Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier

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5.0

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Now you can have the bass you've been missing, the power you've always looked for and just the right amount of control over your keyboard sound with the KC550 keyboard amp.

The KC-550 boasts 180 watts of powerful sound via a 15-inch speaker and horn tweeter. In addition to its four input channels, this flagship amp includes an Output Select switch for selecting the monitor sound destination, a Shape switch for quick sound adjustment and an XLR Line output for direct connection to a mixing console.  

KC-series amplifiers feature a flexible mixing section designed with the performing musician in mind. Our flagship models feature up to four stereo inputs, and KC amps include a Microphone input and stereo Auxiliary input for connecting CD players.

Features:
  • Flagship keyboard amp with 180-watt/15" speaker and horn tweeter  
  • Output Select feature and convenient Shape switch for tonal adjustment  
  • 3-band EQ and Subwoofer output compatible with new KCW-1  
  • XLR Line output for connection to mixing consoles  
  • Stereo Link In/Out for chaining to KC-550s for stereo applications
  • Up to 4-Channel Mixing

Things You Will Get:

  • Keyboard Amplifier
  • Owner's Manual
    Cater Kit
Series KC Series
Model KC-550 Keyboard Amplifier
Speaker Configuration 1 x 15"
Channels 4
Watts 180
Line Out Yes
Weight 64 lbs.
Dimensions 23.25 x 17.6 x 21.1 inches
Other Features Nominal Input Level (1 kHz) Channel 1 (MIC/LINE) -50 to -20 dBu,
Channel 2-4 (LINE) -20 dBu, STEREO LINK INPUT 0 dBu, AUX IN -10 dBu
Nominal Output Level (1 kHz) LINE OUT +4 dBu,
Stereo Link Output 0 dBu
Subwoofer Out +4 dBu

Output Select Switch,
Phones Volume Knob
Master Control EQ (Low) Knob, EQ (Middle) Knob, EQ (High) Knob, Shape Switch, Volume Knob, Power Switch,
Gnd Lift Switch

Connectors: Ch1 Input Jack (Xlr Type), Ch1-4 Input L (Mono) Jacks (1/4" Phone Type), Ch1-4 Input R Jacks (1/4" Phone Type), Line Out L (Mono) Jacks (Xlr Type, 1/4" Phone Type), Line Out R Jacks (Xlr Type, 1/4" Phone Type), Aux In Jacks (RCA Phono Type), Subwoofer Out Jack (1/4" Phone Type), Stereo Link Out Jack (1/4" Phone Type), Stereo Link In Jack (1/4" Phone Type), Phones Jack (Stereo 1/4" Phone Type)

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RolandKC550 Keyboard Amplifier
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Practice (3)
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    5.0

    Excellent Amp But.....

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    from Teaneck, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

    Outstanding performance. All you could ever want from a keyboard amp. Makes my modest Yamaha keyboard reach its full potential. I have used this with 11 piece latin bands and in smaller settings as well without issue. For more intimate settings, you can also plug in other devices like a bass or a mic for vocals.

    However, it is heavy. Thank goodness it has wheels or else it would be really difficult to transport from A to B. Overall, I highly recommend this amp.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds Like Home

    By 

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Contemp country musician, Experienced, Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Clean Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gigs
      • Practice

      Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

      It doesn't get any better (at least not yet). The sound generated is as clean as you could imagine a sound being; no distortion and hardly any EQ really even needed to be done (depending on what you're playing). I'm running my Roland Fantom X8 through the KC550 and you can't do any better than Roland matched with Roland.

      I've tried many different approaches to getting the keyboard to sound out as good as I wanted and expected it to. It started with two Hartke KM100 amps running stereo from the keyboard. Sounded great, in fact I posted a review on them. However, after having them for just a short time I began to get a feeling that the great sound would not last in the long run due to certain very small but noticeable distortions starting to form. I'd heard time and time again that Hartke wasn't the best, so I made the move and returned them.

      I then tried running the keyboard through a PA system, using various speaker choices both powered and passive; needless to say it worked out (somewhat; more so for the passive, forget the actives - nothing but distortion) but the sound generated was nothing to brag about. I quickly returned the active speakers, and am now using the passives for vocal monitors.

      I had never tried a KC550 before now, and my reasons were because of playing a KC350 that was probably not EQ'ed (didn't care to check), and found the sound to be horrible. To buy a full on PA system that I know would have worked, the amount of money to be dropped into that would be outrageous and too much for just needing a keyboard monitor.

      I decided to play the KC550 and really mess around with it in the store; giving it a little more time than just a minute or two, made all the difference. I'm soon planning to buy a second KC550 to run stereo link, but even with just one its a beautiful sound. Granted, I've only owned mine for one day, so we'll see what the long run brings for this, but somehow I feel it'll all be just fine. Sounds like home.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best amp Under $600

      By 

      from Los Angeles

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Not Versatile

      Best Uses

      • Performance
      • Practice
      • Travel

      Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

      [...]this amp has a better sound, with 20 watts less of power is sounds louder and cleaner.The look and features of the Hartke are great, but sound and quality is most important. My Hartke had a bad tweeter out of the box after 1 week of use. Poor build quality control. I tried a new one (with a good tweeter) and sounds good, but not the best.If you want the look.. go Hartke, if you want quality sound no choice but Roland.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Now that's more like it

      By 

      from Delaware

      Pros

      • Good Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

          I'm playing a B3 through a leslie 2100 (hook up to G G on your preamp into a mixer, not hard to do.) not getting the bass I wanted, Output form leslie to the 550, WOW! Sounds betterm than my leslie 760 ever did. Plus I can hook up 3 more keys to it. It's great

           
          5.0

          Talk about a beauty!

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          from miami, fl

          Pros

          • Good Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performance
            • Practice
            • Travel

            Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

            This amp is awesome it has saved my perfromances countless times...I love this amp and i am going to have for a while lol I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants some serious sound!

             
            5.0

            Alan Linkous of Retroville says...

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            from Bristol, TN

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performance
              • Travel

              Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

              This little thing has the biggest sound ! Heck, I had to get two to try the stereo feature. You won't be disapointed !!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

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              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

              "Roland did a nice job with the design of the amp. Its loud enough for clubs and weddings. I recomend it to anyone who doesn't want to lug around a huge system (mixer, 2 cabinets, etc)."

               
              5.0

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              Comments about Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier:

              "In my opinion, i think that KC-550 is the best keyboard amp that i ever play with, great sound, strong construction, and beautiful design, so i will recommend it to anyone who really wants to play professionally."

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              KC550 Keyboard Amplifier

              The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.