10" 2-way powered PA speaker

  • JBL EON 510


  • JBL EON 510


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by Buck Pomerantz

How loud do powered PA speakers play?

If you're considering powered speakers, you might be tempted to compare wattage ratings, but those won't be very helpful to you: these self-contained systems are engineered to precisely match their built-in amps with their speakers in order to get the most output possible. We suggest you pay more attention to the listed sound pressure level (SPL) ratings than the listed wattage ratings. These boxes are all designed to play loud and clear in appropriately matched room sizes. Generally, powered PA speakers work best in small to medium venues, like nightclubs, coffeehouses, and small auditoriums. If you're performing in larger venues, you'll probably need separate power amps and speakers.

Lightweight and durable

JBL, one of the leaders in live sound reproduction, brings you their EON 510 powered loudspeaker so you can better present your music to your audience. This speaker's rugged and lightweight molded enclosure is made of a non-resonant composite polymer that'll survive most on-the-road mishaps. It protects the speaker system so it will successfully play the gig every time — and sound great doing it. It also really helps that, at the end of a long, tiring night, this powered PA speaker weighs less than 17 pounds and fits easily in most backseats or trunks.

Built-in 3-channel mixer

Each EON 510 is a one-piece 560-watt PA system, featuring a 10" woofer, a 1" high-frequency compression driver, Class D power, and a 3-channel mixer. Two line input channels accommodate balanced or unbalanced signals so you can play music from almost any source. A microphone input lets you set up an EON 510 as a PA speaker for a conference or for a performance in a small auditorium.

Individual channel gain and overall treble and bass controls let you adjust the mix to blend perfectly. Other onboard electronics include a 2-way crossover, two Class D power amplifiers, and a dynamic limiter all matched and designed to work together to play your music flawlessly and keep the components safe from overload and damage.

Loud enough for venues small and large

The efficient EON 510 can turn its 560 watts of power into 121 dB of sound pressure — capable of filling a classsroom or small restaurant or bar with enough volume so everyone can clearly hear. A pair of EON 510s working together can play loud rock 'n roll in those small venues, or amplify softer programming in larger rooms and auditoriums.

You'll dramatically increase your music's impact and volume when you combine a couple of EON 510s with a matching EON 518S powered subwoofer or two. Each added sub takes over the heavy work associated with reproducing bass, so the EON 510 can play the rest of the sound that much louder.

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    2-way Powered PA Speaker
    • JBL 261F Differential Drive® 10" woofer with dual 1.5" voice coils
    • JBL 2414H 1" throat high-frequency compression driver with 1" annular polymer diaphragm
    • maximum output level: 121 dB SPL
    • maximum output power: 560 watts
    • nominal coverage: 100-degrees horizontal, 60-degrees vertical
    • frequency response: 70-17,000 Hz
    • composite polypropylene bass-reflex enclosure with steel grille and rubber handle-grip
    Electronic Features
    • 3-channel mixer with two level controls
      • channels 1 and 2: single-jack stereo 1/4" TRS phone unbalanced line input (L and R summed to mono)
      • channel 3: XLR/1/4" TRS phone balanced input (with mic/line switch)
      • XLR output for connecting another speaker system (ch 3 or mix)
    • 3-position EQ control
      • EQ - Flat: no equalization applied
      • EQ - Boost: +3 dB shelving at 150 Hz and +2.5 dB shelving at 4,000 Hz
      • EQ - Cut: -6 dB shelving at 120 Hz
    • crossover frequency: 1,600 Hz
    • two Class D amplifiers
      • low frequency amplifier: 220 watts continuous, 440 watts peak
      • high frequency amplifier: 60 watts continuous, 120 watts peak
    • built-in limiter with indicator light
    General Features
    • 1-7/16" (36 mm) socket with stabilizing set screw for optional speaker stand
    • rigging points for hanging or mounting with optional mounting hardware
    • can be set as a stage monitor angled upward
    • weight: 17 lbs
    • dimensions: 12-5/16"W x 19-5/16"H x 10-5/16"D
    • warranty: speakers: 5 years; amps: 3 years; enclosure and all other: 2 years
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    Features and Specs
    Drivers per speaker 2
    Woofer Size (inches) 10"
    Tweeter Size (inches) 1
    System Frequency response 70-17k
    Maximum SPL 121
    RMS Power rating 280
    Program Power rating 0
    Peak Power rating 560
    Mic Inputs XLR, TRS
    Line Inputs XLR, TRS
    Tone Controls Preset EQ
    Width (inches) 12-5/16
    Height (inches) 19-5/16
    Depth (inches) 10-5/16
    Weight 17 lbs
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    • Powered PA speaker
    • 10' AC power cord
    • User's Guide

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    Powered PA Speaker: The EON510 is a two-way, powered, portable speaker. The EON510 is comprised of a 10" Differential Drive woofer and a 1" throat neodymium high-frequency compression driver coupled to a 100° (h) by 60° (v) waveguide. Both speaker components are driven by the discrete channels of a 280 watt Class-D integrated power amplifier.

