Mention the name Peavey and you will get a whole bag of polarised opinions from rubbish to fantastic. Having worked as a gigging musician using all kinds of my own and other peoples equipment I have to say that I have experienced both ends of that debate and understand why it exists.
You see Peavey market some very poor speakers like the Pro 15's and they make excellent speakers like the XT range (and newer even better ranges outwith the scope of this review.
My Hisys 2 XT's were a secondhand and well used purchase. They were a bit dated looking but performed extremely well and never failed me. Black Widow 15" Drivers are reknowned for reliability and sound quality. In the event of a driver failure it is possible to replace a complete driver basket during your toilet break. For around £90 and 15 minutes of frantic srewdrivering you're back on stage. I never ever bust a horn on my XT's due to the high quality crystal clear peavey compression drivers which are also held in very high regard by devotees.
2 XT's are not small and not light but they deliver thumping great bass and well above average vocal performance. Dj's love them and singers love them and they remain an excellent choice in the lower/mid budget end of the speaker market. They are built to last and thats why they make a great secondhand buy. I have used 1, 2 and 3XT's at different times over the years and had the occasional derogatory comment or two from detractors who regard Peavey in general as amateur. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion even bawheids lol. Like all live sound equipment they should be looked after and not abused to destruction. In my opinion based on years of live work you can buy with confidence and enjoy these quality cabs time after time.
I have owned some peavey hisys 2xt speakers for about 6yrs and have used them both at home for personal use and also for performance out in public to both large and small audiences connected to my keyboard. I am therefore in a position to comment on their sound quality, durability and around usefulness.
The pros of these speakers are that they feature 'speak on' connectors at the rear that makes them very easy to connect to a mixer/ amplifier without the cables coming out. They look smart and feature strong front mesh grills that can withstand knocks and bumps whilst they are being transported. The sound quality overall is good. They are particularly good at the reproduction of lower bass notes and offer a good all round frequency output. Despite being bulky they have two handles on either side to aid carrying/ lifting them. Despite having several pints of beer being spilt over them during the years they are still as good as new.
The cons of these speakers are the higher frequency output that is average but could be better. The horns in these speakers are adequate but I have heard speakers of a similar price have more clarity. This is particularly heard if performing using higher pitched instruments such as a flute. They can be bulky and these two speakers alone are large enough to take up the boot space of an average family saloon car.
Overall, I would recommend these speakers for discos and clubs which are wanting bass as they feature 15' subs as opposed to 12' ones which miss half of the low range frequencies. You get what you pay for and there are better speakers out there but they are well worth the money and will always sell on second hand for a reasonable price.