• 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Milton Keynes

    I can't recommend this enough!! We would never normally pay out this kind of money but had an insurance cheque for Bang & Olufsen and this made up the numbers. I am soooo glad we bought it… the sound quality is amazing… and sooo loud for such a little box. We've used it for many parties and even a wedding reception… bbqs… its just brilliant and I can't recommend it enough. I usually use the jack for my iPhone as it preserves the battery and this works just fine for me. We have on occasion used airplay from my mac and this has been just great too. Beautiful looking speaker, with amazing sound quality!! Highly recommended

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    After nearly 2 years of experience - DON'T BUY

    • Written by from Whitehouse Station

    Do I like the audio quality of the Beolit 12 - YES, but that is where my happiness with this device ends. While I never had an issue with AirPlay, after the company provided the 1st software update the Beolit 12 began dropping constantly. I have and have always had the latest AirPort Extreme (keep the software updated), and have never had a single issue with any of the other AirPlay devices on my network. Here are some of the many things I have experienced with this device:

    - Inconsistent connection strength. Mind you the Beolit 12 sits all of 20 ft from my AirPort Extreme (on the opposite wall in an open room), yet the signal strength of the Beolit will range from excellent to poor. There is no rhyme of reason why the difference, but B&O has acknowledged that its software is "buggy", which leads me to the next item.

    - B&O has done a poor job providing updates for the product. The most recent update is from 2012. So I am trying to understand how a company that supposedly prides itself on quality, can acknowledge that the current release of its software has issues yet not provide an update for more than 2 years. The "current" software is version 1.02.12 with a March 26, 2012 release date. To me the lack of software updates demonstrated B&O's [lack of] commitment to quality, reputation and this product. Mind you, I have owned and currently own other B&O products, and more and more I believe the company's view is to develop products that are purely visually pleasing but are technologically inferior. This is not to say B&O speaker products do not sound fine, but hifi they are not. Sadly, B&O is now the one company that actually makes Bose seem like a bargain (when considering quality and price point) .

    - About 1 year into owning my unit the battery stopped holding a charge. B&O would not replace the unit but did offer to have me send it in for repairs - at my own expense. I have since used the product only when plugged in.

    Would I even consider buying this product again - doubtful, or at least not until some major changes are made. First I would suggest dumping AirPlay as it adds significant expense to the product. Bluetooth would be a reliable and less costly wireless connection method. Secondly, I would want to see B&O actually support its products better (or at least this one) by providing periodic updates (especially when the company knows its current software release has issues).

    The PROS of the Beolit 12 are: it is visually appealing (thought the leather strap looks a bit cheap in person relative to the pictures); and it sounds good.

    The CONS of the Beolit 12 are: spotty AirPlay connectivity; battery issues; poor product support; and WAY overpriced given the quality.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, Works great, also with airplay

    • Written by from rødovre

    If your Beolit 12 doesn't work well with your airplay it's because you have a s*****, and/or outdated router, buy a new one ! This device works great. It sounds incredible, it looks amazing and it feels great. I only use it with AirPlay and it plays very smooth. Also the setup was so easy and simple with the beo setup app. Couldn't ask for a better experience. Worth every penny and with the new price drop it's even more amazing ! Recommend it to everyone who cares about sound, quality and design !

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, but drops even on wired connection

    • Written by from San Francisco

    It was a toss up between this and the B&W A5 and I took the Beolit 12 home because a) it looks very modern, has impeccable lines, and b) directly plugs into the wall without a power adapter like the A5.
    At home I had trouble with connecting via wireless (with latest AX in next room), so I plugged it in to LAN. I've got a wired Airport Express in the same room. No drops on the AE, but the Beolit 12 dropped frequently. Sounds very nice—good presence, decent bass— but a bit more directional than I'd like.
    Took it back for an A5 and I'm happy I did.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from STUDIO CITY

    I luckily bought this at one of their stores. This is the 3rd one I got. The other 2 had popping sounds. This time I got the white one which is supposed to be with newer technology.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay does not work

    • Written by from København K

    This small music device delivers very nice sound, but the Airplay works like the wind blows. B&O has always been synonymous with good quality – but not this time, a music device at this price level should not have any problems with Airplay which is one of the reasons for choosing this device. Find something else...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Stockholm

    This is truly an elegant piece of industrial design and of course amazing sound (what else could you expect from B&O).

    It's a BIT tricky to connect the Beolit 12 to the wireless network. I found that B&O FAQ "how do I set up Beolit 12 for use with Airplay" description far more useful than the "Quick guide" you get together with the software APP.

    NOTE: Read and follow the description word by word :-)

    (I have a Iphone 4, Ipad first gen and my MacBook Pro connected to my Beolit 12 and it works fine even though the software is optimized for iphone 5).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid if want to use airplay

    • Written by from Males bury

    Sound is average but only works via cable. I bought for airplay and have contacted supplier for refund.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and design but Airplay doesn't work

    • Written by from Copenhagen

    I love the design the weight and sense of high quality. And the sound is amazing for such a little device but Airplay (the WIFI part) doesn't work. It keeps dropping the connection even though other devices close by have full signal. When using a wire it works flawlessly.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable poor Airplay performance

    • Written by from Caluire et Cuire

    Sound and design are great but the device is losing connection all the time with Airplay... Not acceptable for such a great brand like B&O.
    I'll keep it because I was looking first of all for a portable sound box but I would like to know if it is a definitive mistake of the hardware of the product or if we can expect some patch or software upgrade that could fix the failure ???!!

