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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 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (39)
  • Portable (39)
  • Easy to use (38)
  • Quick setup (33)
  • Durable (25)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (36)
    • Outdoor events / games (18)
    • Home studio (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (24), Professional musician (17), Novice (4)

    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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    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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      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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            4.0

            Great little monitor

            By the doc-zdA-8

            from Lodi, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Value
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

              Using this monitor with the Avion System on stage. Has great power and works great. Using this monitor eliminates the use of headphones or earphones which can be pulled off or fall out.

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              4.0

              these were little life-savers

              By pastortroy

              from St Thomas, ON, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Value
              • Ok Sound In Small Package
              • Portable
              • Quick Setup

              Cons

              • One Of 5 Didn't Work

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

              Our worship band purchased 5 of these, to get rid of large wedges, and (by placing the speaker on a stand closer to the musicians' ear) reducing overall volume in our sanctuary.
              So far, all the band members are loving these little workhorses.
              We did have 1 non-functioning speaker, but the customer service reps at MF very quickly replaced the defective item. Kudos to MF's customer service!

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              5.0

              All's Good

              By dwm2757

              from iowa

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              Pros

              • Good Price Quality Ship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  All in all a very good transaction, good price and fast shipping

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                  5.0

                  powerful little box

                  By Squire

                  from Pa Mountains

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Value
                  • One Tuff Little Box
                  • Portable
                  • Quick Setup

                  Cons

                  • No Cons Good Product

                  Best Uses

                  • Church Functions
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  This little box done an excellent job. After I tried it I realized[my error] I wanted a bigger one so, I returned it for a larger one. Musician's Friend is a great place to do business I'll keep on buying my equipment there. The phone communication is great.Thanks you good people at Musician's Friend..... Squire

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                  3.0

                  KPC4P- EQ too HIgh Out Of The Box

                  By Gary-3c.SW

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Eq - Too High

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  The EQ on this isn't great. The smallness of the speakers make the highs too prevelent. I was able to correct that with a small mixer. Overall, not a bad deal for the price.

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                  5.0

                  great little monitors

                  By old guy

                  from Central Michigan

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Un-noricable

                  Cons

                  • No Handle

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • One Man Shows

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  work well off to the side for small floor monitors that are kind of hidden in props

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