Developed to support more versatile use of Pioneer Professional Audio’s flagship XY-3B loudspeaker system, the XY-1 and XY-2E represent the LF and MHF sections respectively – allowing installers, rental houses and touring companies to build groundstacked point-source arrays and deploy systems in venues with low ceilings via a wide variety of configurations.

Introduced 2017, the XY-3B and XY-2 (which incorporate the X-Phase system) have found success in nightclubs and music venues around the world. The XY-1 and XY-2E, are intended to bring the performance of the XY Series sound system to a wider range of venues and through the horizontal-array deployment options offered by the new units. These adaptable new additions to the XY Series can also be used as stage fills, for live PA and DJ booth monitoring, thanks to the accessories that make them easy to deploy in tight spaces.

The new loudspeakers are housed in robust wooden enclosures, protecting them on the road and in tight spaces. The black units also feature an elastothane coating for weather resistance and extra protection against impact.

Pioneer Professional Audio XY-1/XY-2E The XY-1 comprises two 12-inch custom drivers in a hybrid dual-chamber configuration (as the XY-3B), maintaining the low end of the XY-2 model retains the X-phase system with individual control of the 8-inch cone driver and 1-inch compression driver, which wasn’t previously possible.

The XY-2E’s 8-inch mid-range driver and 1-inch compression driver are attached to the integrated waveguide with their depths aligned to minimise the difference of physical distance and reduce cancellation around the crossover frequency. This Bi-horn combines mid and high frequencies in a deep position inside the waveguide. The waveguide’s shape controls dispersion at 50° horizontal and 35° vertical, providing natural sound with high SPL in the targeted area while reducing the sound pressure outside that area.

The XY-2E offers two different control settings. As standard, the passive crossover option is engaged – producing the iconic XY series sound. Reconfigure the existing cabling and you can individually manipulate the 1-inch exit neodymium compression driver and 8-inch neodymium cone driver in a bi-amp configuration with no need for additional parts. Driver cone cancellation is minimised through the X-Phase system. The convex shape forces sound waves into small slits arranged in a fan shape, allowing all sound waves to exit in phase aliment. The sound waves are forced over the top and bottom of the X-phase plug, producing higher SPL and greater sound projection over long distances.

Coinciding with the release of the XY-1 and XY-2E is a new Pioneer Pro Audio website, containing same information as the former site with more intuitive navigation, enabling venue owners, installers, engineers and other customers to quickly find what they need – from inspiration for their next sound system to technical specifications. The new site will be available with a choice of English or Japanese text initially, with more languages to follow.


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