JBL Eon Floorstanding Speakers

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Craig Smith   Audio Enthusiast [May 09, 2000]
Strength:

Clear accurate vocals, light weight.

Excellent quality sound, price less than same-quality separate amp and speakers, although you can get more power out of separates. Excellent for remotely mixed applications and stage monitors. 10 inchers a little underpowered for use outdoors or in large halls, but OK for small events and non-rock music. The 15 inchers don't cost much more and are much louder, but a little bigger and heavier (but no heavier than regular unpowered JBLs). I'd like to see a 12 incher. You can daisy chain them together to get more sound. Balanced inputs only. Very easy to carry, although handles could be a little better shaped.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Frank   Audiophile [Apr 25, 2001]
Strength:

Portability, Design/cosmetic look of speaker

Weakness:

Warmth of tone/image at lower levels ot moderate room levels

I purchased a pair of the JBL Eons last Winter because they were the right answer to portability and reliability. Instead of renting I just outright bought them to do a large company Christmas party (150+ people) Simply load up your car, arrive, set-up on stands, and presto. The built- in amps save headaches of dealing with external amps on location. I run a Vestax CDX-12 dual CD mixer into a Mackie mixer and run 20 ft. XLR monster cables into each respective speaker. Overall, I'm satisfied but noticed that until now it has taken months now for these speakers to break into more true/warm sound as opposed to being just another loud speaker with the inevitable hiss. My only problem is that my ears are used to hearing more hi-end home stereo gear. Comparing these to B&W, DynAudio, etc. is like comparing a tractor with a sleek sports car! Get the idea? They can be harsh to the audiophile. I'm not satisfied with using these in the home, but will get the job done right when playing these in a larger setting like a rent party. These speakers are worth the money though. To get the warm, full tone with bass out of these I had to use an equalizer in conjunction with the mixer. These speakers are not for the sensitive and critical listener, but are extremely functional for the dollar nevertheless. Oh yeah, they look in place at an Art Gallery opening.

Similar Products Used: Too many to mention. Mostly club gear/PA equipment
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Denny Johnson   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 10, 2000]
Strength:

Light and easy to carry (34lbs), great sound with a fullness and presence un matched by others I listened to, hold up very well

Weakness:

I'm not aware of any.

I do sound as a hobby for bluegrass bands. The bands have many instruments with vocals (guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, bass + others). The acoustic quality of the instruments are important to maintain and it's difficult to get clear tone without an electronic sound. I mostly mic the instruments and vocals with a few piezo pickups here and there (especially Bass).
I have the unpowered Eon 15" for main speakers. They reproduce the sound accurately and precisely. They project well and cover a wide field. They have a full sound that handles everything from a stand up bass to violin high notes. I get frequent compliments from sophisticated listeners on how good the bands sound. I like them a lot and can't think of any other speaker I would trade for them.
I've had them 2 or 3 years now and they hold up excellently.
I also have a bad back and the 34lb weight with handy handles really helps in the hauling and set up department.
Great Speakers!

Other equip:
EV 1.2 amp (I run mono mains on A and mono monitors on B)
Mackie 1604 VLZ board
Lexicon effects
AB EQs
DBX 1066 and 166A compressor/gate
Tascam DA38 8 track recorder
Tascam 202 MK III tape deck
Tascam DA 30 MKII DAT

Similar Products Used: EV SX200, EV Eliminator 15 monitors, Eon 10"
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Marin Fisher   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 05, 2001]
Strength:

The sound quality and the fact they are the best speakers you can buy

Weakness:

none at all they are awsome

I am a mobile Karaoke and am the biggest in the UK. I needed sound quality that would beat everyone else and the JBL speaker did that in grace. If i was to recommend a speaker to anyone i would 100% choose JBL eon 15s. I amp them wit a peavey 250 and they sound so clear and the voice sounds out of this world. they are the dogs doodars. BUY JBL EONS THEY MAKE EVERYTHING ELSE SOUND RUBBISH NO DISTORTION AND THE BASE IS EXCELLENT.

