It’s a good thing JBL sent me one of these speakers to road test this month, because it makes my job so much simpler. The fact of the mat- ter is that I use one of these almost every day of the week, so I was pretty much across the unit before I even opened the roadcase to dis- cover what was inside. What we are talking about is the JBL EON615, the new standard in the EON range, and the speaker that so many of you will be using in the future when you upgrade your dated powered speakers for a newer, more fexible and more powerful model.
THE TIME IS NOW
I have been using EON speak- ers in one form or another for around twenty years now and continue to get great results, but I have also witnessed a series of changes over that time too. The EON515 became a bit of a standard in lightweight powered speakers for a while, so I was really intrigued to see what JBL would do with this new version. From what I have heard over the last few months, and from the reports I have been getting from other users, it all seems to be positive. Reliability issues have been cast aside, as the EON615 is proving to be a daily workhorse that puts in more hours than most of us are capable of. That is a real bonus, as I am sure anyone looking to invest in a pair of these speakers will need them to perform at any time in the knowledge that the equipment will be ready for the task at hand.
BOLD AND BIG
At frst glance these speakers do appear to be considerably big- ger than their predecessor, but it’s more of an optical illusion that anything else. Gone is the rounded body of the old 515s, and in comes a range of cleaner lines that give the EON615 a more foreboding presence but still keep it at about the same size. The weight has been kept down too, making it ideal for musicians who want to travel with their PA system. On the back, you only get two inputs with the EON615, one less than the older version, but both will accept either mic or line levels, with a master volume controlling them. Four different EQ presets offer some bold differences in the unit’s delivery of sound and allow for a range of applica- tions. Of course, the option to illuminate the front LED is still included in the EON615, as that is very important, sometimes. Bluetooth connectivity is relatively simple with a quick sync and boot option to get your device paired up with the unit, bringing the EON range well into the future and setting up as a stalwart of sound reinforcement for many years to come.
Hits and Misses
Lightweight, but solid build
Proven reliability over extended periods of use
Easy EQ settings for a range of applications
Sounds a little bit “hi-f” at times
• Max SPL Output: 127 dB
• Frequency Range (-10dB): 39 Hz – 20 kHz
• Frequency Response (± 3 dB): 50 Hz – 20 kHz
• Coverage Pattern: 90° x 60°
• Dimensions (mm): 707 x 439 x 365
• Net Weight: 17.69 kg