JBL, a leader in speaker systems, released at this year’s CES, the Authentics line of speakers that include the L16 and L8, both of which feature AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth connectivity so that almost any wireless device can stream to it. Both also feature the latest upgrade in JBL sound tech, HARMAN Signal Doctor, a technology that works to restore the finer details lost through music compression, making even low quality MP3s sound more crisp and complex.
Other features include system optimized low-frequency and high-frequency JBL transducers, and a 24-bit / 96 kHz digital signal path. Comparatively speaking, Audio CDs reproduce sound at a 44.1 kHz sample rate, at 16 bits per sample, while recording studios work at a 96 kHz sample rate, with 24 bits per sample. The JBL Authentics L16 and L8 wireless speaker systems feature this higher, studio-quality sample rate and bit depth.
Outside of the audio perks, the design and form factor are very attractive as well, with a rich wood housing and retro grill treatment. The L16 is enveloped in a walnut veneer, which house its 6 50W amplifiers for the six speakers that culminate in a broad range of sound. The L8 is also encased in a wooden enclosure but it glossed with a piano black finish.
The free JBL Music companion app gives you control of the speaker through both iOS and Android mobile devices and turns your phone into a remote control. The L16 comes in at a hefty $999 and the L8 at $599. See JBL for more.