JBL Northridge Series N24AWII (outdoor speakers)

2011-01-31T18:45:38+00:00January 31st, 2011|Reviews, Speakers and Subwoofers|7 Comments

The JBLs are an attractive pair of compact, weather-resistant outdoor speakers that come in an off-white finish. Each speaker features a two-way design that combines a 4 inch woofer and a 3/4 inch tweeter. The speaker cabinets are front-ported for increased bass response. The N24AWIIs can handle up to 100 watts of power and have a sensitivity of 86 dB (at 2.83V/1m). Their frequency response is rated from 75 Hz all the way up to 20 kHz, crossed over at 3 kHz. Off-white metal grills cover the faces of cabinets although during daytime lighting allow you to peer behind them at the silver components behind them. Gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals at the lower rear of each speaker allow for bare-wire and banana connectors. Gold-plating ensures good conductivity and protection from the weather. Unique ball and shaft wall-mounting brackets are included with the JBLs, which allow you to position the speakers at any vertical and horizontal angle once they are mounted on the wall. Since the JBLs are less than five inches deep, they can easily hide under roof eaves or patio awnings. This will provide them with some extra shelter from the elements and help extend their life. The bottom of each speaker’s enclosure is flat so that the speakers can also be placed on top of any flat surface, such as a table or a deck railing.

During my listening tests, I experimented with different placements for the JBLs on my patio. To begin with, I placed the speakers roughly 10 feet apart on the external railing of the deck, aimed towards the house and angled slightly towards the centre of the deck. The JBLs did a great job at filling my entire deck with sound. They may be compact but they definitely sounded larger than they appeared. With every song that I listened to, they produced a well balanced sound throughout their entire frequency range. The highs were smooth and the mids were clear. I was pleasantly surprised by the perceived amount of bass the JBLs produced. JBL clearly engineered these speakers with an increase in the frequency response near the bottom end. This is commonly done with smaller speakers to enhance the perceived bass of the speaker. The stereo imaging was performed very well. Not surprisingly, when I placed the speakers against the back wall of the house, they produced even more bass.

The JBLs created an enjoyable listening atmosphere on my deck with all genres of music. Their compact size made them suitable for my small deck although their sound will easily satisfy a medium sized patio. With a price of $299 for the pair, the JBLs are also nice and affordable.



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