Pioneer XPRS115S – Our Review

front facing Pioneer XPRS115S
Sound Quality
9/10
Design & Build
7/10
Value For Money
7/10
Overall Rating
7/10

Our Thoughts On The Pioneer XPRS115S

In this review of the Pioneer XPRS115S we are going to covering 5 important areas which include key features, what we like, pros and cons, who is this product best suited to and what customers who have bought the speaker are saying about it.

Ready? Let’s get started with this speakers key specfications:

Speaker Size: 15″ – Watts RMS: 1200 – Watts Peak: 2400 –Dimensions 28″ x 22.5″ x 22.5″ – Weight: 77 lbs

Key Features

  • Crossover switch – On the back of the Pioneer XPRS115S, is a switch that lets you adjust the filters for cut off stages. One problem that most groupings of speakers like this have is that if each speaker is programmed to play certain sounds, they can cancel each other out if they are set to the same polarity. This can be heard in some concerts and shows where one instrument seems to dominate the sound of a song. This anomaly happens because the speakers used do not have a quick and easy crossover switch feature like this particular one does.
  • Back facing Pioneer XPRS115S

  • Powersoft Class D Amplifiers – Speakers of this caliber can put out a lot of power, especially when they are grouped together, which is common in a concert setting, which is what the Pioneer XPRS 115S is designed for. Different than other amplifiers which only have one power setting, this particular speaker amplifier has a setting designed for continuous use at 1200 watts, or a “maximum power” setting at 2400 watts. The switch for this is located on the back of the speaker, next to the crossover switch. It can be easily accessed by anybody on stage to provide more power if necessary.

  • XLR/TRS combo sockets – One thing that stands out about the XPRS 115S is that although it is fairly small, it can link to other speakers and subwoofers that are of similar size. It has a pair of combo sockets that can provide power to two other speakers without sacrificing power or performance. The input sockets function as both XLR and TRS, while the output sockets just function as XLR. This can combine with most DJ controllers and turntables as well as other speakers.

What We Like

Side facing Pioneer XPRS115S
  • Easy to transport – Most DJ speakers like this which are capable of these levels of output and power are usually difficult to transport and move around. It can be physically taxing and very time consuming for sound crews to move around and set up speakers before a performance. The power and performance specifications for the small and compact XPRS 115S are every bit as good as its much larger counterparts. The fact that it has a handle on it and can have wheels connected to the bottom of it makes it much easier to carry than most other speakers, even speakers of its size.

  • Very user-friendly settings – The XPRS 115S speaker contains very simple and user-friendly settings, which is a pleasant breath of fresh air in the realm of DJ speakers. With a setting design that resembles an amplifier, this design is a lot less complicated than the settings on similar speakers. Every switch and knob are lined up perfectly with what they affect. There are only four different settings (crossover, master level, phase, and front LED) which clears up a lot of complications. A setting design like this makes the XPRS 115S very effective for any kind of venue.

Pros +
  • The handle on the side and the wheels on the bottom make it very easy to carry
  • The settings are well organized and are quite diverse for such a small speaker
  • The power and sound outputs are surprisingly large for the size
  • Crossover settings prove it useful when grouped with other speakers
Cons –
  • Only comes with a power cord, meaning separate connectors must be purchased separately if you intend to link the speaker to other speakers
  • Although the crossover range is wide, there are only four crossover settings. This can make it tricky to match the polarity levels up when other speakers are being used.

Who Is This Speaker Best Suited To

Any DJ, performer or group who play at small venues and do not want to jam their trucks or tour buses full of speakers would benefit greatly from the XPRS 115S speaker. On its own, it is powerful enough to provide good sound to most entertainment venues, even when used at its continuous output setting of 1200 watts. The fact that it has a maximum sound pressure of 133 dB means that even by itself, it can provide decent sound. If more speakers are necessary, the XPRS 115S can connect up to four additional speakers with its input and output line terminals on the back of it as well.

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What Customers Are Saying

People who work as sound crews who have bought this DJ speaker vouch for how easy it is to transport. While they overlooked the handle it has on the side, they really enjoyed the fact that it has wheels on the bottom of it, and reported that it made a world of difference in their stage setup in terms of how long it took and how much less physically taxing it was compared to when they had to physically carry speakers even as small as the XPRS 115S.

This same group also enjoyed the fact that the settings were very easy to detect and change. Because the settings on the back of the speaker were lined up perfectly, it was very easy for them to adjust things on the fly.

One thing that users are turned off by are the crossover settings, in that there are only four settings for the Hz levels. Having such a large range in Hz levels (80-150), the fact that there were only four different settings turned some users off.

The Bottom Line

If you are any kind of performer who is accustomed to performing in relatively small (and even some medium sized) venues, the XPRS 115S will work quite well in providing good sound for your performances. For such a small speaker it can provide good sound quality and the fact that it can connect up to four other speakers (using both the combination and input links) makes it rather versatile.