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?
- Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 speaker dock
- User guide
- Mains cord
- Frequency Response : 50 to 20,000Hz
- Connections : AirPlay
- Speaker Configurations : 2.1
- Power : 100-240V
- Height : 7.48 in./18.8 cm
- Width : 5.31 in./13.3 cm
- Weight : 5.95 lb./2.8 kg
- Mfr. Part Number : 1290951
- UPC or EAN No. : 5705260039443
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Ratings & Reviews
Absolutely beautifull sound and nice that it is so portable.
- Written by Camilla Signe T from Gedved
28 of 31 people found this useful
Brilliant sound quality, looks and build; awful software
The sound quality is brilliant, crisp, clear with superb bass, and as loud as you need it. I also really like the looks and build quality.
You can use a B&O Beo-4, 5 or 6 to adjust the volume too, but nothing else.
But the software is terrible - you have to set up the Beolit 12 by connecting it with an ethernet cable (supplied) to your computer or your router, remembering to switch off WiFi as well, and, once you've gone through the hassle of this, the Beolit 12 takes 2 minutes and upwards to join your WiFi network every time you want to use it - compare this with your iPhone, your iPad, anything else, where WiFi just works quickly.
What on earth is the Beolit 12 doing in these two (very long) minutes? Because there's no status screen and only some basic lights, it's hard to tell. But it's way too slow, whatever's going on.
The Beolit 12 can only keep information on a single WiFi network, so if you want to use the unit at home and at work (say), then you'll be scrabbling around for an ethernet cable each and every time you change locations.
The instruction manual is also confusing; B&O have rushed out an iPhone app to try and help, but the instructions give misleading and contradictory statements on how to get it all going. The iPhone app feels unfinished - for instance the Software Update menu never does anything. And the software desperately needs updating.
This has been rushed to market; give it 6 months to see if B&O either improve the software or give up on the Beolit 12 as an unfortunate aberration.
B&O need to do a bit better here. …
- Written by Simon S from BALDOCK
21 of 26 people found this useful
I love this speaker
Really great sound. Plays loud and with a nice bass and all middle tones.
Cool and very practical design. It doesn't look like a ll the futuristic speakers on the marked.
Portable with long battery life. I use it everywhere.
Nice with AirPlay, and it syncs fine with my other AirPlay speakers.
It has a nice room for cables.
The downsides: It takes two minutes to turn on WiFi, and the setup software could be better.
I love this speaker, which is hereby highly recommended. :-) …
- Written by David B from Glostrup
16 of 17 people found this useful
great! but no app remote available!
It sounds great but very disappointing that there is no remote available in any app store. So terribly stupid that you cannot turn it on, and connect it to wifi, from your couch with your mobile device! …
- Written by Troels J from København K
1 of 1 people found this useful
Why you should consider this quality product
I am a sound engineer of some 30 years. My sister bought me this as a present thinking she needed to spend good money to impress m y critical ears. Shocked by her generosity, I offered to return it, it couldn't be worth the money. I was told to try it out first. Compact with a quirky diagonal handle its aesthetically pleasing, solid without being heavy, while retaining simple good design. Good wired interfaces and wireless streaming that works fine once setup. Like all technology if you follow the instructions properly it works. Then I realised it was portable with its own battery - impressive. But sound quality? As a professional I would say this produces good, accurate, quality sound - very good in fact. Sound is subjective. It relies upon a good source recording and a good room acoustic. The sound is warm, mellow, plenty loud enough and low signal to noise. I have kept it and use it every day, wherever I am. Thank you sister. …
- Written by Alan D from BLANDFORD FORUM
8 of 8 people found this useful
Can't recommend this enough. Do not be fooled by the fact that it's portable or small. The Beolit 12 is a proper sound system that gives a big, grown up, audiophile-quality sound that rivals premium quality 'bigger' stereo systems, such as Denon. Now add back in that on top of that, it's almost unbelievably small and portable and you have something really special.
The sound quality amongst the best I've heard. The output feels almost unidirectional; it fills a whole room with a whole room with a full and rich sound pretty much irrespective of where you put it. I tested this against the sound from a BeoPlay 8 in a dealer and the Beolit 12 was better.
Configuring the AirPlay for the first time is a little quirky but once setup it couldn't be easier. A great way to experience your music. …
- Written by Owen G from York
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- 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
Will it create its own wifi network for wireless playing when on the go and not connected to a network?
- Asked by Jeremy L from Sherman Oaks
Just to clarify this for everyone. Beolit 12 will not create it's own network, nor is it a Bluetooth unit. If you are on the go and want to use the unit wirelessly you can create a "Hotspot" using your Apple iPhone and the Beolit 12 will connect to your own created network from your phone. Wirelessly you will achieve up to 4 hours use but connecting a cable to your iPhone or other iPod will wive up to 8 hours playback. …
- Answered by Graham M
- Asked by Jason C from Round Rock
Yes and no. At the moment, you cannot use Apple Airplay to stream to multiple devices from an iOS de vice. However, you can use Airplay with multiple devices using a computer with iTunes as the source. Put simply, you can stream to multiple Beolit 12 units, but only from your computer, not your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. …
- Answered by Richard K from Pasadena
- Asked by Glenn B from Alexandria
Yes it does work with the new iPad wireilessy
- Answered by Benjamin R from Studio City
- 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 S 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
- Asked by Kaushik M from Scarsdale
Yes it will. You need to update the software on your beolit. The beolit and the airplay function w ill stay on when connected to the outlet. The update will also allow you to setup up AirPlay wirelessly through the App on your iPhone or iPad …
- Answered by John C from Madison