Feeds
85%
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

AirPlay exemplar

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Geek Treat of the Week There are AirPlay speakers and there are AirPlay speakers. This unit from Danish hi-fi gods Bang & Olufsen is eye-wateringly expensive but has plenty of features, including a built-in re-chargeable battery which, B&O says, will give you eight hours play time on one charge.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

The sleek chassis comes in four different colours, and has a leather carry-strap mounted diagonally across the top. Underneath that there’s a recessed tray to house an iPhone or iPod.

Behind an aluminium speaker grille sit a 120W amplifier, two 2in tweeters and a 4in woofer.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Setting the Beolit 12 up isn’t as easy as it should be. You need to plug it directly into your router using the supplied Ethernet cable. A free app will then grab an IP address and add the Beolit to the network. But you’ll need to re-connect by pressing a Wi-Fi button on top of the speaker every time you turn it on.

That, however, is my only complaint. Audio fidelity is sublime. The sound stage is surprisingly wide, particularly if you place the speaker judiciously - in the corner of a room, say. The sound is bright, detailed, and very well balanced.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12
RH Recommended Medal

Certain manufacturers of overly-bassy speaker systems whose names also begin with a 'B' should take note.

Yes, it’s expensive. But not that much more so than other top-end AirPlay speakers and you do get that re-chargeable battery, beautiful aesthetics and the kind of audio fidelity that only a top-end hi-fi company can deliver. ®

Geek Treat of the Week is published every Monday. Got a handy or fun gadget in mind you'd like us to consider? Please let us know

More Geek Treats

Freecom Hard
Drive Sq 2TB
WD My Book Duo Griffin
Helo TC
Assault
Adonit Jot Flip Mobee
Magic Numpad

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

85%
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Expensive but stylish and capable of gorgeous sound reproduction.
Price: £599 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.