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Roland KC Keyboard Amplifiers - the Industry Standard gets an Upgrade
Roland has updated its popular KC Series Keyboard Amplifiers for 2018 with brand-new models featuring enhanced sound-quality, improved connectivity, and increased durability.
Roland KC Series Keyboard Amplifiers have become a familiar site on stages, in studios and in tour-vans the world over. The combination of rugged build-quality and high-quality sound has helped them become a mainstay for keyboard players of all levels, for the last 20 years. Roland recently decided that these well-established amps were due an upgrade, and has introduced some brand-new models to the KC Range.
All the new amps feature increased power output, coupled with newly-designed custom speakers to offer a substantial improvement in sound quality and headroom, with the extended low-frequency response and zero distortion demanded by today's keyboard, synth and stage-piano players. The new KC amps feature several upgrades to enhance their durability, including brand-new metal grilles and jack sockets. These amps are built to withstand everything a life on the road can throw at them.
The range kicks off with the entry-level KC-80. With a 50-watt output, this is a fantastic-sounding portable keyboard amp offering true full-range sound reproduction; ideal for rehearsals and small performances.
The KC-200 replaces the best-selling, 65-watt Roland KC-150. The KC-200 now features 100 watts with a completely redesigned power section and 2-way speaker system. Like the popular KC-150, the KC-200 is still a four-channel amplifier but the I/O has been enhanced with a dedicated XLR input, 1/8" and RCA aux inputs, and a monitor function for clicks and guide tracks on channel four.
Moving up the range, the KC-400 and KC-600 take over from the KC-350 and KC-500, respectively. Both amps benefit from a redesigned output section, built from the ground up to offer the very best full-range sound quality, power and stability. These amps are serious gigging machines - the KC-400 features a custom 12-inch woofer and tweeter arrangement, while the KC-600 brings some impressive bottom-end with its 15-inch custom-designed woofer. Both amps deliver increased power output than their predecessors, along with additional stereo link capabilities to add an extra speaker to your rig.
At the top of the range we get the flagship KC-990 - a four-channel stereo behemoth equipped with everything a touring pro could possibly ask for. Loaded with great sounding DSP effects, from reverbs to rotarys, the KC-990 kicks out 320 watts of high-fidelity sound through two custom-designed 12-inch speakers, with custom horn tweeters handling the top end. This is the ultimate all-in-one solution for multi-keyboard rigs.
While the complete range of Roland KC keyboard amps have proved their worth as fantastic pieces of touring gear, the new battery-powered KC-220 lets you take that killer Roland sound anywhere. Taking over from the KC-110 - the world's first pro spec'd battery-powered keyboard amp - the KC-220 offers 3-channel performance including an XLR input, and a 20-watt stereo output when running on batteries (30 watts with power adapter), giving you a highly effective 'mini PA' to take your busking to the next level!
Check out the newly refreshed Roland KC Series, and find the amp that's right for you!
By Pete Wilson
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