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JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer

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The JBL EON518S is an 18", direct-radiating, high performance powered compact subwoofer speaker system designed to extend low frequency performance o...Click To Read More About This Product

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Massive JBL bass in a portable package.

The JBL EON518S is an 18", direct-radiating, high performance powered compact subwoofer speaker system designed to extend low frequency performance of any EON system. The JBL subwoofer also offers the convenience of an integrated crossover and stereo loop-thru capability.

The EON518S is comprised of a 460 mm (18") Differential Drive woofer driven by a 500W Class-D digital amplifier. The amplifier input panel offers stereo or mono line level inputs via balanced XLR connectors as well as a single channel speaker level input via a 1/4 inch TS phone jack. Signal processing, crossover functionality and limiting for the system is integrated into the input section functionality.

Overall subwoofer input sensitivity is controlled by a single easy-grip knob and a simple switch enables polarity reversal for sub/satellite system optimization. I's signal present and limit lights indicate performance status and JBL provides an additional switch to kill the illuminated logo in theater applications.

The speaker enclosure has been engineered for maximum performance and absolute minimum size. Constructed of 18 mm plywood it is coated in JBL's rugged DuraFlex finish. It also features a full screen-backed steel grille designed into a rugged copolymer bezel for maximum component protection. For comfortable portability the EON518S subwoofer features 2 large ergonomic rubber grip handles.

FEATURES
  • 500W High-Performance Powered Subwoofer System
  • True portability ” weighs only 65 lb.
  • Compact enclosure
  • Designed handles with comfort rubber grips for easy transport
  • 18" differential drive low-frequency driver with neodymium magnet for low-distortion and light weight
  • Efficient Class-D digital amplifier technology
  • Stereo-balanced loop-through outputs
  • Integrated and switchable High Pass Filter on loop-through outputs
  • Easy "daisy-chain" connections for extending the system
  • Polarity reverse selector
  • Integrated 36 mm pole mount socket for sub/satellite applications
  • Rugged DuraFlex finish

Get deep, JBL bass from this woofer — order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • System Type: Self-powered 18", bass-reflex design
  • Frequency Range (-10 dB): 36 Hz “ 130 Hz
  • Frequency Response (±3 dB): 42 Hz “ 100 Hz
  • Crossover Frequency: 120 Hz (HPF selectable on outputs)
  • System Power Rating: 500 W continuous, 1000 W peak
  • Distortion: Less than 0.1% at rated power
  • Maximum SPL: 129 dB
  • Signal indicators: Limit: Red LED indicates input overload condition
  • Signal: Green LED indicates signal present
  • Input Gain: - Infinity to +4 dBu
  • Input Impedance: Nominal 20k Ohms (balanced)
  • Polarity: 0 or 180 phase shift
  • LF Driver: 1 x JBL 268G 460 mm (18") Differential Drive integrated woofer with dual voice coils, 4 ohm impedance
  • Enclosure: 18 mm, plywood
  • Suspension / Mounting: 36 mm pole socket on top
  • Finish: DuraFlex
  • Grille: Powder coated perforated steel with acoustically transparent black screen backing.
  • Input Connectors: Balanced XLRs with loop through (stereo) to balanced XLR satellite outputs. 1/4" Speaker level input.
  • XLR Pin Assignments: Pin 2 (+), Pin 3 (-), Pin 1 (GND)
  • AC input: 120 “ 230 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 24.3" x 22.4" x 25.7"
  • Net Weight: 65lb.
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JBLEON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (5)
  • Easy to set up (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Attractive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Basic systems (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Completes the EON system

By NuBeat Productions

from Bossier City, LA

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Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

I have a pair of JBL EON G2s (15") and thought they worked great for about 6 months. I couldn't produce the low end we needed so I got a pair of these to complete the system. All I can say is that the sound OPENED UP for the whole frequency range. It makes the G2s sound SO much better. No longer do they have to do all the work. Here is the key though, YOU NEED the dbx Driverack PX or PA to use these properly. Once the full system was set up, I have not had to turn a dial. Amazing at what you can get now with the built in and dedicated internal power. And with a great Amercian company like JBL, you can't go wrong.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Convenient and portable

By Mind and State

from Newark, OH

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Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

I bought the 518's to go with a pair of EON 515's to replace an older passive system. Their best attribute is the convenience of the integrated amps and their portability. They are ridiculously light, but also pack a pretty good thump.I ordered the 515's and a pair of the 518S subs, but they arrived a day apart. When I got the 515's first, I tried them out by themselves and initially, I was really concerned about the output. They sounded really nice at low volumes, but if you boost the low frequencies and turn them up, they peak fairly easily. Bass eats up that 350 watts pretty fast.Once I got the subs and split the signal with the built-in high-pass filter, it was a different story. I ended up getting really nice and unexpected clarity and tone. Vocals and guitar were reproduced nicely - and at significant volume. This would not have been the case without the use of these subs.Based on my applications, the 518's produced all of the bottom end I needed, and had plenty to spare. It produced really thick and clean-sounding kick drum and bass, and even enhanced guitar and vocals.I would have liked to have seen a more detailed user manual. It's very basic. The 518's have a polarity switch, but the manual doesn't say much about it other than, "if the bass response isn't what you like, try flipping the switch" (basically). Doesn't explain what the polarity function is, or what flipping the switch does.Overall, I'm very pleased with these subs. They are a vital companion to the 515's.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Light!

