The Best Electronic Drum Amps / Drum Monitors

The Highest Rated Drum Amps

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If you're looking for an amplifier to use with your electronic drums. or to use as a personal drum monitor, then this guide will help you decide which one is best to get for your needs.

Our recommendations have been updated based on our latest research in October 2019, and for the first time we feature a new low-cost Chinese brand by the name of CoolMusic, while the highest rated option at time of publication is from one of the most highly respected electronic drumming brands, KAT.

Note that there are other types of amps which can also be used with electronic drums, so make sure you read the "Things To Consider" section if you would like to know about the alternatives.

The Best Electronic Drum Amps

Simmons DA25

86
GEARANK

86 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$170
Simmons DA25 Drum Amplifier

Simmons is a popular electronic drumming brand that is sold by Guitar Center and their related retailers including Musician's Friend, Music & Arts and Woodwind & Brasswind.

They designed the DA25 to suit beginners and is primarily intended for personal use and practice, rather than as an amp to use on stage.

Like many good drum amps, it has large rubber volume and EQ knobs designed to be adjusted using drum sticks.

Specifications

  • Output Power: 25W / 4 Ohms
  • Number of Channels: 1
  • Inputs: 1 x 1/4" jacks for drum set input, 1 x 1/8" AUX line input
  • Outputs: None
  • Speakers: 8" Woofer, 2" Tweeter
  • Tone Control: 2-band EQ 60Hz / 10kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Size: 13.1" x 12.3" x 12.8"
  • Weight: 19.8 lbs
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Not Specified

Pros

There is almost universal agreement among owners that this is a great sounding little amp that's very well suited to practicing. A few say that it's loud enough to practice with bandmates - but that depends on how loud your band is.

Cons

Although it gets great marks for sound quality, you may want to save up and spend a little extra on a bigger amp if you plan to play gigs using your drum amp.

Overall

If you only need a practice amp and don't need a lot of volume then the Simmons DA25 is a great sounding choice.

KAT Percussion KA1

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GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$230
KAT Percussion KA1 - Digital Drum Set Amplifier

At time of publication the KAT Percussion KA1 was the highest rated drum amplifier.

The KA1 showcases responsive and clean amplification for monitoring electronic drums in a small environments such as rehearsal rooms and home studios.

It features a large carry handle for easy transportation, three band EQ for mixing, and other inputs for plugging other sound sources or instruments.

Specifications

  • Output Power: 50W / 8 Ohms
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x 1/4" jacks for drum set input
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/8" stereo headphone jack
  • Speakers: 10" Woofer, 2.5" Tweeter
  • Tone Control: 3-band EQ
  • Frequency Response: 20-20KHz
  • Size: 15.5" x 15.5" x 16.25"
  • Weight: 31.4 lbs
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Not Specified

Pros

Users were satisfied with its overall sturdy construction. They found it to be loud with enough power even at a low volume. One user also mentioned that it provided a great separation and response of kick drum and cymbals whenever they play their electronic drum kit.

Cons

One user mentioned its highs sounded a bit thin. They end up adjusting the EQ settings and eventually made a bit of a difference.

Overall

At an affordable price, this drum is ideal to use for practicing at home or small gigs.

CoolMusic DM100

86
GEARANK

86 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$225
CoolMusic DM100 Drum Amplifier

This is Chinese made and packs in quite a good set of features given it's comparatively low price for a 100 watt amp.

It comes with Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to play music from your phone, or any other bluetooth enabled music playing device, to play along with when practicing.

Specifications

  • Output Power: 100W
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x 1/4" jacks for drum set input
  • Outputs: 1/4" D.I. output - it is unclear whether or not this is a balanced output
  • Speakers: 1 x 12" Woofer, 2x 1" Tweeters
  • Tone Control: 5-band EQ
  • Frequency Response: Not Specified
  • Size: 20" x 17" x 17"
  • Weight: 30.2 lbs
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year from purchase date

Pros

This amp has been well received by owners with its bluetooth capability featuring prominently in reviews. It's considered a good amp for both solo practice and loud enough for jamming with bands.

Cons

Most reviews and comments about his amp come from beginners and/or their parents so we really can't say how well it performs in a professional context - it you need a road-worthy amp then we'd suggest going with one of the more established brands on this list.

Overall

This amp offers good value as an amp to practice or jam with, but probably not the best option for professional use.

Roland PM-100

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GEARANK

88 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$300
Roland PM-100

The Roland PM-100 is a drum monitor built to match Roland's V-Drums but works with any electronic drum kit.

It showcases a full-range speaker system and rugged cabinet for clean full-range reproduction of electronic drums.

In terms of design and build, its angled construction provides direct sound coverage for the seated player while its bar handle is made for carrying around and easy floor adjustment.

