JBL Authentics L8

8.7/10 AVG.
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  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8
  • JBL Authentics L8

Specs / Features


Wireless connectivity for AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth devices | 120-watts of stunning, full-range JBL sound from a single speaker system | Easy setup and configuration via JBL Music Flow mobile app | Harman Clari-Fi DSP replaces the missing details in compressed music | Wireless charging for devices via optional wireless charging pad

Wireless connectivity for AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth devices | 120-watts of stunning, full-range JBL sound from a single speaker system | Easy setup and configuration via JBL Music Flow mobile app | Harman Clari-Fi DSP replaces the missing details in compressed music | Wireless charging for devices via optional wireless charging pad

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Specification

Brand JBL
Model JBL L8
Size 32 x 66 cm (12.6 x 26 in)

Reviews summary

8.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 5 reviews

What's good

  • Chic retro design
  • Expansive sound stage
  • Multiple input options
  • Good highs and deep bass

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • Muddy mid-range audio
  • Foam grill attracts dust
  • Heavy

Wireless speakers are evolving from portable convenience devices to high-class sound systems. While it is not the cheapest speaker on the market, the JBL Authentics L8 receives positive reviews from audiophiles and gadget fans alike. The specs from JBL state that it offers up to 120 watts of power across three speakers. This makes the speaker more of a speaker bar than a wireless speaker.

One of the most mentioned aspects in reviews is the design. Ershad Kaleebullah of NDTV Gadgets comments, “A spongy foam grille with a checkered pattern wraps around the front and sides of the speaker, immediately reminding us of a retro-futuristic piece of furniture.” Jesse James of StupidDope says, “We’ve seen a number of different designs and concepts released over the past few years, but nothing nearly as sleek and eye-catching as the latest design from JBL.”

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Unfortunately, the distinctive look comes with one drawback—Both Ershad Kaleebullah and Ali Heriyanto of ChipChick noticed that the foam tends to collect dust. However, they also note that the foam grill is removable and cleanable should you need to do so.

Ershad notes, “The L8 is rather heavy, thus not practical as a portable speaker.” Fortunately, with the added size comes increased output and audio quality. He also states that the L8 "can pump some bass and how! Bass response is well pronounced and doesn't distort even at the loudest volume setting. Even the highs were really good.” The sound stage is equally impressive as Ali Heriyanto points out, “Proper positioning of the speaker is also ideal for the best direction of sound. However, the design allows for the speaker to fill the room with music.”

One major consideration to the L8, and its biggest louder brother the L16, is price. It is priced as high as many premium sound bars and entertainment systems. With a plethora of inputs, including DNLA and AirPlay support, the speaker can connect to virtually any device. This helps justify the price tag by allowing you to use it as a central speaker for multiple devices. Support for wireless Qi charging plates adds flexibility for charging your mobile devices as well.

Ari Heriyanto summarizes most reviews for this speaker when she says, “This is no run-of-the-mill wireless speaker – this is a full-fledged sound system that takes wireless systems to the next level.”

Reviews (8.7/10 Avg. rating)


Sound Vision Review

The L8 is versatile, adaptive, and attractive enough to be front and center of a small audio setup

from Sound Vision Review

Ready to take over for your small TV speakers, fuel your next dance party, or provide the backdrop for an intimate dinner party, the L8 is as great a choice for someone just starting out as it would be for hifi enthusiasts looking to expand their listening options.

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Ready to take over for your small TV speakers, fuel your next dance party, or provide the backdrop for an intimate dinner party, the L8 is as great a choice for someone just starting out as it would be for hifi enthusiasts looking to expand their listening options.

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Digital Trends

The L8’s brilliant blend of vintage aesthetics, modern design, and well-crafted sound is a winning combination

from Digital Trends

JBL’s L8 delivers a distinctive blend of power, presence, and versatility from a package that’s as pleasing to the ear as it is to the eye. While it’s a tad pricey for a speaker that can’t venture beyond a power source (no battery option), the L8’s brilliant blend of...More

JBL’s L8 delivers a distinctive blend of power, presence, and versatility from a package that’s as pleasing to the ear as it is to the eye. While it’s a tad pricey for a speaker that can’t venture beyond a power source (no battery option), the L8’s brilliant blend of vintage aesthetics, modern design, and well-crafted sound make for a winning combination in a crowded field.

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Chip Chick

A full fledged sound system that takes wireless systems to the next level

from Chip Chick

The design of the speaker is smart and minimalist – just one cord is all this device needs. So for those worrying about cord clutter, there no need to worry because there is none – but just a simple electrical cord. The top of the speaker has a cubby which can hide your Smartphone or media device and its respective cables. Everything remains out of sight, maintaining a minimal footprint that blends into any room or surroundings....

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The design of the speaker is smart and minimalist – just one cord is all this device needs. So for those worrying about cord clutter, there no need to worry because there is none – but just a simple electrical cord. The top of the speaker has a cubby which can hide your Smartphone or media device and its respective cables. Everything remains out of sight, maintaining a minimal footprint that blends into any room or surroundings.

It boasts a lux design that pays tribute to its JBL roots. Meanwhile, for audio junkies, it transforms your wireless music into something so juicy that you just want to eat away at it, bit rate by bit rate. And For those who hate wires but love music – this system has it all. It has a great look, sounds great, and it will take you only minutes to get it setup. There are no stereo instructions needed with this beast – just some great music and a cocktail.

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NDTV

A great buy for those who ache for punchy bass

from NDTV

Basically a single unit with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity along with NFC and Airplay support. It comprises of two tweeters and a subwoofer. The L8 has a hefty price tag, is rather large, and promises great sound. Let's find out if it performs as advertised.

The L8 can do quite a lot more than just act as a speaker. The USB ports can charge your devices and the removable cover can be replaced with a proprietary Qi wireless charging pad....

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Basically a single unit with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity along with NFC and Airplay support. It comprises of two tweeters and a subwoofer. The L8 has a hefty price tag, is rather large, and promises great sound. Let's find out if it performs as advertised.

The L8 can do quite a lot more than just act as a speaker. The USB ports can charge your devices and the removable cover can be replaced with a proprietary Qi wireless charging pad.

The sound quality can be compared to an mp3 file at 192kbps, which is okay, but this only applies at the optimal listening volume which is 60 percent of the maximum.

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Top Ten Reviews

This is a truly premium wireless speaker that will provide high-end audio for any type of music

from Top Ten Reviews

This is the best wireless speaker we reviewed. The JBL Authentics L8 can connect to almost anything and sounds amazing. Its only issue might be its aesthetic, but some will love the retro-feel. Ultimately, you can't go wrong buying this wireless speaker.

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This is the best wireless speaker we reviewed. The JBL Authentics L8 can connect to almost anything and sounds amazing. Its only issue might be its aesthetic, but some will love the retro-feel. Ultimately, you can't go wrong buying this wireless speaker.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

27 from Amazon.com

27 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the JBL Authentics L8. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

6.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

3 from Amazon.ca

3 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the JBL Authentics L8. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9.4/10

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