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JBL Authentics L16


Three-way speaker system with wireless streaming

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Classic sound. Wireless freedom.

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.


Device Compatibility

Apple AirPlay Yes
Bluetooth Yes

General Specifications

Amplifier Power 6 x 50W RMS

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response 35Hz – 35kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Digital inputs
High Frequency Transducer 25mm tweeter
Mid-Range Transducer 2 inch mid range
Low Frequency Transducer 5.25 inch woofer
Maximum SPL 108dB @ 1m


Speaker Depth (mm) 369
Speaker Weight (kg) 13.3
Speaker Height (in) 11-3/5
Speaker Depth (in) 14-1/2
Speaker Weight (lb) 36
Speaker Width (in) 32-1/5
Speaker Height (mm) 294
Speaker Width (mm) 710
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Spec Sheet (EN)

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

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Purchases made from an unauthorized dealer will not be eligible for exchange.

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JBL Authentics L16 is rated 4.8 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
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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
Sure QI module exists, I have it (I live in Norway) I'm actually trying to sell mine as I no longer have a Qi enabled phone.
Answered by: Eirik
Date published: 2016-12-20

I am looking at this for the coffee shop area in our hospital. It is an open, public area of roughly 1000 square feet. Would this cover this area while preserving the sound quality?

Asked by: ReidIS
The AUTHENTICS L16 is rated at 300W RMS and should be able to cover 1000 square feet of space. Though, the amount of noise in this wide area is highly subjective, the AUTHENTICS L16 should be able to handle this.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-11-21

Hi i have L16 system in my home and i love the looks and the sound but connecting to it is horrible for me, i have set it up via BT wifi and dlna, and i have the app on my phone and tablet, but it only plays music on BT. spotify app dont se the L16 :(

Asked by: Nonni
The L16 can be played in multitude of ways; Bluetooth, DLNA, auxiliary and Optical. To use the L16 through DLNA or your home network, make sure you’ve downloaded the updated JBL Music app. The Owner’s Manual should provide step-by-step instructions on how to connect your L16 to the home network. If you are having difficulties, a reset may help. In power ON mode, press and hold the Power Button for at least 10 seconds, until the volume and input selector lights begin to flash. Your L16, are now back to factory settings. Please reconnect the speaker to your WiFi network again.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-11-14

Country of origin?

Asked by: Siau
The AUTHENTICS L16 is made in China.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-11-07

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
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