• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BeoSetup is a real pain.

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    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.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Aesthetics, Quality and Versatility

    • Written by from BERKELEY

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound. 5 Years behind industry on networking.

    • Written by from Melbourne

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than B&W A7

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed in Product Quality

    • Written by from Downingtown

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, BUT!! AirPlay Issues

    • Written by from Milford

    As others have said, the AirPlay is just not stable. Constant drop outs and shutoffs (Using an Apple Time Capsule BTW). I tried adding 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.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound is fantastic, airplay / wifi is terrible.

    • Written by from Malmesbury

    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!?

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product... almost!

    • Written by from NOTTINGHAM

    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 of 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Neumarkt

    this is really a great sound, best out of a such small and movable box ever.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Small size, impressive sound!

    • Written by from hørsholm

    I bought my Beolit 12 back 2 months ago, and i can honestly say it´s one of the best speakers in the house, and it´s really nice that you can use it anywhere in the house with Airplay, can´t wait to use it with an Ipad mini.

    51 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great sound, amateur cabinet design

    • Written by from New City

    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.

    128 of 135 people found this useful

  • 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.

    44 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding quality and Sound!!

    • Written by from Burke

    I was finally able to purchase the Beolit 12 over the weekend and ever since my ears have been treated to deeply layered sounds. I have a very nice high end audio system in one room of the home but have been looking for something that I could carry with me throught the other parts of the house. B&O has done everything right in this product and I now have extremely high expectations for the rest of the Play line. Sound quality is abouselty astonishing considering the size of the product and easily rivals its only true competitor, the Zepplin Air. It surpasses the Zepplin in design and portability. Easy to setup and update through the iPhone/iPad app. I love people's reactions when they realize where the sound is coming from when they walk into a room with it in use. Treat yourself to something nice you deserve it...

    21 of 22 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.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 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.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Novy Jicin

    Beolit12 is the best product of B&O for Apple products.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beolit 12

    • Written by from Falls Church

    This is the best speaker ever. I still love my bose, but this B&O speaker is amazing. Great size (roughly a 6pack) and beyond amazing sound quality and clarity.

    37 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Zapopan

    Best speaker i ever have

    16 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Product

    • Written by from Cambridge

    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 Sound 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.

    98 of 111 people found this useful