Roland V-Drums TD-25KV Electronic Drum Set
The Roland TD-25KV is a true high-end electronic percussion instrument that's meant for professionals and advanced users.
While it is not the top of the line model, it does have most of its features, with the main difference being fewer connectivity options, slightly smaller pads and a more streamlined drum module.
The snare has an interesting feature called positional sensing, which changes the sound depending on where you strike the pad. This allows for the use of brush sticks, and other snare techniques. The hi-hat is also designed to be as close to the real thing as possible, so it has to be mounted on a standard hi-hat stand, which has to be bought separately. All the toms feature mesh heads, while the cymbals feature multi-zone triggering and choke.
At the core of this kit is the TD-25 module which features a streamlined interface for quick and easy setup. It lets you choose between 18 drum kit sounds, which seem limited but you can download kits and load up custom samples for more sound options. However, what makes this module special is its deep customization, allowing you to expand your sound options much more than what the specification suggests. The demo video below showcases the Roland TD-25KV's impressively intuitive sound customization.
- Snare: PDX-100 (10" Mesh with Positional Sensing, Rim shot and Cross Stick)
- Toms: 2 x PD-85BK (8" Mesh with 2-Triggers and Rimshot)
- Floor Tom: 1 x PDX-100 (10" Mesh)
- Crash Cymbals: 2 x CY-12C (12" Crash with 2-Triggers and Choke )
- Ride Cymbal: CY-13R (13" Ride with 3-Triggers)
- Hi-Hat: VH-11 (Hi-Hat Stand Not Included)
- Kick Pad: KD-9 (8" Cloth Pad - Kick Pedal Not Included)
- Drum Stand: MDS-9SC
- Drum Module: TD-25
- Module Sounds: 18 Kits
- Extra Features: Reverb, Multi-Effects, EQ
- Module Inputs: 1 x 1/8"
- Module Outputs: 2 x 1/4" Stereo Out, 1 x 1/4" Headphones, MIDI Out
- USB: 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
- Power Supply: DC Adaptor
- Dimensions: 51.19" x 47.25" x 49.25"
- Weight: 58.44 lbs.
Many reviewers described the Roland TD-25KV as a true professional instrument. Some even commented that there is a night and day difference when compared to their previous kit. Playability was compared to an acoustic kit multiple times, with one user even blurting that the TD-25KV is more fun to play than an actual acoustic kit. Most of the reviewers also regarded its sound highly, with emphasis on its customizability.
Although they did like its sound and playability, there were a few users who found the kit to be a bit smaller than what they like it to be. Some users also warned that the this kit has limited upgradeability and connectivity options, and recommended buying the TD-30K if you think you will need more pads/cymbals in the future.
If you are ready to take your drumming to the next level and you're in the market for something within the sub $3000 price range, then the Roland TD-25KV is your best bet.