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 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 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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Spec Sheet (EN)

1 MB
  • 1 region-specific IEC power cord
  • Quick-start guide
  • 1 JBL Authentic L16 speaker system

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JBL Authentics L16 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome features great sound, very useful i use nearly every day whther its working out or just relaxing!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing product This product is perfect for me and I use it every day
Date published: 2017-04-28
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 Sounds too good to be true, but it is! I have had this for a few months now and absolutely love it. Great full, deep, rich sound which never falters or fails to fill up my room. Beautiful retro 70s design, simple, elegant and stylish. Features are great and beyond what I could ask for (although I agree that it is a shame that the phono pre amp is lower quality than would be expected), however I find that not having a dedicated remote for the unit is not on par with the level of this product and a major oversight. There are numerous times that it is inconvenience to have the remote be accessed only through my iPhone. I heard a rumor that there might be a follow up release of a remote coming soon, I hope this is true, I would pay extra to have that. All in all, very happy with the purchase and would do it again if I was making the same decision for a home system.
Date published: 2017-02-01
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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 JBL L16 AUTHENTICS that was released in 2014 has a dimension of 294 mm x 818 mm x 369 mm and the the JBL L16 AUTHENTICS that was released in 2015 has a dimension of 294 mm x 710 mm x 369 mm . The JBL L16 2015 is bit smaller than the 2014 aside from this all other specifications are all the same.
Answered by: Jay at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-06-08

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: 2017-06-08

Hi, I see 2 models JBLL16WLNAM and JBLL16SPWLNAM, Which one is "Three-Way Speaker System with Wireless Streaming" ? Which one is "Premium Sound 2.0-Channel Home Theater Stereo System" ? What's the difference ? Is JBLL16SPWLNAM the updated newer model ?

Asked by: gambitny
Both of the model codes mentioned are the L16 (AUTHENTICS) model which is the Three-Way Speaker System with Wireless Streaming. While the Premium Sound 2.0-Channel Home Theater Stereo System is for the JBL L16 loudspeakers which are already discontinued. Yes, the JBLL16SPWLNAM is the updated model since it has the Spotify Connect feature.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-08-11

Can I use the Phono jack connect to my CD player?

Asked by: Jackie2025
Yes, If you are using a CD player, it’s likely a line level (RCA) jack. You would needs a 3.5mm to RCA Y adapter for it to work.
Answered by: Memen at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-02-28

I want to buy this item as my main sound system of my home, I want to know that is it possible that other systems like LEDs, players or video projectors become connected to l16, via cable or something else? to be sound of home cinemas?

Asked by: vidii
The L16 can be played in multitude of ways; Bluetooth, DLNA, auxiliary and Optical. Its advanced acoustic design produce dynamic, full-range stereo JBL sound from a single, mid-size speaker but not a surround sound like home cinemas.
Answered by: Memen at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-03-20

There is one feature I would love to see: automatic source-switching. (I.e listen to all inputs for a signal, and switch to the new source if a new signal is detected) Is there any chance of you guys implementing it? (Pleeease?)

Asked by: Sjur
The AUTHENTICS L16 has an auto-switch function to switch sources automatically. If you attempt to connect to another source while the system is in operational mode with one source, the system stops or pauses the audio from the last source.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-02-07

So far, I could only connect via Bluetooth (compressed sounds -> not optimal) or cable. I am struggling with the wifi. When I try to set up the DNLA, I cannot see the JBL_L16_WF_XXXXXX network appearing. And where can I find the MAC number of the device?

Asked by: Bibistrikesback
The "JBL_L16_WF_XXXXXX network" will only be visible when the DLNA input is selected on the L16 AUTHENTICS. The DLNA Mode source is to the right of the Bluetooth Mode icon. While here - 1 - Press and hold the source button for three seconds and then release. The DLNA LED will quickly flash twice. 2 - 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 3 - 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. 4 - Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, enter the password and click Save. 5 - JBL Authentics will then attempt to connect to your Wi-Fi Network (the LED shall flash during the connection process). Once connected successfully, the LED will stop flashing and an audio tone will be heard. You can connect your computer or phone/tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as Authentics and enjoy your music wirelessly
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-02-06

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: 2017-03-20
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