JBL intros column PA packed with functionality

Harman introduced the JBL Eon One MK2 battery-powered column PA that includes a 5-channel digital mixer, comprehensive Lexicon and dbx DSP, and Bluetooth 5.0 functions.

The unit also offers full app control and is powered by a rechargeable battery system that weighs 19kg.

Its geometrically-optimised, C-shaped array of eight 2-in tweeters works in combination with a 10-in woofer to deliver smooth, even response down to 37 Hz. The C-shaped array provides wide horizontal dispersion and deep vertical throw.

A 1,500-watt (peak) amplifier drives the Eon One MK2. Variable Power Performance technology automatically optimises performance for either AC or battery power, providing 4 dB of extra headroom when connected to AC power. It is engineered for versatility and ease of use, offering pro-grade processing with a triple-tier interface and a full-colour LCD display that lets users choose beginner, intermediate or advanced control. The system features Lexicon effects like reverb, chorus and delay, in addition to a full suite of dbx DriveRack technology, including AFS (Automatic Feedback Suppression), parametric EQs, limiters, delays and SubSynth. User-configurable presets and onboard hardware EQ with three fixed knobs are designed for easy control.

The Soundcraft Easy Ducking feature lowers background music volume when speech is detected. The six-hour battery in the column is swappable to support extended use.

Inputs and outputs on the 5-channel digital mixer include three Neutrik XLR combo jacks, one Hi-Z input and a ¼-inch balanced passthrough with independent volume control and speaker delay. Two channels of true 48V phantom power are also included for support of condenser microphones.

The system can be controlled by the new JBL Pro Connect app, which provides remote access via Bluetooth 5.0 to every function and preset from a phone or tablet for up to 10 units.

It is designed to be carried with one hand, with an ergonomic handle. The system is encased in a durable polypropylene. The Eon One MK2 undergoes 100 hours of stress testing.

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