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JBL Authentics 500 Wireless powered speaker with Wi-Fi Bluetooth®, and Dolby Atmos® Music support

Item # 109ATH500B

This 3.1-channel wireless streaming speaker produces spacious sound with Dolby Atmos Music mixes.

This 3.1-channel wireless streaming speaker produces spacious sound with Dolby Atmos Music mixes.

Item # 109ATH500B

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$699.95 -$100.00 Instant savings
$599.95 each

About the JBL Authentics 500

Ralph Graves

Retro look, modern tech

The '70s-inspired look of the Authentics 500 powered speaker celebrates JBL's history, with its aluminum frame and iconic JBL Quadrex grille. Inside, the speaker is all 21st-century tech. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can stream from virtually any source. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls. And its 3.1-channel design produces a spacious soundstage with Dolby Atmos Music tracks available on streaming services like TIDAL, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited (subscriptions required).

Retro look, modern tech

The '70s-inspired look of the Authentics 500 powered speaker celebrates JBL's history, with its aluminum frame and iconic JBL Quadrex grille. Inside, the speaker is all 21st-century tech. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can stream from virtually any source. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls. And its 3.1-channel design produces a spacious soundstage with Dolby Atmos Music tracks available on streaming services like TIDAL, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited (subscriptions required).

Superior sound

The Authentics 500 features three 1" dome tweeters for clean, clear highs. Three 2-3/4" midrange drivers reproduce rich detail. And a single 6-1/2" down-firing subwoofer delivers strong, precise bass.

Stereo sources sound spacious, and Dolby Atmos mixes take on a three-dimensional quality. This speaker even automatically calibrates itself every time you turn it on, so your music always sounds its best.

Part of a multi-room audio system

You have many ways to make your Authentics 500 part of your whole-home audio system. The free JBL One app lets you wirelessly connect your speaker to other compatible JBL speakers. You can also stream content using Apple AirPlay 2 or Chromecast built-in, depending on your device. Both allow you to group this speaker with compatible speakers throughout your home for convenient multi-room streaming from a range of apps and services.

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Product highlights:

  • three 1" tweeters, three 2-3/4" midrange drivers, and one 6-1/2" down-firing subwoofer
  • rear-firing JBL SlipStream™ bass ports
  • total power output: 270 watts
  • frequency response: 40-20,000 Hz
  • built-in Bluetooth 5.3
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac®
  • Chromecast built-in lets you stream music using a range of compatible apps
  • compatible with Amazon Alexa Multi-room music (MRM)
  • built-in microphone
    • compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands
  • supports Dolby Atmos Music from streaming services like TIDAL, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited
JBL One app:
  • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
  • makes it quick and easy to connect the speaker to your Wi-Fi network
  • EQ and audio calibration
  • wirelessly group compatible JBL speakers for multi-room audio
Additional info:
  • aluminum frame and Quadrex grille
  • automatic room calibration for optimal sound
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack input
  • USB Type-C port
  • requires AC power
  • weight: 17.2 lbs.
  • 17-5/8"W x 9-1/2"H x 10-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # JBLAUTH500BLKAM

What's in the box:

  • Wireless audio speaker
  • Grille
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Instructions and Warranty Card

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Features & specs

Connections
Ethernet Port Yes
USB-A Port 0
USB-B Port 0
USB-C Port 1
3.5mm Input 1
RCA Input No
XLR Input
Phono Input No
Digital Input No
HDMI Input No
Headphone Jack No
Subwoofer Output No
Wireless Features
Bluetooth Built-in
Wi-Fi 802.11ax
Wi-Fi Bands 2.4, 5 GHz
Stereo Speaker Pairing No
Driver Details
Tweeter Size (Inches) 1
Tweeter Type Soft-Dome
Tweeter Material Silk
Midrange Size (Inches) 2.75
Midrange Type Paper Cone
Woofer Size (Inches) 6.5
Woofer Type Pulp
Audio Specs
Watts RMS (Continuous) 270
Watts Maximum (Peak) Not given
Frequency Response 40-20k
Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth 24-bit
Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate 96 kHz
High-res Audio Playback
From Network Yes
From USB Thumb Drive (USB-A) No
From Computer (USB-B) No
Streaming Compatibility
Apple AirPlay Yes
Apple AirPlay 2 Yes
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in Yes
Roon No
Sonos No
HEOS No
MusicCast No
SoundTouch No
Bose Home Speaker No
WiSA No
BluOS No
Klipsch Stream No
KEF Stream No
Music Services
Amazon Music Amazon Music HD
Apple Music AirPlay 2
iHeart Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Qobuz Yes
SiriusXM Yes
Spotify Connect
Tidal Yes
TuneIn Yes
YouTube Music Yes
Control
Handheld Remote No
Control by app Apple iOS, Android
Amazon Alexa Built-in
Google Assistant Built-in
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 17.625
Height (Inches) 9.375
Depth (Inches) 10.4375
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Audio Section
Network Audio
Control Options
Audio Section

