B&O PLAY Beolit 12 by Bang & Olufsen

B&O PLAY Beolit 12 by Bang & Olufsen

$799.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 20 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    A 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
  • Tech Specs

    • 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
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 1290951
    • UPC or EAN No.: 5705260039825

    Warranty

    • 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*

    Manufacturer Note

    • *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

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • great sound, amateur cabinet design

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from New City

    117 of 123 people found this useful

    Was this useful? great sound, amateur cabinet design
  • "Not bad, not bad at all"

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from New York

    145 of 181 people found this useful

    Was this useful? "Not bad, not bad at all"
  • Good sound, portability is the best feature

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Salt Lake City

    132 of 157 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Good sound, portability is the best feature
  • Good Sound. 5 Years behind industry on networking.

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Melbourne
    Was this useful? Good Sound. 5 Years behind industry on networking.
  • Better than B&W A7

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well, I was in the market for a somewhat portable speaker system. I have several, but I travel between two houses, and wanted som Well, I was in the market for a somewhat portable speaker system. I have several, but I travel between two houses, and wanted something that I could take on the plane as a carry-on. The B&W Zeppelin is great and I love the sound, but it is not practical for frequent travel. I went into an Apple store and tested out the B&W A7. The A7 is fantastic, but the airplay connectivity was an issue. The guys in the Apple store took about 20 minutes to connect the speaker. Also, the A7 was quite lacking when playing rock music. It sounded incredible with Jazz or Electronica, but some Rock was just flat. I wasn't ready to plunk down $800 without testing the B&O Beolit 12. I am so happy I did. I left and went to a B&O store nearby. They had all the B&O products hooked up to airplay, and I was immediately able to listen. I think the B&W A7 and B&O Beolit 12 sound about the same - Awesome. But B&O sounds better with Rock music - I was listening to the new Kings of Leon album. But, the extras contained with the B&O Beolit are what separate it from the A7. First, you can simply connect the speaker to a phone or ipad with a USB connection - which also charges your device. Second, the B&O is chargeable, so you can unplug it and take it outside. For sound at this level, that is a great feature. Third, the B&O Beolit weighs about have of the A7. The Sound blows away my portable Altec Lansing speaker, and my Beats Portable speaker. I don't care that much about Airplay, so the USB is good enough for me. The B&O is portable, charges, and sounds FANTASTIC. I just wish they had a remote.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Better than B&W A7
  • Very Disappointed in Product Quality

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Downingtown

    2 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Very Disappointed in Product Quality

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