2nd July 2013

Pioneer enters the professional audio market with the launch of the ultimate club sound system

Pioneer is set to enter the professional audio market with the launch of its flagship club sound system. Drawing on Pioneer’s rich heritage in sound reproduction, deep understanding of the club industry, and close collaboration with Gary Stewart Audio (GSA) and Powersoft, this exciting arrival promises to make waves in Ibiza this season.

Pioneer and sub-brand TAD’s expert sound engineers have been creating high-quality audio for many decades and, with Pioneer DJ’s unrivalled expertise in the pro-DJ market, the move into club sound systems is a natural progression.

To create the ultimate club sound system, Pioneer partnered with the legendary Gary Stewart of Gary Stewart Audio (GSA), whose sound systems have roused clubbers in the world’s most iconic venues, including Singapore’s Zouk and Club Vertigo in Costa Rica. The team partnered with Powersoft to provide high-performance amps that maximised the potential of the system.

Marta Robowsky, Manager at Gary Stewart Audio explains: "We wanted to partner with a manufacturer who shared our vision of re-producing the best sound for the club environment. The technological synergy between Pioneer and Gary Stewart Audio will provide the ultimate nightclub entertainment system."

Pioneer’s Alex Barrand, the sound engineer behind the Ministry of Sound London’s award-winning sound system upgrade in 2008, oversaw the development process. He explains: “We didn’t just want to enter the market, we wanted to be the best in the market. So we gathered the dream team: Pioneer’s pro-Audio R&D expertise combined with GSA and Powersoft’s club system credentials. You have to hear it to believe it.”

Pioneer’s flagship speaker series includes two series of passive speakers, GS-WAVE series and XY series, the combination of which is versatile enough to suit a wide variety of installations. GS-WAVE are dance floor stacks with wide dispersion, designed to deliver sonic clarity and high SPL across the whole frequency range.

The XY series is more compact in size without compromising sound quality. Designed for use as DJ Booth monitors or as PA speakers in smaller rooms, the XY series offers a wide array of rigging options for installation. The whole system is supported by Powersoft K-Series DSP amplifiers, which come with pre-set data to maximise the performance of the speakers.

Barrand concludes: “We’re installing the flagship sound system in a number of world-famous clubs in Ibiza and beyond, including a complete club re-fit, which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks.”

Key features of the Pioneer Professional Audio flagship club sound system

GS-WAVE series featuring GSA technology

The ultimate club system, the three-meter GS-WAVE floor stack delivers a warm, solid sound you can feel. Features:

  • A multi-fold hyperbolic horn subwoofer with large horn extension for a deep sub-sonic bass
  • Two high-power low to mid range speakers for a tight-punchy kick
  • Acoustic Lens with a 110-degree dispersion and crystal clear high frequency sound.
  • Wide frequency response
  • Transmission line design for maximum efficiency

XY series of in-fill speakers

Designed for use as monitors or in bars and lounges, the high power XY series in-fill range features:

  • DJ booth monitor speakers available in 12-inch or 8-inch versions, rotatable horn with wide dispersion of 90 x 60, and extremely high quality internal passive crossover with separate cooling zones
  • A dual 15-inch quasi bandpass subwoofer and a reflex-loaded 18-inch subwoofer with ceramic driver delivering impressive frequency response
  • NL4 IN and link OUT connections as standard
  • Robust enclosure made from premium multi-laminate birch plywood
  • Multiple installation options, with brackets, pole mounts, top hats, flying cradle and other accessories for quick set-up.

Powersoft K-series amplifiers for optimum performance

Chosen for their high-performance and compact build, the amps feature:

  • In-built, networked DSP enables sound processing to be controlled remotely
  • Industry-leading energy efficiency, high power output
  • Pre-set data for optimum speaker performance and protection

Product Line up

Series name Model name Model number
GS-WAVE Series Multi-fold hyperbolic horn subwoofer WAV-SUB
Large horn extension for WAV-SUB WAV-HORN
Dual 15-inch High power upper bass box WAV-LOW
Twin acoustic lens and horn with two coaxial compression drivers WAV-LENS
Omni-directional super tweeter pod WAV-TWPOD
XY Series 12-inch 2-Way loudspeaker XY-122
8-inch 2-Way loudspeaker XY-81
18-inch Bass reflex subwoofer XY-118S
Dual 15-inch quasi-Bandpass subwoofer XY-215S

About Gary Stewart Audio

Gary Stewart Audio creates the finest audio systems for nightclubs around the world. With 45 years of combined experience, GSA is uniquely skilled at designing legendary sound systems with the impact to generate international recognition for our clients.

About Powersoft

Powersoft, founded in Italy in 1995, is the world leader of amplifiers for the professional audio market. Light-weight and single rack space as well as high power and energy efficient Powersoft amplifiers is highly evaluated and can be found not only in clubs but also in stadiums, theme parks, airports, convention centres and other facilities all over the world.