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Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp

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Big sound for the big gigs.

The Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp boasts 180W of powerful sound via a 15" speaker and horn tweeter. 4-channel operation, 3-band EQ, XLR mic input, output select switch, and shape switch for quick tonal adjustment. Connectivity includes an XLR line out for connecting to mixing consoles, a 1/4" out for connecting to recording devices, a subwoofer output compatible with Roland's KCW-1, and a stereo link in/out for chaining 2 KC-550s for stereo performance.

FEATURES
  • 180W
  • 15" speaker and horn tweeter
  • 4 channel operation
  • 3-band EQ
  • Shape switch for quick tonal adjustments
  • XLR mic input
  • XLR line out for connecting to mixing consoles
  • 1/4" phone jack for connecting to recording devices
  • RCA aux stereo input
  • Subwoofer output compatible with Roland's KCW-1
  • Stereo link in/out for chaining 2 KC-550s
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RolandKC-550 180W Keyboard Amp
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Travel (5)
  • Electronic music (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Actually compared the KC-550 to the QSC K12

When i bought my KC-550, money was NOT an option. I was only interested in quality and performance. While at a local music store, I told the keyboard rep to set the...Read complete review

When i bought my KC-550, money was NOT an option. I was only interested in quality and performance. While at a local music store, I told the keyboard rep to set the Roland and the QSC K12 (which boasts a 1,000 watts) side by side, so he did. Then I flatened the eq's on both and set the volumes correctly on both. Then I took a yamaha psr-e423 and turned on the drum machine. We Both agreed that the Roland naturally sounded better. When I maxed out both volumes, we were both amazed that the Roland was very, very competetive! The QSC had a slightly higher resonance, But if you know sound as i do (I'm a professional sound engineer as well) then you know that thinner eq's produces a higher resonance. That was the only difference. Believe me when I tell you- QSC needs to cut that out! In many of today's power ratings, continuous power is only 25% of max power. This means that the QSC's true power is around 250 watts. I like the QSC's weight over the Roland, but at the end of the day, I chose the Roland with no regrets.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A good choice but not the best for band

After 10 years of using a kc 550, I finally retired my amp. In live band situations it was dificult to get enough volume to keep up with other cabs and drums combined....Read complete review

After 10 years of using a kc 550, I finally retired my amp. In live band situations it was dificult to get enough volume to keep up with other cabs and drums combined. It is fairly loud but not quite enough. Low end was good and not a problem. The horn tweeter finally blew out on mine trying to compete for volume. Overall I've not been impressed with the sound quality. It's OK sound quality but it's not stereo and I'm not buying 2 of them at 70 lbs each. One is enough to drag around. I found that I had to tweek the EQ a bit to get a reasonable tone quality and overall was not extremely happy with the tone. Thought I would leave a review after 10 years of useage. I recently purchased thru Musicians Friend a treynor K4 amp and hoping it will solve my issues with the roland. It's 60 lbs, 300 watts, true stereo, with 3 amps built in, 5 drivers, compact, and a bit more money than the roland. Happy hunting out there.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Actually compared the KC-550 to the QSC K12

By EP

from Montgomery, Al

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Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

When i bought my KC-550, money was NOT an option. I was only interested in quality and performance. While at a local music store, I told the keyboard rep to set the Roland and the QSC K12 (which boasts a 1,000 watts) side by side, so he did. Then I flatened the eq's on both and set the volumes correctly on both. Then I took a yamaha psr-e423 and turned on the drum machine. We Both agreed that the Roland naturally sounded better. When I maxed out both volumes, we were both amazed that the Roland was very, very competetive! The QSC had a slightly higher resonance, But if you know sound as i do (I'm a professional sound engineer as well) then you know that thinner eq's produces a higher resonance. That was the only difference. Believe me when I tell you- QSC needs to cut that out! In many of today's power ratings, continuous power is only 25% of max power. This means that the QSC's true power is around 250 watts. I like the QSC's weight over the Roland, but at the end of the day, I chose the Roland with no regrets.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Over-priced and Over-rated

By tonewheelz

from Michigan

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Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I needed to replace an older Peavey KB-300 that I had used for several years. I've owned Roland keyboards and had good luck with them, so the Roland KC-550 seemed like a good choice. The amp has plenty of power, and the 15" woofer handles the bass with ease. I even played bass guitar through this amp and it sounds pretty good.Initially, I purchased the Roland KC-550 over the Behringer K3000FX because I thought that the quality of the Roland would be better. Both the Roland and Behringer are made in China. The Roland is rated at 180 watts and the Behringer is rated at 300 watts, but they both perform about the same. The highs on the Behringer sound more crisp and clear. Overall, I was disappointed in the Roland KC-550 for the price. The Behringer Ultratone K-3000FX has more features and sounds better for considerably less money! Buy the Behringer.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flagship of Keyboard Amps

