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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
 
4.3

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (31)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Good value (30)
  • Quick setup (28)
  • Durable (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (29)
    • Outdoor events / games (17)
    • Home studio (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (16), Professional musician (14), 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

    Big sound, tiny package.

    By ThePackratMachine

    from Princeton, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Anti-feedback Control
    • No Carrying Handle

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

    I bought this thing because it is small.

    I do a lot of solo performances where I have to load in and out all by myself. I don't like lugging big clunky speakers through doors. Multiple small trips is more my style.

    I expect to get a second one of these so I can use R/L monitors and with a hypercardiod microphone.

    Don't expect a lot of low end through this monitor. It's only a 4½" driver, so that's pretty much something you should assume by using common sense that it couldn't recreate with much power any low frequencies. The subwoofer in my rig picks up the slack and I don't miss the low end from the monitors at all. The monitor is basically there to pick up the slack in the highs of the mains that are in front of me while I perform.

    I really wish it at least had a single band parametric EQ so I could sweep out the most troublesome feedback frequency and get a touch more gain before feedback.

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    5.0

    wonderfully surprised

    By rac927

    from Cheektowaga, NY

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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:

      When I was tasked to run sound for a benefit for Veterans, I was in need of a monitor for the drummer. I had two monitors for the front of stage, but nothing for the drummer. So, I got one of these little buggers and Wow, was I surprised at how good this sounded and it was plenty loud enough for the drummer and NO FEEDBACK from the drummers vocals! This guy performed flawlessly and now I'm seriously getting these guys for monitors in front. I have since used them in my band as a vocal monitor and i have had zero problems hearing the mix in the monitor up front, and we tend to be loud. I will have no problems with using these as monitors all around, small, loud, inexpensive and clear. Nothing but Kudos to Kustom for such a nice compact monitor! I hate lugging around big, bulky stage monitors!

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      5.0

      Does What It's Supposed to Do

      By HeartandSoulhbg

      from Harrisburg, PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

        For the price you can't beat it. Couple packs of strings can cost you more. It doesn't have great or deep sound quality but that is not its purpose. It cuts through the room noise so you can hear your partners harmony or guitar. We are an acoustic duo often in tight spaces. This has helped us hear, especially when our larger speakers have to be in front of us. No bells or whistles, just straight sound.

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        4.0

        Simple, straightforward and effective

        By Fender Leo

        from S.E. PA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

          Works really well as a personal stage monitor for small gigs, and also as a rehearsal monitor. Wish it had tone controls and a bit more wattage (volume). But still can't be beat for the price.

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          4.0

          Good Value

          By joart14

          from Dallas, TX

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

            Has a decent sound for the size of the speakers

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            5.0

            small powered monitor

            By servant of Jesus Christ

            from Gentryville IN.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Excellent Accoustic Amp
            • Performances

            Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

            second one of these, excellent for acoustic guitar monitor

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            4.0

            COMPACT AND GOOD VOLUME

            By avoidthelloyd

            from Poteau, OK

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            Pros

            • Good Value
            • Portable
            • Quick Setup

            Cons

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              Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

              I USE THIS FOR A HOT SPOT MONITOR AT OUR CHURCH PIANO WHICH IS OFF STAGE. I SIMPLY RAN FROM OUR MONITOR FEED TO THE INPUT AND IT HAS ITS OWN AMP AND VOLUME WHICH IS PERFECT. IT HAS SUFFICIENT VOLUME AND ITS AMLL ENOUGH TO FIT JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE. IT ALSO HAS AN XLR THROUGH PUT.

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              5.0

              Very Nice Product

              By JB

              from Lincoln, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                Got tired of carrying around bulky floor monitors for my performances. Wanted something more compact and easy to use. This fits the bill. Set it up with my PA when I first got it and then used in it first performance last night. It provided a much cleaner sound and I was able to separate my field of choice from other performers. I wear a hearing aid in my left ear and during performances with big floor monitors, I tend to lose volume and separation over time. With the KPC4P, I could hear myself cleanly throughout entire performance. We normally do small clubs or outdoor venues. Thumbs up in my book.

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                5.0

                Satisfied

                By TEE

                from Danville, CA

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Value
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                  I purchased Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit for my 8 year old son. He has been playing it using his headphone, but he wanted to listen to the real sound when he practices his drumming. I was looking for something that is compact, durable, but has quality sound. This speaker is exactly what we wanted. I had to go get a 1/4 audio adapter cable to connect the drum set and the speaker since it did not come with the speaker. Using this audio cable, we can even connect it to other deviced such as my PC and enjoy better sound.

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                  4.0

                  Perforect for small/medium gigs

                  By GP

                  from Santa Fe, NM

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                    While I wouldn't use this with a large group, it's especially good for a solo or duo acoustic act. Provides good fill without being overwhelming. Small size makes for easy portability.

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