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Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker   

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With a mix-penetrating 50W of power plus 3.5" piezo horn and 4.5" driver, the tilt-back Kustom KPC4P powered monitor can function as either a stand- ...Read More

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50W powered personal stage monitor or mini PA.

With a mix-penetrating 50W of power plus 3.5" piezo horn and 4.5" driver, the tilt-back Kustom KPC4P powered monitor can function as either a stand- or floor-mounted personal stage monitor or mini PA. It has XLR mic in (60dB) gain, 1/4" line in (50dB gain), and an XLR thru that can send signal to a mixer and receive phantom power for the mic input.

FEATURES
  • Stand mountable with tilt-back design that lets it function as a floor monitor
  • XLR mic in with 60dB gain; 1/4" line in with 50dB gain

Monitor with the band or play solo gigs with the KPC4P. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker

  • 50 watts
  • 3.5" piezo horn
  • 4.5" driver
  • XLR mic input
  • ¼" line in
  • XLR thru output
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Kustom PAKustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker
 
4.4

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (55)
  • Portable (55)
  • Easy to use (53)
  • Quick setup (46)
  • Durable (39)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (50)
  • Outdoor events / games (27)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (23), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

no daisey chain

Supposedly (didn't try) you can daisey chain by using mic inputs. This method will only let you hear vocals on the chained monitors. You can't chain from your mixer through the...Read complete review

Supposedly (didn't try) you can daisey chain by using mic inputs. This method will only let you hear vocals on the chained monitors. You can't chain from your mixer through the "line" signal (no "line" out on the monitor). I got around this by building a small 1/4" jack junction box.
It's awkward and time consuming to mount the monitor to a mic stand (it screws on). I built a small adapter that screws into the monitor and then (snugly) slides onto the stand.
Hopefully the pictures will be detailed enough to give an idea as to the construction.

By the way...I use two of these with a fairly loud Blues/Rock band. Works well. Just make sure your ear stays within two or three feet from the speaker when you need to hear the mix.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Couldn't handle ANY

I purchased this in the hopes of being able to do a simple foldback mix for my folk trio. When we have to supply our own sound (non-Festival gigs, etc) we usually are...Read complete review

I purchased this in the hopes of being able to do a simple foldback mix for my folk trio. When we have to supply our own sound (non-Festival gigs, etc) we usually are on smaller stages, where a pair of 12" powered mains on poles are all that really fit, which mean we have to try to position them to provide a bit of monitoring without causing feedback on our three acoustic instruments. We are 3 vocals, guitar, violin and mandolin.
I really liked the size and it seemed like a really well built little box, though I don't like the fact that you can't put a boom mic stand on top of it like you can the Galaxy and Mackie versions. That would mean we'd need to take along an extra mic stand and find room for it; still easier than finding room for a 10" floor monitor though.
We use an A&H Zed 10FX which has a single AUX send with no EQ capabilities on the AUX send. To test it out, I hooked up my guitar and mic into the A&H and didn't power up our EV mains, but sent the AUX send out via TRS ¼" into the Kustom. The EQs on the channels were still set from our last rehearsal so they are where we'd want them to gig with. With those settings, anything below my A string (110Hz) on my Martin OOO caused an odd distortion sound, even with the volume on the Kustom at only about 25%. My voice (baritone/bass range) did the same thing down in that range. To eliminate the distortion, I was able to dial back all the bass on my channel EQs. This allowed me to get the little Kustom up to usable volumes and it didn't actually sound that bad. With the EQs set like that though, when I powered up our EV 12's obviously there was no bottom end and it sounded horrible in the house mix.
If I had a mixer setup that had separate EQ for the monitor mix, I think this would be a usable box, but then if our mixer setup was that capable, we'd probably be playing big enough stages where we'd just use floor monitors.
I also tried running my guitar and mandolin through my PZ-Pre preamp straight into the XLR input on the Kustom. Same situation with the guitar where I had to dial back all the bass to keep it from distorting on anything lower than my A string. The Mandolin didn't have that problem being voiced higher than the 110Hz range.
You could probably use a High Pass Filter instead of a multi-band EQ, but it would still be a pain to need an extra device to make it usable. I'm now trying to decide between the Mackie and the Galaxy, both of which have built in EQ.

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4.0

Just what I needed.

By 

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Value
  • Portable
  • Quick Setup

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Karaoke Fun
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

    Perfect little addition that sits out of the way but brings the perfect sound back to the stage so singers can better hear their own voice and music.

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    5.0

    Simple solution to personal monitoring!

    By 

    from Jefferson City TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Value
    • Portable
    • Quick Setup

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

      I needed a no-frills amp speaker (have the 'frills' via gear) I did not need EQ, FX, or any other silly stuff, just needed a amp/speaker, for practice, and personal monitor. I use it for practice, and when out as a personal monitor, (same set up either way, I go from my MOPTU Ultra out to these, and from these to the mains, if able. Or out from Ultra to main then monitor back in (I hate that one, but sometimes the FOH insists on it)The ultra gives outs for each cnl, so sometimes I have used it sans guitar amp. Anyone trying to use this as an amp, beware, it is not going to work! One must have a a pre-amped signal (even from a stomp box) but do not try to use this as a stand alone amp, it won't have any gain to speak of in that scenario! I love the thing, its tough, might not be 100% audiophile, but it definably good for the use I have, it is super simple, set it forget it, really, why would any PA or basic amp need to be complicated? I have several instrument feeds, Voice (via voice live In my case) guitar 1,2, and 3 (1 is from VL3, 2 is the piezo going to virtual acoustic amp, 3 is G-rig5 out) and Gsynths, loops, back up virtual band (GP6) I did not need a full blown PA to practice, and I have no room, or cash for all the amps. (would love to be able to amp all sources independantly but OMG what a cable/space nightmare) I needed a simple amp/speaker solution for a stereo or dual mono application. Sorry for the long story here....

