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Apr 4, 2011 4:12 PM, by John McJunkin

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The published frequency range of the system (-10dB) is 39Hz to 20kHz, while the published frequency response (±3dB) is 42Hz to 18kHz, and this is a fair assessment by my ear. As always, a speaker-on-a-stick like this can always benefit from the addition of a subwoofer, but make no mistake, the low end is solid and impressive right out of the 515XT box. JBL also achieved the goal of reducing the noise from the speakers while they’re at rest, and the input stage facilitates a nice, loud, clear signal.

I listened to a broad range of material from classical to metal to speech to jazz, and found that the EON 515XT is definitely an improvement over its predecessor. I was impressed with that predecessor, and even more so by the new update. It’s a powerful tool for coffee shop performers, AV professionals, and DJs alike, and I’d recommend it for consideration.

John McJunkin is the principal of Avalon Podcasting in Chandler, Arizona. He has consulted in the development of studios and installations and provides high quality podcast production services.

Product Summary

  • Company: JBL Professional
  • Product: EON 515XT
  • Pros: Very lightweight, solid SPL output, enhanced EQ
  • Cons: Horn sounds like a horn
  • Applications: Coffee shop, AV, DJ, sales, house of worship
  • Price: $899


  • System Power Rating: 625W (525 + 100)
  • Frequency Range (-10dB): 39Hz—20kHz
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 26.5"x16"x14.5"
  • Maximum SPL: 132dB
  • Frequency Response (±3dB): 42Hz—18kHz
  • Input Impedance: 14kΩ
  • Mic Input Gain: -∞ to +40dBu
  • Line Input Gain: -∞ to +4dBu (+18dBu max)
  • Amplifier Topology: Crown Class D
  • LF Driver: JBL 265F-1 15-in.
  • HF Driver: JBL 2414H 1.5-in.
  • Coverage Pattern: 100 degrees H x 60 degrees V nominal
  • Crossover Frequency: 1.7kHz
  • Net Weight: 32.5lbs

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