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Roland KC880 Keyboard Amplifier

Roland's top keyboard amp, the KC-880 rocks 320 watts in stereo, with two 12" woofers, two HF tweeters and 5 input channels for all your full-range sources. (24) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Roland's Rolling Powerhouse for Keys, Vocals, and More!

Give your keyboards the massive power boost they deserve with the Roland KC-880 stereo mixing keyboard amplifier. Packing 320 Watts of stereo power through dual 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters, the KC-880 has what it takes to get your sound to the back of the room. And if you need even more oomph than that, you can link two KC-880 amps together in stereo. Built-in DSP effects -- including reverb, chorus, tremolo, and rotary -- allow you to refine your tone throughout your performance, while 5 channels of stereo input and a balanced XLR input make it a piece of cake to integrate Roland's KC-880 keyboard amplifier into any setup.

Powerhouse Sound

Via two 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters, the KC-880 blasts 320 Watts of power, making it a force to be reckoned with in any venue. With this keyboard amp as part of your rig, your keyboards will have no problem holding their own against thunderous drums, bass, and guitars. During a show, use the KC-880's onboard DSP effects to sweeten your sound, and tailor your tone to suit the room with a built-in 3-band lows/midrange/highs equalizer.

Onboard DSP Effects

The KC-880's DSP section includes all the essential effects: reverb, chorus, tremolo, and rotary. Whether you're playing live or prepping during a rehearsal, the KC-880's handy DSP effects are there to give you a custom sound to suit each performance. The KC-880 delivers way more than just amplification. Conveniently, you can turn the effects on or off for each channel, and a footswitch jack is available for remotely controlling the effects.

Stereo Linkable for Additional Power Output

The Roland KC-880 is a stereo amp in its own right, but your sweet organ patches sound even better when two stereo speakers are spaced on either side of the stage. And sometimes, 320 Watts just isn't enough. Luckily, you can use the amp's Stereo Link feature to chain two KC-880s together in stereo and get double the power.

Flexible I/O for Versatile Connectivity

You won't have any trouble getting this keyboard amp to play nicely with your other gear. The KC-880 features stereo line inputs on each of the five channels, and as a bonus, you can connect an XLR dynamic microphone on the first channel. To further accommodate your needs on stage, the KC-880 also sports three Aux In/Monitor In inputs, with stereo 1/4-inch connectors on the first input, stereo RCA connectors on the second, and a stereo 1/8-inch connector on the third. All this flexible I/O makes the KC-880 a standout amp not just for your keyboard, but for your vocals and your entire rig, too. Outputs include your choice of XLR balanced outputs or 1/4-inch unbalanced outputs, plus a 1/4-inch headphone jack for private practice.

Use the KC-880 as Your Monitor Wedge

Want to run your keyboards through the venue PA? Bring your KC-880 as your personal monitor wedge, and keep complete control over your sound. Stereo XLR and 1/4" line outputs let you send a clean keyboard signal to the venue's mixer.

Built Like a Roland

Heavy-duty and quite rugged, the KC-880 means business. Durability is important for gigging musicians, and so is ease of transport. Weighing in at 97 pounds, this keyboard amp is anything but lightweight, but that's why it has four casters for rolling it from van to venue, as well as well-placed handles for heaving it onto the stage.

Features:

- Roland's flagship stereo keyboard amplifier with five channels of stereo input
- 320-Watt stereo power amplifier with two 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters
- Built-in DSP effects (reverb, chorus, tremolo, rotary) for refining your sound
- Footswitch input for controlling effects remotely (footswitch sold separately)
- 3-Band Low/Middle/High EQ
- Flexible I/O (XLR mic input, stereo XLR line outputs on each channel, headphone out)
- Stereo Link for chaining multiple KC-880s
- Aux inputs: Stereo 1/4-inch, Stereo RCA, Stereo 1/8-inch
- Outputs: 2 XLR, 2 TS, 1/4-inch headphone jack
- Rugged design is built to last
- 4 rolling casters make it easier to transport the amp

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Rated Power Output: 320W (160W +160W)

Nominal Input Level (@1 kHz):
- CH1 (MIC/LINE): -50-20 dBu
- CH2-4 (LINE): -20 dBu
- AUX IN/MONITOR IN: -20 dBu
- STEREO LINK IN: 0 dBu

