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Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp

B&H # ROPM55 Mfr # PM55
You Pay: $69.99
Product Highlights
  • Compact Design
  • 3.5mm and 1/4" Headphone Jacks
  • Battery or AC Power
  • XLR Input and Pass Thru
  • 1/4" Monitor Input
  • Ground-Lift Switch

The PM55 Personal Monitor Amp from Rolls is a versatile personal monitor amplifier that allows a performer to hear their own signal along with a monitor or guide track. Perfect for singers, drummers, and other musicians, the performer can connect their mic to the unit's XLR input, and connect the monitor signal to the 1/4" input. Standard 3.5mm and 1/4" headphone jacks are provided to accommodate any type of headphone. Individual level controls for the mic and monitor allow the performer to select exactly how much of each sound source they're hearing. The amp can operate via battery or AC power for terrific versatility.

Compact and rugged design, ideal for professional use
XLR mic input and thru connectors and a stereo/mono 1/4" monitor input provide wide compatibility
Individual mic and monitor controls allow you to create a precise mix of audio sources
Standard 3.5mm and 1/4" headphone jacks allow you to connect virtually any pair of headphones
Ground-lift switch reduces hum caused by ground loops
Can operate via battery or AC power
Number of Channels 2
Input Connectors 1 x XLR Mic Input
1 x Stereo/Mono 1/4" Monitor Input
1 x Power Input
Output Connectors 1 x XLR Mic Thru Connector
1 x 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
1 x 1/4" Headphone Jack
Input Impedance 600 Ohms (Mic)
22 kOhms (Monitor)
Output Impedance 10 Ohms
Function Controls 1 x Mic Level Knob
1 x Monitor Level Knob
Frequency Response 50 Hz - 20 kHz
THD + N Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal to Noise Ratio 90 dB
Display No
Dimensions (HxWxD) 3 x 2.5 x 1.25" (76 x 64 x 32 mm)
Weight 1 lb (0.45 kg)
Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp
  • Power Supply
  • BC17 - Belt Clip for Rolls PM Series
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    RollsPM55 Personal Monitor Amp
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Excellent sound (7)
    • Portable (7)
    • Good power output (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Home studio (3)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      4.0

      Great for boom operators

      By Craig Kovatch

      from Hay River, NT, Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

        Great, affordable headphone for boom operators. Even came with a belt clip. Passes through 48v phantom power with a problem. My only complaint is that there is no catch/release button for the XLR connectors. The connectors just push in with nothing to hold them in but friction. It's a fairly solid fit,but I would just feel better if there was lock to prevent the cables from being pulled out. Great unit though.

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        5.0

        Nifty Little Box

        By BH audio

        from Indpls. IN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

          I dont often get a boom op. But when I do this box is great for allowing them to hear a direct feed from the mic. Nice and loud, works great

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          5.0

          Great

          By Gerrit

          from Luebeck, Germany

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • On Set
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

            Perfect for Boompole Operator and or Camera operator, Director, etc. Lightweight, Easy to use, no interference with the Original Signal. Best $ on the market. Don't forget to buy the Belt Clip.

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            5.0

            Great product. Going to buy a 2nd one.

            By Audio Concepts Pro, Owner

            from Branson, MO

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great value for the money
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boom ops location audio
              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

              I do audio for independent films and I needed a battery operated headphone amp because my Marantz 661 didn't put out enough level. This unit did the trick. The fact that you can also monitor a mix of your mic input with and external input is very handy. It adds only the smallest amount of noise to the headphone out, not to the recording, which most people won't even notice. I'm going to buy another one for my other boom operator.

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              4.0

              Great Troubleshooting Tool

              By Nick

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

                This headphone amp is great for troubleshooting any microphone or line level signal. It's nice that it has a 3.5mm connection as well for non-professional headphones. The ability to switch between mono and stereo for the TRS input is awesome. The only downsides are no phantom power and you need XLR to TRS adapters if you are checking a piece of gear with XLR connections.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Boom op headphone tap

                By Ed

                from New York, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Power button

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

                I use this box for a headphone tap when boom oping. It reduces the cables I have to pull if I were to get a headphone return feed via a separate cable. The unit doesn't affect the mic signal at all, even if the box is powered off. It also passes phantom and T-power to the mic with no problems. For my usage, the BC17 is a necessity.
                The only downside is that the power button has to be pushed really far in to latch on. When off the button is flush, and when on the button is recessed into the unit far enough to need a pen to push it.

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                5.0

                PM55 Personal Monitor Amp

                By Userfriendly

                from Huntsville, AL

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

                  The hookup for the PM55 is easy. It requires monitor (balanced-TRS) and mic (XLR) cables from your sound system/device to the PM55 Amp. The cables tend to present some clutter but this is overshadowed by the capability this Amp offers to the limited budget/home recorder. This Amp provides the person being recorded the ability to mix tracks and voice to their needs on headphones or external active monitors yet the "pass through" of voice doesn't effect recording. This capability is worth more than the cost of the Amp.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simple and effective

                  By TheEVG

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Broadcast

                    Comments about Rolls PM55 Personal Monitor Amp:

                    I engineer/produce radio broadcasts and use the PM-55 as headphone amp for on-air talent. The set-up is perfect. The individual announcer can choose the levels of their own mix of his/her own mic and my monitor feed. And since it is a mic pass-thru, the adjustment of the mic level on the front of the box doesn't change the level being sent to my mixer. I even had a genius friend add a small cough button so talent can interrupt their mic if they need to hack up a lung. Having the option of using a 9V battery is a plus as well.

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                    Batteries & Power

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                    Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                    Duracell -  9V Alkaline Battery (Coppertop)
                    • Price: $1.95
                     
                    Watson -  9V Rechargeable NiMH Battery (250mAh)
                    • Price: $7.95
                     

                    Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                    Hosa Technology -  Stereo 1/4" Male to 2 Mono 1/4" Male Y-Cable - 3.3'
                    • Price: $2.50
                     

                    Extension Cables

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                    Extend your headphone's cable with a Extension Cable.

                    Pearstone -  Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Cable (Black) - 3'
                    • Price: $3.99
                     

                    Adapters

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                    Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                    Kopul -  Stereo 1/4" Y Cable
                    • Price: $14.95
                     

                    Headphones

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                    Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

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                    Belt Belt Clips and Body Straps

                    Belt Clips are often lost or broken out over time. Make sure to get extra Belt Clips.

                    Rolls -  BC17 - Belt Clip for Rolls PM Series
                    • Price: $4.49
                     
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