Roland KC-880 Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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September 19, 2012Music Background:
Professional Teacher, Musician and Composer
Probably the Best Keyboard Amp Available, But It's HeavyI 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 purchase. 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.
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!
from Wellston, OH 45692
November 22, 2011Music Background:
church musician, concert musician, multi-instrumentalist (12)
Roland KC-880 is one powerful amp!The 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 of 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.
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!