B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless tooth Speaker – Stone Grey – a surround sound system in a tiny box

Wow, music personalisation has just stepped up a notch. This is one hell of a piece of kit. It’s solid and urban in design, and the controls are basic. It’s easy to hook up to bluetooth. The ‘omnidirectional’ sound is magnificent, although it’s not as loud as other, cheaper brands. Once linked to the beoplay app, you can personalise the sound, playlists and even get it to wake you up. It’s incredibly versatile and will make you the envy of everyone who sees and hears it. Beautifully packaged and made from premium materials.

I have to say that i have reviewed a good few bluetooth speakers for different manufacturers/companies and they are generally all pretty good. With some being exceptional. . This one is definitely in the exceptional quartile.Plus it does have brilliant volume. 1 x beolit 17,1 x mains cable,1 x quick start guide,the quick start guide is almost useless,though i did manage to figure out how to charge it. There is a link to an app for instructions. . Perhaps it is me but this model was not included and the app was supposed to connect to the device. It didn’t (though i will keep trying)charging is straightforward and i have no idea how long it takes as there is no charging indicator that i can findpairing this speaker with my phone/tablet and laptop was literally a minutes work,if i as a 72 year old can pair this speaker and have it running in that amount of time (without any instructions) then i am sure anyone can.

. Loud enough to make your ears bleed in a small room and could upset your neighbours two doors down without losing sound qualityeasy to set up. Here are the specifications for the B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless tooth Speaker – Stone Grey:

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  • Wireless speaker with True360 Sound technology featuring Bang & Olufsen signature sound
  • Premium materials built to last, including anodised aluminium and full grain leather
  • Connect button activates intelligent features via Beoplay app
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker keeps going with up to 24 hours of battery life and included smart-charging UkB-C charger
  • In the box: Beolit 17 portable speaker, mains cable and quick start guide, Charging time: 2.5 hours

In the real world there is no way i would pay £450 for a bluetoooth speaker. I love my music, but four hundred and fifty quid???. Reallybut when offered the chance to try the beolit 17 from high ticket brand b&o i figured here was a chance to see just what £450 gets you. Well, there is no doubting the build quality of this thing. Taking it out of the rather nice box you find a solid, heavy (2. B&o have come up with some crazy design choices in the past (many years ago as a teenager i remember stopping to look at the oddities in the local b&o emporium every time i walked past and often wondering just what some of the items were and did) but the design of the beolit 17 is decidedly minimalist. Think cary battery with a leather strap – its about that size and shape. Maybe that’s a bit unfair, but it is the first thing that came to mind. Bizarrely, and this is the b&o touch i guess, it is not unattractive. The materials are top notch – the grill which surrounds the speaker (being a 360 speaker) doesn’t flex at all but appears to be very full of holes to let the sound escape.

Brilliant bluetooth speaker. I have several wifi speakers but this one is in a different league. First of all, it’s a really beautifully packaged product, arriving in the kind of box you really do want to film yourself ‘uboxing’.) then, once open, it’s simplicity itself to set up. Just download the beoplay app to your phone (though this isn’t strictly necessary as it will just connect via a bluetooth connection anyway) and the app will check for any updates needed. Mine needed one update which took 11 minutes to download and instal. And boy, what sound this produces. Rich, detailed, and as loud as you’re likely to need in any room.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Really good sound
  • nice looking bit of kit
  • Unbelievably good portable speaker

Premium-sounding speaker of fantastic quality. Bang & olufsen have a reputation as being a premium brand (if not the premium brand) as far as audio equipment is concerned. However, my one previous experience with b&o speakers was somewhat disappointing. This was some years ago, and having been told repeatedly by friends that my experience was atypical, i was looking forward to the beolit 17. This is the largest b&o bluetooth speaker, and it’s certainly quite weighty – about ten inches across, quite square-looking, and weighing over six pounds. However, despite what might seem like a lack of aesthetic appeal, it actually looks nicer than it sounds. The handle is made of leather and feels of very high quality indeed — all in all, despite my initial reservations, it does look a really nice thing. Setup was very easy — literally plug into the wall using the supplied cable, press and hold down the on button, and then the speaker is available for pairing from your device. So far i’ve paired with both an iphone 7 and a samsung galaxy, and both have been easy and seamless to do so. Where the speaker really scores, however, is in terms of the sound quality.

