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  • A powerful and portable one-point music system that streams from AirPlay
  • Wireless connection via Apple AirPlay. Connect to other devices via mini-jack or USB
  • Features the acclaimed 'Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound,' designed to bring you music the way the artists intended it - authentic and clean
  • Winner of the coveted "Red Dot Design Award" for best product design
  • Rechargeable battery with up to 8 hours playback wired, 4 hours streaming
  • 120 watts digital power
  • Two 2" tweeters, and one 4" woofer
  • 3 year warranty included
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Brand Name: B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen
  • Model Number: 1290952
  • Color: Blue

Product Description

Color: Blue

The small, but mighty Beolit 12 packs a powerful music punch -- in a portable and stylish one-point solution that streams from AirPlay. From the solid aluminium grill that wraps smoothly around the speaker, to the full grain leather strap used to carry it around and all the way to the non-slip rubber top tray you place your phone on, every detail has been taken into account with the creation of Beolit 12. And with a built-in battery you can enjoy your music virtually anywhere -- and if you use a cable you can even charge up your phone in the process.

Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.3 x 7.5 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B006VXFDX4
  • Item model number: 1290952
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 10, 2012

From the Manufacturer

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay Beolit 12 one point music system stereo speaker portable luxury

Powerful and portable one-point music system

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay Beolit 12 one point music system stereo speaker portable luxury
B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen

Firmly grounded in Bang & Olufsen's sound and design principles, B&O Play interprets the same core values for contemporary products created for a life on the move. We deliver best-in-class acoustic performance to bring you music the way the artists intended it – authentic and clean.

Beolit 12 - Blue

B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen

The small, but mighty Beolit 12 packs a powerful music punch in a portable and stylish one-point solution that streams from AirPlay. From the solid aluminium grill that wraps smoothly around the speaker, to the full grain leather strap used to carry it around and all the way to the non-slip rubber top tray you place your phone on, every detail has been taken into account with the creation of Beolit 12. With a built-in battery you can enjoy your music virtually anywhere.

  • Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound
  • Award-winning design
  • Wireless connection via Apple AirPlay
  • Full grain leather strap for portability
  • Rechargeable battery with up to 8 hours playback
  • 120 watts digital power
  • 3 year warranty included

Beolit 12 - Details

Bang & Olufsen Sound

Hand-tuned and refined by the Bang & Olufsen acoustics department, the result is their Signature Sound: honest, clean, and made to move you the way the artist intended it.

Award-Winning Design

The perfect design can easily last for 15 to 20 years, and designer Cecilie Manz has found the recipe behind making beautiful things that make life easier.

Powerful and Portable

From the full grain leather strap used to carry it around, to the non-slip rubber top tray you place your phone on, every detail has been taken into account with the creation of Beolit 12. With a built-in battery you can enjoy your music anywhere - and if you use a cable you can even charge up your phone in the process.

Life of the Party

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.

Color Options Blue, Grey Sold out colors: Dark Grey, Yellow, White
Dimensions 9.1 x 7.4 x 5.2 in 6.2 lbs
Sound 120W digital Class D amplifier two 2-inch tweeters one 4-inch woofer
Features Solid aluminium grill Full-grain leather strap Non-slip rubber top tray
Battery Life Up to 8 hours wired Up to 4 hours streaming
Connectivity AirPlay Network connectivity via Ethernet or Wireless (WLAN 802.11 b/g - 2.4 GHz) 1 x USB connector, 1 x mini-jack connector
In the Box Beolit 12 Power cord Manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Greg Heist on July 30, 2012
Color: 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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By DPH on February 23, 2012
Color: 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John D. Bernstein on December 17, 2013
Color: 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mandeville on September 21, 2014
Color: Grey Verified Purchase
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 upon first purchasing the Beolit 12, after the company provided the 1st software update the device began dropping constantly - an issue that continues to plague my listening to such an extent I typically listen with the iPhone plugged into the Beolit 12.

I have and have always had the latest AirPort Extreme and 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 or 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.
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