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JBL Authentics L16


Three-way speaker system with wireless streaming

$999.95999.95 each
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With its single-enclosure speaker system and wireless audio streaming, the JBL Authentic L16 was born to resonate with legacy. Inspired by the legendary JBL Century L100 loudspeaker, the JBL Authentic L16 blends classic acoustic speaker design and advanced wireless technology. It offers a real walnut-veneered wood enclosure, exceptional audio quality and easy wireless connectivity to a wide range of devices via AirPlay, DNLA and Bluetooth®. Not only that, but with the L16’s additional analog, optical, and phono preamp jack connections, you’ve got yourself an all-in-one masterpiece of compatibility. And it’s as convenient as it’s powerful: Near Field Communication (NFC) technology lets you pair a Bluetooth® device simply by tapping it on the speaker. Meanwhile, a free JBL MusicFlow app lets you easily set up and control the speaker with your iOS or Android mobile device. Using the speaker’s built-in USB ports or optional Qi charging pad, you can charge compatible mobile devices. Sporting 300 watts r.m.s. of power, custom JBL low-frequency and high-frequency transducers, advanced DSP technology and a frequency response of 40Hz – 35kHz, the JBL Authentic L16 produces full-range sound and a wide stereo image from a single, mid-sized stereo speaker. Harman Clari-Fi technology replaces all the audio details lost in the shuffle of today’s compressed music files, adding detail and energy to any low quality music stream. With its unstoppable acoustics and its all-terrain compatibility, the JBL Authentic L16 is where the future becomes an instant classic.

What's in the box?

  • 1 Removable speaker grille
  • Quick-start guide
  • 1 region-specific IEC power cord
  • 1 JBL Authentics L16 speaker system

High-performance JBL drivers paired with digital amplification, processing and a meticulous acoustic design deliver unmatchable sound from a mid-size speaker. The optimized low- and high-frequency transducers combine with advanced electronics and DSP to present full-range stereo sound with a wide stereo image – all from within a single enclosure. Wherever you play it, expect applause.

The JBL Authentic L16 offers easy wireless audio playback from the latest and best in mobile devices. It offers AirPlay for iTunes and iOS devices, DNLA for Android devices and Windows PCs and Bluetooth® connectivity – including instant Bluetooth® pairing by way of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The speaker automatically switches streaming formats as needed, simplifying use with all your devices. Not only that, but the L16 connects with analog, optical, and phono preamp technology, making it an all-in-one champion for your household devices.

Clari-Fi analyzes digital audio files during playback and “rebuilds” what was lost in compression. Other audio "enhancers" simply add EQ or reverb to existing content with the unsatisfactory result of boosted artifacts and increased distortion.

The JBL Authentic L16 has two USB ports, one for charging phones, the other for charging tablets, and an optional wireless charging module that makes recharging your Qi compatible mobile device easy. No worrying about connectors; just place your device on the charging pad and let L16 do the rest. The wireless charging option is another way the JBL Authentic L16 keeps your living space – and lifestyle – clutter-free.

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Amplifier Power
6 x 50W RMS
Frequency Response
35Hz – 35kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Digital inputs: 95dB. Wireless & Analog: 92dB
High Frequency Transducer
25mm tweeter
Mid-Range Transducer
2 inch mid range
Low Frequency Transducer
5.25 inch woofer
Maximum SPL
108dB @ 1m
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JBL Authentics L16 is rated 4.7272727272727275 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unreal Sound!! If you want the best sounding speaker, look no further.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sound!!! I've just bought it and since day 1 I'm pleased with the fidelity and incredible sound.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow what great sound I have had this speaker for about 3 days now and all I can say is Wow!! This speaker is extremely loud and sounds better the louder you play it. I would suggest using the JBL app to adjust the treble, mids, and bass. The looks are amazing and love the walnut wood look. JBL you knocked this one out of the park! The only problem I seem to have is connecting the WIFI to my computer or phone instead of blue tooth. Maybe I am doing something wrong. I brought this into work the other day and I got lots of drooling all over the speaker (thanks JBL LOL) and everyone asked to turn it up and when I did they were in awe by the sound even at high levels. I would recommend streaming at CD quality to get the best out of the speaker and none of this MP3 quality junk, I use Tidal for my music server
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reasons why I bought JBL L16 ... love the design I was looking for powered speakers that sounds good when listening not directly in front of the speakers, for example, from a different room. I know there is no perfect solution due to sound attenuation is frequency dependent, especially high frequency sound, which is more susceptible to surrounding structure. This L16 has 200w drivers for high and mid range frequency. They provide a lot of leverage for adjustment to its surrounding. This is perfect for my needs. It sounds great, I love it!
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best In Class by Far! I have owned the Authentics L16 for one week now, and I can honestly say, in my opinion, it has the best sound of any all in one wireless music system to date, and I also own a Polk Woodbourne. Crystal clear highs, great midrange, and solid deep bass make for pure listening pleasure at any volume level. The only negative I have found is the IOS, JBL Music App. I have to regularly reconnect when using airplay. I have a very high speed and stable wireless network, so not sure what's going on with that. Could be just an Apple IOS problem. In addition, the tone adjustment controls on the app disappear regularly. I have to close the app and reopen it to get full functionality back. The app problems are a minor as far as I'm concerned, but worth mentioning. In total this is one heck of an outstanding music system and I very highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jus Excellent for the size/prize Fair price for such an excellent product, giving a very rich sound. Fills my 700sq ft main room almost perfectly. I was a fan of my very big and expensive Triangle and top amplifier... I'm gonna offer them to one of my friend who does care about showing off. So, very, very happy of my L16.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Sound I listen to a lot of recorded music for pipe organ and the pedal notes come through undistorted and distinguishable as notes (not just vague rumble). With the L16 I am down sizing from a large stereo (Magnepan speakers, NAD separates, and a Hsu Research 200w sub-woofer. The L16 holds its own against this system. So far I'm streaming from the internet and my iTunes collection over bluetooth. With its phono inputs (MM and MC) plus line in and the L16 would make a terrific all-in-one stereo system for smaller spaces (apts. etc.). It weighs 40 lbs. so it will need a sturdy base. In sum, the L16 is a 5/5 in my book.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JBL Authentics L16 = Pure Listening Pleasure Have not been disappointed in my purchase of the JBL Authentic L16; love the ol’skool look that was inspired by the legendary JBL Century L100 loudspeakers that I grew up with. I stream 99% of the time with Wi-Fi from my iTunes. Also in order for me to truly enjoy the JBL Authentic L16 experience, I had to up-graded all my MP3 music to 320 kbps, sure am glad I did this for the acoustics are crystal clear at all audio levels and it is a pure pleasure to listen to. If you’re ever looking, I would definitely‎ recommend that you check out and listen to JBL Authentic L16… you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-03-22
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Will my Astell & Kern 120II DAP with Hi-Res FLAC library be compatable for playback with the L16 ?