By JVPhillyBurbs

from Philly Burbs

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Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

I returned it because I couldn't get it loud enough nor was the bass as deep as I wanted it. I'm a mobile weekend DJ and wanted a lightweight, powered sub that could fit under my DJ table, be easily moved, and would free up my Yamaha 512 mixer/amp to run 2 pairs of high end speakers (4 ohm load). Unfortunately, I couldn't get it as loud and deep as I wanted it. I wish the input gain on the sub had a little higher gain setting "11". Also, the lowest frequencies weren't any lower or more ground shaking than my current Behringer sub. If I didn't need the ground to shake, this would be an excellent mobile sub but for some one who really likes deep, ground shaking subsonic oomph, you may want to look elsewhere.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NY DJ goes Active

By Prince Albert

from Brooklyn NY

Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

For many moons I have been a Passive DJ. Passive in respect to the systems I own. I have the ability to use 4-L's in a tri-amp system of QSC's and break down to small, when needed, system with JBL 15 and a small QSC amp. I recently bought Mackie's a year ago and needed subs. I did my research and purchased 2 EON's to go with them. Bottom line, for venues of up to 450 people-- I killed them. I tested the EONs for 2 gigs this weekend and tried to push them out the box. They held their ground with no distortion. My Tri-amp system will now rest a very long time. PS:Friends who want to get more from this speaker should be using a passive system for a venue of 700 people or more -- keep it real!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Plenty of thump for the buck

By DaveJavu

from Black Mountain, NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basic Systems
    • DJ / Mixing
    • Smaller Rooms

    Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

    I've teamed this sub with a pair of the new EON 615's. It adds plenty of low end and compliments the mains perfectly. I've owned other JBL products and have never been disappointed!

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    • No

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exellent subs!!

    By Sparky Freezecat

    from Waupaca, Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy to Mount
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Lightwight With Big Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems

      Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

      You cant go wrong with the 518 subs- they're light weight and definitly are a must for the small club gigs

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      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      JBL EON 518S - A Winner!!!!

      By Singer4u

      from Brooklyn, NY

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      Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

      I have the JBL EON G2's and wanted more bottom end. I had no idea this Subwoofer would be this great. I tested it out in the house and all the cabinets opened up. I didn't crank it too loud because I didn't want to break any windows! I never got it to clip either.The funny thing is as low as it played frequency wise, and as loud as it was, there was really good definition. I was really surprised. I plan to use it on Wedding Band and DJ gigs. It's incredibly light. That was one of purchase points. Most times I have no help with the gear and there are load in's with a million steps, so I needed something strong, dependable and light. It was worth every penny. I have no idea what the previous post was talking about. I guess he didn't read the manual.Have faith, it's JBL after all!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great all around!!!

      By mrbonedaddy

      from El Paso, TX

      About Me Pro Audio / DJ

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Absolutely None

      Best Uses

        Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

        Got me two of these....had to exchange one after delivery because UPS damaged it in transit. Customer service is and always has been too notch. Very happy with my purchase.

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        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Item, Great Deal

        By Marcos145

        from Brazil

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Larger Rooms
          • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
          • Outdoors
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

          Great deal ++++

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great sub

          By axionf117

          from southampton, ny

          About Me Pro Audio / DJ

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound Quality
          • Super Light Weight

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Mobile Dj Setup

          Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

          Great sub, super portable worth the price

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rebate offer deception

          By Perfecto Mangual

          from Milwaukie, Oregon

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          Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

          I recently bought the EON 518S and I love the item. The speaker sounds great and really enhances my performance. By purchasing the sub, I shed about 110 pounds of equipment. I am very happy with the weight of the EON sub. As a matter of fact, I can't believe that so much sound can come from something so lightweight. The built in crossover really makes a difference when the sub is paired with the EON 515 speakers. There is a substantial sound separation when you hook them all together. Did I mention that the speaker is also very good looking? My only disappointment is in the so called, "Rebate" offer. The wording is slightly deceptive and should be changed. I tried to contact Harmon Kardon, but they never responded. Poor customer service on their part.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Poor Built Quality

          By DJ MX3

          from Dubai

          Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

          I just bought a pair of this EON 518 and I have used it with pair of EON 15 G2. I am happy with the design and weight but NOT with the sound quality and built compare to PRX51S8. Today I have returned and bought PRX548S.

           
          4.0

          They work and are LIGHT

          By UBERMAN

          from Alaska

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          Comments about JBL EON518S 500W 18" Powered Subwoofer:

          I love the chest banging subs, so based on this, these subs are ok. Need to push em but they will work. But they are VERY LIGHT, so that is a big plus. I have used them in outside gigs. Everyone says the sound has been awesome and you can here the bass even at over 100 yards or more. Are they the best, no, but man when it comes to teardown they are a big plus. I run four of em with a mackie SRM450 for the top. I use the built in crossover at 120dB and things sound good.

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