JBL Authentics Series: The JBL Authentics Series is inspired by JBL's classic heritage speaker designs for a look that complements any room and fills any space (big or small) with signature JBL sound. The Authentics 500 features a premium aluminum frame wrapped in a custom "leather-like" vinyl, with a Quadrex foam grille for a vintage retro look.

Active Three-Way Driver Design: The JBL Authentics 500 employs a three-way driver design that features three 1" silk soft-dome tweeters, three 2.75" midrange drivers, and a down-firing 6.5" bass woofer housed in a bass reflex enclosure with patented SlipStream bass port technology - all powered by a 270-watt Class D amplifier with DSP (digital signal processing) for an immersive 3D soundstage featuring Dolby Atmos Music support with clear highs, detailed midrange, and deep bass.

  • Dolby Atmos Music: Thanks to its multi-driver array and optimally positioned angled tweeters, the Authentics 500 can support Dolby Atmos Music from Apple MusicAmazon Music Unlimited, and Tidal via a network connection. While audio mixed in stereo is limited to left and right channels with elements localized within the horizontal plane, spatial audio technologies, such as Dolby Atmos allow creators to place individual sounds all around you in 3D space for a more immersive and realistic listening experience.
  • Auto Tuning: The JBL Authentics 500 speaker system automatically calibrates and optimizes audio performance for its location each time you power it up. To optimize your sound experience for your unique listening environment, the speaker system starts self-tuning automatically each time you connect the speaker to power and start music playback. The self-tuning takes about three minutes. If music playback stops before self-tuning is complete, the self-tuning will resume when you start music playback again. There is also Bass & Treble adjustment.

Notes:

  • Dolby Atmos Music is only available via Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Tidal when connected via a wired or wireless network connection (Dolby Atmos Music is not supported via Bluetooth).
  • To enjoy Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL, a TIDAL HiFi Plus subscription is required.
  • Auto Tuning is disabled if you have turned off the speaker's built-in microphones.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL Authentics 500 offers built-in Bluetooth 5.3 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP 1.3.2) and control (AVRCP 1.5). You can wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer) to the JBL Authentics 500. You can also control basic playback function (such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track) from the top-panel controls. Advanced music control and song/artist/album information will still have to be done from your Bluetooth source device. Multiple devices can be paired with the speaker, but only one device can be used to stream music at a time. Once paired, the unit will automatically re-connect with paired devices when in wireless range (up to 33').

  • Bluetooth audio streaming cannot be controlled via your voice using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
  • Even though the Authentics 500 has a built-in microphone, it does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP) for answering and making phone calls.

USB-C Port: The rear-panel USB-C port allows connection of a USB MSC (mass storage class) device for MP3 and WAV music playback. The speaker system supports MP3 music files with a sampling rate of 16-bit/48kHz and bit-rate of 80-320 bps, as well as WAV music files up to 16-bit/48kHz. The USB-C port can also be used to charge your smartphone or table device, and is rated at 5V/1A.

Note: The USB-C port does not support media playback from Apple iOS or Android OS devices, USB hubs and card-reader, as well as laptops and desktop computers.

3.5mm Aux Input: The rear-panel 3.5mm Aux input allows connection of an external audio device with a line-level output or headphone out jack. You may need a stereo minijack-to-RCA adapter cable (sold separately), since the Authentics 500 only has a 3.5mm Aux input. When an audio cable has been inserted into the speaker system's 3.5mm Aux input and music playback has started from the connected source device, the Authentics 500 will automatically switch over to the Aux input.