By Rickey Price

from Copperas Cove, Texas

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Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I always read reviews before making a major purchase for my gospel group. Let me tell you this amp came with high marks. Thanks to all you folks that steered me to the Roland KC-550. My keyborad player calls it the flagship of keyboard amps. As soon as I heard it I was truly sold on the rich sounds coming out of the cabinet. Would recommend this amp to all those who are serious about their venues.
More than enough features.
Some people complain about the price of this amp but the sound says it all. It is well worth every penny I paid for it.
Excellent value when compared with equal or higher priced amps.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BASS IN YOUR FACE

By sleepingcobra

from Oakland, CA

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I'm 5-starring this amp - but have found some problems like the ones listed in other reviews. This review is concerned primarily with tone, though, which is something I know is a struggle for keyboard players around the world.Here's the skinny: If the keys are a focal point in your music - this is your amp. My 3-piece band is drums, baritone guitar and me on keys with the 550, and we stomp faces. This amp CAN drown out and/or mud-up-with the bass guitar, and doesn't have the bestest high tones (although the mids are clear and strong contrary to other reviews). That's that. If you want your left hand to have the push of a bass guitar (while still sounding just like the instrument you selected), I don't know of any other amp. It's almost magical. I also run an electric acoustic out of this amp and it sound clear, thick and thunderous. Conclusion: If you want your keys to be icing on your music's cake, look for an amp with more push in the higher ranges. If you want your keys to kick people in the chest - if you want to be known as "that band with the awesome keyboards," buy this RIGHT NOW.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ideal for Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I have gotten to use this thing a couple of times, once for a few minutes on a poor quality keyboard. The other time however was when somebody let me use it for about an hour on my bass before a gig.This amp really filled the room with great bass depth as soon as I plugged in. It was pretty much the ideal sound, and we had to turn it all the way down it was so loud. It is also very portable. I would say this would be the ideal light amp for either keyboard or bass to toe around for rehursals all the time and maybe even some small gigs. I'm kinda on a chrunch for money so I'm going to have to buy something cheeper.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good for keyboards, drums, and guitar

By guitargeek-TJ94i

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I was practicing with my band in the keyboard player's studio and this was the only amp that we had, so the drums, my guitar, and the keyboard were all plugged into this baby. I was suspicious at first, but it sounded really good with my les paul, a yamaha keyboard, and a roland electric drumset. even with three instruments plugged in to one amp. We ended up using this amp for all of us at a few gigs, too.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Power

By Fastelder

from Baltimore

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Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I never started out being a Roland Junkie, but one day I looked around and found that I had a substantial amount of gear made by Roland. I play a synth access guitar and use DSP effects. My setup is a Digitech RP1000 and a Roland GR-20. With all this flavor coming out of the pedals, I depend on a squeaky clean keyboard or PA amp for output. The Roland KC series does jus that. The KC-550 has more than enough power to get over anything that the rest of the group can put out. The 180W coming out of a 15" driver brings the lower end out even at low volumes. This is crucial if you want your synth sounds to fully develop.The 4 channel mixer gives plenty of room for mics and other inputs. My only beef is that there is not an ounce of FX on the thing, hence the less than perfect score. Roland packs great FX in even their smallest cubes, so why not here? Still, if you are a keyboard player or someone like myself that needs good clean power, this is the amp for you.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

OK, if you own a repair shop

By The MuzikalProdigy

from South Mills, NC

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

Had the amp for about 3 years now, tweeter daithfully blows once every 3 months... When fully working, sounds great... All of the keyboard players I know own it, every single one has a blown tweeter... Mine has been in the shop now for OOVVVEERR a week, waitin' for a new tweeter... I'd buy it again if I had to, but the whole tweeter ordeal takes patience...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

moving on up

By Turquoise babe

from Santa Clarita, CA

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I had the KC 500 for over 10 yrs until it got into a car accident. Loved it and now love this new one. I really try to take care of my stuff and don't like it looking road worn. So I hate when buds as for a loan out.My only complaint is the brass thingys always come off the knobs,75 lbs and the increase in price.The last one paid for itself -hope this new one will too.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The only Amp for Piano sounds, period

By Jeff Myers

from Germantown, Ky

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear At Any Volume
  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Road Worthy

Cons

  • Cheap Paper Horn Diaphram
  • Horn Blows At High Volume

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Electronic Music
  • School Bands
  • Travel

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I had an old kc500, got it used and played it for yrs till I wore it out. It still works just cuts in and out with low voltage. My Kc550 is about 8 or 10 yrs old and it still works (although im gonna buy a new one and move it to my B-Rig). I was once told by a Guitar player it was the first time he'd heard a Piano sound with a good tone outside like that in his life! It handles Bass like crazy on splits. I have been using it 2 to 4 gigs a week for around 10 yrs beating it around in an old gear trailer with no case! Just buy it! But get the 550, the 15 kicks for Keys.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Barkin Dawgs Band KC550 Review

By Barkin Dawgs Band

from Lakewood, WA

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

We've own'd & used it for all styles of music: workstations, vocals as a monitor for drummer while record separate tracks. Thanks Again Roland.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock Solid!!

