JBL Authentics L16


Three-way speaker system with wireless streaming

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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 Yes
Bluetooth Yes

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


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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JBL Authentics L16 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It seems very cute. I am planning to buy this JBL Authentics L16 soon
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great^^ clear sound It looks good like furniture and have deep and easy sound to my ear
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best...but please provide update for Airplay 2 Love this speaker SO much still but it needs to be updated to Airplay 2...please tell me this is something you are working on. Support for legacy products says a lot about a company!
Date published: 2018-09-08
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from About time for this level of technology! Purchased a month ago, this speaker system is by far the best that I've heard from wireless speakers! I owned a pair of JBL L100's, and purchased the L16 thru JBL due to their reference to the L100 legacy. Though not exactly an equivalent, it's sound is quite impressive. I couldn't be happier considering this is a wireless product. It's minimal footprint, lack of wires and ease of setup along with superior sound are what I've hoped for, for a very long time. If any improvements could be made, I'd hope for more variety in Wi-Fi connectivity options, a greater range of sound equalizing options, as well as other improvements within the JBL Sound App. In the future, I hope JBL will be creating separate left and right channel wireless speakers comparable to the L100's with the same minimal footprint (one can only dream!). Overall though, I am very pleased with this investment.
Date published: 2017-07-06
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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
Unfortunately this accessory never came to fruition. It does not exist.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2018-10-08

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
The app can adjust the equalizer, however, it's only compatible with IOS and Android devices.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

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: 2017-12-02

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

Asked by: Stereo
The optimized low- and high-frequency transducers combine with advanced studio quality 24 bit / 96 kHz electronics and DSP to present full-range stereo sound with a wide stereo image – all from within a single enclosure.
Answered by: Steven M
Date published: 2018-01-13

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: 2017-12-02

Hi. I own the L16 and have trouble with the wifi disconnecting when I change songs streaming from iPad and Mac. It is also often hard to connect the player device with speaker.Do you have a firmware upgrade to fix this or other solutions for this problem?

Asked by: anders
I bought the L16 a week ago and unfortunately I have the same problems, Anders is talking about. In almost every manual change of the songs via Airplay the connection breaks off and the speaker must be re-connected. I hope that there will be a solution to this problem soon.
Answered by: Chris77
Date published: 2017-12-02

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: 2017-12-02

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: 2017-12-02
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