I’m new to this brand, but i now get what the fuss is about. I have several bluetooth speakers, from most brands (lucky me, i know) and although they’re good – this is a good few steps up. I did expect it to be excellent, given the rrp, and it stands up to my expectations of this luxury brand. Would i spend that much on a speaker?. So – i am in no way musically qualified, but here’s my experience:1. Well packaged, not beautiful, but fit for purpose.

Wow, music personalisation has just stepped up a notch. This is one hell of a piece of kit. It’s solid and urban in design, and the controls are basic. It’s easy to hook up to bluetooth. The ‘omnidirectional’ sound is magnificent, although it’s not as loud as other, cheaper brands. Once linked to the beoplay app, you can personalise the sound, playlists and even get it to wake you up. It’s incredibly versatile and will make you the envy of everyone who sees and hears it. Beautifully packaged and made from premium materials.

Brilliant bluetooth speaker. I have several wifi speakers but this one is in a different league. First of all, it’s a really beautifully packaged product, arriving in the kind of box you really do want to film yourself ‘uboxing’.) then, once open, it’s simplicity itself to set up. Just download the beoplay app to your phone (though this isn’t strictly necessary as it will just connect via a bluetooth connection anyway) and the app will check for any updates needed. Mine needed one update which took 11 minutes to download and instal. And boy, what sound this produces. Rich, detailed, and as loud as you’re likely to need in any room.

And battery life is atrocious at relatively high volume. Only last 2-3 hours, is my speaker faulty?.

I have to say that i have reviewed a good few bluetooth speakers for different manufacturers/companies and they are generally all pretty good. With some being exceptional. . This one is definitely in the exceptional quartile.Plus it does have brilliant volume. 1 x beolit 17,1 x mains cable,1 x quick start guide,the quick start guide is almost useless,though i did manage to figure out how to charge it. There is a link to an app for instructions. . Perhaps it is me but this model was not included and the app was supposed to connect to the device. It didn’t (though i will keep trying)charging is straightforward and i have no idea how long it takes as there is no charging indicator that i can findpairing this speaker with my phone/tablet and laptop was literally a minutes work,if i as a 72 year old can pair this speaker and have it running in that amount of time (without any instructions) then i am sure anyone can.

I’m new to this brand, but i now get what the fuss is about. I have several bluetooth speakers, from most brands (lucky me, i know) and although they’re good – this is a good few steps up. I did expect it to be excellent, given the rrp, and it stands up to my expectations of this luxury brand. Would i spend that much on a speaker?. So – i am in no way musically qualified, but here’s my experience:1. Well packaged, not beautiful, but fit for purpose.

Unbelievably good portable speaker. This ‘little’ box by b&o is a marvel. It’s pretty small given how big the sound is, the battery is a monster and it looks amazing. Then again, for nigh on £450 it should shouldn’t it?the speaker looks amazing, the carrying handle is a great touch and it looks durable, and yet, for me, this was going to live plugged in in the leaving room. Because i have a small space for a speaker which i want to give us an alternative to the stereo, unfortunately, though it looks as though myself and this b&o piece of kit weren’t destined to be together. I have tried about 4 devices so far but nothing has quite satisfied my needs. The sound on this was brilliant, but unfortunately constantly having to reconnect every time i wanted to use it was the killer – the problem here is that this is designed to be mobile and i just want to leave it switched on to automatically connect when i need it and not have to interact with it past pressing play. Oh well, the thing is, my few days with this piece of kit did teach me that this is the best mobile speaker you can find, it’s just designed to be mobile though, not for the living room. I can’t give it anything less than 5 stars even though i returned it, given that it does sound incredible for a portable speaker and it does work as advertised, it just turns out – perhaps unsurprisingly – that it won’t do what it’s not designed to do.

