The Best Electronic Drum Amps / Drum Monitors

Drum Amplifiers


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

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

The Best Drum Amps

KAT Percussion KA1


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

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KAT Percussion KA1 - Digital Drum Set 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.


  • 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


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.


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


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

ddrum DDA50


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

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Ddrum DDA50 Electronic Percussion Amplifier

The Ddrum DDA50 is a 50-watt amplifier that features a 10-inch subwoofer and an adjacent 2 1/2-inch tweeter. It also features three 1/4" inputs, an XLR line out, an MP3 input and a headphone output. It also has adjustable 3-band EQ knobs for tone adjustment purposes.


  • Output Power: 50 W
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 1/4" Input jacks (mono and stereo), MP3/CD Input
  • Outputs: 1 XLR Line Out, Headphone Output
  • Speakers: 10" Driver, 2-1/2" Tweeter
  • Tone Control: 3-Band EQ
  • Frequency Response: Not specified
  • Size: 19" x 19" x 19"
  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Not specified


The recent reviews were still overall positive where it continues to provide a nice full sound with clear highs at low volumes. A number of users found its control knobs easily adjustable with the use of drumsticks. Its auxiliary input was found to be very useful for playing along with music and pre-recorded samples.


There were a few reviewers that preferred to have more inputs for more plug-in options, such as RCA inputs.


If you want a personal drum monitor or practice amp this is a good choice for such use.

Roland PM-100


85 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

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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.


  • 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


Even though it's a fairly new release, it has already gained positive reviews when it comes to sound. 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.


This a great drum monitor to use for live performances.

KAT Percussion KA2


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

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KAT Percussion - KA2 Digital Drum Set Amplifier

The KAT KA2 is a durable amplifier equipped with a powerful 200-watt drumming amp. It features a 1"x1" compression driver for a crisp high-end sound, and a 3-band EQ for sound shaping with a presence "attack" control. There are two 1/4" input jacks for drum input and a 1/8" input jack for external connectivity MP3 players and other digital devices. Its large carry handle is an advantage for ease of transport.


  • Output Power: 200W / 8 Ohms x 1
  • Number of Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 1/4-inch jacks for drum set input (mono and stereo), 1 Aux Line In 1/4-inch, External Line In: 1/8-inch stereo
  • Outputs: Line Out: 1/8-inch stereo headphone jack, 1 XLR line out
  • Speakers: 12-inch Woofer, 1" x 1" Compression Driver
  • Tone Control: 3-Band EQ
  • Frequency Response: 20-20KHz
  • Size: 16.5" x 18" x 19"
  • Weight: 44.25 lbs
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Not specified


Many drummers favor this amplifier for its loudness and quality. They said the cymbals reproduce great highs and the lows had a deep resonance as well. It was also commended for its sturdy build.


There were some manufacturing issues reported for this amplifier not turning on despite trying different power cords and outlets.


If you want a loud and good sounding amplifier at a fair price, this is one to consider.

Roland PM-200


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

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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's expected to have a great amount 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.The early demonstrations from users, who have uploaded videos on Youtube of them testing it out, show how responsive and clearly it reproduces drum sounds.


  • 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


All the reviews we could find were positive overall. The quality and clarity of the sound have received positive reviews with one user saying the clarity is right across the frequency spectrum.


There were no negative reviews although one person wished there were level controls on the Direct Out but that's not how DI outs work because they provide a line level and you control the volume at the mixing console you plug it into. It doesn't have a headphone out but most drum sound modules do for quiet practice.


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

Originally published on Mar. 27, 2017 and last updated on Mar. 27, 2018 with a minor update on the Roland PM-200 on Sep 3, 2018.

For this 2018 revision we began by looking at all of the drum amps listed by music gear retailers in the USA. We then short-listed the 8 drum amps that were currently available for close analysis. Next 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 our independent Gearank scores out of 100. Finally, we selected the highest rated amps to recommend above. For more information about this process see How Gearank Works.


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.



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

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