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  • B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen
  • Bring your music to where you are. The Beolit 12 is a portable speaker that lets you share superb audio from your iPhone or iPad wherever you go.
  • Wireless connection via Apple's AirPlay. Connect to other devices via mini-jack or USB
  • Designed for audiophiles, the Beolit 12 features Bang & Olufsen's dynamic 'Signature Sound'
  • Beolit 12 will not only play your music, but everyone with an iPhone can pitch in. Just wait for a song to finish, choose the Beolit 12 speaker from any iPhone and you get to be the DJ of the party.
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours wired or 4 hours via AirPlay
  • Built-in power supply and rechargeable battery
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Technical Details

Color: Dark Grey
  • Model: Beolit 12

Product Details

Color: Dark Grey
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.3 x 7.5 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B0074HGT0W
  • Item model number: Beolit 12
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,613 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 10, 2012

Product Description

Color: Dark Grey

About the Beolit 12

The Beolit 12 is a modern rendition of Bang & Olufsen's classic Beolit Transistor Radio from the 1960's. Designed for audiophiles, the portable speaker lets you share your music anywhere. Connect your iPhone via AirPlay and play your favorite tracks with crystal clear acoustic performance.

Beolit 12 will not only play your music, but everyone with an iPhone can pitch in - and it's simple too. Just wait for a song to finish, choose the Beolit 12 speaker from any iPhone and you get to be the DJ of the party.

Beolit 12 offers AirPlay functionality via an integrated wireless connection; AirPlay technology is used to play wirelessly from your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch; You may also connect other smartphones via a mini jack or even your computer via a USB cable. Comes with a 3 year warranty.


In The Box
  • Beolit 12
  • Power Cord
  • Manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Amazing sound quality, beautiful design.
Tim
The sound clarity is literally breathtaking, detailed high-end, amazing bass range, and superb clarity and separation.
SuperDougio
I've spent so many hours trying to get the Beolit 12 working -- it's dead.
M. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Greg Heist on July 30, 2012
Color Name: Grey Verified Purchase
I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical when I first heard about this product. I think Bang & Olufsen has developed a reputation for delivering high style, high price but so-so audio performance in the past 10 years. I've owned some B&O products in the past have been happy--but not blown away--with them. However, when I read the reviews of the Beolit 12, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it. We have just moved into a new home and I was looking for something that would be truly portable in the hopes that it would stave off the purchase of several sets of new speakers on our deck, in our spa room, in our living room, etc. In comparison to what THAT investment would be, the $799 I paid for the Beolit 12 actually made it a relative value.

I've probably listened to it for around 10-12 hours so far and I am really, really impressed with everything about the Beolit 12. Setup was truly a breeze using the Beolit Setup app on my iPhone. I had no issues getting it hooked up to my home and office wifi networks. The highs are crisp and authentic-sounding (despite the fact that I think the drivers themselves are still breaking in). The bass is astonishing given the size of the driver and the power of the 120 watt Class D amp is guaranteed to give me more than enough volume for any situation I'd want to use it in. The battery life is pretty incredible and this dimension makes it perfect for how I envisioned using this speaker. While I love the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (and I hope to buy one in the future), the portability of the Beolit 12 more than compensates for some of the imaging compromises brought about by such a small package.

Oh, and one other thing: the design of the Beolit 12 is perfect for its intended use.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By DPH on February 23, 2012
Color Name: Dark Grey
I just returned from vacation with an unplanned "self gift". After hearing the Beolit 12 for the first time in a B&O retail store, I was completely sold and bought one on the spot. Just a few comments on this piece of equipment. It is a self contained amplifier/speaker combination that utilizes Apple's Air Play tech. After a simple 5 minute link between the unit and one of your home computers, the unit is able to play songs wirelessly from your ipod, ipad or any computer using itunes. The sound produced by the Biolit 12 is simply amazing. Deep rich bass accompanied by clear treble and mid-range sounds make all music types sound like your are sitting in front of the artist live.

Yes it is a little pricey, but, when you consider the sound quality, portability and ease of use, the purchase price is worth it. I find myself moving it from room to room and can't wait to listen to it out on my deck this summer. In a word, this product is outstanding!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By slendobeja on July 7, 2014
Color Name: Dark Grey Verified Purchase
I work in IT. I configure cisco / HP procurve wireless controllers and accesspoints for at work so I know and u derstand wireless.

This product has wireless problems everywhere!! I paied $600 which is more reasonable then $800, but back to amazon it goes! Seriously, the wireless performance should be PERFECT for this pricepoint. I am using an apple airport extreme at home which performs flawless with all other airplay devices. The sound is great but the firmware has wireless connection/configuration problems which keeps this off my recomendation. It needs a new firmware update which B&O should have released a LONG time ago. This shows their lack of attention to detail and dedication to this product!

Also, whats up with the 10 cent plastic door closer clip. That is bound to break with time. Furthermore, W
world class industrial design shouldn't have a glaring weak point that is so obvious!

11/10 for sound. The sound is better then my beosound8! You have to truly hear it!

1/10 for software design. Firmware is absolute JUNK,

2/10 for durability. The exterior is great but the weakest point is the door clip!
weakest point determines durability since the door will not close when this fails.

"It is also made in china by sunway plastics and electronics"

Taking this in all into consideration $400 would be a good pricepoint.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John D. Bernstein on December 17, 2013
Color Name: Dark Grey
The sound is absolutely amazing!

But the wifi and battery are terrible.

Even though my house is well covered with WiFi, the Beolit reports "poor signal" no matter where I place it. While using AirPlay, the Beolit is the only of my multiple AirPlay speakers to have drop outs - near continuous drop out. Usually on a drop out the Beolit will not recover. Instead, I have to power cycle the unit.

About 6 months after I purchased this the battery wouldn't hold a charger any more, with a red blinking light on the side.

When I contacted B&O support they only told me "Take it back to the store you bought it from." So I went back to the Apple store and they said "Sorry, B&O has to provide support for this." So I contacted B&O again and they said "Your battery probably needs to be replaced and we have a WiFi bug that won't allow it to work if you have multiple access points - your only option is to hard wire it or shut off all but one access point." Wow! Admitting a bug but refusing to fix it. How can they sell an $800 piece of audio gear with a known defect in its primary feature?

Now I'm wishing I had purchased the B&W A5 instead - sure, no battery but at least I wouldn't have drop outs.
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