Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 Wireless Speaker

If the Leprechaun would go back to the children’s cabins to find its pot of gold, he would surely be surprised to see that the new digital world rather offers a ‘pot of sound’ as an option. Indeed, having a Beolit 12 of B&O (Bang & Olufsen) is like carrying a very modern soundbox in a shape of a picnic basket… or a lunchbox if you’re the office kind of guy. With cube-like body form plus rounded corners, the Beolit has a leather strap that makes users carry it along with the right industrially-sealed casing; let’s try to open the ‘basket’ now to see what’s inside.

Measuring 9.1 inches in width, 7.4 inches in height, and 5.2 inches in depth, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 is one good portable sound system that looks very promising from its purely metallic look plus the build material, which is majorly aluminum in this case. For a weight of 2.8 kilograms, the Beolit 12 is not really something you’d love to bring along and dance with, but it surely helps in keeping the sound up and alive from room to room. The ends or pivots to where the said leather strap is attached to are not centerly-justified, giving it an angled display when being carried along.

On top of the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 we have a recessed surface covered with a matte or rubbery coating. Herein you can see the four capacitive buttons (which is rare but fantastic) that are backlit for easy navigation when in dark, and are only inclusive of four buttons: the power, the toggle button for wireless connection, and the two volume buttons. Impressively, the device greys off a button when it is not applicable, such as when the device has reached its maximum volume level. Moreover, the same surface acts also as a tray for phones, and is indeed a lot helpful and secure to bring along with the phones plugged in or connected.
Bang-Olufsen-Beolit-12-Wireless-Speaker-Price-PhilippinesTo the right side of the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 we see a recessed area wherein a full-sized USB port is found, plus another 3.5mm audio-in port for devices users preferred to play on wire. While the other side doesn’t have anything really, the back has a bigger rectangular door that, when opened, showcases an amply sized room for the AC wire to be stored, and hence easily accessed as well, plus some hard-to-reach ports like Ethernet and the AC port per se. I really meant it when I say ‘hard-to-reach since if you have big-sized hands, you’d find it too hard to plug in a cord properly. Lastly, if you prefer to re-cover the space with its cap, thankfully there’s a cut out for the wire to trail out, though the said hole can only accommodate one wire at the time.

The device itself from Bang & Olufsen is well cased, as said, in an aluminum casing with sturdy plastic parts and rubbery foot stamps to avoid slips and slides. The Beolit 12 comes in different grille color schemes wherein users can choose from, but as for me, I’d prefer the silver or the black one since the other colors like pink do not really match with the grayish tint found on the other parts of the speaker system. Inside the grille plus the fabric coating next to it are the 120-watt-powered class D amplifier, two 2-inch tweeters, and one 4-inch woofer, which all in all can deliver 50-20,000Hz at a 2.1 configuration. And did I mention that the device has a built-in battery that can play 8 hours on wire and 4 hours wirelessly?

And ultimately, aside from the feature that the power system inside can charge devices plugged into the USB ports even if in itself it is already running out of juice, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 caters particularly to Apple devices via AirPlay. Setup is unusually a hassle since an Ethernet cable (included) is needed to establish a network, thus unable to do the same chore wirelessly, but instructions are all well provided, however. There are some reported issues also in relation to compatibility, but users are at least allowed to play from other devices or from other media without complaints. With the sound quality, I don’t think there’s really an issue since the mids are well rounded and molded with the discreet lows and rich mids, and instruments and vocals are as good and original as they should be.

The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 is hilariously priced at around $800, more or less. Considerations from you?

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 Wireless Speaker Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 35,000.00

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