Nominal Output Level (@1 kHz):
- LINE OUT (XLR type, Phone type): +4 dBu
- STEREO LINK OUT: 0 dBu

Speakers: 30 cm (12 inches) Woofer x 2, Horn Tweeter x 2

Controls: CH1, Volume Knob, EFX Button, CH2, Volume Knob, EFX Button, CH3, Volume Knob, EFX Button, CH4, Volume Knob, EFX Button, EFX Knob, SPEED Button

- AUX IN/MONITOR IN, LEVEL Knob, MUTE, SPEAKER Button, LINE OUT Button, EQUALIZER, LOW Knob, MIDDLE Knob, HIGH Knob, PHONES VOLUME Knob, VOLUME Knob, POWER Switch, GND LIFT Switch

Indicators: EFX x 2, POWER

Connectors: CH1 Input Connector (XLR type), CH1-4 Input (L/MONO, R) Jacks, (1/4" phone type), AUX IN/MONITOR IN: AUX 1 Input (L/MONO, R) Jacks, (1/4" phone type), AUX 2 Input (L/MONO, R) Jacks, (RCA phono type), AUX 3 Input Jacks (Stereo miniature phone type), PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), STEREO LINK OUT (L, R) Jacks, (1/4" phone type), STEREO LINK IN Jack (1/4" phone type), LINE OUT (L, R) Jacks (1/4" phone type), LINE OUT (L, R) Jacks (XLR type), FOOT SW Jack (TRS phone type)

Power Supply: AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 220 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)

Power Consumption: 98 W

Accessories Included: Owner's Manual, Caster x 4

Size and Weight (including casters):
- Width: 734 mm, 28-15/16 inches
- Depth: 445 mm, 17-9/16 inches
- Height: 590 mm, 23-1/4 inches
- Weight: 44.0 kg, 97 lbs. 1 oz.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 110 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 25 x 22 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Product Description

The flagship of the KC amp series, the Roland KC-880 keyboard amplifier is packed with high-performance features. With five channels of stereo input, 320 watts of power and Roland's famous DSP effects built in, the KC-880 is a portable powerhouse for keyboards, vocals, and more.

Features:

