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.: 5705260039825
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: Three years*
- *When you register your B&O PLAY product at www.beoplay.com/register, you'll receive an automatic one-year warranty extension to your standard two-year warranty.
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Ratings & Reviews
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
128 of 135 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
138 of 164 people found this useful
"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
147 of 185 people found this useful
BeoSetup is a real pain.
Unlike its claim as "easy 5 steps to install", AirPlay does NOT work. Not even on the cable wired mode. Spent a whole day trying t Unlike its claim as "easy 5 steps to install", AirPlay does NOT work. Not even on the cable wired mode. Spent a whole day trying to make it work and got nothing at the end of the day. Duh. …
- Written by Bryan U
3 of 7 people found this useful
Aesthetics, Quality and Versatility
A quality product. It looks great as it sounds.
I have been listening to music and radio through Beolit 12 for a year now and A quality product. It looks great as it sounds.
I have been listening to music and radio through Beolit 12 for a year now and I must say that it sounds solid and superb for the size. Feel the powerful output of sound from this small lunchbox. I listen to classical music all the time and you can hear every sound of the instrument clearly and realistically. Every time I listen to music through the speaker it excites me and it never let me down. As a result, my other BOSE Music Monitor is now rarely turned on. I highly recommend it if you require a balance of versatility and high quality sound.
A negative side is that, as someone has mentioned already, the plastic cover in the back feels cheap. Also, putting power cable into the back panel can be a hassle on the go. Since it is an Airplay speaker, it can be quirky to use sometimes (blame Apple for that) but once it is set up correctly and connected to stable WiFi connection, it will rock. …
- Written by Tairi N from BERKELEY
1 of 1 people found this useful
Good Sound. 5 Years behind industry on networking.
Found the sound good, but setup was a pain. Non intuitive. And wait for the day you need to reset the device (for whatever reason) Found the sound good, but setup was a pain. Non intuitive. And wait for the day you need to reset the device (for whatever reason). The old three fingered reset salute is back, but for some reason the B&O designer decided to place one of the buttons not only recessed, but also within a cavity which once your fingers get in there, you can no longer see the button to press with the suggested paperclip. Face-Palm effort there by the designer.
Connectivity? I have the Beolit12 sitting not 6 feet from the Apple Airport Express...constant breaks in the sound coming from my desktop iTunes which is hard wired to the same Airport Express. Stop the music for more then a few minutes and the Beolit12 shuts down, which requires several minutes once you hit the power button to restart it.
Would I recommend this product? Not at half the price. Its a pain. …
- Written by Mark W from Melbourne
6 of 6 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I leave the beolit 12 plugged in all the time? Would it harm the battery?
- Asked by Arcot P from Paradise Valley
- Jul 19, 2014
Can I use it for listening to my tv. my tv has no wi fi?
- Asked by Wei X from Plymouth
- Apr 30, 2012
Yes- it has a small (earphone style) auxiliary jack, but you'll need to supply your own cable.
- Answered by Gene Y from Nahant
- May 28, 2012
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
- Jan 30, 2012
Just to clarify this for everyone. Beolit 12 will not create it's own network, nor is it a Bluetooth 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
- Mar 14, 2012
can i connect to beolit 12 from my macbook air wirelessly? also can i connect it to apple tv?
- Asked by Steffen H
- Jun 5, 2012
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
- Feb 17, 2014
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
- Jun 5, 2013
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
- Nov 7, 2013
Will it work playing cd's on my computer?
- Asked by Katherine G from Mesa
- Jan 13, 2013
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
- Aug 3, 2013