January 29, 2014

NAMM 2014 | JBL EON 615

The JBL EON series of portable PA speakers are some of the best around. The series has been very successful at combining a level of quality synonymous with one of the oldest loudspeaker companies, and a price point that suits a portable PA system. This year at NAMM 2014 JBL showed us the latest iteration of the EON series with the EON 600. We got a chance to check out the EON 615 which features the latest waveguide technology in the horn from JBL’s other speakers and studio monitors. The woofer has what JBL are calling “pattern control aperture” which helps to keep the speaker sounding great over a wide dynamic range and with even dispersion.

On the back you have volume control and two XLR inputs as well as a thru output. On the back you also have presets depending on the demands you have for the EON 615 across multiple applications. There is bluetooth control so you can control the functions of the speaker from the JBL iOS and Android application. The body itself not only has fly points and angled for use as a monitor, but it also has feet on the top and bottom to allow for easy stack-ability. This could provide a fantastic looking front of house system, within a portable PA design.

Be sure to watch the video above where Charles discusses the features, showcases the EON 615′s design, and explains the technology behind the new 500 series PA speakers.


I’m Charles Sprinkle at JBL Professional. We’re here at NAMM 2014 talking about the EON 615 loudspeaker. As you can see this loudspeaker has interesting, cool features. It has our image control waveguide which is being used and currently also in studio monitors. It also features this pattern control aperture which is a new unique feature. What this pattern control aperture does is it matches the directivity of the woofer to the directivity of the high frequency at the crossover frequency. In other words this is a 90 degree horizontal by 60 degree vertical pattern. This woofer would normally only be doing 50 degrees  just because of the virtue of its size. What we do is we use this aperture then to get the woofer sound to wrap around and get a 90 degree pattern horizontally, 60 degree vertical coverage on this woofer. So what you get is a portable PA speaker with constant directivity and constant power response. Very powerful acoustically. It allows us to have better intelligibility over a wider seating area for a portable PA. Our cabinet you can see here is purposed designed. We have several features. We have monitor angles incorporated in with feet. We have four handles here. We have stack-ability of these units. We have a pole mount on the bottom and a few fly points for mounting these hanging up. This speaker has bluetooth command and control which allows you to use an iOS or Android application to be able to setup the loudspeaker conveniently and get everything working. Volume control, user EQs. We’ve go quite a few user EQs available to the user. We also have several different EQ presets. We have two inputs. We have a pass thru and a on speaker mix and of course these features are accessible through our application. It gives you flexibility, gives you plenty of power, gives you intelligibility for a wide listening area. This is Charles at JBL and you’re watching