Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit 12 Airplay - Portable Wireless Music System (Grey)
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True the sound quality is good, but the wifi reception is very bad so sounds are cut every 2minutes! And you can t enjoy your music. Besides the connection to your wifi is very slow each time you switch it on...i can understand if for a first connection, but once everything set up, i don t understand what s it doing during all this long time!
When you take it outside, you will need a wire connection! Which is very surprising! You can find much less expensives boxes that use blue tooth or even wifi but without the need of a rooter!
Guys look for an other music box this is rubbish especially for the price you pay!
My issue is the wifi/airplay most people buying this will use the airplay function but each and every time you want to use it-say in the morning -you have to press the wireless key to link it to your ipad or iphone etc this does not take more then 45 secs but how bloody crap is that ! Switch it off to standby and then on again you have to relink it.
It will not link to more then one airplay device at a time and you must disable the prior unit before trying to connect the next.
Also it hates the microwave and simply gives up when that is being used.
I cannot comment on the battery life as my unit stays plugged in.
Will I keep the biolit or go for the bowers and Wilkins a7 that i also looked at ( far better sound wise) mmmmm not sure yet cos of price, this I managed to get amazon at 386 and bowers and Wilkins is currently 700 so we will see how I get on with this poxy wifi button!
Oh yes it does emit a light humming when on but nothing being played , does go off when you power down the unit but then of course you have that wait for the wifi if you want to start up again......agggghhhhh:)
update 25 jan 2014 ==================
Sent it back as it started to crackle at high volume, I have to say i think its a great unit let down by crap software (the waiting to sync is just terrible) and it would stop recieving when microwave or washer on. If they can fix this I would buy again
The sound quality is good, without exaggeration at either end. However this is still a mono device, so you essentially get nothing more than what an old radio used to give you - i.e. no stereo. The sound is very directional - you have to be in front of the unit to experience any degree of quality. The sound goes nowhere near what the price suggests. This kind of sound you can get for much less.
Essentially the only quality of this product is portability. If you want to take high quality (mono) sound outdoor on your terrace or on a picnic you may consider this unit. However it is not a replacement even for a small home stereo.
EDIT: Today i tried the speaker using an SRS-Wow HD sound enhancing app. Boy, what a difference! This almost solves the mono sound issue. The two technologies seem to be a perfect match. I am still not raising my star rating because at this price i should not have had to use mind trickery to get a decent sound stage.
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