• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPlay Connectivity Problem Resolved

    • Written by from Plymouth

    I can only echo the many other positive comments about the sound of the Beolit 12. The bass is truly amazing for such a small box, although the stereo separation and imaging are understandably not as good as in the Bang & Olufsen A8 speaker, where the drivers are larger and more widely separated.

    At first, I had the same wi-fi connectivity issues that others have reported. I achieved some improvement by simply updating the firmware to the latest version, but still had some occasional dropouts and could not move the Beolit 12 very far from either my Airport Extreme or Time Capsule without loosing the signal entirely. l eventually replaced the aging second generation Airport Extreme with the latest generation Time Capsule, primarily because I needed more storage capacity, and all my connectivity and range problems disappeared.

    It is clear that the Beolit 12 will connect much better to some routers than to others. It prefers to connect to my current generation Time Capsule, even if it is several rooms away, than to my older, previous generation Time Capsule, even when it is much closer to the latter.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    outstanding sound.

    • Written by from Vista

    Okay Let me say I was looking for a portable speaker to take on vacation. I looked and auditioned just about every speaker on this page worth trying. Finally came down to buying Beolit 12 after avoiding it due to the price. Well let me say when I first purchased the beolit I wasn't impressed but after giving it a chance to break in the speakers about 20 hrs ,I've got to say it sounds great , not quite as good as my zeppelin air but then again the zeppelin isn't really portable. So as far as truly portable it can't really be beat. Here's my quick takes - Sounds best at higher volume everything seems very balanced , really doesn't shine on low volume. Set up can be a bit of a hassle but once you get it everything works fine. So again If it's portable and high end sound your looking for and don't dwell on the price this unit is amazing and won't disappoint , If your looking for a awesome WiFi home unit go with the zeppelin air.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    SUPERB Sound - Where's the Remote?

    • Written by from MILWAUKEE

    The superb sound that comes out of this puppy made me forget what a hassle it was setting it up. Not too much of a hassle - just not Apple-like simplicity. I love looking at it! It's so well designed, but why doesn't it have a remote to turn it on? There's an iPhone app for set up, but why can't it be used to turn it on and connecting to the network for Airplay without walking up to it? I applaud B&O for FINALLY yielding to Apple (for decades they've ignored Apple compatibility) but now they have to take it all the way and make the Beolit tie into WiFi automatically and offer an app for remote operation. Also, when it does connect to the network, it's supposed to give you a beep - but the volume default is lower than low, so I never hear it. But these are details in the scheme of things. This is one sweet little speaker and the physical design is fabulous.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    impressive sound, functional design, looking towards soft/firmware upgrade

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    For my company I recently purchased (4) of these quite pricey boxes. After spending 5-10 minutes setting them up on my network and getting them to communicate with airplay they worked very well. This is an Impressive sounding box, good highs, decent low end and intelligible mid range. I love the portability of this box with its 4-8 hours of battery life. I have achieved 6.5 over airplay. Using multiple boxes on one network works well too. No detectable delay. Also, since this box is so directional you can set up an great soundstage with multiple points.

    Here is my request to B&O. Being a portable device, it should be easier to switch between established networks. I don't like having to set this up to the network I am using every time I turn it on. the amount of time it takes to recognize the box via ethernet, then having to shut down the box to establish it on a network is time consuming. It should be able to switch between the three established networks on detection. also, it would be great if it were bluetooth. I am aware that the audio would suffer, but nevertheless it would be nice.

    Overall, a rating of four as an impressive full range portable speaker system. If I were to consider price in this review I might give it a 3, but it is a B&O product so I expected it to be more expensive.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, portability is the best feature

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    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.

    136 of 162 people found this useful