B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 Airplay – Portable Wireless Music System – Easy to setup, Fantastic sound, brilliant build quality!!!

I bought this and it ended up being a faulty unit. Just simply would not connect to my network so i had to send back. It did work with via the jack cable and i found the sound on par with the much cheaper sonos 1 i bought previously.

This really is an excellent portable player. I wanted a portable music system for my iphone and ipod nano, and this really is the business. The fact that it is airplay as well is an added bonus. I do agree with other reviews that mention it does take a long time to connect to the internet whether wired or wireless, but maybe that will be addressed in a future update. One thing to note, you do need a headphone jack to play the radio with the ipod nano (7th gen).

Good design, easy setup, great sound. . First impressions on getting this out of the box were that it looked good, with an interesting design. I was concerned about how it would look as the one i ordered was called ‘blue’, but the overall colour of the case was grey with the blue being behind the mesh/holes. Overall it looks good, and did not look out of place in any room i tried it in. Next up is the setup of the device. As it was airplay enabled i decided to set it up using the app that is available. This proved to be very easy and straightforward, in less than five minutes i had it setup on my wifi network with a suitable device name. The process was very clear and easy to follow. My only criticism would be that the quick start guide does not describe the buttons and led colours in detail, and for each meaning you have read all sections of the guide, i expected a table listing led’s and what the colours mean. But, that’s a small point as set up was so easy. Here are the specifications for the B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 Airplay – Portable Wireless Music System:

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  • Portable music system that plays music wirelessly from iPod, iPhone, iPad or Mac
  • Wired performance from any other smartphone or PC
  • Simplicity and sophisticaion in design: only four buttons
  • Light and portable: only 2.8 kg
  • Full-grain Italian leather strap

Some difficulty setting up the wifi. . Otherwise amazing sound and convenience of use. Using the music on my i phone playing through this beolite 12.

Some difficulty setting up the wifi. . Otherwise amazing sound and convenience of use. Using the music on my i phone playing through this beolite 12.

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  • A beautiful warm and detailed sound
  • Good design, easy setup, great sound.
  • Easy to setup, Fantastic sound, brilliant build quality!!!

After doing lots of research initially aimed at getting the best bluetooth portable speaker my decision finally came down to this non bluetooth player. I had already had a bitter experience with airplay letting down the fabulous performance of the b&w a7 so i was somewhat sceptical but seeing as the beolit 12 is a portable player a direct connection from iphone to player would get around any further downfalls with airplay. It is first important to download the b&o setup app and follow the page which deals with updating the software (ethernet cable required – not supplied). Follow the instructions to the letter and connection to your network will be easy and straightforward. Note that airplay will not work over the faster 802. 11n protocol so make sure your router is also broadcasting the b and g variants (log in to your router settings to check). The quality of sound is really sweet, refined and detailed and for a box of this size has a pleasing sound stage. The bass is well handled without being overbearing (a problem all too common with current trends). At its original introductory price of £599 the unit was ridiculously overpriced but now at around the £350 mark its well balanced performance, build quality, design and portability means that the play beolit 12 can be heartily recommended.

The sound quality and ease of use should be better. . For the price and brand name, the sound quality and ease of use should be better.

Awesomely looking and sounding airplay device. Bought this beolit after a lot of worries about its performance, after reading the comments. First, the product seems solid and very well built, in addition to a great look. Sound quality is one of the best i would say, nice full sound, bassy & loud enough to fill up the room with sound. The wireless streaming its one of its problems, yet, what i found is that using a proper router the problem goes away. Try upgrading your router, (i. For the apple geeks ->airport express) and the difference is huge. Using a normal sky (uk) router, there are drop outs of 2-3 seconds randomly, i would say 0-5 times in a day, which seems traffic-related. The more devices i run, the most likely is that my iphone->beolit 12 signal is getting disrupted.