    Any exchange of the product later on with a new serie? We can dream. But it's a fact: it is not usable within Airplay.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beolit 12

    • Written by from bnagalore

    i got one for my friend as gift and then i bought today one for myself...

    its the most stunning portable device i have been exposed to till date.. i travel the world as i am international business development director and i have seen it all..

    i would say step in and experience it once... put 20 load speakers and then put this tiny portable device and it will blow them all over.. i cant stop parsing how happy i am with this device.. the way u praise apple products i praise this..

    dont go by wat i or other say.. just drop into to a store and experience it for urself.. u will instantly buy it.. i am dead sure of that..

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound but this is not a wireless device!

    • Written by from Bawtry

    Amazing sound and a cool looking device - but man is it flawed by the constant dropping of the network. The airplay is next to useless it really is.

    Great for taking around and portability but do not buy this if you want a good airplay device because this is not, it's awful, oh and then there is the BnO software App, not good at all.

    I am going to try and send my back!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent device!

    • Written by from Brasilia

    I recently bought the Beolit ​​12 and I can say that for sure you will fall in love for it.
    It is an excellent device, with excellent sound quality. Even at high levels the sound remains crystal clear and undistorted.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but airplay?

    • Written by from Utrecht

    The sound is really good for such a small device. But the interface and airplay? What did they think at B&O. Also the support of B&O is poor. First email the responded with the standard stuff you find on the site the next follow-up email they don't respond???? So don't buy this product if you want a trouble free airplay solution.

    Also you can't set a password on the device which is ridiculous insecure. On a network with more people it open to everyone to use the speaker!!!???.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive box but...

    • Written by from Toronto

    I picked up a Beolit 12 at the Apple store but may return it yet -- I’ve not decided. Let's not kid around, it's an impressive sounding little box for its weight and portability. It really sings with jazz and vocal, although that's no surprise for B&O. I played a few "lossless" encoded files via Airplay and I was pleased with the sound.

    Now let's talk abuot the flaws:
    1. This little machine was a pain to set up. I'm pretty tech savvy but this just seemed counter-intuitive to configure. B&O needs to fix this next time because for many people I'd imagine this trouble would result in the Beolit going back in the box and back to the store for a return.

    2. Mild "hiss" that doesn't go away. I'm in a small apartment and when this device is on it has a soft "hiss" that doesn't stop. If it is playing music quietly it remains noticeable. I'm going to try to contact B&O to find out if this is normal behaviour. If yes it's going back.

    3. Slow start-up time. Every time you turn this machine on it takes forever to connect to the network.

    4. No bluetooth or other solution for taking this box to the park, or elsewhere without wifi. I hear people say you can set up a personal hotspot with an iPhone but given how challenging the configuration software is I'm not sure most people would attempt this. I've yet to try.

    I still give it 4 stars because of:
    -airport is stable once configured
    -ability to pull the AC cord on the fly (like with a laptop) and go without interrupting playback.
    -beautiful design

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply stunning sound

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Better sound than a Zeppelin Air, to say nothing of competing docks; unlike the pleasant-sounding but ultimately flawed Bose Soundlink devices, you won't find dropouts in any part of the audio spectrum.

    If you know your music well (from hearing it on truly high quality sources), you'll find nothing missing; if you don't, you will discover entirely new aspects of your favorites that you never knew existed.

    Setup was a breeze, with the Beolit acting as an access point for easy configuration, then solidly joining our existing network for airplay usage. It's limited to 2.4 GHz (instead of offering 5GHz wireless N as an option), so microwaves and some wireless phones can cause dropouts, but we've had very good reliability of playback.

    What's perhaps most astounding (given the sound) is the unit's size and portability. There is simply nothing else like it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    SO frustrating.....:(

    • Written by from london

    I just cannot get this speaker to work on iphone 4S or iPad. The device appeared on the Beolit app for a few weeks but Airplay was rubbish, kept dropping. Made for a stressful listening experience. But now the B&O Beolit setup app does not even recognise the speaker. I have tried everything. I just want to throw it in the bin now. It was a very expensive gift and I cannot recommend the Beolit 12 despite its looks, unless you are happy to always plug it in, rather than have it work wirelessly.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beolite 12: insane!!

    • Written by from Cape Town

    I still can't believe the sound coming out this tiny (heavy) box!
    If you can afford it buy it

    I have used the Beolite for a party on the beach (placed in the rocks: you have to place it chest-hight and against something for the best sound), next to the pool, in a rental where the radio was missing and I watched movies in a hotel where it made for a cinema like experience. Oh, and I flipped over a glass of wine while I used it as a tray and it made me wonder is it watertight? Cause it still works like new. Battery life is insane, clocked it close to 9 hours. Last: incredible sound even with very low volume

    3.5mm jack is to short and vulnerable;
    so I've used the apple connector but it heavily decreases battery life;
    heavy almost 3kg (but it reminds me of the quality :-)
    bass biased;
    rubber supports to reduce vibration and increase stability wear off quickly;
    wifi set-up too much hassle so I hardly use it;
    airport security mistakes it for a bomb

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, Bad AirPlay

    • Written by from Kraainem

    If you want great sound: Buy It! -And connect via wire!
    If you want portability: Buy something else! AirPlay hardly work at all!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect, but excusable

    • Written by from Portland

    Like everyone else, I find the wi-fi reception poor and the sound incredible. Easier to setup w/ upgrade and IOS app, once you have it set for a network.

    Bass is set for off the floor location (bookcase, table top, etc.). If you put it on the floor or in a corner, you very likely will hear too much bass. And upper end clarity is best if you face it toward you and have it at head (and ear) level. With that placement, the sound is awesome.

    For all those whining about the price, I can only suggest you go find something as good for less - it simply does not exist - I guess B&O must know that and, just like the rest of their incredible products, have priced it accordingly.

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