Note: The Authentics 500 speaker does not offer a Phono input for connecting a turntable. If you want to connect a turntable, you'll need a turntable with a built-in preamp or an external phono preamp.

Mounting Options: The JBL Authentics 500 features an integrated non-slip rubber base so it can be safely placed on a counter, desk, nightstand, shelf, endtable, or other flat tabletop surface.

Note: The JBL Authentics 500 does not offer a bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to wall mount the speaker.

Network Audio

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The JBL Authentics 500 offers a wired or wireless connection to your network router and ISP (internet service provider) for access to AirPlay 2, Alexa Built-in Chromecast built-In, Spotify Connect, and JBL One App, A wired network connection can be made using the system's Ethernet (RJ45) LAN jack, while the speaker's built-in 2.4/5GHz dual-band WiFi (802.11ax) provides a wireless network connection. A WiFi network connection can be configured and setup using the JBL One app (for Apple iOS and Android OS) on your compatible smartphone or table device.

Apple AirPlay 2: Apple AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the JBL Authentics 500 and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the JBL Authentics 500 . You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the JBL speaker system.

  • Check out this Apple AirPlay 2 article from Crutchfield.
  • Click here for Apple AirPlay 2 web page.

Alexa Built-In: Thanks to its built-in microphone array and support for Amazon Alexa, you can use your voice to stream music from Amazon Music (including Prime & Unlimited), plus other compatible online music services to the JBL Authentics 500 speaker system over a wired or wireless network connection. Through the Alexa app (for Apple iOS and Android OS), you can create multiroom music groups with other Alexa compatible speakers and devices throughout your home. Once you have created these multiroom music groups in the Alexa app, you can use your voice to ask Alexa to play your music on specific groups of speakers. In addition, you can use built-in Alexa to control compatible smartphone devices, get news & weather reports, plus check sports scores and more. The Authentics 500 can even be controlled from other Amazon Alexa enabled smart speakers (sold separately).

Note: You will need to consent to Amazon's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to use Amazon Alexa voice control. Subscription fees will apply for Amazon Music and other online music services.

Chromecast Built-in: Use the Google Home App (for Apple iOS and Android OS) to enable Chromecast built-in. Chromecast built-in gives you access to hundreds of online music streaming services, internet radio, and podcasts. Chromecast built-in streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the 24-bit/96kHz sound quality and the ability to enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended. Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast built-in compatible music app on your Apple iOS or Android OS device to start streaming to the JBL Authentics 500 speaker system. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Chromecast built-in supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 music files. While you cast your music, you can still use your smartphone to answer a call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room - all without interrupting what's playing on the Authentics 500 music system.

  • Music, Radio, & Podcasts: Chromecast built-in lets you play music from popular music services and search by artist, song, genre, album playlist, mood, or activity. You can also listen to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts. Compatible music and internet radio apps include TidalSpotifyPandoraTuneIniHeart RadioYouTube Music, Qobuz and more (subscriptions and fees will apply). Click here for a complete list of Chromecast built-in compatible apps. You'll also be able to stream your favorite music, playlists, podcasts, and more that are stored on your Android (OS 4.4.2+) device to the Authentics 500 . You cannot stream stored content on an Apple iOS device using Chromecast built-in. If you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome web browser to the speaker.
  • Multiroom Audio: Add more Chromecast built-in speakers throughout your home (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to create a whole house audio experience. You can play the same Chromecast built-in compatible music app (like Tidal, Spotify, or Pandora) on all speakers or groups of speakers in different rooms of your home. You'll be able control the multiroom audio system from the Google Home app on your Apple iOS or Android device; or using the Authentics 500's built-in microphone, Google Assistant and your voice.
  • Google Assistant Voice Control: Thanks to its built-in microphone and support for Google Assistant voice control, you'll be able to access Chromecast built-in music apps and then select a specific station or song using only your voice. You'll also have voice control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume; as well as multiroom audio functions. In addition, you can use the built-in Google Assistant to control compatible smartphone devices, get news & weather reports, plus check sports scores and more. The Authentics 500 can even be controlled from other Google Assistant smart speakers (sold separately).

