I wasn’t sure anything could be better than my little v-moda but this is an absolute belter of a speaker – the sound quality really knocks your socks off and i never even need to crank up the volume full (pretty sure half the town could hear it if i did). Have you every experienced dolby digital surround sound 7. 0, where you feel not like you’re near the music, but in the music?.I’m a bit useless when it comes to technology so i’d never actually heard of b&o before; a friend informed me that they are quite a high-end name. I will definitely keep b&o in mind from now on, if this is the standard of what they produce. My one and only gripe, and it’s not even really a gripe, is that the handle and size kind of suggests it should be portable, but the weight makes this idea a bit prohibitive. I’m quite happy to have it around the house, however, no complaints.
Got this on prime day and sounds great. Build quality is fantastic as you would expect from b&o. I think it also looks more stylish than other speakers.
This is a substantial portable speaker with great sound. It is a little weighty but as it packs a punch is great to use. Will be good for barbecues, parties and get togethers etc. Only downside for me was the charging cable didn’t stay connected well at either end and fell out easily. It looks good and nice and durable.
I purchased this as a replacement for the soundlink 3, which was brilliant but is now used elsewhere. I`m seriously in to hifi and don`t expect miricles however the performance from this is great, people talk about too much or overblown bass but position it correctly and that is just not a problem, also no issues with battery life yetgreat, unbelievably large sound stage, very well made and looks good, no chavvy gizmos or needless features, it just sounds brilliant for a portable unit. I`ve looked at and listened to several similar units and nothing comes near.
- Unbelievably good portable speaker
- which was brilliant but is now used elsewhere
- Excellent speaker
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Natural
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- Wireless speaker with True360 Sound Technology featuring Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound
- Premium materials built to last, including anodised aluminium and full grain leather
- Connect button activates intelligent features via Beoplay App. Frequency-37 – 20,000Hz. Connectivity-1 x line-in 3.5 mm jack. 1 x USB-C for charging (up to 3A) in/out (500mA for charging e.g. mobile). Bluetooth 4.2. ADK 4.0
- Portable Bluetooth speaker keeps going with up to 24 hours of battery life and included smart-charging USB-C charger
- In the box: Beolit 17 portable speaker, mains cable, Quick Start guide
B&o have long held a reputation for quality of audio reproduction, their advanced designs and exclusive prices; those who demanded the brand were always happy to pay the price for ownership. Although usually avoiding the crazy multi-thousand £ price per component, the brand was usually considered elite. The “b&o play by bang & olufsen beolit 17 wireless bluetooth speaker – stone grey” uses a simple unassuming design externally, far divorced from the ‘classic, modern’ design principles previously employed for many of their products. The speaker unit enclosure is of a moderate size, 22. 5-inches in its largest dimension) and weighs in at about 2. 8kg (approx 6 lbs), heavy-ish but not excessive with a moderately low bulk. It compares well on size with the so-called market leading alternative renowned for the brand’s claim of superlative room-filling sound but which many find woolly and ill-defined. Not so with this; the audio output is rich and developed.Within the enclosure, and presumably tightly filling it are no fewer than 5 speaker units – a single 5. 5-inch full range unit plus a pair of 4-inch bass units and a pair of 1. Most of the outer sections of the unit are covered by a grille to disperse the sound in all directions. A basic control panel is set into the top and to one edge but the unit can also be controlled via a smartphone or tablet via the related downloadable app and it is charged via a usb-c connector, either via a pc or the provided power adapter. It employs two separate internal 35w amplifiers for bass and treble with a claimed combined peak output of 240w.
The sound quality is all you can expect from a quality product: for connecting 2 speakers to use as a stereo system do not use the beoplay app, it doesn’t work and you may wonder why you have spent so much money. Don’t despair, you can pair the speakers using the bluetooth buttons on both. Go to the bogo website for details. I would have given 5 stars but for the poor app. A company like b&o should do better.
The reviews acclaiming the sound are spot on it sounds ridiculously good and it is a beautiful product. However the battery life is pretty terrible it’s not anywhere near 24 hours – i imagine that is on the lowest volume setting which is just far too quiet (it performs incredibly at enormous volume if you want it to just not for very long). I basically feel that at his size and this price a much larger battery could have been implemented.
This is a speaker for playing loud music. For low volume it’s about the same as my bose soundlink mini ii, possibly not quite as good as that. Build quality is a bit questionable, it appears to be nothing more than a plastic housing with metal mesh for the speaker area, sadly it makes it feel like a plastic bucket. The 360 degree sound is effective. I bought mine to play therapy music for clients so i need clarity at low volume which it does deliver, but i prefer the sound from the bose soundlink mini ii for this. For blowing your ear drums out with bass then look no further.
. Loud enough to make your ears bleed in a small room and could upset your neighbours two doors down without losing sound qualityeasy to set up.
Good looking, very portable and most importantly really good sound.
I’m new to this brand, but i now get what the fuss is about. I have several bluetooth speakers, from most brands (lucky me, i know) and although they’re good – this is a good few steps up. I did expect it to be excellent, given the rrp, and it stands up to my expectations of this luxury brand. Would i spend that much on a speaker?. So – i am in no way musically qualified, but here’s my experience:1. Well packaged, not beautiful, but fit for purpose. Set up is so easy a small child could do it. Plug the socket in to the wall (uk or european provided), plug the mini usb cable into the speaker, press the on button (hold for a mo) then press the bluetooth button and pair your device. I have played a bunch of different styles of music to try to catch it out but i can’t find fault. The sound is rounded and nice and bassy. The volume goes higher than my other speakers – not technical but this is powerful – would do for a party in a large room no problem. Quality of construction is top notch and the materials are modern, tough and good looking.
