REVIEW – Simmons DA200S Drum Amp

Finally got an amp to go with my Roland TD-9KX2 electric kit. I’ve been searching for a few months and everyone had great things to say abou the Simons, the fact that other amps are twice as expensive and require special ordering didn’t help.

Since I first saw it the price rose by $50 (must be a good sign?) and I finally got the funds to get it around Christmas time…

So here it is !

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Busted box… good thing the inside wasn’t affected.

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Greeted by a simple blue manual. It’s very straight forward.

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Decent packing job. The amp is not light about 50lbs.. the built in top handle is great. I’d say even easier to grab on than the traditinoal side indents.

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Sometimes I think I married a cat.

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Those grippy big knobs are a GREAT idea. The dimples allow you to stay seated while adjusting the levels. Just reachover with your drumstick and viola! I can literally adjust on the fly while I drum.

One thing though for drum amp newbies is that you have to use two patch cords to hook it up with your drum machine’s L & R line out. Otherwise you will get very little signal. If you are connecting to the drum machine’s Headphone out, then you can plug it in to the AUX channel but the sound won’t be as good.

 

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Simmons also make a smaller version DA50 amp fpr $100 less. But it didn’t come with any lineout capabilities so it’s strickly “practice only”.
With the DA200s I can use it at shows as my personal monitor while sending a live feed to the house control. I can even add two remote speakers and use my amp as a small PA system.

Very versatile, the sound is loud and thumping. Has 4 inputs and 3 outputs, great stuff. Strongly recommanded.

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Now I can practice and fill my apartment with classic tunes such as these : http://youtu.be/1WHqlV8EGAU?t=1m49s

 

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4 Responses to REVIEW – Simmons DA200S Drum Amp

  1. Mohd Saleh says:

    Hi…can u help me.I want to buy simmons amp but unfortunately there are no shop selling in Malaysia.Can u help me get the address of shop near your place which can deliver to Malaysia.Thank u in advace.
    Mohd saleh

    • Drumatics says:

      Hello Mohd thanks for your comment!
      Unfortunately I do not know of any shops near by that will do international shipping as well. Such a heavy amp (about 50lb) would cost quite a bit of money to ship.

      I’d suggest getting something readily available from Yamaha or Roland. They are quality products still.

  2. Dick Jones says:

    Not sure if you still check this regularly, but I have a question. I’ve had a TD20 for years. It had been held hostage in our bassist’s basement for years, but I finally got it home just last weekend. I’ve been looking for a good drum monitor. I’d like to use this as a personal monitor for home use, but also a monitor for playing out. Would I be able to run the main outs (L+R) from the drumset through this amp and off to the house mix, and route the house mix (minus drums of course) back into the amp? Or does it just mix all the inputs down to L+R outputs? It’d be nice to set my drum levels within the mix for my own personal monitoring without bothering the sound guy.

  3. Yannick says:

    Hey Drumatics,

    Nice review – I especially liked the unboxing pictures 🙂

    Have you actually used this amp for gigs yet? How did it do?

    I’ve put together a review on the Simmons DA50 comparing it to a couple other small practice amps. Here’s a link if you want to check it out: http://www.kickstartyourdrumming.com/best-electronic-drum-amp

    Nice blog you have here. I’ll come back!

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