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
- 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.: 5705260039443
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Ratings & Reviews
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 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
38 of 44 people found this useful
Absolutely beautifull sound and nice that it is so portable.
- Written by Camilla Signe T from Gedved
32 of 36 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 Really great sound. Plays loud and with a nice bass and all middle tones.
Cool and very practical design. It doesn't look like all 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
24 of 26 people found this useful
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
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 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 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 my 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
9 of 9 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