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  1. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey

    Premier league wireless speaker. Fantastic portable speaker- b&o quality through and through, looks good, very stylish and distinctive in an understated way and built to last. And the sound- well if it’s volume you need, look no further. Pumps it out even better than the most ostentatious of ghetto blasters, with wonderful clarity and stability of sound at both low and high levels of volume which is very useful, and one of the results of good engineering you pay for. A cinch to set up, relatively easy to move around, premier league wireless speaker.
    1. Premier league wireless speaker. Fantastic portable speaker- b&o quality through and through, looks good, very stylish and distinctive in an understated way and built to last. And the sound- well if it’s volume you need, look no further. Pumps it out even better than the most ostentatious of ghetto blasters, with wonderful clarity and stability of sound at both low and high levels of volume which is very useful, and one of the results of good engineering you pay for. A cinch to set up, relatively easy to move around, premier league wireless speaker.
      1. A surround sound system in a tiny box. I wasn’t sure anything could be better than my little v-moda but this is an absolute belter of a speaker – the sound quality really knocks your socks off and i never even need to crank up the volume full (pretty sure half the town could hear it if i did). Have you every experienced dolby digital surround sound 7. 0, where you feel not like you’re near the music, but in the music?. I’m a bit useless when it comes to technology so i’d never actually heard of b&o before; a friend informed me that they are quite a high-end name. I will definitely keep b&o in mind from now on, if this is the standard of what they produce. My one and only gripe, and it’s not even really a gripe, is that the handle and size kind of suggests it should be portable, but the weight makes this idea a bit prohibitive. I’m quite happy to have it around the house, however, no complaints.
  2. A surround sound system in a tiny box. I wasn’t sure anything could be better than my little v-moda but this is an absolute belter of a speaker – the sound quality really knocks your socks off and i never even need to crank up the volume full (pretty sure half the town could hear it if i did). Have you every experienced dolby digital surround sound 7. 0, where you feel not like you’re near the music, but in the music?. I’m a bit useless when it comes to technology so i’d never actually heard of b&o before; a friend informed me that they are quite a high-end name. I will definitely keep b&o in mind from now on, if this is the standard of what they produce. My one and only gripe, and it’s not even really a gripe, is that the handle and size kind of suggests it should be portable, but the weight makes this idea a bit prohibitive. I’m quite happy to have it around the house, however, no complaints.
    1. This is a speaker for playing loud music. For low volume it’s about the same as my bose soundlink mini ii, possibly not quite as good as that. Build quality is a bit questionable, it appears to be nothing more than a plastic housing with metal mesh for the speaker area, sadly it makes it feel like a plastic bucket. The 360 degree sound is effective. I bought mine to play therapy music for clients so i need clarity at low volume which it does deliver, but i prefer the sound from the bose soundlink mini ii for this. For blowing your ear drums out with bass then look no further.
      1. This is a speaker for playing loud music. For low volume it’s about the same as my bose soundlink mini ii, possibly not quite as good as that. Build quality is a bit questionable, it appears to be nothing more than a plastic housing with metal mesh for the speaker area, sadly it makes it feel like a plastic bucket. The 360 degree sound is effective. I bought mine to play therapy music for clients so i need clarity at low volume which it does deliver, but i prefer the sound from the bose soundlink mini ii for this. For blowing your ear drums out with bass then look no further.
  3. Amazing build and sound quality. I will hold my hands up here and admit to never being able to even contemplate buying anything by bang and olufsen due to being a poor public sector worker. I do remember though as a child my dad having a b&o record player which always fascinated me because it looked fantastic. However, i was never allowed to touch it. I had to make do with a fidelity ua6anyway, the first thing i noticed whilst unpacking this beast was how well put together it is. Wow, it really oozes quality. Even the packaging itself feels premium, something started by apple i suppose. Saying that i personally don’t think the play is a looker. It is quite bland in it’s own way, although the “wrap around” speaker grill does look good in the grey colour i was provided with. With every bluetooth speaker i’ve ever owned setup has been a breeze and i didn’t expect any issues here, but for some reason the speaker refused to connect to my note 4. I kept getting an error on my phone saying the beolit had refused the connection. After a frustrating quarter of an hour of searching google and turning everything on and off a few times the connection seemed to work, though i suspect more by accident than design. I’d downloaded the beolit app and my first impressions of that weren’t too favourable and they still aren’t. Despite everything being turned on and connected the app has refused to find the beolit 17.
    1. Amazing build and sound quality. I will hold my hands up here and admit to never being able to even contemplate buying anything by bang and olufsen due to being a poor public sector worker. I do remember though as a child my dad having a b&o record player which always fascinated me because it looked fantastic. However, i was never allowed to touch it. I had to make do with a fidelity ua6anyway, the first thing i noticed whilst unpacking this beast was how well put together it is. Wow, it really oozes quality. Even the packaging itself feels premium, something started by apple i suppose. Saying that i personally don’t think the play is a looker. It is quite bland in it’s own way, although the “wrap around” speaker grill does look good in the grey colour i was provided with. With every bluetooth speaker i’ve ever owned setup has been a breeze and i didn’t expect any issues here, but for some reason the speaker refused to connect to my note 4. I kept getting an error on my phone saying the beolit had refused the connection. After a frustrating quarter of an hour of searching google and turning everything on and off a few times the connection seemed to work, though i suspect more by accident than design. I’d downloaded the beolit app and my first impressions of that weren’t too favourable and they still aren’t. Despite everything being turned on and connected the app has refused to find the beolit 17.
  4. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey

