Product Comparison: Fender Passport Mini vs Roland Micro Cube


General Specifications
Brand
Fender
Roland
Model
Passport Mini
M-CUBE-GX
Origin
China
China
About the Product
The Passport Mini offers convenient amplification for instruments and microphones. It's ideal for grab-and-go performances by street musicians and students, and is the perfect small public address system for events and presentations. Weighing less than 8 pounds and powered via AC or batteries, the Passport Mini can go anywhere and is also a great media playback system and computer recording interface.
A top-seller worldwide for nearly 10 years running, the MICRO CUBE is the most popular battery-powered amp of all time. The new MICRO CUBE GX retains the tiny size and huge sound of its legendary predecessor while adding many great additions and improvements, including i-CUBE LINK, increased output power, a chromatic tuner, and a MEMORY function for saving your favorite settings. The massive, high-gain EXTREME brings the total number of COSM amps to eight, while HEAVY OCTAVE has been added to the onboard effects section for thick, ultra-low tones. i-CUBE LINK opens many new opportunities for practice and recording, providing a built-in audio interface for working with music apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Key Specs
Bluetooth Enabled
No
No
Number Of Speakers
1
1
Peak Power
7 watts
3 watts
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Fender Passport Mini Portable PA System
  • it's loud, I wouldn't be holding a concert at the Oakland Coliseum with this baby, but at home it fills the room with a big sound which you really don't expect for its size.
  • This is the most awesome amp I've ever owned. The sound quality is incredible. I've barely scratched the surface on what it will do.
  • Great sounding, light as a feather and versatile.
  • The Passport mini works great for me as a mini PA and electric guitar amp, and that's where it really shines, as a guitar amp.
  • You also have to be realistic about the sound you're going to get from a 7 watt amp with a 6.5 inch speaker. It's not going to sound like a full size amp, but it sounds pretty damn good for what it is.
Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered
  • The music input makes jamming with a tune or backing track simple. While it can be loud (sort of) it's quiet enough for the apartment and with headphones, it's neighbor-friendly at 3 am.
  • I've had this amp for about a week and I'm blown away by the features and the tone. Awesome little practice amp.
  • I bought this little amp because I live in an apt and needed something small just for practicing at home and was completely blown away by it. Great sound, great features, and it gets LOUD for a small 3w amp. I highly recommend!
  • The sound from this little guy is amazingly full and rich, far beyond what you would expect out of such a small package, and loud enough to cover a small coffee shop gig.
  • This thing is plenty loud enough for what it was intended for. I got this to upgrade from the blackstar fly (pos) it sounds much fuller, louder, better eq, effects.
Size & Weight
Height
9.45 in.
8.9 in.
Width
9.45 in.
9.75 in.
Depth
6.69 in.
6.8 in.
Weight
7.25 lbs.
5 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Fender Passport Mini Portable PA System
  • Everything I needed to work along with my great Shure mic. Nice and compact, easy to use and transport. I love it!
  • This is a great little amp. In fact, after using one for a short time, I decided to purchase a second one.
  • Awesome convenient little amp. Light and powerful for even a good size room. Easy to carry.
  • Bought this to use for a wedding. Worked out great. Wish I had a little more volume, but it was a perfect size for the space that I had.
  • Love it. This is a great little amp. Very powerful for the size.
Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered
  • It is lightweight but really puts out the volume. I am totally satified with this amp.....quality....price....the look....just the whole package.
  • Bought this little amp on the recommendation of my guitar instructor. It's lighter than my lunchbox, and the sound rivals that of my Bugara tube amp. Small enough to pack in a duffle bag for travel.
  • You won't believe the sound that comes out of something this small.
  • Great tones, flexibility and portability. I would highly recommend this amp for anyone looking for a good sounding amp that needs lower sound levels.
  • If you're looking for a very portable, great sounding practice amp - the Micro Cube GX 3-Watt is highly recommended.
Features
Extras
instrument channel with 24 presets (built from 8 amp models) optimized for acoustic and electric guitars and other instruments, 12 effects (additional effects available with free Fender FUSE software), Tap Tempo button for adjusting delay time and modulation rate, separate Vocal channel with XLR and ¼" inputs and dedicated Volume, Tone, and Reverb controls, digital chromatic tuner, USB connection for FUSE application and digital recording output
Ultra-compact guitar amp with custom-designed speaker, Eight COSM amp tones, including the ultra-heavy EXTREME amp, Eight DSP effects, including HEAVY OCTAVE and dedicated DELAY/REVERB with spring emulation, MEMORY function for saving favorite amp and effects settings
HF Driver Size
1 x 6.5 in. Full-Range
1 x 5 in. full-range
Number Of Channels
2
1
MP3 Player Compatible
Yes
No
MP3 Player Dock Included
No
No
Microphone Included
No
No
Speaker Stand(s) Included
No
No
Input(s)
1 x XLR, 1 x 1/8" (aux), 2 x 1/4" (line)
1/4" TRS, 3.5mm Jack
On/Off Switch
Yes
Yes
Power Source
Plug-in, 6 x "C" cell batteries
6 x Alkaline battery (AA, LR6), Plug-in
What customers say about "Features"
Fender Passport Mini Portable PA System
  • I was in need of a Batt Powered street amp and this is just what I was looking for. Great Warmth, Loudness, Effects and Portability with a decent Pricetag...
  • I can't say enough good about this. Then to have the battery operation option. Wow!
  • The presets as they are when shipped leave a lot to be desired, but a little work with Fender Fuse and you are talking some seriously great sound.
  • The mic sounds great. The presets can be coaxed into great sound for acoustic and electric. Haven't really done any recording with it yet though I did check the connection and all is well.
  • Would have given it 5 stars except that when using the audio out it disables the speaker preventing it from being used as a monitor.
Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered
  • The smorgasbord of effects and amps are logical and give you plenty of tone options.
  • The videos I watched just don't do this little amp justice. The effects are just about all you ever need. The volume blew me away.
  • It also comes with a cord for running your phone into the amp.
  • The battery life is impressive, and has covered full weekends of campsite jams.
  • The amp simulator is pretty amazing. It even makes me question why I bother keeping all these expensive tube amps around when this can recreate all those sounds so well.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
149.99 $


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