    Rugged Bass Reflex Enclosure: The JBL EON510 features a highly designed composite enclosure for durability, lightweight, and acoustic performance. A bass reflex port provides greater efficiency and bigger bass output. A full screen-backed steel grille offers additional protection for both the woofer and compression driver components.

    Inputs/Outputs: The JBL EON510 is fitted with both a TRS 1/4" phone jack input and a combo-jack input that accepts XLR and TRS plugs. The speaker also features an XLR output to daisy-chain other powered speakers.

    • TRS 1/4" Jack: The TRS 1/4" jack can accommodate one or two channels of audio. When a two-channel source connected, both channels are summed to mono. A Single source may also be connected here. This input is intended for use with audio devices including cassette tape, CD, MP3 players, computer sound-card outputs, electronic keyboards, or electric/acoustic music instruments.
    • Combo Connector: This balanced input accepts a standard XLR 3-pin and TRS 1/4" plug. The sensitivity of this input can be switched to Mic or Line. A broad range of signals (-44dBu to +20dBu nominal) from microphones, audio mixing consoles, and electronic music instrument may be connected.
    • XLR Output: A balanced XLR loop through output connector enables the simple "daisy-chaining" of additional EON powered speaker if more coverage and level is required.

    EQ Settings: Pre-engineered selectable system EQ is provided to assist in optimizing the system to your source material and acoustic environment. 3 EQ presets are provided.

    • Flat: The "Flat" setting is ideal for live music. This is a neutral setting with no extra EQ applied and should be utilized in most typical PA applications. The frequency response is flat, linear, and unaltered. In this setting more level will be achievable at the maximum performance limits of the speaker.
    • Boost: The "Boost" setting is used for reproducing low level pre-recorded music, delivering extra low and high frequency energy. When the control is switched to the Boost setting, low frequency and high frequency equalization is applied; +3dB shelving filter at 150Hz and +2.5dB shelving filter at 4kHz. With the Boost applied, love level music playback will sound much fuller with increased high frequency clarity.
    • Cut: In the "Cut" position, maximum level can be achieved for speech reproduction by reducing need to reinforce the lower frequencies. This is also a typical setting when using the system as a floor monitor, reducing low frequency build-up which occurs naturally when placed on a floor. Low frequencies (120Hz) are cut (-6dB) from the systems response. This position should be selected when the speaker is used with a subwoofer, for speech reproduction, or as a floor monitor.

    Integrated Carry Handles: Built-in ergonomic handles provide the carrying flexibility required of a highly portable speaker system, whether sliding it onto the back seat of a car or lifting it up to place on a stand.

    LED Indicators: The EON510 features two LEDs to indicate the speaker's status.

    • Signal: The Signal LED (Green) illuminates to indicate a usable audio signal is present at the speaker's connected input.
    • Limit: The Limit LED (Red) illuminates to indicate that the system is approaching clipping. The threshold for this is actually about 2dB below clipping. An occasional flickering of this on the loudest peaks is acceptable. If this LED is on for more that the duration of brief dynamic peaks, the speaker is being over-driven.

    Applications: The JBL EON510 PA speaker is great for live sound reinforcement, speech and vocals, music playback in entertainment, A/V, and institutional venues; especially when ease of use and portability are important factors. Plus the EON510 can be used for amplification, mixing, and monitoring of musical instruments.

    Mounting Options: The universal mounting capabilities make the EON510 perfect for live performers, fixed installations, or commercial A/V rental companies. Whether you use the speaker on a tripod stand (36mm socket), mounted on a subwoofer with a pole, in the floor monitor position, or in a fixed position suspended by the M10 points, you can count on superior and reliable performance.

    Placement Recommendations: The following guidelines will help you achieve optimum sound wherever you use your EON loudspeakers.

    • Raise Speakers: For best results try to get the high frequency horn at least 2-4' above the heads of the audience. If the speakers are too low, the people in the back of the audience will not receive the best quality sound.
    • Place Speakers Between the Mics & Audience:  Feedback occurs when the microphones pick up sound from the speakers and "feed" the sound back through
      the sound system. If space is limited, point the speakers away from the microphones to reduce feedback.
    • Locate Speakers Away From Turntables:  Low-frequency feedback occurs when the output of the speaker is picked up by the tone arm of the turntable
      and is re-amplified. A heavy, solid turntable base and shock mounting can also reduce this type of feedback in DJ applications.
    • Use More Speakers in Large or Highly Reverberant Spaces: Spreading speakers throughout these spaces will produce much better sound than trying to compensate with loudness level or equalization. For very long distances, the use of another set of speakers with time delay is recommended.
    • Stand Speakers Upright for PA/Tilt the Speakers Stage Monitoring: Upright stance provides even coverage over a wide area. EON speakers are also designed with two slanted positions for stage monitoring applications.
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