00 for mine and i think it has a fantastic sound the bass is amazing and i have no. I don’t understand why people are negative about this speaker i paid £389. 00 for mine and i think it has a fantastic sound the bass is amazing and i have no problem with the wireless set up in my flat and when i take it out with me i use the usb or jack plug to play music. The level of sound you get is well rounded and though there is no true stereo the speakers used and the technology give this a high quality sound. Go to a department store and demo it if you want to compare it i researched this for months before buying comparing it’s sound with arcam, samsung, several valve style units but none of them came up to scratch i heartily recommend this as a top buy. Once you set it up that’s it.

A beautiful warm and detailed sound. This unit, gives exactly the warm beautiful sound i have been looking for in an iphone speaker. I love listening to 50/60s vocal type jazz and own a large valve amplifier and speakers. I love the warmth and detailed vocals and rich sound that the valve equipment gives. The beolit gives that same rich sound that i love so much, i have not found this in any of the cheaper iphone speakers/docks, some of which sound way to bright. I am not interested in the airplay function, as i plug my iphone/ipad directly in and it charges at the same time. Also the direct connection sounds slightly better (this is the same for the other airplay units i have tried). I can tell you though, that if the airplay function is important to you, the set up on this unit and the connection times are the pits. The set up is long winded, the software updates fail repeatedly and the unit connection to the wifi is slow on start up. That said, airplay is not important to me and the sound is quality is incredible for such a small unit.

Great product with excellent sound.

A beautiful warm and detailed sound. This unit, gives exactly the warm beautiful sound i have been looking for in an iphone speaker. I love listening to 50/60s vocal type jazz and own a large valve amplifier and speakers. I love the warmth and detailed vocals and rich sound that the valve equipment gives. The beolit gives that same rich sound that i love so much, i have not found this in any of the cheaper iphone speakers/docks, some of which sound way to bright. I am not interested in the airplay function, as i plug my iphone/ipad directly in and it charges at the same time. Also the direct connection sounds slightly better (this is the same for the other airplay units i have tried). I can tell you though, that if the airplay function is important to you, the set up on this unit and the connection times are the pits. The set up is long winded, the software updates fail repeatedly and the unit connection to the wifi is slow on start up. That said, airplay is not important to me and the sound is quality is incredible for such a small unit.

Good design, easy setup, great sound. . First impressions on getting this out of the box were that it looked good, with an interesting design. I was concerned about how it would look as the one i ordered was called ‘blue’, but the overall colour of the case was grey with the blue being behind the mesh/holes. Overall it looks good, and did not look out of place in any room i tried it in. Next up is the setup of the device. As it was airplay enabled i decided to set it up using the app that is available. This proved to be very easy and straightforward, in less than five minutes i had it setup on my wifi network with a suitable device name. The process was very clear and easy to follow. My only criticism would be that the quick start guide does not describe the buttons and led colours in detail, and for each meaning you have read all sections of the guide, i expected a table listing led’s and what the colours mean. But, that’s a small point as set up was so easy.

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  1. Easy to setup, fantastic sound, brilliant build quality. Can’t quite understand some negative reviews being posted. Set up took literally 5 mins via beo play app, no need for any ethernet cable which is no longer supplied. I think the firmware must of been updated and to be fair is excellent. Other bang olufsen remotes do work on this system and i am currently using beo play a8 remote with no problems. Build quality is exceptional and looks are great. As for sound it can’t be beaten at this size, compared to bose comparisons we’ll there is no comparison. Bang & olufsen blows it away. Buy with confidence and enjoy.
  2. This review is from : B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 Airplay – Portable Wireless Music System (Yellow)

    Easy to setup, fantastic sound, brilliant build quality. Can’t quite understand some negative reviews being posted. Set up took literally 5 mins via beo play app, no need for any ethernet cable which is no longer supplied. I think the firmware must of been updated and to be fair is excellent. Other bang olufsen remotes do work on this system and i am currently using beo play a8 remote with no problems. Build quality is exceptional and looks are great. As for sound it can’t be beaten at this size, compared to bose comparisons we’ll there is no comparison. Bang & olufsen blows it away. Buy with confidence and enjoy.