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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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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.

50W powered personal stage monitor or mini PA.

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 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (69)
  • Good value (68)
  • Easy to use (66)
  • Quick setup (58)
  • Durable (50)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (59)
  • Outdoor events / games (31)
  • Home studio (22)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Professional musician (29), Novice (5)

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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

Very good for the price

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  • Easy To Use
  • Good Value
  • Portable

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    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

    Very nice, good volume (have used it only at home so far). Good sound, very portable, solid and I had already a spare mic stand for it. May buy another!

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    5.0

    My husband loves it

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    from Louisiana

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    My husband uses this and he has had no complaints.

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    3.0

    Not a 10" speaker in the monitor.

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    from tennessee

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    • Portable

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      • Home Studio

      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

      Need to specify not a 10" speaker. 10" diagonal measurement across front of speaker grill. Very Misleading.

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      4.0

      Good Price on a Compact Unit

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      from Taos, NM

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Smaller than I expected

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

      I bought it to use on-stage in a band where vocal harmony is a major part of the act; they way I use it is to plug my own mic directly into the unit and connect to the board via the "Through" outlet... this way I can directly monitor my own voice without having to be too loud in the mains or monitor mix.

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      5.0

      the little giant

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      from New York

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

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        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

        Great little unit. well built and easy to use.

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        5.0

        I was very pleased with this product, and it arrived quickly

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        from Wichita, KS

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

          I use this product while performing. It works very well.

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          5.0

          Nice!

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          from Columbus, Ohio

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

            I bought this because it is extremely compact and yet powerful. It is very versatile and can be used in many different applications. It's a great powered monitor for the price, and it's portability is a big plus. It's well made and looks like it will hold up well.

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            5.0

            Very pleased with my purchase. You guys are great!

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            from Indianapolis Indiana

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            • Durable

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              • Home Studio

              Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

              Love everything that I have baught from you!

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              5.0

              Very good personal monitor...no problem with feedback exc.!

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                  No handle!

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                  4.0

                  Kustom personal stage monitor

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                  from California

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

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                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Kustom PA Kustom KPC4P Powered Monitor Speaker:

                    I perform in small venues (ie coffee shops, parties). This seems idea. Small, portable enough volume. I just unpacked and tried it. When I go live i'll come back and give an update. I do like the "Kustom" brand. Their products have faired well with me.

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