• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Small Box with Big Tower Sound

    • Written by from Monterey Park

    I actually bought all 3 - Big Jambox, Bose Soundlink, and Beolit 12 then test them out for several days. I ended up returned the Bose and Jambox. Beolit is by far the best quality among all 3... I mean by FAR. This little box can match up with any low/mid range book shelf speaker. Very nice high, mid and bass. Bose has some wave bass but blurry mid and high while Jambox has good mid and high but lack of bass. Also, when you crank up the volume, bose and jambox started to distort but Beolit remain good. If quality is all your care and able to afford additional bucks, BEOLIT is the one. If price drops to $599, i will give 5 stars

    152 of 163 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPlay Not Ready From Apple But Great Quality From B&O

    • Written by from New York

    Not ready for AirPlay from an iPod touch or iPhone 4S; Sporadic connection and rather disappointing performance, to say the least. Although, the direct hardwire option sounds good from such a small and portable package.

    185 of 244 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW the BEST!

    • Written by from San Diego

    The best sound from small form factor.
    The connection is not so simple, but easy enough to do it.
    Quick guide was enough to set it up.
    Connection app was simple enough to do it.

    Pricy, but if you want portability, style, SOUND QUALITY, then go for it.

    99 of 107 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless wifi!

    • Written by from New York

    Yeap! $800 for wireless capabilities that do not work. The Airplay connection problem is so annoying that now I only use it if hardwired, which by the way it defeats its purpose of portability (and my apartment is not that big!). DO NOT BUY IT.

    86 of 108 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, ugly design

    • Written by from CAMBRIDGE

    You're going to be amazed by the sound, but this is true of all B&O products I've used so it's a gratuitous statement. However, I can't get over how ugly this thing is. This looks like a cross between a child's lunchbox and a toaster oven. What happened B&O, did you fire all of your previous designers or did you just cut their salaries in half?

    76 of 103 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, Very Poor AirPlay Performance

    • Written by from Milford

    I've had this unit for about 4 months and I've held off commenting on it hoping an upgrade would come along that solved the continual dropouts when using AirPlay. It seems to take an inordinate amount of time to recognize the wifi connection and then it's forever dropping the sound source, I've had this problem with both the iphone and iPad. Thinking that maybe the router was too far away from the B&O I even went out and purchased an Airport Express to extend the network's reach, the express is literally less than 10 feet away from the Beolit when we are on the deck and the same darn nonsense happens. This is not what I expected from an $800.00 product!

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beolit 12

    • Written by from London

    Sound is superb. Fills large rooms and has good detail for highs and mids; bass is strong, maybe a little imprecise. Portability is excellent. Design was the only one nice enough to please my wife. The wifi / Airplay is useless. Range is poor, suffers from drop-outs every few seconds. 3 or 4 stars because of that. For the price, Airplay should work and it does not.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound, glitchy setup

    • Written by from New Providence

    I see a lot of reviews complaining about the setup so I'll address that first. All airplay devices use the same hardware/software provided by Apple. So yes, it's annoying to setup it up and sometimes it cuts-off but you'll get the exact problems with every airplay device our there. Just check the reviews for them and you'll see.

    Two things that fixed the problem for me: (1) Install the hardware patch using the app or ask your B&O store to do it for you before you take it home. (2) the sound cut-offs that do happen are not the wireless connection, but your iTunes. I had the exact same problem with the AppleTV and solved both by turning off power savings and some heavy background tasks like backups and antivirus scheduled scans. Everytime the sound went bad (not often) I could see something heavy running on my PC that caused it.

    Once the setup is done, the sound (does anything else really matters?), mobility and design are definetely worth the money. The battery is excelent. I lost power during Sandy and I used it for over 8hrs (cable connection) and at the end my ipod was still fully charged.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far - the best compact speakers I ever had

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Decided to write this small note to express gratitude for this product. Have been owning it for several months now and couldn't be any happier. I'm a music pro and have sets of professional monitors and some consumer ones too in my studio, but for home living room I wanted to have something small, stylish, less cables as possible, a single unit, versatile (no apple dock connector) - the Beolit feels like custom made for me. Price is scary, but it deserves every penny. The only thing I would wish to have is a protective case to carry the beast around while traveling. Thank you for the joy.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great and battery is great but Airplay, Wifi and interface is terribl

    • Written by from London

    This is a great sounding speaker and the built in rechargeable battery is great for making it portable round the house or to the park.

