Feeds
85%
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

AirPlay exemplar

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

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
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.