, you get what you pay for," but I felt confident I had made a sound investment.I'm currently in the process or buying more studio equipment; I cannot swear that I will not make a second purchase from this manufacturer, but I can guaranty that it will not be this model.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh how I miss this amp!!!

By Dazu

from Phoenix

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Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

Oh, the KC-150. I bought this amp when it first came out about 10 or so years ago. This amp served me well for many years. It was almost always powered on, and I threw pretty much everything at it; Bass guitar, Keyboards, and even had it hooked up as a monitor to my TOA 10 channel mixer for a while when I was between monitors. This amp NEVER let me down (unlike some of the gear that I have now). I made the mistake of selling it to "upgrade", and that upgrade has, in the course of a year, turned out to be a downgrade. I will tell you that at very high volumes it loses a little quality, but if you have a home recording studio and need an amp that can be mic'd or as a general use workhorse this amp is great. Bottom line: if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Highly recommended.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Test it with your keybroad first

By Pedro

from Irvine, CA

About Me Experienced

Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

Too bassy and too trebly for my new Yamaha CP4 keyboard. Turned the amp's EQ low and high completely off, and still too bassy and trebly. This amp may be okay with a cheaper, less inherently dynamic keyboard than the CP4. Demo this amp with your keyboard before you buy or you may be driving back to the store to return it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I like it like that!!

By Still rockin' at middle age

from Mason, Ohio

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Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I started with one of this amps when I purchased my Yamaha YPG635. It sounded fine except I was missing the stereo sound. Then after about 15 months, I bought my Roland electronic drum set and connected it also to this amp. Again, I was missing the stereo sound. So, I decided to buy the second amp and connected the drum set to both of them (the Roland has a L & a R output) and now it is great. For the keyboard, I bought an adapter (1/4" stereo male to a (L) & (R) 1/4" males, and connected one to each amp. Now all is great!!! For my use, home studio, these two amps provide enough volume at 50% input and 50% output and I can also jam with my friends (two guitars and a bass) and we do not overshadow anybody and do not blow the house and our ears away. Great amp!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The watts will fool you.

By Prophecy

from Virginia Beach

Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I recently had to decide between this or the Alesis Sumo 300. Both are in the similar price range. Only catch is, the Alesis was 300 watts while this is 65 watts. I compared them in the store...and believe it or not, the Roland kc-150 won hands down in sound quality and loudness. loudness? yes...hard to understand how a 65 watt amp can beat out a 300 watt amp...the only answer I have is: "it's Roland"...what more can you say. It produces less noise (if any) than any other amp in it's category and will be sure to last and last.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great amp for keyboard & voice

By Music Duck

from Long island NY

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Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I purchased this amp about 6 months ago to use at small gigs and at home. Sound is clean across all frequencies (there is an output for a subwoofer, but the bass is surprisingly full as is). I like the ability to mix 4 inputs. It is a very versatile little amp that is built like a tank. This is a quality product, nothing cheap about it. I use it for keyboard, voice and home studio monitor. And don't let the 60 watts fool you - it has plenty of punch and sounds louder, and cleaner, than cheap amps rated at higher wattage. If you want a more powerful amp then get one of the higher wattage Roland KC series. For me it is a great piece of equipment.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but has it's drawbacks......

By Winged Wheel Watcher

from Ann Arbor, MI

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Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I'm a drummer, but I play in a jazz quartet and our keyboard player uses this amp (along with a Yamaha S-90 Keyboard). I will say it sounds very clear and brings out the subtle tones and nuances from the keyboard. Very good sound quality! However, it is a VERY directional amp. It sounds great if it's pointed in your direction, but if you are off to the side or behind it, you can barely hear it at all. Other musicians in the audience (small club) would say they could barely hear the amp (at about 30-50 feet away) if they weren't facing it directly. As others have said, the lack of real power is a drawback. I think the lack of "spread" of this amp has a lot to do with that. We started using an extension speaker via the 1/4" direct out (a JBL powered EON) and that helps a lot with projection. Also, I have noticed a buzz coming from the 1/4" direct out when recording direct to a quality multi-track recorder. It seems to get louder the longer the amp is on. I've tried different cables from the amp and different instruments in that particular track of the recorder, but the buzz seems to be the amp itself.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp!