Specifications

  • Output Power: 80 W
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs:1/4-inch Stereo phone type V-Drums INPUT, 1/4-inch Line-in Stereo phone type, 1/8-inch Stereo miniature phone type
  • Outputs: No Output
  • Speakers: 1 x 10" Woofer, 1 x 2" Tweeter
  • Tone Control: 2-band EQ (Bass and Treble)
  • Frequency Response: Not Specified
  • Size: 15-5/16" x 16-1/16" x 13-15/16"
  • Weight: 29 lbs
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Not specified

Pros

It started gaining a lot of positive reviews immediately upon its release, and that's a trend that has continued over time, particularly in relation to sound quality. Reviewers mentioned it's loud enough, provides great response and authentic reproduction of their drum kit. The construction overall is high grade and durable as expected from Roland.

Cons

Some say this isn't loud enough for gigging - if you play in a loud band then this probably won't be loud enough for you. There are a few reports of the the tweeters failing with a year - something to consider if you like to drive your amp hard.

Overall

This a great drum monitor to use for live performances.

Roland PM-200

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GEARANK

86 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Roland PM-200 Drum Amp / Personal Monitor

Roland released the PM-200 drum monitor amplifier built to match their V-Drums electronic drum kits but it can be used with any brand of electronic drums.

Its two XLR direct outputs are made for routing and sending sounds to a mixer, interface or recording device, which makes it flexible to use for studio applications and monitoring on stage.

It also has dedicated independent controls for volume, line input, and EQ. Similar to the PM-100, its constructed in a way that's directly angled to the seated player and has bar handle for floor adjustments and to easily carry it around.

Since it powers on at 180W, It can produce good amounts of volume that's loud enough to use for live gigs in bigger venues. In addition to that, the XLR inputs are also useful for both live monitor or recording purposes. Demonstrations from users, who have uploaded videos on Youtube of them testing it out, show how responsive and clearly it reproduces drum sounds.

Specifications

  • Output Power: 180 W
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS Input jacks: 1 x V-Drums INPUT: -6 dBu (10 k ohms) + 1 x LINE INPUT: -6 dBu (10 k ohms)
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR (direct out)
  • Speakers: 12" Driver, 1" Tweeter Horn
  • Tone Control: 2-band EQ: Treble + Bass Knob
  • Frequency Response: Not specified
  • Size: 18-1/16" W x 18-1/2" D x 16-9/16" H
  • Weight: 46 lbs 5 oz
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Not specified

Pros

Most user reviews are quite positive. The quality and clarity of the sound have received positive reviews with reports of it having clarity is right across the frequency spectrum. Most people who talk about its low frequency response say it's surprisingly good for a 12" woofer.

Cons

A small number of owners say that the 12" woofer isn't quite big enough to produce as much bottom-end as they would like. This probably depends on the style of music played and how much it relies on big thumping sounds.

Overall

This is a good and loud option for gigging as well as rehearsing.

Things To Consider When Buying An Amplifier For Electronic Drums

  • Alternatives to Drum Amps

    It is quite common for drummers to opt for alternatives to dedicated drum amps. Other systems can provide more versatility - here are some of the other options often used:

    • Keyboard Amps - this is probably the most common alternative. They can handle both the transient attacks and wide frequency range of electronic drums quite well, come in higher power ratings, and can also be used as general purpose small PA systems.
    • Powered PA Speakers - although these generally only have a single channel they have the added versatility of being able to be used at different times as part of a PA system including main speakers or as stage monitors. An added benefit is that you can get many more watts per dollar spent.
    • Portable PA Systems - These provide the benefit of having multiple channels with mixers and can be used by the whole band. The downsides are that there are more pieces to carry around and some don't have frequency response ranges above 12kHz.

     
    It is not recommended to use a guitar or bass amp due to their emphasis of high and low frequencies respectively and because they tend to color the sound rather than faithfully reproducing the input signal.

  • How Much Power Do You Need?

    If you're only intending to use your amp as a personal drum monitor playing on your own then any drum amp will do the job. If you're going to play large venues then you still don't need a really powerful amp because you'll only need the people on stage with you to be able to hear it due to the PA system doing most of the amplification for the audience - for this purpose 50 to 100-watt amps with an XLR out are all that's usually needed. The times when you need more powerful amps, such as the 200-watt options above, is when you are playing small to medium venues or rehearsing with a loud band and not using a PA system to amplify your electronic drums.

  • Weight / Portability

    It's best to find an amplifier that is easy to carry when bringing it around to different gigs or rehearsals. Find one that has the features that you need that still has a light-weight or has a handle grip.

  • Channels, EQ, and other features

    Factors to keep in mind are what kind and how many input and output channels are built in. Most have 1/4" stereo drum inputs and some have more than one auxiliary input. Having auxiliary inputs when connecting external devices such as percussion pads is taken into consideration if needed. Output channels can come in forms such as XLR line outs that provide balanced, noise-free signal flow to connect through a recording or live console. Some amplifiers have multi-band EQ that you can independently adjust based on your preference of tuning your sound. There are extra features that cater to live settings such as slanted cabinets and battery-powered options. CD or MP3 inputs are a bonus feature for players to jam with backing tracks or songs. The headphone jack can be used for plugging in headphones for practice or for in-ear monitoring.

