JBL Authentics L16
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Features

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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.

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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. Harman Clari-Fi™ technology replaces the details lost in today’s compressed music files, adding detail and energy to any low quality music stream.

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USB ports let you recharge your compatible devices

The JBL Authentic L16 has two USB ports, one for charging phones, the other for charging tablets.

Specs & Downloads

Item# JBLL16WLNAM

Description

Where sonic legend meets modern connectivity

Where sonic legend meets modern connectivity. 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, 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 35Hz – 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

Bluetooth

General Specifications

Amplifier Power
6 x 50W RMS

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response
35Hz – 35kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
92dB
High Frequency Transducer
25mm tweeter
Mid-Range Transducer
2 inch mid range
Low Frequency Transducer
5.25 inch woofer
Maximum SPL
108dB @ 1m

Dimensions

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

Documents & Downloads

Reviews and Q&A

Customer Reviews

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 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 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 Great sound and connectivity! I've owned the JBL L16 for close to a year and a half and I could not be any happier. At the time of purchasing I ended up deciding between the L8 and the L16 (after discarding the competitors), and I'm glad I ended up picking the L16. This thing sounds great! Not only it sounds great, it is powerful enough to fill a large space while keeping the audio quality intact. And it looks fantastic in the living room, it is a beautiful and well designed piece. Not to mention the connectivity via Airplay (which is what I use the most) and Bluetooth. I'm no expert audiophile but I am extremely pleased with this purchase.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Speaker... I recently got this speaker from my parents for my birthday and WOW, I am seriously impressed. The speaker is perfection. The build quality is superb and the sound it produces is very clean with amazing bass. The JBL app is very nice which allows you to control the bass, tremble and highs, which really helps when listening to different genres of music. Overall, extremely happy and proud to own one.
Date published: 2017-09-13
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Product Q&A

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: 2021-06-06

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: 2021-06-06

I am trying to connect to the speaker to the internet, but it seems I need to do it through the JBL music app on my iPhone, and the app won't work on iOS 11. What should I do?

Asked by: asbjorno
Hi, Thank you for your question. The JBL Music will be updated to support iOS 11. The update is planned to get a release end of October. In the meanwhile, you can use an Android phone to connect the device to the Internet or manually log into the web interface of the device. I advise you to look through our Owner's manual in the download section of the product page.
Answered by: Danny HARMAN
Date published: 2021-06-06

Is the L16 able to decode and play back 24 bit / 96 kHz audio files?

Asked by: Stereo
Steven, you copied that sentence from the spec sheet. It does not answer my question, because it can also mean that the 24 bit / 96 kHz electronics are only used for internal audio processing. There is no mention of high resolution 24/96 playback capability. The only mention of the audio quality supported is on page 12 of the owner's manual with regard to digital optical input.
Answered by: Stereo
Date published: 2021-06-06

Hi Harman Support Team, I would like to know, if the JBL L16 changed ist outter specs, meaning the whole dimensions of the system, since 2015? It would be great if you guys could help me with that inquiry. Thanks a lot to you ;)

Asked by: MA2017
The real outer dimensions of JBL L16 are 71 cm x 21 cm x 26 cm (W x H x D) and the weight is approx. 9.6 kg. These are NOT packaging dimensions.
Answered by: Pollux044
Date published: 2021-06-06

Will my Astell & Kern 120II DAP with Hi-Res FLAC library be compatable for playback with the L16 ?

Asked by: Jack50
It can connect to l16 via digital out (spdif, would use l16 dac) or headphone. I play flac via squeezebox and optical out.
Answered by: Sjur
Date published: 2021-06-06

The L16 or L8 is it compatible with FLAC dlna streaming ? I will use it with a Logitech media server.

Asked by: fanfanlefou
Unfortunately, the JBL Authentics L16 is only capable of playing MP3, WMA, AAC, or PCM audio files via DLNA. DLNA does not support FLAC and as stated on page 11 of your owners manual.
Answered by: Ron at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

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: 2021-06-06
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