By TexasBob

from Highland Village, TX

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Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

I just purchased this Amp and it's awesome! Great tone for any type of music. Has enough power to really keep up with heavy drums. As far as the weight issue from previous comments, it's not that heavy just bulky. It comes with casters and only weighs 63lbs 15oz. A great buy, little pricey but well worth the money! Your search is over for the perfect Amp!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A good choice but not the best for band

By Ben S.

from El Monte, CA

Pros

  • Portable

Cons

  • Sound Quality
  • Volume

Best Uses

  • Small Gig

Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

After 10 years of using a kc 550, I finally retired my amp. In live band situations it was dificult to get enough volume to keep up with other cabs and drums combined. It is fairly loud but not quite enough. Low end was good and not a problem. The horn tweeter finally blew out on mine trying to compete for volume. Overall I've not been impressed with the sound quality. It's OK sound quality but it's not stereo and I'm not buying 2 of them at 70 lbs each. One is enough to drag around. I found that I had to tweek the EQ a bit to get a reasonable tone quality and overall was not extremely happy with the tone. Thought I would leave a review after 10 years of useage. I recently purchased thru Musicians Friend a treynor K4 amp and hoping it will solve my issues with the roland. It's 60 lbs, 300 watts, true stereo, with 3 amps built in, 5 drivers, compact, and a bit more money than the roland. Happy hunting out there.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

INCREDIBLE MULTI-CHANNEL AMP TOOL

By Lunk

from Coloradado Springs, CO

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Professional Grade

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

    I'M IN HEAVEN WITH THIS. MY SET-UP IS THIS KC-550 WITH MY ROLAND JUNO-GI, MIC'D/HARMONICA, BACKING MACHINE, AND GUITAR ALL PLUGGED INTO IT. TOTAL POTENT AMP UNIT. WAIT UNTIL I LINK TWO TOGETHER!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Way above and beyond the call of duty!

    By Household Pest

    from Webster, NY

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    Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

    I've had the KC-550 for a couple of years now and it is an amazing amp. I used it with a Fantom X6 and a Nord Lead 2. For smaller clubs it has the punch to stand on its own, and for larger clubs I just use the stereo balanced outputs to go to the PA. It even saved a show once when the house PA died and we ran all the vocals through my KC-550. Wasn't perfect but got the job done and got us paid. The one thing I wish Roland would do is make a smaller amp with the same inputs/outputs/electronics. This thing is HEAVY and it would be awesome to have something this capable with a more manageable size.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    F.Y.I.

    By Don Facha Bella

    from Staten Island,NY

    Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

    Users beware that SOME KC550 and KC 500 amps have a wire that comes lose and causes a ground loop. This is from the bumps it gets from the wheels.I almost gave up on mine until a repair guy in N.J. took it for a while and was able to trace the board. I now have owned it (KC500) since '97 and no more noise. I am considering getting another one in the very near future. This amp fits any situtation and has traveled many miles with me and my keyboards and mike.Never once did it fail me.I highly recommend it.PS Don't expect any help fromm the techies at Roland they were clueless to the ground loop problem that they designed on their amp.Buy it now you won't be disappointed.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    roland

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

    I'm an avid Roland user-JC-120 for 6 years, GR-33 for 2 years now and now this. For 180 watts, I was really disappointed. With both volume knobs turned almost all of the way up, my JC-120 was louder at level #4. I also had crazy problems with noise. The overall sound was great if you didn't pitch-shift anything below 2 octaves at higher volumes (critical), it would start distorting.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    kc-550 BEST BUY AT ANY PRICE

    By bobdad

    from Gouverneur, ny

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Road Worthy

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Chamber Music
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • Out Doors Use
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

    I have been uswing this Roland since the price was way cheaper than now. About 22 years. It is still kicking. It handles my Roland FP, YAMAHA'S (few diferent models) Korg Tritons and precision vocals, all in outdoos venues, which is the most challenging of all venues. I have dropped it out of my suburban and have never had it in the repair shop. I would replace it, in a heart beat, at any price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best amp i ever owned kc550

    By Green

    from hinesville ga

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Travel

        Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

        I know the kc550 took a beating being with me on the road it has out lasted any amp ive had and im getting another one I guess I got to get an extended warranty lol but its worth it ive made my money off it hands down do not hesitate buying one because all the other musician who are on the road hard with keyboards got one also

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Loud, sturdy, versatile, and heavy amp

        By John2016

        from Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Sound
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Bass
        • Loud
        • Realistic Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Move
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Fixed Venues

        Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

        Intended for both keyboard & bass (1 at a time). Channel 1 (of 4) is "balanced" and seems to be much louder than the others, at least with a bass guitar. Large speaker is great for bass. Very heavy, and the only handle is on the top. Without a gorilla handy, it really needs side handles! It comes with wheels, but you will not want to move this from place to place. Electronics give many options.

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