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JBL introduces new Authentics series of wireless speakers

Fresh from the recent launch of two Bluetooth headphones, Harman International-owned JBL has announced details of its brand new Authentics series of wireless speakers.

The L16 and L8 (pictured below) speakers are the first to incorporate Harman Clari-Fi technology – innovative new software that, according to JBL, restores 90 per cent of audio details lost in digital compression.

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A combination of professional sound and vintage design, Authentics speakers incorporate AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth connectivity to stream audio from any wireless device.

The speakers' 24-bit, 96kHz digital signal path let you experience studio-quality audio, supporting the 96kHz sample rate compared with the 44.1kHz rate reproduced by CDs.

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Six speakers contained in the JBL Authentics L16 (pictured below) are powered by six 50W amplifiers, with the unit housing a 25mm tweeter, a 2in mid range and a 5.25in woofer.

In the JBL Authentics L8, you'll find a powered two-way stereo speaker with a 25mm tweeter and a 10cm woofer. It also houses four 30W amplifiers to offer dynamic playback.

With both models, a free JBL Music app turns iOS and Android devices into a remote control. The L16 will be available in early March for £900, and the L8 in late March for £500.

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by Pete Hayman

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