    But the Airplay / Wifi setup is dreadful. I've only ever got it to work once and I'm a nerd. I've wasted hours with the app, with Wifi and with wired connections and it's just very unresponsive and glitchy.

    It's also a failure of usability to design something where you push a button and need to monitor what colour the button changes to - you can't obviously as your finger is obscuring the button. The buttons are touch sensitive and have no movement, so you have no feedback to know how hard to push. You end up trying to push whilst keeping half of your finger to the side so you can see if it changes colour. Overall it's a dreadful interface.

    I've had mine for 6 months and do use it via a cable, but when I get time I'm taking it back to the B&O store and am going to ask them to demonstrate the wifi setup, because it's either very glitchy or not as described in the manual.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    SOUNDS GREAT, LOOKS GREAT, BUT DROPS CONNECTION

    • Written by from Curitiba

    As another reviewer, I have connection problems too.
    I have another Airplay gadgets, and was looking for something to put in my garden, to integrate the sound outdoors when I have a party.
    So, I got this B&O to do the job.
    But other gadgets keep connected, steady, and the B&O always drops out.
    Can't find a reason.
    Even when in the same room as the wifi router.
    Sounds fantastic, looks fantastic, but doesn't deliver a steady Airplay connection.
    At least until now.
    Maybe in a future firmware update

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Speaker but Airplay is virtually non functional

    • Written by from PURCELLVILLE

    First of all, its very expensive and now made in China. I'm amazed at high end sellers like B&O that move production to China to increase margins but keep their prices the same. No doubt, it takes away from the presage of the brand that it is no longer made in Denmark.

    Second, yes, its a fine speaker. If you directly connect it to your iPhone or other Apple Device, you will not be disappointed. Ergonomics of the device, resembling the old B&O radio, are outstanding.

    Third, No issues with the setup, but no issues working with technology or plugging in an ethernet cable, either. The little setup app worked fine to connect to the wireless.

    Fourth, Airplay is virtually non functional. Well within wifi range there are frequent dropouts.

    So, now you paid a lot of money for a device with brilliant sound and ergonomics, but does not function over the wifi nicely. The brand has lost some prestige and the cost is exorbitant. Is it worth it?

    Hmmmm...

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A knockout speaker - So B&O to the core

    • Written by from south orange

    Man does this little thing pack a punch.

    I bought BeoLit 12 from the Apple in 5th Ave. A nice guy named Jeff helped me out. He took me over to it because I asked for big sound and portability to replace my Apple HiFi. He took me over to BeoLit 12 and played "Dracula" by the Gorillaz.

    Wow. :'O

    And that was in the big, open spaced Apple store.

    When I got it home, the setup was a tad cumbersome but I got it.

    Sounds even better at home! I couldn't be any more serious about that last comment. B&O used their Danish magic to pack the most confident and rich bass note in this little box. It's ultra durable and feels like it will last for years of regular use. Bottom line is I'm happy. Very happy with BeoLit 12.

    $800 is a lot but I did ask for the best and I'm totally satisfied.

    The recent software update put all of my original woahs to rest.

    Treat yourself. You deserve it.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and Design / Poor Firmware and Wi-Fi

    • Written by from Nahant

    Pros:
    - Unparalleled sound quality from such a compact speaker - it's truly incredible
    - Long battery life
    - Beautiful exterior design, like you'd expect from B&O
    - Hardwired user experience is seamless

    Cons:
    - Wi-fi setup is cumbersome and complicated (through an Ethernet cable, an IP address, and your browser!)
    - Doesn't operate on its own wi-fi network, you must piggyback on an existing network, which is useless in outdoor settings. (but you can always hardwire I guess)
    - Every time you turn on wi-fi, you have to wait about 2 mins for it to come online. (come on, really? it should be instanteous)
    - App is utterly useless ... for a maker famous for its amazing industrial design, its software was designed by morons.

    I still give the Beolit 12 four stars because ultimately I bought this for the sound quality, beautiful exterior, and build quality, and it delivers on all those fronts. Its solid construction feels like it'll last for decades. I use it by my bedside with the iphone hardwired for charging and audio, and that works very well.

