Classic sound. Wireless freedom.
With its walnut-veneered good looks and its supercharged sound, the JBL Authentic L16 takes the time-honored concept of a legacy stereo system and catapults it into the wireless age. The L16’s single enclosure boasts six 50W amplifiers driving six speakers that can fill any room with exceptional volume and unbeatable audio quality. Meanwhile, the JBL Authentic L16 features all-around connectivity, featuring both easy wireless connectivity via AirPlay, DNLA and Bluetooth®, as well as analog, optical, and phono preamp integration. A free JBL MusicFlow app even lets you easily control the speaker with iOS or Android mobile devices. Time to connect with the new sound of legacy.
At a Glance:
USB ports let you recharge your compatible devices
All-in-one connectivity with wireless streaming, analog, optical, and phono preamp devices
300 watts of JBL power and advanced acoustic design produce dynamic, full-range stereo JBL sound from a single, mid-size speaker
What's in the box:
- 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. Harman Clari-Fi™ technology replaces the details lost in today’s compressed music files, adding detail and energy to any low quality music stream.
- 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.
Allows you to wirelessly stream music through any AirPlay enabled device.
Recharges your Media Device
This speaker charges your device so you can listen longer and be ready to go at a moment's notice.
Clari-Fi analyzes digital audio files during playback and "rebuilds" what was lost in compression.
Allows you to wirelessly stream music through any device with DLNA connectivity.
Allows you to wirelessly stream music through any Bluetooth enabled device.
Manuals & Downloads:
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.
- Amplifier Power
- 6 x 50W RMS
- Frequency Response
- 35Hz – 35kHz
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio
- 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)
- Speaker Weight (kg)
- Speaker Height (in)
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JBL Authentics L16 is rated
Rated 5 out of
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
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
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
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
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
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 3 out of
Great sounding system, bad Phono pre-amp.
The L16 is a very good sounding system for your WiFi / Blu-Tooth devices, one of the best I have heard for portable devices. It is also beautiful to look at, great design, and seems to be built very well.
I only gave it 3 stars (I would have done 3.5 if it was available) because unfortunately JBL/Harmen Kardon did not spend time or money to put a proper turntable / phono pre-amp in. It's the nosiest pre-amp I have ever heard in my life, even with the turntable disconnected you can hear loud white noise. It's just very disappointing that they take the time to build this beautiful system and then cut a big corner with the phono input.
Also when it comes to setting up the system with your WiFi, which looks like it should be easy, I have had multiple problems where the system will just disconnect it self from the network and will not connect again until I repeat the setup procedure. It just seems buggy which I'm hoping JBL will fix with a software update.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 3 out of
super sound, schlechte software
der speaker ist wirklich top was den Sound angeht (typisch jbl). was aber garnicht geht ist die steuerung. die app ist einfach gesagt nicht zu gebrauchen. die verbindung zum lautsprecher ist kompliziert und funktioniert nur mäßig.
zum glück hat der speaker einen digitalen und analogen eingang. somit kann ich die schlechte steuerung umgehen mit einem produkt eines anderen herstellers der wiedrum keine vernünfiger speaker bauen kann.
ich war kurz davor das gerät wieder zurück zu geben. denn für fast 1000,-€ ist das eine echt schwache leistung.
Date published: 2015-12-09
I intend to buy this unit and use it for sound output from my TV. does the unit have a remote? if not, if I use the optical input, can I control the volume from my TV remote? Thank you.
The Authentics L16 does not come with a remote control and unfortunately, you also won't be able to program the speaker to learn the commands of your TV remote.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Går det att spela på fler L18 samtidigt från en ljudkälla?
Hej. The L16 är inte designad som ett multi room system och kan inte spela flera stycken L16 samtidigt från en källa. Om ni söker ett multi room system rekommenderar jag vår Omni+ serie.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Hi I can't find the firmware upgrade anywhere. Would like to be able to use Spotify connect. Also I have problems connecting my IPhone 8 to the L16. It doesn't show up on the device list. Can you help?
You might find the answer to your question in our Product Support FAQ and Knowledgebase Sections. The link is located at the top of this page. To submit a support case, please fill out the Contact Us form at the same location
Date published: 2018-01-02
Jeg vil gerne vide om L16 opdateres med nye versioner af Bluetooth og Airplay? Produktet har været på markedet i længere tid og jeg vil være lidt tilbageholdende med at købe, hvis der sidder gamle versioner af ovennævnte i produktet. Mvh Lars GODT NYTÅR
Hej, og tak for din interesse i vores højttaler. Så vidt vi ved, er der ikke planlagt opdateringer af disse to systemer for L16. Godt nytår til dig.
Date published: 2018-01-02
I have not been able to connect my L16 on wifi. My wifi password is 24 characters long. But jbl app allows only 13 characters. How do I connect without changing my Wi-Fi password?
We would like to work with you directly to help you with your issue. Please submit a case request at https://www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Date published: 2017-12-27
When the JBL L16 receives an analog signal, does it first convert it to digital before it can send the signal to the amplifier?
he L16 digital amplifier requires a sampled digital signal so the audio will not stay in pure Analog format. The unit uses a high quality Cirrus Logic CS42528 to sample the incoming audio and convert it so it can be used by the amplifier.
Date published: 2017-12-28
With "digital amplification" and Harman Clari-Fi, I guess this means that the amplifier (is it class d?) needs digital input. Is this correct? If yes, I think the best wired connection for L16 would be to its digital optical port.
I called JBL and the person said that JBL L16 uses analog amplifiers. One has to wonder why it is advertised with the words "high-performance JBL drivers paired with digital amplification"?
Date published: 2017-12-01
The dimensions stated in the owner's manual (294 mm x 818 mm x 369 mm) refer to the packaging, not to the product. Please state how the actual product dimensions of the 2014 version differs from the 2015 version.
Authentics L16 Dimensions:
Width: 696mm (with grille) / 686mm (without grille)
Depth: 260mm (with grille) / 250mm (without grille)
Date published: 2017-12-10