JBL has added the EON ONE Compact to its line-up of portable PA systems. The EON ONE Compact is powered by a rechargeable battery and features a 4-channel mixer with Lexicon effects and Bluetooth streaming. If you want to make yourself heard anywhere, this is a new option worth looking at.
JBL EON ONE Compact
As a battery-powered all-in-one portable PA system, the EON ONE Compact is suited to all sorts of mobile applications and impromptu performances. Lacking the pole array speaker of the larger EON ONE, it packs everything in a compact enclosure that comes with a carrying handle and weighs just 8 kg / 17.6 lb. It can be placed on the floor (upright or angled as a monitor) or mounted on a stand. JBL claims that the battery lasts up to 12 hours and can be charged in 2.5 hours. The battery is removable without tools, so you can swap it out if you need more playing time.
The EON ONE Compact has an 8-inch woofer whose range extends down to 37.5 Hz, according to JBL. The company states an output level of 112 dB. You can combine two units in stereo mode, or stream music to up to four units simultaneously via Bluetooth.
4-channel mixer with app control
The integrated mixer features two XLR/TRS combo jacks with mic preamps and phantom power, one 1/4-inch Hi-Z instrument input, and one 3.5 mm stereo aux input. The internal effects processor offers EQ, reverb, chorus and delay effects from Lexicon and dbx, according to JBL. There’s also an 8-band output EQ. A ducking feature automatically lowers the music playback level when it detects speech input.
The EON ONE Compact can be controlled wirelessly from an app for Android and iOS devices. The app lets you save and recall mixer presets and control the effects.
Price and availability
According to JBL, the EON ONE Compact will be available in late October 2019 for USD 549. In this price range, it’s an interesting alternative to competitors like the Bose S1 Pro, Mackie Freeplay Live and others.