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US$800 Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 uses Apple AirPlay


March 12, 2012

The Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 AIRPLAY

The Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 AIRPLAY

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The Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 AIRPLAY is about the size of a small car battery at 23 x 15 x 18.8 cm, weighing slightly less at 2.8 kg. It contains a substantial battery plus 120 Watts of digital Class D power amplifier, plus two 2" tweeters and a 4" woofer. It also connects via Apple's AirPlay, so it plays seamlessly from your iPod, IPad or iPhone by AirPlay for four hours, or wired to your iThing for eight hours. Based on our past experience with B&O;, the sound will be exquisite, but the Beolit 12 might also be the most expensive accessory you'll consider for the iPhone - EUR700 or US$800.

Despite the upmarket price, the Beolit 12 is the most affordable sound system from Bang & Olufsen in many years. The dark grey version is available now, with more colors coming in Spring.

The Beolit can be plugged into the mains, in which case it'll run indefinitely.

The quality, design and craftsmanship all look to be the usual B&O; standard.

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Why would there be a time limit if hard wired? Nonsense


@zekegri - have another read of the article, the author clearly states "The Beolit can be plugged into the mains, in which case it'll run indefinitely"


@jmitch83: have another read yourself :) The photo caption says: "unwired for four hours, or wired for eight hours." (Of course, based on experience and the statement in the main article, I'd expect essentially unlimited play time when plugged in :)

It would be nice to read a review where the reviewers have heard the products, and can also provide tech specs (e.g., watts, decibels). Note that I'm not implying that I think this article is a review...it's essentially a pass-thru of a new-product announcement. I'd love to read a comparison of this vs. some Bose portable sound systems.

Stan Sieler

Ah! Some of my two favorite designers, Apple and B&O together, kind of!

Nicolas Zart

They would be better off putting a quality speaker system with a player known for quality audio, like a Cowon S9 or something. Putting an $800 speaker with notoriously-bad iPod sound is a terrible idea.

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