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12" 2-way powered PA speaker — 1,000W peak

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Our take on the JBL EON612

JBL completely redesigned the latest members of their popular and successful EON Series, as is immediately apparent from their departure from the original EON's rounded shape. The EON612 powered speaker combines "trickle-down" technology from JBL's more expensive speakers with new design concepts to give this EON exceptional sound quality and versatility.

A new EON

JBL completely redesigned the latest members of their popular and successful EON Series, as is immediately apparent from their departure from the original EON's rounded shape. The EON612 powered speaker combines "trickle-down" technology from JBL's more expensive speakers with new design concepts to give this EON exceptional sound quality and versatility.

JBL 12" Powered PA speaker

JBL's unique waveguides dramatically increase your coverage.

Catch a waveguide

The EON612 speaker uses a built-in Class D power amplifier to send 700 watts to its 12" woofer and 300 watts to its high-frequency compression driver, for a maximum SPL of 126 dB. Both drivers utilize custom-designed waveguides which control dispersal of the high and low frequencies, resulting in consistent response throughout the speaker's 100° x 60° coverage pattern. And this powerful, all-in-one package only weighs 33 pounds.

The waveguides aren't the only thing new about the EON612. JBL shaped the plastic injection-molded enclosure to increase the cabinet's internal volume for improved performance. The enclosure also features four handles for easy transport, integrated hardware mounts for hanging the speaker, and specially designed "indexed feet" to allow stacking and help with transport and storage.

Call for control

The control panel features two channels with XLR and 1/4" combination inputs, each with individual gain controls and signal indicators. An XLR loop-through output routes the signal to additional EON speakers. A master volume knob controls overall system volume with the aid of a limiter LED indicator. The controls also feature four EQ presets for using the EON as a main speaker, a monitor speaker, a satellite speaker with a subwoofer, and a "speech" setting for simple PA/announcement use.

Unique Bluetooth® functionality

Even cooler, the EON612 offers Bluetooth® functionality. Download an free app, and you can use your compatible Android or iOS device to control the volume level, adjust the onboard 3-way parametric EQ and high and low shelving, apply the factory EQ presets, and save user presets. This unique feature allows you to control the speakers from offstage, particularly handy for making sweeping sound adjustments from out in the room.

The EON612 offers advanced features, serious power, and light weight, making it a standout candidate in the crowded field of powered portable loudspeakers.


  • 2-way self-powered speaker
  • 12" woofer and high-frequency compression driver
  • advanced computer-designed waveguides for both drivers
  • Bluetooth control of volume and parametric EQ
  • indexed feet allow stacking
  • 4 EQ presets for main speaker, monitor speaker, satellite speaker with sub, and "speech" setting
  • built-in limiter with indicator light
  • coverage pattern: 100° x 60°
Electronic features:
  • Class D power amplifier
    • 1000 watts (700 watts to woofer, 300 watts to tweeter)
  • frequency range: 48-20,000 Hz
  • max SPL output: 126 dB
  • iOS and Android supported Bluetooth v4.0 compliant interface
  • XLR and 1/4" combination inputs with individual gain controls and signal-present indicators
General features:

What's in the Box:

  • Active PA speaker
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Quick Start Guide

JBL EON612 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)


Debo Aina from Great Neck, NY on 7/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome. Great buy.

Pros: Positive purchase



Anonymous from Bayamon,PR on 7/4/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice speaker



Good all-around value

NB from Cincinnati, OH on 6/9/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is only being used for amplifying musical instruments, but the ones that hit it on any given occasion go from an electronic drum set + bass guitar or keyboard to distorted violins. It is plenty bassy to work as a bass guitar amp and clean enough to work for all the others. The two channels are great. Most importantly, a skinny 10 year old has no problems hauling it up and down stairs! It is truly small and light for what it delivers. Improvements: The bluetooth capability is awful. It only adjusts the EQ and it is done the WRONG way (this nerd user found it to be super confusing). More channels would be welcome, but 2 is better than 1!

Pros: Sound is clear, it is light, simple, and easy to carry. There is little color to the reproduction. It just works.

Cons: Bluetooth is worthy of being ignored. Really, just ignore it. It doesn't hurt anything. I would have loved to get Bluetooth streaming, but we can add a simple cable, so no big deal there.

JBL eon

blm from Virginia on 12/8/2015

good sound, set them up for a church sanctuary with capacity of about 175 and works perfectly

Pros: size, sound, bluetooth

Cons: none


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Drivers per speaker 2
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
System Frequency response 48-20000
Maximum SPL 126
RMS Power rating 500
Program Power rating N/A
Peak Power rating 1000
Mic Inputs 2 XLR/TRS combo
Line Inputs XLR, TRS
Tone Controls Y
Width (inches) 15
Height (inches) 26-3/16
Depth (inches) 12-1/2
Weight 33 lbs

Product Research


Powered PA Speaker: The EON612 is a two-way, powered, portable speaker. The EON612 is comprised of a 12" woofer and a 1" high-frequency compression driver coupled to a 100° (h) by 60° (v) waveguide. Both speaker components are driven by the discrete channels of a 500 watt Class-D integrated power amplifier (350W for woofer + 150W for tweeter). This combination of drivers and amplification delivers exceptional headroom with power to spare.

Rugged Bass-Reflex Enclosure w/ Carry Handles: The JBL EON612 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. 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.

Inputs/Outputs: The JBL EON612 is fitted with two combo-jack inputs that accept XLR and TRS plugs. The speaker also features an XLR output to daisy-chain other powered speakers.

  • Two Combo Inputs: The rear panel provides combination inputs (XLR or 1/4") for each of the speaker's two channels (1-2). The  combo inputs accept 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.

Bluetooth Control App: JBL engineers developed an Apple iOS and Android supported Bluetooth v4.0 compliant app (coming soon) for controlling the EON612 speaker's master volume, adjusting user definable parametric EQ, plus saving and recalling user presets. This Bluetooth app for your Apple iOS and Android device is for control only and does not support wireless music streaming.

EQ Settings: Pre-engineered selectable system EQ presets are provided to assist in optimizing the system to your application and acoustic environment. 4 EQ presets are provided.

  • Main: This is the default setting for the EON612 loudspeakers. Use this setting when your EON612 loudspeaker is being used either on a tripod or pole and facing towards your audience.
  • Monitor: Use this setting when your EON612 loudspeaker is being used as a stage monitor facing towards you.
  • Sub: Use this setting when your EON612 loudspeaker is being used in conjunction with a separate subwoofer. This preset enables a High Pass Filter (HPF) set at 100Hz.
  • Speech: Use this setting when your EON612 loudspeaker is being used for Speech only or Spoken Word only applications and is facing towards the audience.

LED Indicators: The EON612 features three LEDs to indicate the speaker's status.

  • Signal: The two Signal LEDs (Green) illuminate to indicate a usable audio signal is present at the speaker's connected input (1-2).
  • 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 EON612 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 EON612 can be used for amplification, mixing, and monitoring of musical instruments.

Mounting Options: The universal mounting capabilities make the EON612 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. The EON600 series speakers are also stackable.

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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Great brand. Great specifications for what I need. [ JOSEPH VITO  Jan 20, 2018 ]
Recommended by a friend [ John  Apr 10, 2017 ]
JBL Quality. [ Harold  Mar 29, 2017 ]
JBL best live sound experience. [ Carlos  Dec 09, 2015 ]