    This is a substantial portable speaker with great sound. It is a little weighty but as it packs a punch is great to use. Will be good for barbecues, parties and get togethers etc. Only downside for me was the charging cable didn’t stay connected well at either end and fell out easily. It looks good and nice and durable.
    1. This is a substantial portable speaker with great sound. It is a little weighty but as it packs a punch is great to use. Will be good for barbecues, parties and get togethers etc. Only downside for me was the charging cable didn’t stay connected well at either end and fell out easily. It looks good and nice and durable.
      1. A good, if not spectacular speaker. I’ve got a range of speakers in my house. I’ve got sony, bower and wilkins and now b&o so hopefully i can offer my take on what this offers. Firstly whilst it is advertised as being portable, it isn’t really a portable device. If you want to take it from the lounge to the garden, then it’s okay, put it in the car to take away, fine. Carry it to the park – no it’s too big/heavy. It’s a grey cuboid with a grey, drilled metal surround. If you want something stylish then look at the b&w zeppelin.
  5. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey

    A good, if not spectacular speaker. I’ve got a range of speakers in my house. I’ve got sony, bower and wilkins and now b&o so hopefully i can offer my take on what this offers. Firstly whilst it is advertised as being portable, it isn’t really a portable device. If you want to take it from the lounge to the garden, then it’s okay, put it in the car to take away, fine. Carry it to the park – no it’s too big/heavy. It’s a grey cuboid with a grey, drilled metal surround. If you want something stylish then look at the b&w zeppelin.
    1. This is the first ‘bang and olufsen’ product i’ve had the pleasure and privilege to own myself, and wow is the brand fantastic. What impresses me most (besides obviously the quality of sound) is simply its amazing portability and the fact that wherever it’s situated it looks impressive and at home; as much a focal & talking point as an expensive ornament or piece of furniture might be. It’s not light, but i find its sturdiness reassuring, a testament to the build quality, and also in practice as it means you’re not concerned it might be knocked or topple over. I’ve had experience of the brand in the past with a ‘bang & olufsen’ stereo system that was very old and passed down through the family for many years, but which never suffered from technical problems and just as amazingly, despite being at least 25 years old, always looked modern and sleek. Whilst not being able to see into the future, i’m hopeful and confident the same is true of this unit, as it’s been designed to be sleek, minimal and inoffensively shaped. One of the things that astounds me most about the beolit 17 and which i personally judge to be one of its best features, and having used many radios over the years with in-built battery packs, is the length of time it’s capable of working after being charged. It’s such a big advantage not to have to charge it every 2, 3 hours or so. You can relax much more knowing it can be left working- for up to 24 hours, if the product description is to be believed but which admittedly i haven’t quite managed to test out myself yet.
      1. This is the first ‘bang and olufsen’ product i’ve had the pleasure and privilege to own myself, and wow is the brand fantastic. What impresses me most (besides obviously the quality of sound) is simply its amazing portability and the fact that wherever it’s situated it looks impressive and at home; as much a focal & talking point as an expensive ornament or piece of furniture might be. It’s not light, but i find its sturdiness reassuring, a testament to the build quality, and also in practice as it means you’re not concerned it might be knocked or topple over. I’ve had experience of the brand in the past with a ‘bang & olufsen’ stereo system that was very old and passed down through the family for many years, but which never suffered from technical problems and just as amazingly, despite being at least 25 years old, always looked modern and sleek. Whilst not being able to see into the future, i’m hopeful and confident the same is true of this unit, as it’s been designed to be sleek, minimal and inoffensively shaped. One of the things that astounds me most about the beolit 17 and which i personally judge to be one of its best features, and having used many radios over the years with in-built battery packs, is the length of time it’s capable of working after being charged. It’s such a big advantage not to have to charge it every 2, 3 hours or so. You can relax much more knowing it can be left working- for up to 24 hours, if the product description is to be believed but which admittedly i haven’t quite managed to test out myself yet.
  6. Best bluetooth speaker ever – but issues with sony. . The sound quality of this bluetooth speaker is fantastic with clear treble and excellent base and can turn up very loud without distortion. It is quite heavy but it is clearly meant as a luggable speaker to move round the house or garden or off to a friend’s party rather than carrying it antisocially round the shops. I like the quirky design – a bit like a basket with the leather handle. In use it’s easy to pair and i did so successfully with lots of different devices. However, if you have a modern sony walkman eg sony nw-a35 high resolution audio walkman (3. 1-inch touch display, 16 gb, micro sd with 45-hour battery life) – blue you will discover that you can’t adjust the volume remotely from the sony device. This is a bit strange as they both claim to be bt 4. 2 but it seems like a sony problem as there are other non-sony devices that share this issue (eg my bose sound link bt headphones). The volume control works remotely as it should with all the smartphones i tried and with my ipod touch.
  7. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey

