You can tell that bluetooth audio has come a long way when high end audio brand like B&O starts embracing it, first with the BeoPlay A2 speaker, and now with the new BeoLit 15, the next generation of the iconic portable wireless speaker.
You probably recognize the design of the BeoLit 15 as it’s based on the earlier released BeoLit 12 Airplay speaker, but has been refined both internally and externally. You can tell that Bang & Olufsen have put all their audio and design expertise behind the BeoLit 15.
Once again the design is by Danish designer Cecilie Manz and it uses premium material including anodised aluminum and high quality leather. The aluminum grill runs across the whole device, protecting the drivers that produce true 360 degree audio output. The rubber bottom tray is non-slip protected and also provides a solid footing regardless of the bass level. B&O have also updated the color options with a choice between natural champagne, shaded rosa, and polar blue.
The BeoLit 15 is about more than just design and looks, as inside it’s packed with high quality audio components. There are 4 active drivers, including a 5 1/2 inch full range long-stroke driver, dual 4 inch passive bass radiators, and 240W of total power output driven by dual Class D amplifiers. All drivers are positioned to deliver the B&O True360 omni-directional sound.
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BeoLit 15 has the latest in Bluetooth 4.0 streaming technology, including aptX premium audio stream support for compatible devices. It can remember up to 8 different bluetooth profiles and allows two devices to be connected at the same time for shared playlists etc. The adaptive power management systems ensures that you get up to 24 hours of playtime between charges, plus the charging cable is cleverly stored as part of the speaker, so no need for dragging extra cords or anything.
As expected, all of this design and technology in the BeoLit 15 comes at a price as the speaker is retailing for £399 from selected retailers.
Price & availability
Overview of retailers coming soon, but the BeoLit 15 is currently available from BeoPlay Store for £399.