Key Considerations [READ BEFORE BUYING]
1. DONT BUY A GUITAR AMP
Although there is a wider range of guitar amps on the market, they are not suitable for monitoring your electronic drum kit. They are optimised for higher frequency instruments. This means that they might sound ok for sound reproduction of your cymbals and high hats, but your bass and toms will sound... Terrible.
2. EXTRA FEATURES
These days electronic drum amps have a lot more than volume to offer. If your precious when it comes to customising your tone these features can offer added value:
Multiple input and output channels | Multi-Band EQ | Battery power option | MP3 player compatibility | Sound customisation | Anti-Feedback Technology.
3. POWER = VOLUME
Are you going to be using your amp for solo practice in your apartment or are you going to be firing out some serious decibels on stage. Have a good think about which will apply to you as the volume can have pretty radical implications on the price. For personal monitoring look for something between 20-40 watts. For stage performances look for something around the 100w mark and you might want to consider an in-built subwoofer or looking into the venues PA system.
This is an important consideration for electronic drums as they themselves are often utilised for their portability. So you need a portable amplifier also. Look out for the size, weight and whether the amp has a handle for easy transportation.
5. KEYBOARD AMPS ARE A GOOD CHEAP ALTERNATIVE
Keyboard amps are often quite a bit cheaper than specialised electrnic drum amps. However, unlike guitar amps they are versatile enough to hand both the higher and lower pitches produced by an E-drum set. This versatility is in part down to its wide frequency range which is crucial when looking for the best electronic drum amp.