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.
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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
- 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. : 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
"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 o 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
135 of 165 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 sidering 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
123 of 147 people found this useful
Great Product, The B&O store has it for 10% off, kind of pricey, but the design is very impressive. I am replacing the Geneva Sou nd Small, time to go wireless. I think B&O is going a great direction. After reading the S.Jobs biography I have a new respect for great design, simplicity and easy of use, this product meets all of those design elements. …
- Written by Adam F from Cambridge
96 of 108 people found this useful
Good Sound, BUT!! AirPlay Issues
As others have said, the AirPlay is just not stable. Constant drop outs and shutoffs (Using an Apple Time Capsule BTW). I tried ad ding an Airport Express to reinforce the network signal but it did not help. B&O support actually advised me to try removing the Airport Express as they said it would cause connectivity problems (????). I did this and there really was no difference in the performance. It's VERY annoying to have an $800.00 dollar piece of equipment perform so poorly. …
- Written by Kevin G from Milford
1 of 1 people found this useful
Sound is fantastic, airplay / wifi is terrible.
The sound quality is great, truly amazing for such a small and battery powered device.
It works perfectly well with the 3.5mm jack and USB connections but what I was really excited about was the airplay wireless functionality. It started well but as soon as I moved the unit more than a meter from the router (2TB time capsule) it started cutting out every so often, more than 2 meters wasn't worth trying to listen to. Totally useless. I'm hoping there's a fault with this one, surely this isn't normal! I've updated software to no avail, B&o have been good so far, we'll see if its this unit or just poor electronics & wifi design. My iPhone has great signal all over the house and streams HD video so surely this should be ok!? …
- Written by Jonathan M from Malmesbury
1 of 1 people found this useful
Great product... almost!
The Beolit 12 looks fantastic! It is solid, well made, and portable. Like other B&O products, it will not look dated in a couple o f years. It is equally happy with an Apple/Android player, as it comes with a handy USB connector instead of a dock . Airplay for wireless playing.
However, it has two flaws:
1. It needs a further software update as it takes almost two minutes to connect to your wireless network each time you switch it on - most Airplay devices connect almost instantly. I did not like to leave it on all the time, as I used it in the bedroom and the 'on/standby’ light was very strong. I am sure they will solve this issue in the near future.
2. As other reviewers have said, the door’s catch at the back is very delicate and breaks easily (e.g., if you accidentally pull the power lead when you want to use it somewhere else, or use the battery). This is a serious design flaw; when the catch breaks, you cannot close the door anymore!
I was very sad when I had to send it back after the door’s catch broke. I will buy it again if B&O fixes these two problems, as it has the best sound for a speaker of this size. …
- Written by Néstor V from NOTTINGHAM
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- 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 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
- Asked by Jason C from Round Rock
- Apr 1, 2012
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
- Apr 9, 2012
- Asked by Glenn B from Alexandria
- Apr 10, 2012
Yes it does work with the new iPad wireilessy
- Answered by Benjamin R from Studio City
- Apr 23, 2012
- Asked by Robert S. K from Milwaukee
- Apr 15, 2012
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
- May 28, 2012
- Asked by Kaushik M from Scarsdale
- Apr 26, 2012
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
- Jun 2, 2012