- Flagship stereo keyboard amplifier with five channels of stereo input
- 320-watt stereo power amplifier, 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters
- DSP effects (Reverb, Chorus, Tremolo, Rotary)
- Flexible I/O (XLR mic input, stereo XLR line outputs, headphone out), Stereo Link for chaining multiple KC-880s
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Great Sound."
Sound: This amp sounds way better than any amp I have owned (at least in a very long time)....keyboard amp or otherwise. Previously, what I had is what I'll call an "economy keyboard amp", which still wasn't cheap. Without going into any name calling, what I had before was the bottom-end model of an elite brand of keyboard amps. After years of tolerating the sound (or lack of tone), I decided to go for something better. The Roland KC880 did wow me, especially upon my first experience listening to what was coming out of it. Wow! For the weight, it better sound good. ; ) The Low, Mid and Treble EQ settings sound great. I haven't cranked the bass mids or highs up too much during a live performance with my piano patch....just a touch will do for that particular sound. Maybe I'll dial in something different later, but so far I haven't had to crank the eq knobs in order to compensate for any lack of tone in the amp itself. The adjustments do sound great. At home I tried the amp for listening to a movie, cranked up the bass, great response. (Same results when listening to my computer's media player). Feature: The most notable features this amp has? 4 channels of input plus auxillary (for a total of 5). I keep saying this, but yes, it has great Low, Mid and High EQ controls. Onboard effects include Reverb, Chorus and Tremolo. I've only found use for the Reverb so far...but if I ever decided to play a rhodes, wurly or an organ, the other 2 effects might be handy as well. (I mainly just stick to virtual piano plug-ins and a pad). Which effect you use and at what level is sort of a global setting. Each channel gives you the choice of applying it or not.... except the aux channel doesn't have an on off button for the effects. Some musicians might like more control than the effects settings allow, but I don't really care...I can apply external effects from somewhere more dedicated to that purpose anyways. The fact that it is a stereo amp at 160 watts per side (for a total of 320) will make it sound better than most "keyboard amps" out there....not to mention that the woofers on each side are 12". I didn't have a chance to compare it to the other flagship keyboard amp out there, the Motion Sound KP-500SN...maybe someday I will have a chance at hearing what that one sounds like. (500 watts total and at half the weight). I think the Roland has more channels than the Motion Sound and may be more appropriate for certain venues and applications. My first live gig experience with this amp was great, except having to share it as a group monitor for half of the platform instead of using it for myself only. What can I say? It got a bit hijacked since it was easily recognized for its outstanding worth and capability. What else? Comes with casters which one may need if you plan on transporting it around much. I actually just purchased a Magna Cart...plan on seeing how that works out when I haul it to a gig tomorrow. If portability was a feature...that might be something to think about. Don't get me wrong, it IS portable, but it may require some effort as it does weigh in somewhere around 100 lbs. After years of lack of tone, it suddenly becomes worth it to haul the "monster" around. I do love the sound. Ease of Use: There really isn't anything difficult about operating the amp...pretty easy and straight forward. I'm no sound engineer, but being a musician helps I suppose. You should be able to get the sound you are looking for with what this amp provides. Makes my piano presets shine. Of course, whatever you put in is what you'll get out. But, I know I've been putting a great sound in, and now with this amp I'm finally getting it out. This amp made band members comment on it's amazing performance. I will say that I thought that channel 1 was a little noiser as far as the slight hiss, so I just use channel 2 for my keys instead. I noticed that channel 1 is at a different db rating or something, and is also considered the channel to be used for microphone input, as there is a setting on the knob corresponding to microphone level use. I haven't used a microphone with with this amp yet, but will for a gig in the future. I expect great results....no doubts. Okay, I've been complaining a little about the weight (around 100 lbs) in some of the categories, but haven't actually rated any category less than a ten yet. I think I'll consider portability to be under the ease of use category. So this is why I'm going to give the ease of use rating a slight ding. Quality: The quality of this amp is outstanding. The very sight of it speaks of durability and demands respect. It almost has a presence of its own...even when it's turned off. ; ) I think the weight I've been complaining about actually helps in this category. I am somehow led to believe that the weight gives it a certain durability. It certainly appears that it is made to last. Another review I read said that this amp is built like a tank. I think I understand. This is one big amp. I mean, since I got this, the bass player is going to have to get a bigger amp now....if not the other musicians in the band as well. ; ) Cosmetic blem? I purposed to purchase a blem or a "scratch and dent" version, so no complaints there. I'm not sure what happened to create the blem...didn't ask. What I seen didn't take away from the fact that this thing was made to last. IF it was prior abuse, it seemed to be able to handle it. The fiberous material on the amp does attract hair if you have pets. I'm not going to deduct for that....if you have that problem use a vacuum or one of those rollers to remove the hair. But in case it's a deciding factor for somebody, I gave as much information as I could. Value: You get what you pay for. It sounds great. Manufacturer Support: Didn't need to talk to Roland. Overall: Oh, I'll keep my eyes open for other products. I already made a reference to the Motion Sound Kp 500 SN. I also like the idea of having the Roland KC110 for smaller venues...allowing me to keep the bigger Roland at home. A pair of QSC K12s (or even just one) interests me as well, although those aren't specifically marketed for being used as a keyboard amp per say, I have heard great things. So although I won't let go of the idea of having or trying something diffrent, overall I still give the Roland KC880 the best rating possible.
Style of Music: varies-alternative
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Sound: Amp as good detent on bass until you really crank it up and then it gets scary. The speakers look like they will fly out of the cabinet. Don't get me wrong by the time you get this thing up to that volume its earth shaking. This amp has plenty of headroom for mid size gigs. The highs are also brillient. Feature: This amp is huge. It also topples the scales at 100lbs. Its far from portable. I wish the castors were heavier as they look too small to handle the weight. Ease of Use: Very good controls. I wish they had separate controls for the different effects ex. Reverb chourus and tremolo. This way you have the option of combining by mixing them. Quality: Amp looks like it is built like a tank. Looks and feels like it should last for years. Value: This thing is a bit pricey compared to the Berringers that I own. I feel that if it were priced about $200.00 less it would be a good value Overall: I expect to keep this until it falls apart or somthing totally inovative comes along.
Style of Music: Jazz, rock alternative
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