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The Nord Electro is a high-quality digital piano that can do numerous different things. It has excellent digital organ and synthesizer sounds, along with piano sounds. But if you’re reading this article, you probably already know that.

To go with your Nord Electro, you’ll want an amp that matches the Electro’s quality and that works with a variety of sounds.

Other than that, any good amp will do the trick.

Just make sure you’re getting a keyboard amp or a multipurpose amp, as opposed to a guitar amp. Guitar amps tend to “color” the sound they reproduce, which is not what most keyboard players want.

Another option is to get a small PA (public address) system, which contains a combination of mixers, loudspeakers and amplifiers.

Small PA systems tend to be marketed with keyboard amps and priced similarly to them.

There are pros and cons to both PA systems and straight keyboard amps. But this article will focus on keyboard amps (though some of them can also serve as PA systems as well).

One of the key numbers you’ll see in ads and reviews of amps is the wattage – how much power the amp requires. In general, amps that use more watts are louder, but technically, volume is measured in dB SPL (decibels-sound pressure level).

As you will see, amps with lower wattage tend to also have fewer features (but not always), though they are also typically less expensive than their larger cousins.

It’s also worth keeping in mind the size of the amp relative to its power. Of course larger amps can produce louder sound, but they’re also more difficult to transport to gigs or rehearsals.

Fortunately, all the amps in this article are relatively lightweight and easy to transport.

Ultimately, which keyboard amp you choose will depend on what you need. If you just want something to improve the sound over the keyboard’s own speakers while you’re practicing, the 20 watt Peavey will do just fine.

If you want to perform (especially outside or with a group) you’ll need something larger – perhaps the Behringer Ultratone K450FX or the Roland KC-200.

If you can, it will probably help to listen to each of the speakers to figure out what sound you prefer.

Behringer Ultratone K-450FX

The Behringer K-450FX comes recommended on multiple lists of the best keyboard amps out there. It can be used in your home, in a studio or for small live performances, especially since it has a line output, a sub output, and a headphone output.

It only weighs 32.19 lb, so transporting it to those live performances shouldn’t be too burdensome. The amp is 17.375 in. high, 16.5 in. wide, and 11.75 in. deep.

The Ultratone K-450-FX uses 45 watts of power (for reference, keyboard amps range from 20 to 400 watts). Its three channels each have their own volume control and FX (effects) controls.

It also comes with a master graphic EQ (equalizer) that can detect feedback. This EQ is global, meaning it applies to every instrument connected, rather than working on each channel separately.

The amp comes with a 10-inch Bugera speaker that is guaranteed to produce good sound quality. It also comes with a 24-bit FX processor with 100 preset effects, such as reverb, modulators, and delays.

When you select an effect, it is applied globally, but you can choose how much of it you want to apply to each channel. This gives you plenty of space to be creative with your sound.

The three channels (1/4 in. inputs) enable you to connect up to three instruments, plus a microphone.

The first channel has an XLR input so you can hook up an additional mic to it. It also has an RCA input and 2, ¼ in. outputs.

The K-450FX can also be used as a PA system because it has a 35mm pole socket, which lets you mount it on a pole.

It also has a CD input, in case you want background tracks, pre-recorded sound, or just want to play a CD on a really nice speaker.

Roland KC-200

Roland’s C series of amps is well-known as a staple among musicians. Their KC series focuses on keyboard amps and brings the quality that musicians have come to expect from Roland.

Really, anything in this series could qualify for this article. They have similar build and quality, differing primarily in wattage and special features.

This article will focus on the KC-200, which musiccritic.com listed at number 2 on their list of the best keyboard amps.

The Roland KC-200 uses 100 watts of power, making it more powerful than the Behringer Ultratone K-450FX. Its reproduction of bass notes is particularly good and can get even better if you attach a subwoofer to the Sub Out input.

The 12 in. speaker was designed specially for the KC-200, and it also contains a horn tweeter.

The amp has four channels, most of which are ¼ in. line input channels. It also has a XLR microphone input and two RCA type stereo auxiliary inputs, so you can connect portable music players to it.

And it has a 1/8 in. auxiliary input and a 1/4 in. microphone input. It has one line output and a sub output as well.

The KC-200 has a two-band (low and high) EQ, along with rotary controls that let you adjust the levels of the different channels and headphone levels.

It’s also a compact, lightweight amp. All told it’s 17.12 in. high, 18.93 in. wide, and 11.62 in. deep, weighing 33.12 lb. This makes it easy to carry to gigs or rehearsals.

Peavey KB 1, 20 Watt

If you’re looking for something a bit more modest, the Peavey KB 1 offers high quality in a smaller package. Peavey is a highly regarded company that has been around since 1965 and that owns over 180 patents.

Peavey’s KB1 line has speakers that use 20, 50, 60, 75, and 100 watts, each of which has different features.

This article will focus on the smallest, the 20-watt version, which is suited to home use and practice with small numbers of other instruments.

That said, the 20-watt version is likely to struggle if you use it for gigs or even to practice with a full band.

Despite its small wattage, the KB 1 produces clean yet powerful sound. Its extended-range speakers are 8 in. in size.

The KB 1 has two channels each of which has its own volume and EQ controls. This is especially handy if you are coordinating two different instruments with different needs.

In terms of inputs and outputs, all it has is two, 1/4 in. inputs and a single TRS (headphone) output. If you need more than that, you’ll probably want to go with one of the larger models.

For example, the 50-watt version has four channels, including one with a 1/4 in. monitor input and one with a XLR in addition to its 1/4 in. input.

The big advantage of the 20-watt KB 1 (aside from its smaller price tag) is size and portability. It weighs only 18.6 lb and is 14.6 in. high, 13.9 in. wide, and 9 in. deep. But considering its small size and wattage, it really packs a punch.

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