Bang & Olufsen B&O PLAY Beolit 12 AirPlay Speaker
Bang & Olufsen B&O PLAY Beolit 12 AirPlay Speaker
The B&O PLAY Beolit 12 speaker system is designed for use with your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod touch and other audio devices. In addition to impressive portable sound, it provides a natural resting place for charging your iPhone or iPod touch. You can even use multiple Beolit 12 units to create a superior multi-room sound system.
- Simple four-button user interface: Volume up and down, Network on/off, product on/off
- Built-in power supply and rechargeable battery
- Battery playtime: Up to 8 hours wired or 4 hours via AirPlay
- Compatible with Bang & Olufsen BeoPlayer App
- Software upgradeable via web interface
- Compatible with all Bang & Olufsen remotes
Did you notice?The dedicated Beolit Setup app (available from the App Store in iTunes) lets you set up your Beolit 12 directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Apple Recommends ForA portable speaker that lets you share superb audio from your iPhone or iPod touch wherever you go.
What's in the Box?
- B&O PLAY Beolit 12 speaker system
- Quick start guide and user's guide
- Power cord
- Frequency Response: 50 to 20,000Hz
- Input Type: 3.5mm Stereo Jack, USB
- Other Features: AirPlay
- Connections: AirPlay
- Speaker Configurations: 2.1
- Drivers: 120W digital Class D amplifier, two 2-inch tweeters, and one 4-inch woofer
- Power: 100-240V
- Power Source: AC, Battery Power, USB
- Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
- Height: 7.48 in./18.8 cm
- Width: 5.31 in./13.3 cm
- Weight: 5.95 lb./2.8 kg
- Length: 9.05 in./23.0 cm
- Mfr. Part Number: 1290951
- UPC or EAN No.: 5705260041248
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Ratings & Reviews
"Not bad, not bad at all"
Pound for pound, the B&O Beolit 12 is one of the best AirPlay-enabled speakers out there.
I recently sold my $35,000 Naim audi Pound for pound, the B&O Beolit 12 is one of the best AirPlay-enabled speakers out there.
I recently sold my $35,000 Naim audio system, which was largely collecting dust in today's Apple-driven media environment. This little gem does a great job at replacing that system in a state-of-the-art audiophile-quality package.
In my opinion, the Beolit 12 is just as impressive as the iPad and the iPhone themselves. Hearing is believing. …
- Written by JAMES A F from New York
145 of 179 people found this useful
great sound, amateur cabinet design
You store the cord behind a little door on the back. Great. However, the door is held in place by a 7¢, plastic clip that the cord You store the cord behind a little door on the back. Great. However, the door is held in place by a 7¢, plastic clip that the cord easily catches on when you're folding it back and forth to stuff in the little recess. When this happens, the 7¢ clip breaks.
The 7¢ piece is not user replaceable, of course. You must take it to a B&O dealer, who then ships it off, and in a few weeks (how many they don't say) it comes back, you return to the dealer to pick it up.
This is an $800 speaker. I would have gladly paid $805.00, if they had made this clip out of a suitable material, such as spring steel. It's ridiculous to put so much effort into sound design, and so little into practical design. …
- Written by BRENT B from New City
113 of 119 people found this useful
Good sound, portability is the best feature
I purchased this unit 4 days ago and have been playing around with it quite a bit over the last few days.
The sound is good con I purchased this unit 4 days ago and have been playing around with it quite a bit over the last few days.
The sound is good considering its small size. Bass is surprisingly powerful. For reference: although it costs more than the B&W Zeppelin, the sound is not nearly as good. Airplay setup was easily accomplished albeit a little annoying as it takes about 2-3 minutes from turning on the WiFi feature for the device to be available either to set up or to use via Airplay.
The best part of this device is the portability! The Zeppelin is what I would consider somewhat fragile, particularly the iPod dock. This B&O unit is built more like a tank. The battery life is very good particularly when connected via USB and the sound is "large" enough to be usable outdoors. It's cool to be able to walk around the house with this device connected via Airplay to my iPod Touch. I have not had any issues with WiFi connectivity, but I have a small house with the newest Airport Extreme hubs so I get terrific signal throughout the house. …
- Written by David M from Salt Lake City
131 of 156 people found this useful
Very Disappointed in Product Quality
The first time I plugged in the cable to charge the battery, the jack in the back of the case became dislodged and now just moves The first time I plugged in the cable to charge the battery, the jack in the back of the case became dislodged and now just moves around freely. I plan to return the unit for a refund. I bought this because of the B&O reputation but now I am concerned that there are aspects of this unit's manufacture where they "cheap out". You would think that for the price they would make something this fundamental more robust. …
- Written by Kevin H from Downingtown
Good sound, bad Airplay implementation, latent hiss, fiddly cables
This speaker is beautiful and delivers good sound, although a little bass-heavy and splashy for my taste. However, the underlying This speaker is beautiful and delivers good sound, although a little bass-heavy and splashy for my taste. However, the underlying electronics simply aren't good enough to warrant £600.