GENERATION KARAOKE

generationkaraoke@yahoo.co.uk

Similar Products Used: MAJ
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Michael   Audiophile [Apr 18, 2001]
Strength:

Small size, not heavy, KILLER sound.

Weakness:

None that I could find

I bought one of these after a lot of research getting opinions from other keyboardists. I play in a LOUD band and needed loud, distortion-free sound. Boy, did I get it!
This box is astonishingly loud and clear, out of ALL proportion to its size. Tight, huge bass and sparkling highs. I won't go on and on raving, I'll simply say that in 20 years of professional playing I've never come close to such a perfect keyboard amp. I'm sure it's just as good for any other use. Good job, JBL!

Similar Products Used: Fender KX100, rack systems
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
David   an Audio Enthusiast [Jun 09, 1999]

I have recently purchased the JBL powered Eon 15's at Guitar Center's memorial day sale for $900/pair (although they retail about $1000/pair I think, I've seen them as well for $930). Anyways, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. JBL's claim that they are the "swiss-army knife of speakers" is very true and fit my needs perfectly: as an aspiring DJ, I wished to have speakers that were of both quality sound with a lot of kick and that I could use as moniters if I wished to upgrade. But why would I want to upgrade 'cause these speaks rock! Even unpowered they crank, I mean STRAIGHT through a mixing board. But powered up they absolutly rock, very clean and good mids for a two-way speaker with DEEP bass through their 15" subs. Even their design is excellent with a handle on one side for transportation and very sturdy plastic. I don't know what else to say but 5 stars - I wrote this partly to get a discussion started about these new JBL's!

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5
VALUE
RATING
Baker Symes   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 08, 1999]

I perform in a Beatles cover band in which the sound has to be perfect, particularly in the vocal range. I use JBL's because JBL has the clearest midrange. For a monitor I use the EON powered 10" which I run directly out of the mixer out line. All the other band members are jealous because the sound is clear as a bell and covers all frequencies. And it only weighs 27 lbs. I also like it because it is a good representative of the mix that comes out of the mains. Sounds like a CD. I use the EON powered subwoofer (15") on one side of the stage to balance the the bass amp on the other side of the stage. The subwoofer is a power house weighing only 38 lbs. You can carry it in one hand! And yet it cranks out very deep base sound. Both eons have volume controls.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Omar   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 21, 2000]
Strength:

Serious volume, very tight for a prosound system

Weakness:

none, though it obviously won't compete with the clarity of quality home stereo parts.

I've owned a set of 2 EON 15 powered speakers with accompanying subs for a little over four years now. During their time with me they've been back and forth to clubs, house parties and the like. They've blasted lame top 40 tunes, trance, breaks, drumnbass, and, of course, a little enya now and then. My EON's have been scratched, kicked, spilled on by sloppy drunks, and cranked until they nearly fell over from the vibration. They are the best investment I could possibly have made, easily one of the tightest sounding compact prosound systems around. While at home, I use the subs (at about 15%, of course) for home theatre use. Talk about BASS. 250 watts PER sub. 130 extra per full range speaker, with 50 to the horn. If you want a prosound unit for about 1700 - 2000, this is the only one to consider. Pretty lightweight, extremely rugged, seriously loud yet precise, and cheaper than most, including SX-200's which, though a bit tighter sounding, are not worth the extra cash.

Similar Products Used: EV SX 200
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jeffrey Chin   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 25, 2000]
Strength:

crystal clear highs
lows are not muddy at all

Weakness:

only a 2 way speaker
no midrange

I had to install these using a 1/8" headphone jack w/
my speaker wire. A cinch to install and not portable too!

The bags cost extra. I paid $60 for a pair.
If you DJ, these are a must.

Tripods were included in my purchase so no need to buy
expensive speaker stands. That's another plus in my book =)

The G2 series is out offering +50w & more inputs but since I don't DJ, I don't need them.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase. DVDs as well as
audio CDs sound crystal clear. Excellent buy for the money.
Highly recommended. 2 thumbs up!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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