Two new loudspeakers are joining the Pioneer Professional Audio XY Series: the XY-1 and XY-2E. The XY-1 and XY-2E represent the LF and MHF sections, respectively — Pioneer says that using individual enclosures enables installers, rental houses and touring companies to easily build ground stacked point-source arrays and deploy systems in venues with low ceilings via a wide variety of configurations.
In September 2017, Pioneer introduced the XY-3B and XY-2 which incorporate its X-Phase system. And now, with the release of the XY-1 and XY-2E and their smaller size and lower cost, more venues and events can benefit from the performance of an XY Series sound system due to the horizontal-array deployment options offered by the new units.
The XY-1 consists of two 12-inch custom drivers in a hybrid dual-chamber configuration — exactly the same as the XY-3B, maintaining the chest-pumping low end of the flagship model. The XY-2E is much more than an XY-2 in an enclosure. Pioneer kept the X-phase system, but enabled individual control of the 8-inch cone driver and 1-inch compression driver, which the company says wasn’t previously possible.
These adaptable new additions to the XY Series can also be used as stage fills, for live PA and DJ booth monitoring.
The XY-1 and XY-2E are both available from today and common features of both the XY-1 and XY-2E are:
- The XY-1 and XY-2E can be deployed in a variety of fixed install and touring scenarios enabling numerous flying and ground stacking configurations. Deploy from low ceilings in single units or horizontal arrays using the CP-XY1VC1 flying cradle or the CP-XY1DF1 jointing plate respectively. Or create an array of up to nine speakers — 3×3 — using a combination of CP-XY1DF1 cradles and CP-XY1CON1 plates. Additionally, integrate the XY-2 underneath the XY-1 and XY-2E arrays for increased MHF coverage.
- The new loudspeakers are housed in wooden enclosures — ideal for guarding against bumps and scrapes on the road and in tight spaces. The black units also feature an elastothane coating for weather resistance and extra protection against impact.
Key feature of the XY-1
- Hybrid low-mid section — A hybrid dual 12-inch chamber in the low-mid section enables the drivers to produce precise notes. Water-resistant treatment allows the LF drivers to deliver a natural tightness rather than using thicker speaker cone material which would add weight and slow down the speed of the cones.
Key features of the XY-2E
- Bi-horn — The 8-inch mid-range driver and the 1-inch compression driver are attached to the integrated waveguide with their depths aligned to minimize 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, improving the blend of the sounds compared to the performance of a conventional separated horn structure. The waveguide’s curved shape controls dispersion at 50 degrees horizontal and 35 degrees vertical, providing natural sound with high SPL in the targeted area while reducing the sound pressure outside that area.
- Passive or bi-amp control option — 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.
- X-Phase system with gold X-Phase plug — Driver cone cancellation is minimized because of the X-Phase system. The convex shape forces sound waves into small slits which are arranged in a fan shape, allowing all sound waves to exit in perfect 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.