Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 Speaker Price in Singapore, Features, and Specs: The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 is a compact speaker system that is designed for AirPlay as well as direct playback suitable for iOS devices like iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The device is available in a lot of colors – dark grey/dark grey, blue/dark grey, yellow/light grey, and light grey/light grey. The shape is quite rounded at the edge although the device itself is rectangular overall with a leather strap that goes around the top.
Physically, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 is light and small that makes it a good device to carry or tow around. It measures 9.1 inches wide, 7.4 inches tall, and 5.2 inches deep, and weighs around six pounds. One can just easily transfer it from one part of the house to another or carry it along while on travel using its leather strap.
A USB port, 3.5 mm line in jack, and a battery charging status light are located on the right hand side of the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12, while at the back is a long, rectangular door. Within this door is an Ethernet port and a connection for the power cable to charge the device. The compartment that opens or unlocks by pushing it in is big enough to house the whole AC cable in so that one really has no problem transporting the device from one place to another.
However, the compartment can be quite a problem because the AC port is positioned quite deeply so that the user may have some problems connecting it to the power cable even though there is a safety hook on the left plug to thread the cable into. Overall, the cable and AC are still a tight fit although the whole thing was meant to give the device an ergonomic handle.
On the other hand, the top of the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 holds some touch-sensitive backlit buttons for Power, Internet, Volume Up and Volume Down, with the latter two dimming when the configuration has already reached the maximum. The Beolit 2 doesn’t come with a remote control but it is compatible with the ones from the Beo4 or Beo6. Aside from directly going over the settings on the device, the volume and such can also be controlled via the audio source, whether the device is synced with AirPlay or using the USB cable.
Configuring the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 for the AirPlay synchronicity needs access to the Ethernet port. To have it connect to the wireless network or Wi-Fi, the user first needs to connect the device physically to a computer such as a Mac using an Ethernet cable. Thankfully, the manufacturer included the cable as part of the device’s accessories. The web browser on the computer should then be made to access the given IP address. This brings the user to the speaker’s built-in web-based configuration panel that requires some details about the current Wi-Fi network.
As for streaming audio, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 does it seamlessly and nicely. There are no audio dropouts whatsoever when streaming with iTunes on a Mac computer or via an iOS device. If there are however multiple connections to the Beolit that are available simultaneously, the speaker system uses a built-in priority consisting of AirPlay first, then USB, and finally line-in to determine which source to play or stream over all the others.
The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 uses a Class D digital amplifier that has a total of 120 watts, quite impressive given the small size of the device. This means that the user need not strain his or her ears to hear the music across the room. The speaker also uses two 2-inch tweeters and a single 4-inch woofer, although there is no subwoofer available. Music coming out of the device generally sounds full, rich, and clear.
Overall, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 seems like a great remote speaker device. It has AirPlay functionality and is very portable. It is however priced at around $799, quite expensive considering that its direct rivals do not cost as much.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 Speaker Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 1,020.00