September 14th, 2017

Power to Perform: Pioneer Pro Audio introduces the XY-3B and XY-2 – Speakers designed
for fixed installations and full touring solutions for rental and festival use

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14 Sep 2017: Two powerful new speakers are joining Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY Series: the XY-3B 3WAY full range speaker and the XY-2 mid-high speaker. Both are designed to deliver natural audio at the high sound pressure level (SPL) required for large venues and outdoor events.

The XY Series is renowned for providing excellent reliability and outstanding sound quality to nightclubs and music venues around the world. With the introduction of the XY-3B and XY-2, which offers the highest output in the Series, even more venues and events can benefit from an XY Series sound system tailored to their specific needs.

The next-level XY-3B was developed over the course of three years, with 3D printers used to help realise the concept of creating natural sound with high output. It’s been tested at numerous international festivals and outdoor events such as Xtrema Outdoor, Belgium and Netherlands; Lovebox, London; and Tomorrowland, Belgium, and it’s received enthusiastic feedback every time.

In the XY-3B, an 8-inch cone driver delivers clean and precise mid-range frequencies using Pioneer Pro Audio’s X-Phase system. A 1-inch compression driver produces crystal-clear HF which, thanks to the moulded Bi-horn, seamlessly blends with the mids. Two 12-inch cone drivers create tight, chest-pumping low end.

The XY-2 speaker is the mid-high section of the XY-3B. Designed specifically for large-scale venues and stadia, the XY-2 can be used for PA applications, as a DJ booth monitor or as a down fill in an XY-3B cluster setting.


1. Moulded Bi-horn

The 8-inch mid-range driver and the 1-inch compression driver are attached to the integrated waveguide with their depths perfectly aligned to minimise the difference of physical distance and reduce cancellation around the crossover frequency. This unique 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 perfectly 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.

2. X-Phase system with gold X-Phase plug

Driver cone cancellation is minimised thanks to Pioneer Pro Audio’s 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.

3. Hybrid low-mid section

A hybrid dual 12-inch chamber in the low-mid section allows the drivers to produce tight notes. The LF drivers are also coated with a water-resistant finish on both sides, so you can use the XY-3 speakers outdoors. Plus, the added stiffness of this treatment allows the 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.

4. Rigging and tour ready

Rigging: Flying hardware options are available, along with ground stacking configurations.
Tour ready: Every detail of the XY-3 was designed to make it the perfect speaker to take on the road. You can load the speakers into trucks with the minimal amount of space lost, and they can be stacked two-high and four-wide when used with the XY-3 wheel board.


The XY-2 is a mid-high speaker taken from the mid-high range horn section of the XY-3B. A yoke is installed as standard and it can be used for various applications It can be used in multi cluster arrays for applications such as small to large stadiums for direct sound coverage. a DJ booth monitor, or as a down fill for an XY-3B cluster setting.


  XY-3B XY-2
Type 3WAY Bi-amp loudspeaker 2WAY mid-high loudspeaker
Enclosure 15 mm birch plywood Polyurethane
Drivers LF:12-inch neodymium cone driver x 2
MF:8-inch neodymium cone driver
HF:1-inch exit neodymium compression driver
MF:8-inch neodymium cone driver
HF:1-inch exit neodymium compression driver
Frequency Response 55 Hz~17 kHz 170 Hz~17 kHz
Sensitivity LF:102 dB
MF:107 dB
107 dB
Power handling LF:1200 W(RMS), 2400 W(Program)
MHF:200 W(RMS), 400 W(Program)
200 W(RMS), 400 W(Program)
Max SPL LF:133 dB(cont.), 139 dB(peak)
MHF:130 dB(cont.), 136 dB(peak)
130 dB(cont.), 136 dB(peak)
Terminals 2 x Neutrik SpeakONTM NL4 2 x Neutrik SpeakONTM NL4
Impedance LF:4Ω
8 Ω
Dimension (w x h x d) 530 mm x 1080 mm x 540 mm 480 mm x 480 mm x 376 mm
Weight 57.6 kg 13.5kg