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Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp  

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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, ...Read More

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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

      Don't be a softie. Order the KC-550 and rule.

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      RolandKC-550 180W Keyboard Amp
       
      4.8

      (based on 43 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (36)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

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        (0)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (4)
      • Good audio (3)
      • Portable (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (5)
        • Travel (4)
        • Electronic music (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (5)

        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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        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

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            (1 of 1 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.

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            4.0

            Loud, sturdy, versatile, and heavy amp

            By Amateur clinker

            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            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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            5.0

            MY SECOND ONE, NOW I WILL LINK 2!

            By Lunk

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • 4 Output Channels
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Sturdy Build
            • Portable
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Rubber Wheel Casters
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • None Go Easy On Horn

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Chamber Music
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Keyboard Heaven
            • Learning
            • Link Two For Band
            • MIDI
            • Plug Backing Machine In
            • School Bands

            Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

            I LOVED MY FIRST ONE SO MUCH I JUST HAD TO GET A SECOND TO LINK IN. I USE A ROLAND JS-5 AND PLUG IN WITH GUITAR AND BE MY OWN BAND! LOVE THIS ROAD-WORTHY MONSTER.

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            5.0

            Good sound and plenty of power.

            By Mike

            from Frostproof, FL.

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Plenty Of Channels
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Travel

            Comments about Roland KC-550 180W Keyboard Amp:

            Plenty of channels for extra keyboards, electronic drums and microphone. Strong clear sound though the speakers.

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            (1 of 1 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.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            INCREDIBLE MULTI-CHANNEL AMP TOOL

            By Lunk

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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!

              Comment on this review

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Flagship of Keyboard Amps

              By Rickey Price

              from Copperas Cove, Texas

              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.

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              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I Actually compared the KC-550 to the QSC K12

              By EP

              from Montgomery, Al

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Solid Power

              By FastElder

              from Balto

              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.

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