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B&O PLAY Beolit 15 by Bang & Olufsen

High-performance portable Bluetooth® speaker (Black)

8 Reviews | 2 questions - 5 answers

Item # 906BLIT15B

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Overview

Our take on the B&O PLAY Beolit 15 by Bang & Olufsen

The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 portable Bluetooth speaker resembles a hip, compact cooler — but it's really much cooler than that. Quality components and advanced electronics let the Beolit 15 deliver high-performance sound from a small but stylish package. And with a built-in rechargeable battery that can last a full 24 hours, this speaker system's sure to last as long as the party.

Play all day in style

The Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 portable Bluetooth speaker resembles a hip, compact cooler — but it's really much cooler than that. Quality components and advanced electronics let the Beolit 15 deliver high-performance sound from a small but stylish package. And with a built-in rechargeable battery that can last a full 24 hours, this speaker system's sure to last as long as the party.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15

Underneath the grille is a sophisticated speaker system designed to create an omnidirectional soundfield.

Music from every angle

Through Bang & Olufsen's exclusive True360 sound technology, the B&O Beolit 15 creates a smooth, well-balanced, omnidirectional soundfield. No matter where you stand in relation to the system, you'll enjoy the same great sound.

A 5-1/2" long-stroke full-range driver delivers clear, detailed mids and lows. Three 1-1/2" tweeters cover the upper frequencies with clarity and accuracy. Large passive bass radiators built into the sides reinforce the low end for stronger bass. There are two separate amplifiers built in: one for the full-range driver and the other for the three tweeters. The system has a total of 240 watts peak power, making it a great choice for music in the great outdoors.

Stylish practicality

The aluminum core of the Beolit 15 provides stability and reduces vibration. A tough polymer shell protects the vitals, and the solid aluminum grille shields the speakers from harm. The full-grain leather strap gives you a ready handhold for portability. And the Beolit 15's rubber top tray makes is the ideal place to rest your smartphone. Its non-slip surface ensures your phone will stay put, no matter how hard the bass is thumping.

Bluetooth 4.0

The Beolit 15 easily pairs with your smartphone or tablet. It's equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, which includes support for aptX® audio coding. This delivers higher-fidelity sound from devices that have that technology built in, but the speaker is also backward-compatible with older versions of Bluetooth, so you can stream music from just about any mobile device.

Product Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth streams music wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or other compatible device
  • Bluetooth 4.0 including aptX technology for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
  • True360 technology creates an omnidirectional soundfield
  • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 24 hours
  • 2 x 35W Class D for bass and treble (total of 240W peak power)
  • frequency response: 37-20,000 Hz
  • solid aluminum core and durable polymer outer shell provide stability and reduce resonance
  • one 5-1/2" long-range full-range driver and two 4" passive radiators
  • three 1-1/2" mid-tweeters
  • non-slip rubber top tray for smartphone
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • AC power adapter
  • USB mini input for charging
  • premium full-grain leather strap
  • 9"W x 7-7/16"H x 5-5/16"D
  • weight: 5.95 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • 58" AC power cord
  • Leather strap (pre-installed)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Online Registration
  • Limited Warranty
  • Important Safety Instructions

I bought this for my dad for Christmas, and man he's in love! Lots of base, very crisp, somewhat heavy but portable, lasts for ages on battery power, and goes pretty loud too. All and all a very happy camper

Anonymous, Lady Lake, FL

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B&O PLAY Beolit 15 by Bang & Olufsen Reviews

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(8 Reviews)

B&O PLAY Beolit 15 by Bang & Olufsen

Anonymous from Lady Lake, FL on 3/5/2017

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I bought this for my dad for Christmas, and man he's in love! Lots of base, very crisp, somewhat heavy but portable, lasts for ages on battery power, and goes pretty loud too. All and all a very happy camper

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One is not enough!

Michael from Isle of Palms, SC on 2/4/2016

Words honestly can't describe how wonderful two of these sound paired together. And with the recent release of the BeoPlay App for the iPhone (screen shots attached), paring these together is easier than ever. I'm even more pleased with my purchase knowing that B&O will continue to update the software and further enhance the utility and performance. Before reviewing the Beolit 15, I'd like to take a minute to describe what I was trying to accomplish and how I concluded that 2 Beolit 15 provided the best solution. As an audiophile, I enjoy sitting down inside and listening to music in its purest form. I wanted to be able to enjoy the same indoor listening experience outside on the deck. After auditioning several outdoor speakers I was unimpressed, so it was impossible to justify the expense of running wire to mount mediocre outdoor speakers to the sound system from in the house. I considered bringing inside speakers outside when needed, but ruled that option out as too much of an inconvenience. Initially I auditioned a single Beolit 15 side by side with the BeoPlay A2. Both produce amazing sound for such a small form factor, but the Beolit 15 has greater dynamic range and lower bass response than the A2. The Beolit 15 also creates a superior 360 degree illusion than the A2. Sold on the single Beolit, I then auditioned two Beolit 15 paired together. The stereophonic experience and sound stage created by pairing these together will rival or surpass almost an

Pros: Amazing balanced sound When paired with another Beolit 15, the two will create a sound stage that will rival or exceed many more expensive component systems. BeoPlay iPhone App makes pairing two together simple as click click click. The app also monitors battery life.

Cons: Battery life is only a fraction of what's advertised. At half volume I've only been able to get 2 1/2 hours of play when paired with another Beolit 15. When paired with another Beolit 15, the aux input doesn't work, you must stream via Bluetooth when paired. This is a design flaw that should be fixed. No Apple Airplay option.

Great sound

SR from St Petersburg, FL on 10/2/2015

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Great sound. Battery life isn't as long as expected when volume is turned up.

