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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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JBL Authentics L16 is rated NaN out of 5 by 17.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Juste géniale J'ai acheté cette enceinte en août 2016, et j'en suis vraiment content, les basses sont présentent même à faible volume, mais les médium et les aiguës n'en sont pas oubliés, l'équilibre sonore est au top, la qualité sonore aussi. D'esthétique, elle est magnifique, du vrai bois, une mousse qui rend encore plus le design rétro. Les boutons ne sont pas choquants, plutôt bien placés et pas trop voyant, seul petit bémol, le bouton on/off est moins bien tenu que son homologue de l'autre côté (celui qui sert à changer de connectique) il a tendance à bouger et par conséquent me semble un peu fragile. Sûrement la meilleure enceinte de sa catégorie tant au niveau rendu sonore que au niveau rapport qualité/prix, ses seules concurrentes seraient la Naim Mu-so et la klipsch Stadium, mais elles sont plus chères et à mon avis, elles n'apportent rien de plus, leur design est juste plus contemporain, mais j'avoue que pour avoir vue les 3, je préfère de loin le design rétro de la JBL Authentics L16. Cette enceinte conviendra tant aux audiophil (la mienne est branché à une platine vinyle), qu'à ceux qui veulent que leur tv ait un son à couper le souffle (branché à la tv chez moi par câble optique). Un branchement auxiliaire est aussi présent pour ceux qui auraient l'envie, par exemple, de profiter de l'enceinte comme d'une expérience supplémentaire à leur jeux pc (ça je le fais pas), ou encore aux tuffeurs qui auraient l'idée de mettre du gros son à leurs soirées, il y a le Bluetooth (mesdames messieurs je vous en prie, n'allez pas reverser du vin ou autres substance dessus pendant vos jailles). Je passe les autres situations. Je tiens quand même à préciser que même à fort volume, la distorsion du son est faible.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Das Beste was Mann sich holen kann!!! Hallo ich habe die Box jetzt seid ca. einem Jahr und ich lasse sie jeden Tag spielen, es ist ein Genuss was für ein Klang da raus kommt!! Meine Anlage wird seitdem nur noch ganz selten angeschaltet!!! Wirklich jbl ist ganz großes Kino !!!
Date published: 2016-05-25
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
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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: 2017-02-15

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: 2017-02-03

Hallo. Hat der Lautsprecher einen eingebauten Tuner zum Radiohören? Wenn nicht gibt es so einen vergleichbaren Lautsprecher von JBL mit eingebautem Radio?

Asked by: Michael 1975
Wir bedanken uns für Ihr Interesse an unsere Produkte. Der L16 Lautsprecher können Sie nur mit der Hilfe eines Handy oder Tablets über Aux oder Bluetooth für FM Radio benutzen. Wir haben zur Zeit im Programm kein ähnlichen Gerät dass Sie für FM Radio benutzen können ausser der HK 3700 und HK 3770 Receivers oder unsere Heimkino Anlagen BDS. Wenn Sie weitere Informationen bezügich unsere FM Radio kompatible Geräte erhalten möchten bitte geben Sie uns Auskunft an customer.support@harman.com
Answered by: Mircea
Date published: 2017-01-26

Hallo, is er toonregeling/equalizing mogelijk met de L16? Via de app? David. 

Asked by: David Deschaumes
Beste David, Helaas heeft de JBL Music app geen equalizer functie. Als je met de JBL L16 verbindt via Bluetooth, kan je de ingebouwde equalizer van jouw mobiele apparaat, of deze in een van de muziek streaming apps gebruiken.
Answered by: Kay Harman
Date published: 2017-02-09

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: 2016-11-29
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