1. When in a quiet room the speaker emits an audible hiss when it's not playing music. It's not so loud that you'd notice it immediately on walking into the room, but audible enough to be distracting if you're sitting next to it.
2. Airplay is patchy, and has intermittent problems connecting to the network, even with the latest firmware, and has trouble when there's more than a single brick wall between it and the router, no matter how close the router is. From pressing the button to getting a network connection is usually a couple of minutes, which seems far too long, and may have something to do with the Airplay system not being particularly well built.
3. Because the socket for the power cable is at the back of a deep inset for cable storage, and you need some force to push the cable into the socket, plugging and unplugging the speaker is really fiddly.
4. The battery would cut out occasionally, even after having been charging for a day. This may have been to do with the cable not having been plugged in properly, but because it's fiddly it can be difficult to tell whether it's in just from the feel - you have to manually check the charging light.
This isn't a high enough standard for such an expensive speaker. It may look great, but great design is about function too, and I returned mine after three weeks because because of all the little functional niggles.
Save yourself £300 and buy a Bose Soundlink Air instead. It also has great sound, it's silent when not playing music, it's portable, the Airplay integration is robust and seamless, and there aren't any of the fiddly power connections. …
- Written by Adrian T from London
3 of 3 people found this useful
AirPlay Connectivity Problem Resolved
I can only echo the many other positive comments about the sound of the Beolit 12. The bass is truly amazing for such a small box, I can only echo the many other positive comments about the sound of the Beolit 12. The bass is truly amazing for such a small box, although the stereo separation and imaging are understandably not as good as in the Bang & Olufsen A8 speaker, where the drivers are larger and more widely separated.
At first, I had the same wi-fi connectivity issues that others have reported. I achieved some improvement by simply updating the firmware to the latest version, but still had some occasional dropouts and could not move the Beolit 12 very far from either my Airport Extreme or Time Capsule without loosing the signal entirely. l eventually replaced the aging second generation Airport Extreme with the latest generation Time Capsule, primarily because I needed more storage capacity, and all my connectivity and range problems disappeared.
It is clear that the Beolit 12 will connect much better to some routers than to others. It prefers to connect to my current generation Time Capsule, even if it is several rooms away, than to my older, previous generation Time Capsule, even when it is much closer to the latter. …
- Written by David G from Plymouth
1 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I use it for listening to my tv. my tv has no wi fi?
- Asked by Wei X from Plymouth
Yes- it has a small (earphone style) auxiliary jack, but you'll need to supply your own cable.
- Answered by Gene Y from Nahant
can i connect to beolit 12 from my macbook air wirelessly? also can i connect it to apple tv?
- Asked by Steffen H
yes, you can connect beolit 12 to MacBooks wirelessly. just turn on the airplay in iTunes or choose yes, you can connect beolit 12 to MacBooks wirelessly. just turn on the airplay in iTunes or choose beolit 12 as sound output from speaker icon in the mac os bar at the top (beside the wireless icon) …
- Answered by Ronald C
I have a big jambox and that unit has amazing sound and it is VEARY loud. Is the beo lit 12 as loud ?
- Asked by Courtnay P from Winnsboro
Yes, it is VERY loud and accurate. I don't own a "jam box" so, I cannot compare, but I can assure yo Yes, it is VERY loud and accurate. I don't own a "jam box" so, I cannot compare, but I can assure you that this speaker gets loud. …
- Answered by Joseph D from Chapel Hill
Will it work playing cd's on my computer?
- Asked by Katherine G from Mesa
Yes. I'm actually hearing a CD, which I run on my Mac, through my Beolit 12. I use iTunes to play th Yes. I'm actually hearing a CD, which I run on my Mac, through my Beolit 12. I use iTunes to play the CD (refuse to import it), works like a charm.
- Answered by Paul S
do the B&O speakers wirelessly work with the New IPAD?
- Asked by Glenn B from Alexandria
Yes it does work with the new iPad wireilessy
- Answered by Benjamin R from Studio City
Does it come with a remote to turn it on and connect to the network for Airplay?
- Asked by Robert S. K from Milwaukee
No remote to turn it on, but once you've established AirPlay connection, your iPhone or iPod Touch I No remote to turn it on, but once you've established AirPlay connection, your iPhone or iPod Touch IS your remote. What's nice is, the phone's volume syncs with the Beolit's volume, while connected. B&O says all their remotes work with it, but it's really not needed. And the speaker itself is portable, so I don't miss a remote at all. …
- Answered by Gene Y from Nahant