Best Drum Amplifier Selection Methodology

This guide was first published on March 27, 2017 written by Denise Azucena. The latest major update was published on October 18, 2019 by Jason Horton with contributions from Denise Azucena.

For this 2019 revision we began by looking at all of the drum amps listed by music gear retailers in the USA. We short-listed the 13 most promising options for detailed analysis. We analyzed customer and expert reviews as well as forum discussions to learn what the pros and cons were for each amp and we also fed the collected data into the Gearank Algorythm to produce rating scores out of 100 in order to select the highest rated amps to recommend above. We looked at over 300 sources during this process. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

Comments

Thank you for the review!

Thank you for the review! This was very in depth and enlightening. The "Things to consider..." section was very valuable. Thanks again!!!

I agree the Simmons DA200S is

I agree the Simmons DA200S is by far the best amp choice. I solved the weight problem by adding set of swiveling castors to the bottom using bolts into T nuts. Works great.

I bought the Simmons DA200s,

I bought the Simmons DA200s, because of all the positive comments I read, but never actually heard it. It is a solid and great sounding amp, but tried to use it to practice with my band, and it just wasn't loud enough to keep up. Great amp to use by yourself or use it as a monitor in a band situation.

I am a Drum student and have

I am a Drum student and have Yamaha 450 digital drums, my children plays digital piano and have Yamaha Digital piano they are also into Vocals. Could you please recommend a Monitor to use for home usage to connect all these requirements, would the idea of all purpose will help and do you have any recommendations. Thanks in Advance.

If only one of you will use

If only one of you will use the amp at a time, then a basic Keyboard Amp like the Peavey KB 1 would be a cost effective solution.

If you all want to play through it at the same time, then a multi channel amp like the Behringer K450FX will let you do that but both the electronic drums and digital piano will only be able to provide a mono signal.

If you all want to play at the same time and in stereo, then a small PA system like the Behringer PPA500BT will do the job.

I use a pair of Mackie Thump

I use a pair of Mackie Thump 15" speakers and am still looking at adding a 15" subwoofer. Plus you don't use a monitor with Edrums you use reasonable headphones, not great ones as they may be too bassey. Playing live requires quality and quantity of sound if you want to replace the sound of an acoustic kit.

This sounds like the best

This sounds like the best option recreating the acoustic sound in the snare toms and cymbals is very important to me as its RnB hip hop i will definitely get a sub for those super low 808 as well

I have a alesis crimson 2

I have a alesis crimson 2 electronic drum kit. Will the Rolland pm 200 reproduce a good solid rock sound.?

I have checked the latest

I have checked the latest reviews and although I didn't see anyone who said they used this amp with the Alexis Crimson, most people only had good things to say about the amp including several who said the Roland PM-200 is better than amps they've used from other brands, so I would think it would be a good option for rock sounds.

funny how you picture a

Funny how you picture a Simmons DA200S in your front page intro and then don't include it in the list of top amps.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Thanks for pointing that out.

The image was only meant to illustrate the theme of the guide rather than the content, but I see your point so I've updated the image.

This is the worst list I've

This is the worst list I've ever seen. No mention about Simmons DA350, it smokes all of them. Although it's nothing to "write home to mom about". Drum amps are the most disappointing pieces of equipment in technology. In comparison to headphones the sounds through an amp sound laid-back in a background (very flat and muffled. The sound needs to be brought more forward. Sounds like wet ass-slap. Snares do not sound good at all. Very disappointing to say the least. That's the reality of "drum amps".

Is it recommended to use

Is it recommended to use cross Brands for electronic drums and amplifiers? Say like the Roland TD-17KVX set with maybe a KAT 2 amplifier?

That's perfectly fine - you

That's perfectly fine - you don't need to use the same brand of amplifier and drum kit.

Hi!

Hi!

First of all, thanks for all the info - really interesting!

I have come accross the Roland CM-220, with a pair of satelite speakers.

Do you know this one? Do you have any opinions on it, please?

I want to use for small gigs with friends and the speakers do appeal to me since I can have more than one source of sound out of the speakers, in a way I can possibly direct them to me if needed.

Thank you so much!

Roland discontinued the CM

Roland discontinued the CM-220 Cube Monitor System a few years back so we haven't analyzed them for Gearank.

You can still get information about them from the Roland website.

What is going on with the kat

What is going on with the kat 400 hd 2.1 percussion sound system i can't hardly find one to purchase and if I do find one is it a good choice for electronic drums,maybe it is not being made any more,would like to know the history,who makes it and where , I need help in making a decision on what to do please educate me

I'm looking to replace my

I'm looking to replace my Alesis Transactive Drummer with the Roland PM-200. The Alesis has the headphone jack input while the Roland does not. The headphone sound is great when plugged directly into the Alesis as opposed to the Roland TD-17 Module. How can I get that great sound via headphones directly from the PM-200

Many drum amps, including the

Many drum amps, including the PM-200, don't have a headphone out presumably because electronic drum modules do.

If you really wanted to, you could use the DI outs (XLR connectors), put them into a mixer, and take the headphone out from the mixer.

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