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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 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (48)
  • Portable (48)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Quick setup (40)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (45)
  • Outdoor events / games (23)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (20), 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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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!

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    from Sacramento, CA

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    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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      4.0

      So far so good.

      By 

      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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        5.0

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

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        from Newaygo MI

        About Me Novice

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        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 

          from Clayton, GA

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          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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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wow!!!

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          from Saginaw, MI

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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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          4.0

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

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          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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            5.0

            Mighty Little Monitor!

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            from Central Indiana

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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:

              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 

              from NC

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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:

                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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