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Bang & Olufsen intros Beolit 12 AirPlay speaker, plasma TV

updated 02:40 pm EST, Wed January 11, 2012

TV integrates 7.1 sound amplifier & center speaker

Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has used CES as a launchpad for several new products including a plasma TV, companion wall speakers, as well as B&O Play, a new line of portable audio. The BeoVision 12-65 is an ultra flat 3D 65-inch plasma TV with integrated center channel and 7.1 surround sound audio. The BeoLab 12 is a complementary speaker system.

The first product under the B&O Play brand is the Beolit 12, a portable music system that supports Apple's AirPlay technology for wireless playing of music from an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple computer, or iTunes-equipped PC. The compact all-in-one sound device packs a 120-watt digital power amplifier system to drive dual two-inch tweeters and a 4-inch woofer to deliver accurate sound performance for a small to mid-sized room.

The BeoVision 12-65 Plasma TV uses a NeoPDP display panel. A light sensor in the upper right hand corner of the TV measures the ambient lighting conditions of the room and then adjusts the picture dynamically. Integrated into the TV's frame is a center speaker with five custom drivers. Also contained within the BeoVision 12-65 is a 7.1 surround sound amp system consisting of four 80 watt amplifiers for the midrange and one 40 watt amplifier for the treble.

Complementing the BeoVision 12-65 are B&O's new BeoLab 12 wall-mounted loudspeakers. Each speaker is equipped with a three-quarter inch Acoustic Lens tweeter for the treble, a two-inch midrange unit and two 6.5-inch flat woofers for the lower frequencies. The Acoustic Lens technology disperses the high frequencies horizontally in a 180 degree angle. The speakers can be set at one of three settings to best meet a rooms acoustic characteristics.

The $799 Beolit 12 will begin to arrive in B&O showrooms, B&O Online, and Apple Stores later this month in a dark grey color. Yellow, blue, and light grey models will begin shipping later this spring. Both the BeoLab 12 speakers and the BeoVision 12 plasma TV will be available this spring. Pricing for the paired speakers has been set at $4,600. The plasma TV has been priced at $19,750.

BeoVision 12-65 Plasma TV

BeoLab 12 Speakers

B&O Play Beolit 12

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    people are always (mistakenly) arguing that Apple cares too much about form and puts it *before* function, but Bang & Olufson should be in the dictionary as the perfect illustration of that concept. it's always about the "look" to them and mostly their idea of a cool look is just awful IMO.

    this speaker looks like an ugly picnic basket. does it even support airplay? does it have a battery? do you have to plug it in? none of this is even covered in the press release or the video. just how cool it is and how it was defined by young people from the fashion world. WTF? how about talking about the product itself and what it does instead of how cool they are as a company.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But that is their

    entire reason for being. Arguably, some of their products have been truly intriguing. I recall wanting one of those whacky B&A turntables way back when. But there is nothing immediately "form over function" about the plasma TV. The Beolit, however, is just a box. How it functions is another matter...

  1. BZD

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sort of funny to see all the hate

    Gazoobee I know you're not trying to be funny but from your post it is rather obvious you did not read the article nor did you pay much attention to the what was said in the videos. All you really did was voice your prejudice about B&O. Sort of funny considering you're complaining about form over substance.

    Let me help - the thing does have Airplay. Even if not said outright in the video with the fairytale theme it's demonstrated. And as for the other details you wonder about it's seconds away if you look on the web but let me list them here :-)

    The player has a rechargeable battery and there is a room in the unit for the power cable to be contained in the unit. It will play for 8 hours and there is also ports so it can be used to recharge you're iWhatever.

    Now for B&O and their design. Surely the Beolit 12 is not for everyone nor is it supposed to but it's different in a sort of retro but modern way and surely you can not question the finish of the thing. And if we look at B&O as a whole their design is certainly about form but it's also about hiding the tech and making it accessible and nice to use + they put a lot of effort into the overall quality of things. Their products are made to last and made to bring good sound and picture quality.

    I'm willing to bet both the plasma screen and the Beolit 12 will impress when tried in real life. Properly not sound better or give a better picture than other similar priced products but just as good and the useability will be very good.

    Also worth remembering is that Apple design owns a good deal to B&O. I suggest taking a look at how B&O have looked over the years - they have set the standard to which the rest of the world have slowly caught up and a 30 year old B&O system still looks good and that is saying something.

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