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JBL Debuts Powerful New EON Speaker

At the 2011 Winter NAMM Show, JBL Professional introduced the EON515XT active loudspeaker.

JBL EON515XT

JBL EON515XT

At the 2011 Winter NAMM Show, JBL Professional introduced the EON515XT active loudspeaker. With the EON515XT, JBL said is has extended the reach of the current EON technology by improving input sensitivity, lowering the noise floor, adding user-selectable EQ control, and re-voicing the system for better performance and audio precision.

The company also introduced a version of the EON that's an all-in-one portable PA system.

"In the development of our PRX600 Series we've learned and implemented quite a few things that enhanced system performance," said Richard Ruse, JBL director of marketing for portable PA, in a statement. "We knew we could do the same for the EON515XT. Through amplifier optimization and restructuring of the gain stages, we've increased the maximum SPL from 129 dB to 132 dB. We've made the system quieter when idling and re-voiced the system for a more even spectral balance."

The two-way EON515XT incorporates a JBL 2414H high-frequency neodymium compression driver and a 15-inch JBL 265F-1 Differential Drive dual-voice-coil woofer matched to a proprietary Crown Class D amplifier.

The input sensitivity has been increased by 10dB to accommodate keyboards, musical instruments, drum machines, and lower-output sound reinforcement and DJ mixers. The EON515XT now offers user-adjustable EQ with individual bass and treble controls, plus a simplified three-channel mixer configuration, which would work well for live performances because it allows users to plug in multiple instruments and microphones.

The EON515XT can be pole-mounted on a subwoofer or tripod stand using its 36-millimeter pole-mount socket. It can also be used in a floor monitor position or flown using its integrated M10 suspension points. It offers two quarter-inch TRS inputs, one combination XLR/TRS input, and an XLR loop-through output for connecting another EON speaker or recording device, or for routing to an external device. It weighs 32.5 pounds.

JBL Professional also announced the EON210P Portable PA system, a complete, compact powered system. The EON210P includes two 10-inch two-way speakers, an eight-channel powered stereo mixer with four digital effects, two 15-foot speaker cables, and a convenient storage compartment for microphones and accessories. The mixer and storage compartment attach to the rear of the speakers, allowing for ease of movement when transporting the system. At a total weight of 33 pounds, the EON210P is 20 pounds lighter than most other package PA systems in its class, according to JBL.

"Our new EON210P makes it easy to enjoy great sound almost anywhere. It's ideal for live music, schools, churches, presentations, parties or anywhere you need clear, powerful sound," said Ruse.

The EON210P has a 300W peak stereo amplifier and high-efficiency two-way speakers, each with a 1.5-inch neodymium compression-driver tweeter and 10-inch high-excursion woofer. The EON210P can deliver 124dB peak system output, according to JBL, and each speaker provides coverage over a 100- by 60-degree listening area. The EON210P's speakers can be placed on a floor or table, or pole-mounted using the speakers' 36-mm pole-mount socket.

 


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