    Best bluetooth speaker ever – but issues with sony. . The sound quality of this bluetooth speaker is fantastic with clear treble and excellent base and can turn up very loud without distortion. It is quite heavy but it is clearly meant as a luggable speaker to move round the house or garden or off to a friend’s party rather than carrying it antisocially round the shops. I like the quirky design – a bit like a basket with the leather handle. In use it’s easy to pair and i did so successfully with lots of different devices. However, if you have a modern sony walkman eg sony nw-a35 high resolution audio walkman (3. 1-inch touch display, 16 gb, micro sd with 45-hour battery life) – blue you will discover that you can’t adjust the volume remotely from the sony device. This is a bit strange as they both claim to be bt 4. 2 but it seems like a sony problem as there are other non-sony devices that share this issue (eg my bose sound link bt headphones). The volume control works remotely as it should with all the smartphones i tried and with my ipod touch.
  8. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey

    B&o have long held a reputation for quality of audio reproduction, their advanced designs and exclusive prices; those who demanded the brand were always happy to pay the price for ownership. Although usually avoiding the crazy multi-thousand £ price per component, the brand was usually considered elite. The “b&o play by bang & olufsen beolit 17 wireless bluetooth speaker – stone grey” uses a simple unassuming design externally, far divorced from the ‘classic, modern’ design principles previously employed for many of their products. The speaker unit enclosure is of a moderate size, 22. 5-inches in its largest dimension) and weighs in at about 2. 8kg (approx 6 lbs), heavy-ish but not excessive with a moderately low bulk. It compares well on size with the so-called market leading alternative renowned for the brand’s claim of superlative room-filling sound but which many find woolly and ill-defined. Not so with this; the audio output is rich and developed.
  9. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Stone Grey

    B&o have long held a reputation for quality of audio reproduction, their advanced designs and exclusive prices; those who demanded the brand were always happy to pay the price for ownership. Although usually avoiding the crazy multi-thousand £ price per component, the brand was usually considered elite. The “b&o play by bang & olufsen beolit 17 wireless bluetooth speaker – stone grey” uses a simple unassuming design externally, far divorced from the ‘classic, modern’ design principles previously employed for many of their products. The speaker unit enclosure is of a moderate size, 22. 5-inches in its largest dimension) and weighs in at about 2. 8kg (approx 6 lbs), heavy-ish but not excessive with a moderately low bulk. It compares well on size with the so-called market leading alternative renowned for the brand’s claim of superlative room-filling sound but which many find woolly and ill-defined. Not so with this; the audio output is rich and developed.