beolit 12 portable stereo by bang & olufsen ‘beolit 12’ portable music system by bang &olufsen




at CES 2012, danish design house bang & olufsen has simultaneously launched its B&O play company, designed to bring ‘contemporary design [to] the digital generation’; and the new brand’s first product, the ‘beolit 12’ portable music system.


created by danish designer cecilie manz, ‘beolit 12’ features apple airplay technology for seamless wireless streaming  from apple devices. the design is suggestive of the company’s 1960’s transistor radios of the name name, but featuring an aluminum grille, a range of loudspeaker fabric colour options, and an italian leather carrying strap. a 120-watt amplifier on the 2.1 stereo system is connected to two tweeters and a 4-inch subwoofer, offering powerful sound for its 2.8kg (6.2 lb) weight. designed for simplicity, the ‘beolit 12’ control panel features  an on/off button, airplay switch, and volume control.

beolit 12 portable stereo by bang & olufsen detail view  


the device’s rechargeable battery has a playback time of approximately 8 hours wired (4 hours airplay), capable of simultaneously charging iPhones, iPads, or other connected devices. the ‘beolit 12’ is expected to retail for 800 USD in america and 700 euro in the E.U. available in late january 2012 in dark grey, additional colours of yellow, blue, and light grey are expected in showrooms this spring.

beolit 12 portable stereo by bang & olufsen the holed exterior, exposing the loudspeaker fabric beneath, is created through a 12-step process


video demonstration of the ‘beolit 12’


beolit 12 portable stereo by bang & olufsen available in january in dark grey, a ligh grey model and other colors will be produced for spring 2012