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      4.0

      Very good spot monitor

      By 

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Value
      • Portable
      • Quick Setup

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

          I use this as a rehearsal amp for my Roland SPDS sampling pad and it fits in the suitcase with the pad. It sounds good for what I do and it is extremely portable. Very good mid range and highs only goes down to upper mid bass notes but it's easy to use!

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          4.0

          Excellant Value

          By 

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Value
          • Portable
          • Quick Setup

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

            Bought this to use as a monitor for small venues. Mount on a mike stand near the vocalist, plug in and play. Just what is needed. It's not a full range speaker, it's a monitor that mostly suited for vocals and guitars. Bass and drums should NOT be run through it. For the money and function, it's right in the sweet spot for bands starting out.

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            5.0

            Great Little Monitor

            By 

            from Honolulu, Hawaii

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Value
            • Portable
            • Quick Setup

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

              I am very pleased with this monitor. Best on the market for the money. Much better than I expected. Thanks guys.

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              5.0

              Perfect for my purposes

              By 

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Value
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                Don't expect a lot of volume out of this little monitor, but for a one or two person acoustic performance, it's perfect. Very well built, with good sound for the money. If you are in a full band, buy the larger one.

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                5.0

                Good Hot Spot Monitor

                By 

                from Chino Valley AZ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Value
                • Portable
                • Quick Setup

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  We got these for stage use with our band. Floor monitors are too bulky and take up too much stage space. These powered units are small but powerful so each person can set their own comfortable volume level. It would be nice if they had some built in EQ adjustment...but overall they serve the purpose quite nicely.

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                  5.0

                  Well Worth The Price

                  By 

                  from San Antonio, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Value
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                    I bought a few of these for our Church Praise Band. We have some of our singers and musicians who do not like to use in-ear monitors. We have used TC - Helicon personal monitors in the past. 3-6 year old ones that cost us about 2 and a half times these units. These Kustoms sound just as good if not clearer. We use them through our new Hear Tech 16 channel monitor system so each person can mix what they want / need to hear without having to overdrive the stage sound. They are plenty loud enough for this use as a true personal monitor.

                    Only time we get feedback is when singer points mic right at monitor.

                    Have had these 6 months now and still sound great.

                    Looking to get more as old TC's continue to fail.

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                    4.0

                    Small and LOUD!

                    By 

                    from Sacramento, CA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Value
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Stand-mount
                    • Tolex Not Durable

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                    Just gigged this monitor for the first time last night with my 6-piece band and was really surprised how much clean volume I could get out of it. Our band PA is a Mackie 808S powered mixer, two passive JBL Eon 1500 mains, and two passive JBL JRX 112M monitors for the frontline. I usually set another passive monitor for the drummer but this time used the KPC4P and took a line signal from the Mackie's monitor out jack into the KPC4P's line in jack. This worked out fine but just to try it, I switched the input over to the KPC4P's XLR jack using a 1/4" to male XLR adapter, and what a difference in volume! The KPC4P came alive and I was only running the volume about 1/4 of the way up during the gig! There are lot of reviews saying that the KPC4P is not very loud using a microphone straight in. This is because there is no onboard preamp. You need a mixer in front of it to drive the input. If you run a line level signal (the Mackie's is +20 db) into the XLR through an adapter, the KPC4P is amazingly loud. There are only a couple of negatives that I can comment on about the unit. The first is that it's difficult to mount on a mic stand and probably after several gigs, you'll end up stripping the mic stand threads where it screws into the base of the KPC4P. I saw a possible solution from another commenter where he made an adapter out of PVC piping that gets screwed into the KPC4P first and then it slips over the mic stand without having to actually screw it in. I'm going to give this a shot to take care of this concern. The second negative is that the tolex covering the unit doesn't appear very durable. After only one gig, it's already damaged in a couple of places. The dings are repairable but I expect to be doing this probably after every gig. Other than these two gripes, this is a great unit. I'm thinking of buying a few more and replacing my band's two JBL JRX 112 frontline monitors with them to save space and weight.

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                    5.0

                    Great little monitors

                    By 

                    from Jamestown, NY

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Value
                    • Portable
                    • Quick Setup

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                      Have two of these units. Started off originally with one monitor mounted on a mic stand for my jazz/blues duet so we could hear my vocals clearly. Decided to try using this monitor with my 4 man bluegrass band so I purchased a second monitor and mounted on another mic stand. We run the vocals and instruments (no bass instr) thru the monitors and with them mounted 3' up from the floor and angled directly at our faces, we all can hear the mix clearly without any feedback or boominess that occurred whenever we used our 12" floor monitors. Quick release mic adapters mounted to the bottom of the monitors make set-up and teardown really fast and simple!

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