By Steve-KUvFf

from USA

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Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I use the KC-150 through my laptop, bass, drums, keyboard, and guitar and everything sounds amazing! It isn't loud enough to play live, but it will fill my whole house with sound! Very nice amp, highly recommended. Buy it now.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great little amp

By Hollywood-OYn9q

from Grand Rapids, MN

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Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

Plenty of volume, clear tone, and subwoofer output. Sounds great with the Kurzweil I usually use it with, but slightly underpowered for a Hammond XB-2..although using a powered 15 inch subwoofer helps there a lot. All in all, a great light amp.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very Confused Why People Like This Amp

By BC

from NJ

Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

I first returned the amp because I thought it was defective, but after receiving the second one and researching the product, this amp is terrible for keyboards. At 50% volume on both the keyboard and the amp, the bass/treble , and hell, the whole speaker starts to distort. And not in an overdrive type of way. In a really terrible, speaker completely maxing out, sounding way. It is beyond me what other people are using this amp for. But it is for sure not a small gigging/ playing with other musicians type of amp.

I am mostly confused as to why Roland would even sell this amp. It just does not work. Anyway, I would not recommend this to anyone, for any reason. Save your time and money. I am still in search for a keyboard amp that is good for small gigs/ band practice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By Don

from Pembroke Pines Fl

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events

    Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

    Easy setup works well in a 2500 foot room

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sound Clarity Across The Spectrum

    By Jimbo

    from Lakewood, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

        I can now enjoy all of the sounds that my high end Roland digital stage piano can generate. This amp can even clearly produce the sound of the highest pitch key (C8). The one thing that was unexpected was I initially had a background hum due to a ground loop. I had thought that the ground path inherent in the "balanced" (XLR) cable would prevent this. Solved the problem by running a external wire between the chassis of the keyboard and the amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Product!

        By Billy Bob

        from Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music

          Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

          Fantastic Sound! Great product for amplifying just about anything. I run fiddle, guitar, keyboard, and mandolin through it, and all sound good. Only one microphone input is the only limitation.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good depending on your need.

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

          This is a solid amp, minus a few lose screws and corner supports falling off.. nothin a little glew and screwdriver can't fix. I've owned this for 5 years and nothing has blown, everything works. I find 60 watts to not be enough for monitoring in loud rooms. It starts distorting at 75% volume.. which was barely loud enough... and obviously not clear. Its a good practice amp if you're by yourself.. but not in a room w/ a full band. I'd really like a 3 band eq. basically get the next model up. twice the watts, 3 band eq.. and can run 2 of em stereo.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good amp for beginners..

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

          I've owned the previous model, KC-100, for 6 years- nothing has blown and all the channels work. BUT.. some screws have come lose, nothin routine maintance can't fix. But mainly- I want more headroom.. for both band practices, and for monitoring. I have to turn down the bass all the time cuz it'll start distorting at 3/4 volume, the high mids get harsh when turned up as well. Even when i use it for monitoring purposes- its not loud enough and will distort.. so i really recommend getting the KC-350.. it has twice the power, 3 band EQ, and can be doubled up for stereo applications.. so i'm lookin to get one of those.. it should be perfect for what i need. This is a good amp for personal practice, but not much headroom/bass if u wanna be in the mix w/ drums and guitars at a practice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great keyboard amp

          By Chad Barraford

          from Mass

          Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

          This is a great amp. And because its roland, you can be sure it lasts. I have had not had any malfuctions with the amp yet (i've owned it for about a year). It has great mid-range and high-range capabilities. The low-ranges aren't great, but there is an additional woofer you can buy made by roland for this amp. It is a little pricey though. With its four channels and XLR capabilities, it can handle keyboards and Vocals well. I love this amp, my only complaint is it's weight. It is pretty heavy.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Amp

          By Keyboardist

          from Los Gatos, CA

          Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

          Rolands are always the most expensive, but their quality is the best. I perchased a "Drive" amp from this store and already blew it out. My Roland has served me well, and the sound is perfect.

           
          5.0

          Good product, I like it.

          By Ved1007

          from IL

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

          Good for personal use.

           
          5.0

          Great Amp!

          By Felipe

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Fantastic For Small Venue

            Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

            Great service and merchandise: the amp arrived in 3 days and worked like a champ!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatility Plus!!!

            By Jethro's progeny

            from Elkton, MD

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            Comments about Roland KC-150 Keyboard Combo Amp:

            This amp does it all.. voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, CD's, use as a monitor, and oh yeh, keyboards too! Fantastic, clean tonal range with plenty of muscle and versatile hookups. And it's VERY solidly built! Ya can't go wrong! As a matter of fact, I bought two of these bad boys for a stereo stage setup I'm putting together with one out on each side and me with my guitars, mic, and acoustic amp at center stage. This is gonna be insanely awesome!!! Some people complain that there aren't any effects (ie. reverb, chorus,etc.)built into these amps, but I've found over the years that some or all built-in effects in most amps are a disappointment anyway,mediocre at best. Hey, I vote that we just let these folks at Roland continue to concentrate on building great,solid, and clean amps and let US decide what effects sound best for our own styles. After all, that's why there's a cazillion different kinds of stomp boxes out there!

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