Asked by: Jack50
No. The L16 is capable of playing MP3, WMA, AAC, or PCM audio files via DLNA.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-10-13

Hi I am setting up a café area 75 meters a few small hall wall between them, is it appropriate speaker is my job?

Asked by: blacktree
Yes with the Authentics L16’s 300 watts of power this would be more than enough to fill a 75m floor area.
Answered by: Jaycob at CustomerService
Date published: 2016-09-13

hi im having a trouble connecting DLNA. actually i just followed WIFI SETUP. and its connected successfully. but when i connect my phone to the same wifi as L16 and play music, only my phone plays music by itself. L16 doesnt play the music.

Asked by: BBQMan
The JBL Authentics L16 is a DLNA Digital Media Renderer (DMR) device. Your media player software must be capable of acting as a DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS) and Digital Media Controller (DMC) to initiate the audio stream. Third party DLNA software can be found online, or on Google Play for Android devices. With that said, if your device has updated drivers/firmware then you should have no problem with connecting via DLNA and audio should stream from your device to the L16. You should also remember to set the L16 as the media speaker for your device.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-08-29

Is there a Aux port and line in if you are not streaming?

Asked by: Kidkid
Yes an Aux port is available for connecting your computer or any devices that has a 3.5 mm audio cable connection available.
Answered by: Jaycob at CustomerService
Date published: 2016-08-15

Hi I would buy this product but I wonder one thing about the app on windows mobile phone 10, have such a phone, and how do I change the equalizer settings?

Asked by: Piter
is there any hope that JBL will have app for WP?
Answered by: Piter
Date published: 2016-05-20

im having trouble using the dlna connection. what is the best way to connect to the L16? via bluetooth or dlna ? and how do you connect dlna?

Asked by: alamillo
DLNA is a better format that Bluetooth, but not as widely available. If you have a device that can support DLNA, this is the better way to go. To use your Android or Mac/PC to connect the JBL Authentics L16 to your Wi-Fi network: 1. Switch on the JBL Authentics L16 and wait for about one minute. 2. Switch sources to DLNA mode. 3. Press and hold the source button on the L16 for three seconds and then release. The DLNA LED will quickly flash twice. 4. Use your computer or phone/tablet to search for a Wi-Fi Network called JBL_L16_WFXXX on the Wi-Fi list (this might take about 30 seconds) and connect it. Once connected successfully, the DLNA LED will stop flashing. 5. Open the web browser on your computer or phone/tablet, and in the address bar, enter and press enter. The JBL Authentics setup page will appear. 6. Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, enter the password and click Save.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-03-14

Hello, does anyone know where can I buy Qi module for L16? I cannot find it anywhere, and since i've got a mobile phone with Qi I would appreciate to have it installed on my L16. Thanks a lot!!

Asked by: alexa
Unfortunately this accessory never came to fruition. It does not exist.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-03-01

I am having trouble getting both Airplay and Bluetooth to pair with the JBL L16. It paired once and then dropped and hasn't paired again since. Any ideas on what can be done to get the speaker to connect either via Bluetooth or Airplay?

Asked by: bradS
Sorry to hear of the issue you are having. Your best bet is to reset the Bluetooth and the entire unit so that you can start from scratch. To disconnect an external Bluetooth device that has been paired with the L16, press the Input Selector Button while the Bluetooth input symbol is ON, and hold it for about 3 seconds. The Bluetooth input symbol will begin flashing, and the pairing sound is heard. Next, to erase the internal list of preferred Bluetooth paired devices, press and hold the Power ON/OFF Button for at least 10 seconds, until the volume light and input selector lights begin to flash. This resets the entire unit, including its memory. Now connect your Bluetooth device and Airplay again and it should work.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-02-26
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