What do you want from your Bluetooth speaker? Quality sound? Dependability? At this point, many speakers on the market with a $100+ price point are going to offer respectable sound. We’ve looked at and reviewed a lot of options that bring different feature sets to the table, but going next level is where things get interesting. There are a few highly-rated options outside of the $300 range and now Bang & Olufsen brings a new competitor to the table.
The Beolit 15 is Bang & Olufsen’s newest Beoplay addition, it has a minimalistic design but carries a hefty price tag. Head below for full details on availability, specs and of course the gorgeous press photos.
With Bluetooth 4.0, 240 watts of power and 24 hours of run-time on a single charge, the features fall in line with what we want out of a Bluetooth speaker. All of those watts are backed by dual Class D amplifiers that power four active drivers, two bass radiators and three mid-tweeters. The speakers are placed throughout the rectangular design making for B&O’s “true 360 omni directional sound”. It can remember up to eight users at a time with two simultaneous connections enabling shared DJ duties.
The Beolit 15 has a classic Bang & Olufsen inspired design with full grain leather on the handle and a compliment of luxurious colors. The speaker itself is wrapped in anodized aluminum with a textured speaker pattern and a smooth trim around the top and bottom. Its 18WH capacity Li-ion battery is charged by a hidden cable in the rear of the speaker. Around back you’ll also find a 3.5mm line-in jack and USB port for charging a device while listening.
Today B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen unveiled Beolit 15 – a powerful portable Bluetooth speaker with True360 omni-directional sound, up to 24 hours of continuous playtime from a single battery charge, the acclaimed Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound and featuring premium quality materials such as anodised aluminium and full grain leather. Designed by award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz.
Shortly after introducing the ultra portable BeoPlay A2, B&O PLAY introduces Beolit 15, an even more powerful Bluetooth speaker that will fit every room of your home. Standing on the shoulders of its legendary Beolit predecessors (the first Beolits were introduced in the 1930s) Beolit 15 packs the best of modern technology with acclaimed acoustics, premium materials and clean Scandinavian design.
Beolit 15 fills up every room with music – and does it with a clarity that reveals all the details your music has to offer. Thanks to the innovative True360 sound solution everyone gets to enjoy the same music experience no matter where they are placed in the room. The built-in battery with up to 24 hours of playtime on a single charge allows for total flexibility, so you can bring Beolit 15 with you wherever you want.
”At B&O PLAY we constantly push ourselves to innovate – but also to constantly refine the best to be even better” says Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Head of B&O PLAY and continues, ”Beolit 12 was released in 2012 and is a great and iconic product. With Beolit 15, we have taken that product and refined it even further – completely redesigning the acoustic structure and bringing in many of our recent innovations like True360 sound and great battery life. We believe it is the best music system of its kind in the market.”
- Powerful music all around you The True360 omni-directional sound gives you music all the way around the speaker – and with 240 Watts of peak power there’s enough under the hood to fill even larger rooms.
- Play it all day Adaptive Power Management technology minimizes battery consumption and provides up to 24 hours of playtime per charge.
- Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound
The acclaimed Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound is designed to give an honest, forceful and clean sound reproduction. You will experience your music the way the artists intended it – with no tweaks and no added elements.
Easy and smooth setup Bluetooth 4.0 technology makes it easy and fast to connect and play music from any Bluetooth device. A touch of a single button and a matter of seconds – and you’re ready to enjoy your music.
“Beolit 15 stands out with its anodised aluminium grill smoothly wrapped around the speaker and its full grain leather strap that lets you carry it around your home easily – yet it blends in with its clean lines and cool colours”, says Cecilie Manz, the Danish designer behind Beolit 15 and continues, “The speaker body is made from strong and durable polymer and there is a non-slip rubber tray on top of the speaker for your mobile devices. It’s a product built to last – all over the house. You could call it a strong little workhorse – dependable and unspoiled.”
For more information go to www.beoplay.com/beolit15 PRICING & VARIANTS
Beolit 15 is priced at EUR 499 / USD 599 / DKK 3699
Available at Bang & Olufsen stores, the B&O PLAY online store (www.beoplay.com) and selected third party retailers from February 2015. Launch dates may differ across regions. Contact your regional PR representatives for specific launch dates.
Beolit 15 is available in three colours: Polar Blue, Natural Champagne and Shaded Rosa.