Note: You will need to consent to Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to use Google Assistant voice control. Subscription fees will apply for online music services.

Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone (or on your Windows PC or Mac computer), you can stream Spotify's vast music library to the JBL Authentics 500 speaker system using Spotify Connect. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

Control Options

Built-in Voice Control: The JBL Authentics 500 offers voice control via its built-in far-field microphone array and support for Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant. By saying "Hey Google" or "Alexa", the Authentics 500 can help perform tasks like playing a favorite song or controlling smart home devices, checking the latest weather, traffic, & finance reports, and finding out the latest sports scores. Not only is the Authentics 500 a great sounding speaker, it can can assist you in a variety of ways with everyday tasks thanks to built-in Google Assistant & Alexa. You'll need to setup Alexa & Google Assistant voice control using the Alexa App (for Apple iOSAndroid OS) or the Google Home App (for Apple iOS &  Android OS), plus the JBL One app (for Apple iOS and Android OS) on your compatible smartphone or tablet device.

  • Entertainment Control: Use your voice to select, play, and control music from compatible Chromecast & Alexa music services - like Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, Qobuz, YouTube, and more. You'll have access to Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume control, as well as multiroom audio functions.
  • Smart Home Automation: The JBL Music with Google Assistant lets you control smart devices around your home from Google Home & Alexa compatible smart home automation partners - like Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Belkin Wemo, Nest, Honeywell, and more.
  • News, Weather & Sports: With built-in Google Assistant & Alexa, you can ask about top headlines, get the latest on a certain category of news (like world, weather, business, tech, etc.), or ask about a specific news item. You can even stay up-to-date on your favorite sports, teams, and games using Google Assistant & Alexa.
    Alarms & Timers: You can set and manage alarms with just your voice. Set and manage a timer for cooking, game time, laundry and to track other activities using the timer with Google Assistant or Alexa.

Notes:

  • The built-in Alexa & Google Assistant voice control feature can be setup and utilized simultaneously (you don't have to pick on or the other).
  • In order to use Google Assistant or Alexa, you must consent to Google's or Amazon's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  • You are able to mute the speaker's microphones for extra privacy and security protection when not using the Google Assistant or Alexa.
  • The unit does not support every Google Assistant or Alexa command or function. For example, it does not support phone calls.

JBL One App: The JBL One app (for Apple iOS and Android OS) lets you easily setup the speaker system, personalize EQ settings, browse compatible music services, and more using your compatible smartphone or tablet device.

  •  The JBL One app offers step-by-step guidance to make setting the JBL Bar 1300 quick and easy. It provides WiFi setup, as well as EQ settings.
  • The JBL One app offers access to Chromecast built-in & Alexa apps; plus lets you personalize your music experience by saving favorite songs, playlists, stations, artists, and albums for quicker and easier access.
  • The JBL One apps also offers setup of Google Assistant and Alexa voice control digital assistants.
  • In addition, the JBL One app provides automatic software updates and online product support.

Top-Panel Controls: Top-panel controls include Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Bass & Treble, Bluetooth Pairing, & "Moment". The "Moment" button provides access to your favorite online music service playlist and audio EQ setting that was previously setup and personalized in the JBL One app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.

AC Power Cord: The JBL Authentics 500 comes with a detachable 6.5' AC power cord which needs to be plugged into the back of the speaker and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

  • Auto Standby: If the Authentics 500 speaker system is inactive with no audio signal and no operation for more than 10 minutes, it will switch to standby mode automatically.
  • Auto Wakeup: The speaker system will wake up automatically when you press any button on the speaker, when you use the JBL One app, when you activate Google Assistant or Alexa voice control, when you stream a compatible online music service, or an audio cable has been inserted into the speaker and music playback has started from the external device connected through the audio cable.

Note: The JBL Authentics 500 speaker is not battery powered.

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What is the maximum audio quality that this supports? Can it play Hi-Res 24bit/192Khz?
nato  Feb 24, 2024
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Hey Nato, that is a great question. This speaker can support up to 24bit/96khz which is still hi-res audio quality.
red  Feb 24, 2024 (Staff)

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