These are the words uttered by the UK’s Daily Mail in their review of the BeoLit 12 from Bang & Olufsen who say that although the unit is “slinky and stylish, the speakers pump sound out via a 120W amplifier, and the unit holds can run off the in-built battery for six hours”. But reviewers, they article goes on to say, were “less impressed with both the price and the difficultt in setting it up”.
The Mail’s article goes on to say that Craig Sutherland of Reg Hardware reports that: “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.”
Gizmodo also loved the sound quality, saying the “bass and high ends both blasts wonderfully - enough to give a true stereo system a run for its money”.
But according to The Mail’s article they “criticised the poor set-up methods which require you to use an ethernet network cable to set the kit up to your router, and needing to press the the ‘wireless’ button on the device occasionaly to turn it on, which ’sours the lazy magic of AirPlay”.
They concluded: “Two stupid, stupid, inexplicable design choices, B&O. And at an absurd $800 US, there’s no room for foolishness”.
For anyone looking for a more affordable option, The Mail recommends the Audyssey Lower East Side Audio Dock Air which comes in cheaper at $169.99, or the Creative speaker which can stream music via bluetooth for much less (but certainly not as stylish as the BeoLit 12!)