JBL Authentics L16


Three-way speaker system with wireless streaming


$999.95 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 JBL Authentics L16 speaker system
  • 1 Removable speaker grille
  • 1 region-specific IEC power cord
  • Quick-start guide

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Device Compatibility

Apple AirPlay

General Specifications

Amplifier Power
6 x 50W RMS
Amplifier THD
<1% at full power
Power Supply
100-240 V~50/60 Hz
Power Consumption
300 W maximum, <0.5 W eco-standby mode

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response
35Hz – 35kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (analog inputs)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (phono MM input)
Signal to Noise Ratio (digital inputs)
Maximum SPL
108dB @ 1m

Speaker Specifications

High Frequency Transducer
25mm tweeter
Mid-Range Transducer
2 inch mid range
Low Frequency Transducer
5.25 inch woofer



Control and Connection Specifications

Wireless Audio Playback Technologies
AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth
1 x stereo 3.5 mm, 2 x USB (type A), 1 x Stereo RCA phono input, 1 x Digital optical input
Bluetooth Transmitter Frequency Range
2.402~2.480 GHz
Bluetooth Transmitter Power
Bluetooth Transmitter Modulation
AirPlay Frequency Range
2412 MHz~2472 MHz (2.4GHz ISM Band, USA 11 Channels, Europe 13 Channels)
AirPlay Transmitter Power
<20 dBm (EIRP)
AirPlay Modulation
802.11b:DSSS (DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK) ; 802.11g:OFDM (BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM)
AirPlay Network Compatibility


300 watts of JBL power and advanced acoustic design produce dynamic, full-range stereo JBL sound from a single, mid-size speaker.

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.

All-in-one connectivity with wireless streaming, analog, optical, and phono preamp devices

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 Technology

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.

USB ports and optional wireless charging pad lets you recharge your compatible devices.

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.

Warranty 1 Year Electronics

Products purchased online or from an authorized local retailer and under warranty may qualify for an exchange with a valid receipt.

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

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JBL Authentics L16 is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and detailed reproduction of music I just bought this product and it sounds like the artist is in your living room . I'am using primarily Bluetooth and what a difference with Signal Doctor it makes my Itunes collection come to life. Also the speaker looks very classy with the walnut finish.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, look, but ...... Love at first sight, yes exactly like that, I knew that the beast is hiding under a retro look, almost all the genres I consumed no my JBL Authentics L16, sincerely, Sound: Excellent, Look: Beautiful ...... but :( Final processing: pathetic, so much omissions, sad & shamefully.
Date published: 2015-03-06
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