Roland KC-880Item ID: KC880
5-channel 320-watt Keyboard Amplifier with 2 x 12" Woofers, 2 Horn Tweeters, Onboard DSP Effects, Stereo Link, and Optional Casters
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Massive Power Plus DSP Effects!The KC-880 is Roland's new flagship keyboard amplifier, packing in serious power with its 320-watt stereo power amplifier. The KC-880 features two 12" woofers and two horn tweeters, for excellent sound reproduction. It also features onboard DSP effects, including reverb, chorus, tremolo, and rotary. Just like Roland's other famous KC keyboard amplifiers, the 5-channel KC-880 has a diverse complement of I/O. Stereo line inputs are available on each channel, and the first channel sports an XLR microphone input. Need serious keyboard power? Turn to Roland's KC-880 - it's also stereo linkable.
Roland KC-880 320-watt Keyboard Amplifier at a Glance:
The flagship keyboard amplifier from Roland - serious 320-watt power
The Roland KC-880 sits at the top of Roland's renowned KC keyboard amplifier line, with its blistering 320 watts of power via two 12" woofers and two horn tweeters. Just as with all of Roland's KC amplifiers, the KC-880 sounds excellent - and extras such as onboard DSP effects give way for sweetening its powerhouse sound. A 3-band low/middle/high equalizer is also onboard.
Onboard DSP effects, including reverb, chorus, tremolo, and rotary
Not only does the Roland KC-880 pack 320 watts of power, it also features Roland DSP effects, making it an even more flexible onstage tool. On each of its four channels, you can turn the master effects on or off. Available effects include Reverb, Chorus, Tremolo, and Rotary. There's also a speed control for the rotary effect. A footswitch jack is available for controlling the effects remotely.
Four channels of I/O with stereo line inputs on each channel
The KC-880 is designed for professional keyboard amplification needs - and it's also loaded with four channels, so you can connect up plenty of gear at one time. On each of its four channels, there are stereo (L/Mono, R) line inputs. And, on the first channel you can connect an XLR microphone - or a line or stereo instrument. Apart from its four main channels, the KC-880 sports other essential connections for serious stage needs. It features three Aux In/Monitor In inputs, with stereo 1/4" connectors on the first, stereo RCA connectors on the second, and a stereo 1/8" connector on the third.
Need more power? Link two KC-880s together in stereo
While the KC-880 has a tremendous amount of power on its own, for the most demanding live sound applications, you can link use its stereo link feature to connect it to another 320-watt KC-880.
Line outputs and headphone jack
For outputs, you have your choice of XLR balanced outputs or 1/4" unbalanced outputs. A 1/4" headphone jack is also onboard.
Casters included for easier transport
The KC-880 is an incredibly powerful keyboard amplifier - and with its 97 lb. weight and rugged handles, it's still manageable to bring out on tour. Roland also gave the KC-880 four casters, to make treks across the stage and into position much easier.
Roland KC-880 320-watt Keyboard Amplifier Features:
Roland's KC-880 320-watt keyboard amplifier offers up serious power for the stage!
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Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
Probably the Best Keyboard Amp Available, But It's Heavy
by Glenn from MissouriI just purchased a new Roland KC-880 Keyboard Amp to power up my new Yamaha CP1 Stage Piano. With the help of Luke, my Sweetwater sales rep, I stepped into the upper level of quality with this amp pu... read more [+]rchase. I have been using the KC-500 for the last few years which was the precursor to the Roland KC-550, and I always felt that the 500 series amps with the single 15Ē speaker and tweeter were too bass heavy and lacked midrange thus making the keyboard sound heavy and occasionally not as clean on certain sounds.
September 19, 2012
Music Background: Professional Teacher, Musician and Composer
With 2 two 12Ē speakers and 2 tweeters, the KC-880 solves this problem in a big way. The sound is clean, full, and in my opinion just right on the mid and low frequency balance. Itís got plenty of low end guts and a real pristine and clean mid and upper midrange, and the highs are fantastic.
Obviously the build quality is Roland through and through, tough, heavy duty, and built for the working musician who gigs and moves equipment a lot. This thing weights 97 lbs.! Most guys can pick up 97 lbs., however the amp is 29 inches wide and 17.5 inches deep and so it is hard to get ahold of, hard to get your arms around the thing. It almost takes two guys to pick it up on stage, but Roland has provided casters, and if you donít have stairs, one guy can move it with no problem.
With very good built in basic effects including, reverb, tremolo, chorus and rotary effects which can be applied to each channel with the push of a button, and plenty of in/out options, this amp offers conveniences that most other amps simply donít have. However, you can only run one effect at a time on the amp but that can be controlled with a Boss foot pedal. If you chose to run two amps in stereo, you could run two different effects one on each amp, but there again, you are going to be packing two large amps instead of one.
Personally, I love this thing, and I think the sound is fabulous with way more volume and power than I will ever need. Set the volume on four or five and it will fill a large room and compete with a loud drummer and bass player, no problem, and with five stereo channels you can run a large keyboard rig and still use a channel for a vocal monitor.
Iíve read a couple of negative reviews on other web-sights of this thing, and I think that people must have different ears than mine, because to my trained ears, this is the top of the line in keyboard sound.
Highly recommended, and I canít wait to get another one and run it in stereo. I guess Iíll have to do more weight lifting, because packing this big animal is worth the effort. If you want you axes to sound the best, start body building and get this thing! close [-]
Roland KC-880 is one powerful amp!
by Jerry Massie from Wellston, OH 45692The KC-880 is a very powerful stereo keyboard amp. I fed the signal from a Roland Atelier AT-90S organ through it for a Veteran's Day concert at a large church with very high vaulted ceilings, lots o... read more [+]f angles in the sanctuary, hundreds of people in attendance, and the amp was partially obscured behind the pulpit and an 8-foot altar. I ran the organ master volume on 6 and the KC-880 master volume on 4, and had more than enough volume to play thundering Sousa marches and the Armed Forces service songs.
November 22, 2011
Music Background: church musician, concert musician, multi-instrumentalist (12)
The KC-880 has nice XLR outputs to feed signal to the house PA, a nice feature although I didn't need it for this concert. The dual 12-inch woofers easily handle all the low end I fed it from the organ -- and I fed it a LOT of bass during the marches. 4 channel inputs, FX and tone controls make this amp very versatile for any type of room.
Hi freq hiss began to appear above a master volume setting of 6, though you would not hear it with a signal coming through the amp, and I did not go above 4 for this performance. A hi freq rolloff filter, or a quieter amp, would help with this issue.
All-in-all this amp was everything I expected from a Roland product, rugged construction, gutsy performance, versatility, good sound, and enormous volume. And heavy! 100 pounds of guts!
Sweetwater sound did an outstanding job getting this amp to me in a VERY timely manner -- 2 days! My sales rep Scott facilitated sales order processing and shipment and communicated with me directly via email. It was conforting to know that someone at Sweetwater was going to make sure I got the product on time and was happy with what I got.
I'll be back, Sweetwater! Thanks for outstanding service! You get a 5! close [-]
Patty, El Sobrante, CA
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