HARMAN is showing JBL Professional's EON515XT active loudspeaker at Prolight & Sound 2011, continuing the success of JBL's flagship product for its iconic powered portable speaker collection. A direct replacement for the EON515, the EON515XT was engineered for durability, high performance and ease of use. The new EON515XT offers increased input sensitivity, a lowering noise floor than its predecessor, and user selectable EQ. The entire system has been optimized for peak performance and enhanced audio precision.
“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. “We knew we could do the same for the EON515XT and quite frankly, we couldn't wait to do it. 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. I think it's the most musical EON we have ever built.”
The 2-way EON515XT incorporates a JBL 2414H high-frequency neodymium compression driver and a 15-inch JBL 265F-1 Differential Drive® dual-voice-coil woofer perfectly matched to a proprietary Crown® Class D amplifier. The system has been re-voiced from previous models for better clarity and frequency balance and now delivers a stout 132dB maximum SPL. “We've raised the bar dramatically,” noted Ruse.
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 and a simplified 3-channel mixer configuration—an especially beneficial live performance feature that allows users to plug in multiple instruments and microphones.
Built to take the rigors of the road, the JBL EON515XT has been restyled for discretion with a tough, molded black enclosure, black metal grille, black JBL badge, and charcoal EON grille logo. The EON515XT can be pole-mounted on a subwoofer or tripod stand using its 36 mm pole-mount socket, used in a floor monitor position or flown using its integrated M10 suspension points. It offers two 1/4-inch TRS inputs, one combination XLR/TRS input and an XLR loop-through output for connecting another EON speaker, recording device or for routing to an external device. Weighing just 32.5 pounds, the EON515XT features multiple grip points designed for comfort, safety and balance.