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B&O PLAY Beolit 15 by Bang & Olufsen

Christine from Minnesota on 9/28/2015

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Beautiful sound, no regrets. A speaker for grown ups.

Pros: Deep full sound is exactly what I was looking for. Best wireless speaker out there. Easy to connect. I love it!! I wouldn't buy anything else.

Cons: Bass is deep and levels out nicely as volume increases, not really a con, just unexpected. For the cost I would like equalizer capabilities. Heavy for taking back and forth to the office. Would like more color options. Champagne was sold out.

Over-rated

MMMberle from Texas on 9/6/2015

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I could see using this for places where there is no electricity. But if there is an electrical outlet around, there are so many better products for the money. I bought a B&O system in the 80's and loved it. It was overpriced but sooooo coool. I saw this product and thought that it would make a great way to listen to music in my office at work. In reality, I found that it was no better in sound quality than my low-end Logitech computer speakers. Don't expect stereo sound from this unit. I would not use it for parties either unless there was no electricity. I have an 80's portable Bose CD player that blows this out of the water in terms of sound quality. Not worth the money. Returned it.

Pros: Battery operated.

Cons: Only fair sound for the money. No real stereo effect.

Beyond my expectations

Jim F from Pennsylvania on 9/5/2015

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Bought the Beolite for an outdoor event I was planning. Easy to get started - More than loud enough - Superb sound quality. As well, Crutchfield makes it so easy!

Pros: High quality, high fidelity, high satisfaction.

Cons: Shuffle feature on occasion repeats the previously played selection - infrequent enough not to be a big deal.

Beolit 15 is The Bomb!

JeffA from Virginia on 5/15/2015

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This is another great product from B&O. Easy and intuitive to set up (didn't even look at the instructions) and works perfectly every time. The sound is truly amazing and everywhere we go, some asks about it and wants to know where to buy one!

Pros: Easy and intuitive to set up and great sound quality

Cons: Would be nice to have an app to control equalization app to tweak the sound quality. I am sure B&O has this in the works!

B&O Beolit15

Christy D. from Nahant,Ma. on 5/12/2015

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One of the beat sounding speakers I have heard to date!!

Pros: Just love the looks and sound of this speaker!!

Cons: None!!

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Features and Specs

Features
Weather-resistant No
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing No

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Features

Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity: The Beolit 15 offers Bluetooth version 4.0 technology with support for A2DP and aptX wireless audio streaming. Up to eight devices can be paired to the speaker at once and two devices can even remain connected, so switching between devices is quick and easy.

  • Wireless Music Streaming: You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, Mac computer, Blackberry, and more to the Beolit 15 speaker system. You'll continue to use your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device to control music playback functions and view song/artist information.
  • aptX Codec Support: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the Beolit 15 offers support for CSR's aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Android devices. aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Beolit 15.

Multi-Driver Array w/ Dual Class-D Amps: The Beolit 15 features four active drivers and two passive bass radiators, driven by dual Class D amplifiers, delivering 70 watts of RMS power (120W Peak). One amplifier channel drives a 5.5" long-stroke full-range driver, while the bass performance is enhanced by two 4" passive bass radiators placed on each side; in perfect balance to avoid vibration. The second amplifier channel drives three 1.5" mid-tweeters; two positioned in the front corners, facing outwards at 45° and 15° upwards, and the third one placed on the backside of the speaker.

True360 Sound Technology: The combination of the positioning and radiation patterns of the drivers, and the use of advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology creates Beolit 15's unique True360 sound experience.

Extruded Aluminum Housing: The Beolit 15 Bluetooth speaker features a rugged, extruded aluminum housing which enhances it durability and sound quality.

Aux Input: In addition to Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the Beolit 15 is fitted with a stereo minijack (3.5mm) input for connecting an external portable audio device with a headphone jack or analog output.

USB Charging Port: The Beolit 15 is capable of recharging the battery of your Bluetooth-enabled device from the speaker's built-in USB (type-A) port. Now you don't need to carry an extra charger to keep your devices powered up. This USB port does not support audio playback.

Tactile Control: On the top of the speaker you will find four control buttons, two of which light up when in use. The buttons control the power (on/off), activate Bluetooth and adjust the volume up and down.

Integrated Phone Tray: Go ahead and put your mobile device on top of Beolit 15. The non-slip anti-dust treated rubber tray makes sure it stays put

Full-Grain Leather Handle: The handle used to carry Beolit 15 around is made out of premium, full-grain leather - carefully selected for just the right feel and perfectly positioned to avoid the speaker from "wobbling" when carried around

Rechargeable Battery: The rechargeable Li-ion battery inside the speaker lets you play at moderate listening levels for up to 24 hours on a single charge. The included AC power adapter charges the built-in battery and supplies power to the Bluetooth speaker.

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Great reviews [ Champion  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Needed a speaker for a European adventure, and this thing is just too loud and precise for a small hotel room. Was constantly getting harassed by hotel's for playing my music too loud. This is an awesome unit, and so worth the higher ticket price. [ LANCE  Jul 02, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

Two Beolit 15s can be Bluetooth attached to one device - i.e. iPhone - to stream left and right stereo channels. The online manual describes how to do this [ Martin  Apr 25, 2016 ]
Yes, you need a stereo RCA splitter cable which is easy available!! Good luck,that should do the trick for you!! [ CHRIS  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Hi Jim! You have to buy a stereo adapter cable, twin rca's to TV for stereo output on one end to 1/8 inch input to your Beloit 15 for stereo sound! I hope this help's you! Sincerely,Chris?? [ CHRIS  Jun 17, 2015 ]
Jack(s) inside rear cover [ Jeff  Jun 16, 2015 ]
Use a balanced 3.5 mm to RCA. [ scott e.  Jun 16, 2015 ]
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