    Its HUGE deficiencies in software and wireless technology I sincerely hope can be addressed with future software updates.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound. Good function.

    • Written by from MOUNT PLEASANT

    I've owned these for 3 months. The sound is good for small speakers and I would agree with other reviewers that it improves with volume. I use these for outdoor locations(porch, dock, yard), some fairly distant from router and have had no airplay connectivity issues. All of family, armed with iPhone, pad, or airplay remote for iTunes remote, vie for DJ responsibilities. Fun. And eclectic mix of tunes on the porch

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound but Poor Connectivity

    • Written by from Oakland

    I bought this great little speaker for the form factor and was REALLY impressed with the sound but I returned it.

    I have a small 750sf apartment and I wanted this little speaker to serve dual functions. It replaced the cumbersome speakers in my bedroom I had connected to an airport express and I wanted it to be portable to replace the small Jambox I have.

    It sort of does both but not really well. My complaint is that to travel with it you need a USB or standard audio cord to connect and play music anywhere out of range of your Airplay network. Your phone is always tied to the unit unless it is connected to a wifi network and that is harder than it should be to do. I tried a couple times at a friend's house to connect to his wireless network via the downloadable B&O app on my iPhone but it was pointless. It was complicated and the unit never connected. So you have to keep the phone connected. This is not apparent in all B&O's promotional images. They make it look like a bluetooth cord-free unit. The upside is when your iPhone is connected via USB cable it gets a fast charge. The nice thing is that the charging power source is built in and the cord can be stored in the back compartment so you can always plug it in anywhere your are. No need to carry around an extra charger. If you forget you cord your outta luck. No music.

    In my apartment the unit looks fantastic and sounds great but it is a little too complicated to use as a music source on a daily basis. It seems to have a limited Wifi range. Once I went into another room and there was more than one wall in between the unit and the Airport Express the wifi signal dropped. This either kept the unit from connecting when I turned it on or it dropped the connection. Here is the downside. I had to pick it up and move it around to get it to connect. If it looses it's connection you have to press the wifi button and it searches for the network again. This takes it anywhere from 1-2 minutes. So to play music in my bedroom I had to go turn it on (it shuts down after a period on inactivity) and then wait for it to connect. It didn't always connect even though it sat in the same spot. If it didn't connect i had to go in and move it and wait for it to try again. The airport express I had plugged into the same outlet was always on and ready to play music. The Beolit need to much attention just to have music in the bedroom.

    I did upgrade to the new Airport Express (love it) and that eliminated the dropping music via airplay but the Beolit still had connection problems and like I said my apartment is only 750 sf.

    Love the look and sound but for $800 it should work flawlessly and not be so tempermental. It should also have bluetooth option for truly free traveling capabilities. I took it to a party but then my phone had to be tied to the Beolit to play music. Seems like a step backwards in this day and age of wireless connectivity

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Lima

    I loved it

    61 of 104 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Madison

    Amazing sound, especially the bass, for such a small box. I have yet to get airplay dropouts. You just have to make sure iOS software is up to date and your within your network.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beolit 12 Rocks

    • Written by from Gloucester

    The louder the better! At low volume it sounds a bit muddy but if you kick it up the mids and highs come through nicely. I do have a couple small gripes. Why they didn't include Bluetooth is beyond me. I know it doesn't sound as good but it's better than nothing. At least figure out a way to use a mobile hot spot. It seems the only way to setup the wifi is hard wired into the router? Whats up with that? I would have also preferred that all hardwire connections be made inside the box (like the RJ45) not outside. That way I could have stuffed a Bluetooth receiver with a line out inside and no wire exposed to the line in. Lastly, the price is about double what it really should be but it is B&O. Gotta pay for that name and styling. Overall I give it 4 stars and there is nothing out yet that I would give 5 to in this category. So far, AirPlay has been solid but your mileage may vary!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound!

    • Written by

    I don't know why the first reviewer had to slam this product for AirPlay performance in general (which I think is fixed with the latest iOS update).
    I tried this product at an Apple store and just got it home. I am amazed by the sound of the little box and it just feels so nicely put together. And then it is portable and with battery. A little jewel.

    16 of 17 people found this useful