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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 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (45)
  • Portable (45)
  • Easy to use (44)
  • Quick setup (39)
  • Durable (30)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (42)
  • Outdoor events / games (22)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (19), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Live performance close monitor ONLY

Remember what these are designed to do: Close monitoring during Live Performance.

When I first received these little things and set them up for a test I was appalled at the high...Read complete review

Remember what these are designed to do: Close monitoring during Live Performance.

When I first received these little things and set them up for a test I was appalled at the high shrilly and somewhat harsh sound that came out. Immediately I considered sending them back. I'm not sure what I was expecting even knowing that the frequency response doesn't go below 130 Hz. So I borrowed the band's measuring EQ and matching measuring Mic to examine it. The response is as claimed by Kustom with a dip in response at around 1250 Hz. After the measurement I decided to wait until I used these at a live performance with the band to make a decision about them knowing there would be plenty of bass coming from FOH.

I set this monitor up on a mic stand about 3 ft from my head to the left side of me. I play keys and sing backup. I made the mistake of plugging the monitor mix into the XLR Mic Input at first since we were in a hurry to set up and I couldn't find the right adapter. This was a BIG mistake since the speaker would distort and the volume level was impossible to control. However, once I got the Line Level signal plugged into the 1/4 in input everything was fine. More than enough power was available. I never had to turn up more than half way. I'm in a Funk band with 2 guitarists, bassist, drummer, Sax, Trumpet, and myself, and I was set up next to both guitarists' amps.

The sound was perfectly fine for monitoring Live because the bass all comes from the Front Of House main speakers, so the sound is not shrilly and harsh during monitoring. Besides, you don't want to send any low frequencies back to your monitors anyway or you'll get feedback.

Speaking of feedback... I only got some once during 2 45min sets. The cause was a combination of cheap microphone and poor placement of monitor in relation to the direction of the Mic. The monitor was being pulled by the input cable because I was too far from the snake, so it turned slightly to point almost directly at the mic and of course I got some feedback. I don't see why anyone would have anymore problems with feedback from this monitor than any other monitor. Feedback generally occurs from incorrect monitor placement and or poor monitor mixes (do not send the FOH mix back to monitors).

I bought two of these thinking I might be able to make a true stereo keyboard amp on the cheap. Maybe I still can with a powered subwoofer, but in reality these are only good for what they're designed for: CLOSE STAGE MONITORING.

As an afterthought, these may be good for small meetings where you need to boost your voice some to address a small crowd. Especially since bass is not helpful for intelligibility of voice/spoken word. You may sound a bit nasally through this though. I have not used this with a mic plugged directly in. If I get a chance I'll update this review.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good.

By AlienRocker

from Roswell, NM.

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

    I play drums and electric guitar at my church. We use an Aviom system with ear buds. When drumming, I love in ears because of the isolation but when playing guitar and standing, I have got to have more ambient sound. After clearing it with the Worship Leader, I put this little monitor on a stand and ran the Aviom into it. Although I don't get as much of the low end I would like, the vocals and other instrument sound just fine and I have the ambient sound again. I think she's a keeper.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't let the compact size fool you, they really perform!!

    By jeffco2

    from Newaygo MI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 50 Watt Self Powered
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Value
    • Portable
    • Quick Setup

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Perfect Sized Monitor
      • Performances

      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

      These speaker/monitor's are a great addition to accomodate the many requests for stage monitors by our various musicians. I thought all monitors had to be large in size but these compact units are built to offer solid reproduction and are the perfect units for our ZED22FX mixer with 3 Aux outs to drive the speaker/monitors individually as required. These units also have the versatility of XLR input and through, as well as the 1/4 inch all controlled by onboard volume controls and 50 watts of power by way of 120 volt standard input to the enclosed amp. I am certain the soundtrack quality will be continually improved with the addition of these monitors.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Gets the job done

      By Songwright

      from Clayton, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Bass Response

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

      I play drums in a 3 piece alt-country/rock band. We are not loud, play dinner parties, restaurants, bars, etc. This is perfect for getting the vocal mix back to me so I can hear what I'm singing.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!!!

      By Happy Customer

      from Saginaw, MI

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

      Saw these a while ago when they first came out. I actually laughed. No way could something this small work in any professional setting. Boy was I wrong. I wanted something small and lightweight with ease of setup and teardown but yet still get the job done for our 4 piece band. These did the job well and no distortion. I bought two of them and do not regret it. Excellent quality for a very reasonable price. These are one of the actual items that is worth list price! lucky for me I got them on sale here at Musicians' Friend.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Some good things come in small packages......

      By Honest Abe Owner of KABR Online

      from Payson, Az

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

        This little monitor packs a punch! It can also be mounted on a mic stand for ear level monitoring. The sound is clear and it will get loud! I bought it for my electronic kit and it does the job just fine.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mighty Little Monitor!

        By Mickey Sticks

        from Central Indiana

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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:

          When I first pulled this out of the box, I expected it to be much bigger. I was very pleasantly surprised however, when I plugged it in and heard how it sounded. For as small as it is, it puts out a deceivingly large amount of sound. I have been using it to monitor my electronic drums, and it is very punchy and clean. It lacks bottom end, so I will need to pair it with a subwoofer, but that is not what it was designed for. As a near - field monitor, it performs excellently. I will definitely recommend it to all my musician friends!

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          5.0

          Good So Far

          By MPT

          from NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

            Our praise band at church is packed into one small corner, so we needed really small monitors. But, they had to be powered to work with our little Mackie mixer. First try of these little monitors last Sunday blew us away. Didn't expect that much volume. Not crystal clear, but good enough for the size and price. I could hear all of our harmonies for the first time. They seem sturdy, which is good because they may get stepped upon occasionally. Don't know how they'll hold up for the long-haul, but so far so good...would highly recommend.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            no daisey chain

            By honk

            from Atlantic City area, New Jersey

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Cuts Nicely
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Value
            • Portable
            • Small

            Cons

            • No Daisey Chain
            • Pain In The Neck To Mount

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Practice

            Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

            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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Loud for it's size!

            By Richard Flinders

            from Modesto CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                Besides working in bands, I work in a duo at times in restaurants, with limited room. I purchased the Kustom KPC4P to monitor vocals and keys and was surprised at how loud this tiny box is placed in front of me. The tone is extremely shrill and not pleasant, but I've a couple extra DBX DriveRacks which fixed the tone right up. This unit definitely needs an EQ before it to cut some high frequencies; however, considering the cost effectiveness, I'm impressed and going to buy another for my duo partner.

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                5.0

                Great monitor

                By Bob

                from Weymouth, Ma

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Value
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  Excellent small venue monitor.

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