Quality sound , im tempted to buy another soon and pair them up, for extra protection i bought a ‘dj flight case for 7″ lps’ which makes a great carry case for this speaker and a few more bits and bobs, many thanks.
Bang & olufsen have a reputation as being a premium brand (if not the premium brand) as far as audio equipment is concerned. However, my one previous experience with b&o speakers was somewhat disappointing. This was some years ago, and having been told repeatedly by friends that my experience was atypical, i was looking forward to the beolit 17. This is the largest b&o bluetooth speaker, and it’s certainly quite weighty – about ten inches across, quite square-looking, and weighing over six pounds. However, despite what might seem like a lack of aesthetic appeal, it actually looks nicer than it sounds. The handle is made of leather and feels of very high quality indeed — all in all, despite my initial reservations, it does look a really nice thing. Setup was very easy — literally plug into the wall using the supplied cable, press and hold down the on button, and then the speaker is available for pairing from your device. So far i’ve paired with both an iphone 7 and a samsung galaxy, and both have been easy and seamless to do so. Where the speaker really scores, however, is in terms of the sound quality. In my experience bluetooth speakers never quite match wired or wi-fi speakers in terms of quality, but this one is rather fantastic.
In the real world there is no way i would pay £450 for a bluetoooth speaker. I love my music, but four hundred and fifty quid???. Reallybut when offered the chance to try the beolit 17 from high ticket brand b&o i figured here was a chance to see just what £450 gets you. Well, there is no doubting the build quality of this thing. Taking it out of the rather nice box you find a solid, heavy (2. B&o have come up with some crazy design choices in the past (many years ago as a teenager i remember stopping to look at the oddities in the local b&o emporium every time i walked past and often wondering just what some of the items were and did) but the design of the beolit 17 is decidedly minimalist. Think cary battery with a leather strap – its about that size and shape.
Just what i expected from bang and olsen fills the room with quality sound very pleased with it.
And battery life is atrocious at relatively high volume. Only last 2-3 hours, is my speaker faulty?.
I’ve got a range of speakers in my house. I’ve got sony, bower and wilkins and now b&o so hopefully i can offer my take on what this offers. Firstly whilst it is advertised as being portable, it isn’t really a portable device. If you want to take it from the lounge to the garden, then it’s okay, put it in the car to take away, fine. Carry it to the park – no it’s too big/heavy. It’s a grey cuboid with a grey, drilled metal surround. If you want something stylish then look at the b&w zeppelin. It looks like a piece of art (to the point that people thought we had an odd shaped sculpture).
This ‘little’ box by b&o is a marvel. It’s pretty small given how big the sound is, the battery is a monster and it looks amazing. Then again, for nigh on £450 it should shouldn’t it?the speaker looks amazing, the carrying handle is a great touch and it looks durable, and yet, for me, this was going to live plugged in in the leaving room. Because i have a small space for a speaker which i want to give us an alternative to the stereo, unfortunately, though it looks as though myself and this b&o piece of kit weren’t destined to be together. I have tried about 4 devices so far but nothing has quite satisfied my needs. The sound on this was brilliant, but unfortunately constantly having to reconnect every time i wanted to use it was the killer – the problem here is that this is designed to be mobile and i just want to leave it switched on to automatically connect when i need it and not have to interact with it past pressing play. Oh well, the thing is, my few days with this piece of kit did teach me that this is the best mobile speaker you can find, it’s just designed to be mobile though, not for the living room. I can’t give it anything less than 5 stars even though i returned it, given that it does sound incredible for a portable speaker and it does work as advertised, it just turns out – perhaps unsurprisingly – that it won’t do what it’s not designed to do.
I first saw and tested this speaker in john lewis and was very impressed by the sound from a speaker of its size. I bought it from amazon since it was about £50 cheaper. Despite the hefty price i do think it is worth it. The sound it produces is insane for the size, especially the deep low end bass and 360 degree sound. The beoplay app is very useful too, tone touch (equalizer) really allows you to adjust and personalize the sound to your taste. I do not however think the speaker will last 24 hours at moderate to high volume, but i wouldn’t expect such long battery life from a speaker that outputs up to 240 watts. I would highly recommend this speaker it is truly like a portable cinema system and it looks great too. It is on another level to other bluetooth speakers such as the jbl xtreme and bose soundlink models.
I will hold my hands up here and admit to never being able to even contemplate buying anything by bang and olufsen due to being a poor public sector worker. I do remember though as a child my dad having a b&o record player which always fascinated me because it looked fantastic. However, i was never allowed to touch it. I had to make do with a fidelity ua6anyway, the first thing i noticed whilst unpacking this beast was how well put together it is. Wow, it really oozes quality. Even the packaging itself feels premium, something started by apple i suppose. Saying that i personally don’t think the play is a looker. It is quite bland in it’s own way, although the ‘wrap around’ speaker grill does look good in the grey colour i was provided with. With every bluetooth speaker i’ve ever owned setup has been a breeze and i didn’t expect any issues here, but for some reason the speaker refused to connect to my note 4.
I have several wifi speakers but this one is in a different league. First of all, it’s a really beautifully packaged product, arriving in the kind of box you really do want to film yourself ‘uboxing’. ) then, once open, it’s simplicity itself to set up. Just download the beoplay app to your phone (though this isn’t strictly necessary as it will just connect via a bluetooth connection anyway) and the app will check for any updates needed. Mine needed one update which took 11 minutes to download and instal. And boy, what sound this produces. Rich, detailed, and as loud as you’re likely to need in any room. Classical music (piano) sounds amazing; but so does pop.
Great speaker, good sound and lasts ages.