Mark's E-Drum Amplifier Guide (under $1000)

A Note from Mark: Note that I started this list years ago and haven't updated it since January 2009. Some of these amps probably aren't available anymore, and certainly many more good options have surfaced since then. In another year I'll probably take own this page, so if you know of another good list let me know and I'll link to that one instead.

This is all based on my internet research NOT personal experience. I have no direct experience with any of these amps (UPDATE: I now have a Tapco Thump, which is since discontinued). The "General opinion" column is based on searches done at vdrums.com, edrumming.com, and various internet reviews. If you think I'm wrong then tell me!

If you have a comment to add about a particular amp, let me know. If you would like to add an amp to this list please try to include as much of the listed information as possible! Thanks.

Model Watts Woofer Common price new Useful for Other info General opinion
Behringer kx1200 120 15 120 Door stop 4 channels
Behringer amps are generally not considered at all reliable and have been known to stop working as soon as the warranty expires.
Not recommended
BEHRINGER B215A 400 bass/200 highs 15 250 Door stop Weak bass at high volumes.
Behringer amps are generally not considered at all reliable and have been known to stop working as soon as the warranty expires.
Not recommended
Behringer k3000fx 300 15 300 Door stop 4 channels
Behringer amps are generally not considered at all reliable and have been known to stop working as soon as the warranty expires.
Not recommended
Simmons DA200S 100 bass/50 mid/50 highs 12 300 Practice Made specifically for drums, but the sound is not powerful or clean enough for many live applications. Not recommended
Yamaha MS50DR 50 8 300 Practice   Too weak for the price, not recommended
Tapco Thump TH-15A 180 bass/60 highs 15 350 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs

Made by Mackie (usually a good thing)

Good sound

Recommended
Yorkville YX15P 200 bass/unknown highs wattage 15 350 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs

Exceptional warranty

Good sound

Bass response not as good as some others

Recommended
Alesis Sumo 300 300 15 350   Built-in effects.
Poor sound quality reported.
Not recommended?
DB Technologies Basic 200 240 bass/80 highs 12 350 Practice, stage monitor   ???
Peavey PR 12P 200 bass/70 highs 12 360 Practice, stage monitor   Get the PR 15P instead
Peavey PR 15P 200 bass/70 highs 15 400 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Recommended
Peavey KB 4 75 15 400 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Decent, but underpowered. Get the PR 15P instead
Carvin LM15A 300 bass/50 highs 15 440     Recommended
DB Technologies Basic 400 450 bass/100 highs 12 450 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Recommended
Crate PSM15P 300 bass/100 highs 15 460 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Recommended
Peavey KB 5 150 10 (x2) 500 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Recommended, but also check out the Peavey PR 15P
DB Technologies Opera Live 202 150 bass/50 highs 12 500 Practice, stage monitor   ???
Mackie SRM350 165 bass/30 highs 10 550 Practice, stage monitor   Get the SRM450 instead
JBL Eon10 G2 125 bass/50 highs 10 550 Practice, stage monitor   Get the Eon15 instead
samson db500a 400 bass/100 highs 15 550 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small to medium clubs See also matching sub ex500 (500 watts) Recommended
Roland KC-550 180 15 600 Practice, stage monitor   Over-priced but sound good
DB Technologies Opera Live 402 250 bass/50 highs 12 600 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Recommended
Yamaha MS100DR 100 bass/40 highs 10 600     ???
JBL EONSUB G2 250 15 650 Subwoofer only for bass reinforcement subwoofer ONLY Recommended
Mackie SRM450 450 bass/100 highs 12 700 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small to medium clubs   Recommended
JBL Eon15 G2 300 15 700 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small to medium clubs   Recommended
Roland PM-30 100 bass/50 highs (stereo) 12 700 Practice, stage monitor   Over-priced but sound good
Peavey Impulse 1015P 200 15 700   Beware the un-powered version when bargain hunting. ???
DB Technologies Opera Live 405 250 bass/50 highs 15 700 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small clubs   Recommended
B52 Matrix 1000 V2 400 bass/150 highs (stereo) 15 (with two 10" satellites) 800 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small to medium clubs   Recommended
Mackie SR1521z 300 bass/100 highs 15 800 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small to medium clubs   Recommended
Mackie SR1530z 300 bass/100 mids/100 highs 15 1000 Practice, stage monitor, FOH for small to medium clubs   Recommended
Roland PM3 100 bass/50 highs (stereo) 10 n/a Practice, stage monitor Old model, replaced by PM_30 Over-priced but sound good