What’s the difference between the Roland TD25K and TD25KV V-drums?

Roland may be the top dog when it comes to beautifully playable, intensely fun, awesome sounding electronic drums, but they sure are terrible at naming things.

The TD25 series is a really exciting addition to the range of Roland V-Drums, so let’s blast away all that confusion about Ks and Vs and +Ps and actually just talk about the difference between the kits and why you might want one:

(TL/DR: The more expensive TD25KV has bigger, better toms and a 2nd crash cymbal.)

What they BOTH have

  • Roland TD25K

    The TD25K is the basic kit, with smaller toms and only 1 crash cymbal.

    They both use the Roland TD25 module, with advanced SuperNATURAL sound engine based on the flagship TD-30, so have sound quality and expressiveness equivalent to the top-of-the-line V-Drums.

  • Simple, logical interface for easily swapping and customizing each drum and cymbal in a kit.
  • PDX-100 10″ mesh-head snare pad with support for positional sensing and rim shot/cross stick playing.
  • VH-11 V-Hi-Hat mounts on a standard acoustic hi-hat stand and offers realistic motion and a natural acoustic feel.
  • KD-9 kick pad with cloth head for great feel and solid playability.
  • One CY-13R 13″ ride cymbal with natural swinging motion and edge/bow/bell triggering.
  • Play along with WAV/MP3 songs and capture drum performances as audio tracks to a USB memory stick.
Roland TD25KV

The TD25KV is the premium kit with bigger, better toms and 2 crash cymbals rather than just 1

What the TD25K+P has


  • Three mesh-head tom pads: two PDX-6 6.5″ pads for rack toms and one PDX-8 8″ pad for floor tom.
  • One CY-12C 12″ crash cymbal with natural swinging motion, edge/bow sensors, and choke control.

What the TD25KV has

  • Three mesh-head tom pads: two PD-85BK 8″ pads for rack toms and one PDX-100 10″ pad for floor tom.
  • Two CY-12C 12″ crash cymbal with natural swinging motion, edge/bow sensors, and choke control.
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7 Responses to “What’s the difference between the Roland TD25K and TD25KV V-drums?”

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  1. Paul Farmer says:

    Thanks, this was useful! 🙂

  2. Now you have explained it it makes sense, I've been looking around for an electronic drum kit at this sort of spec but frankly have been put off searching for the jargon that is used it makes them sound like missiles or rockets!! Thank you it really is a good article

  3. I think that the difference in price is too big between the 25k and the 25kv when you consider the extra's you get

  4. Shop for a deal on Ebay — I just got the TD-25KV for $2070 new .. The TD-25K was listing 1999$ —
    I think the 6.5" to 8" toms and 8" to 10" floor tom size.. plus the extra $300-$400 (by itself) crash is well worth the difference to me. I was going for the TD-KV due to the extra crash alone because 1 crash alone just isn't enough for my style of play.. it wasn't until a little later I realized the difference in pad size was so different between the two as well. As you know this stuff isn't cheap, and originally I was going for a TD-15 .. but decided to put it off a few months to save for the best I could get as I knew it would pay off in the long run and I would regret not having the real hi-hat ,.. plus all the improvements with the 15 to 25 series. I think the 15 is the best for the money for your average drummer,.. but if going for a higher end kit with the best of sound, options, size, etc.. The TD-25K is as good as it gets price to quality. I couldn't justify the TD-30 series, but the 25KV for 2 grand certainly was justified. I had to be patient though. All in all I spent about $2600 give or take.. when I added the accessories — A *good* throne,.. DW 3000 series double bass pedal,.. and DW 3000T two leg hi-hat stand. Though a fair bit of that accessory money can be saved if you are fine with buying that stuff used or are fine with a $30 throne,.. $50 hi hat stand.. and so on.

  5. Steve Carley says:

    I play early ska, rocksteady and reggae and am looking to buy a roland electronic kit for rehearsing, practicing etc…I am looking at the TD 25KV but they seem to have most styles as a preset but not reggae etc..I know I can edit sounds etc.. to make my own kit but do you know if it has timbale sounds or any sounds suitable for the style I play? If not what is the best electronic drum set for this style? thank you Steve

  6. Th Bock says:

    Can I access MY BFD3 Drum Software also, with USB connection?

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