• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 are good but not great

    • Written by from Camberley

    I am a big fan of B&W products owning the MT-30 cinema system, the Zeppelin and the P5 headphones so it was an easy decision to get the MM-1s to accompany my 27" iMac.

    The aesthetics sat next to the iMac are simply great and with no extra subwoofer they are a neat and tidy solution for that minimalist look. Now onto how they sound. They sound good - the highs in particular are very taut but they seem to be lacking to my ears in terms of overall fullness of the sound they produce.

    On my PC rig I have their direct competitors the Bose Companion 5 - it is an easy choice for me if I wish to listen to some music or watch a movie I use the Bose.

    Not that I am a Bose fan they just simply sound better with a much warmer sound on vocals and better stereo separation.

    I don't regret the MM-1s they are good - but for the money there is better.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Musical

    • Written by from Denville

    I just purchased these speakers and performed an A/B test with my current Bose companion 5's. Yes, the Bose create synthetic 5.1 surround sound very well but I find myself mostly listening to stereo music on my computer.

    The MM-1 speakers are unquestionably more 'musical': very apparent when listening to a range of classical music, but the Bose speakers, owing to their sub-woofer, certainly have more bass, which is quite evident in many Jazz and rock recordings.

    But one becomes aware of the rather 'strangled' upper registers of the Bose speakers, switching back and forth, and the MM-1's musicality wins out across the board, at least for me.

    Excellent speakers. Certainly worth it to those who can afford. And, FYI, compared with the B&W Zeppelin: far less bass but much more detail in the upper registers, to my ear, where the Zeppelin sounds a bit muffled.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Whole New World

    • Written by from Asheboro

    Argued with myself for months, took the plunge and ....

    Bass - Good, not great, but comparable to Bose 20's

    Highs - WOW ++++

    Where they shine is midrange and upper midrange, they have the clarity of some of my best Dennon Earphones. (alright, maybe better)

    Overall they are a class act and make me want to "rehear" and "relive" some music as I do not recall hearing a lot of what these bring out.

    Compare to Beolit 12 that is more expensive, bass - not as good, but more polished sound at lower midrange, the rest...midrange and up leaves it in the dust for clarity and precision.

    Most important, would I repeat the purchase, absolutely!

    Midrange sound on up they can go head to head with my POLK $2,000 system.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Kulpmont

    I got these Speakers for Christmas, I had the Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System. The B&W MM-1's blow the Bose out of the water. I have to give them 5 stars.....

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well-balanced Sound

    • Written by from Everett

    These are my first high-quality speakers being used with a computer, replacing a set of JBL Creature IIs and sitting next to a set of SoundStick IIs. First, a disclaimer - if you want floor-thumping heavy bass, go find a 2.1 system. Judging from a number of reviews on here, many folks' music taste must run towards bass-heavy music.

    What you will find (after a suitable burn-in period) is incredibly balanced and detailed sound that will shock you coming from a package this size. Great sound stage, clean and precise reproduction of your music (as is the B+W signature sound). As many others have said, you'll see the best sound using the onboard DAC through USB, and these will really shine with lossless music files.

    Hope you enjoy them like I have!

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lyrical and beautiful sound

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I haven't been inspired to listen to and enjoy music like this since before we entered the age of MP3's and music on computers. It just never sounded good, and I've looked for good speakers but nothing ever sounded right. Now when I hear a good song in the car or elsewhere, I yearn to return home and sit in front of the computer and listen again, swathed by the clarity, balance, and beauty of the sound! Amazing and more than worth it.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect computer speakers

    • Written by from ACTON

    I have been waiting for years for speakers that would provide excellent sound, and not require a separate subwoofer. I also wanted something that would we visually appealing. Finally, I found what I wanted in the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Speakers. The sound is great whether I am sitting at my desk, or have it cranked up to listen to music when I am in the next room. I highly recommend them.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MM1 are great speakers

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Yes, B&W make great speakers! Purchased them after listening to them at a retail Apple Store. They are very beautiful next to the 27 in Apple Cinema Display on my desk. I have read about white noise being a problem, but I can't really say I notice it. Maybe it will be more noticeable to me over time? The sound is very clear, crisp and well defined. I also have a Bose system on another Mac, and compared to that, MM1 speakers are more precise. There is enough base coming through B&W speakers, but not as much as the Bose that has a separate subwoofer. The volume is adequate, but I wouldn't say you can really blast it much. There is a software update, but I didn't perform it because it puts the speakers in standby when the computer is put to sleep or turned off. The remote is able to turn the speakers off, and when that is done while the computer is still on, it will default to the display speakers. Overall, I really like these speakers and only took off one star for the relatively high price and weaker bass.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound

    • Written by from Simi Valley

    I finally made the decision to purchase these speakers because I am an audiophile and love high quality sound. What'll you'll notice when you listen to these speakers is the amazing clarity of the music. Even though I have a hearing loss I am hearing things I never heard before in the music I have on my Mac. The remote that comes with the product is great and the bass is also amazing for such small speakers. The question you need to ask yourself is "how important is sound quality when listening to music on your Mac and how much listening do you do at your Mac". If you answer very important and listen a lot then this is a sound investment that will repay dividends every you listen to music

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for the price

    • Written by from Honolulu

    The MM-1's external DAC isn't the best out there but it does improve the audio quality. The sound from these speakers is very clear, so clear low resolution MP3's will sound like rubbish. However if you feed Apple Lossless into these speakers they shine. Classical music and vocal tracks sound superb. They are lacking in bass power but for clarity they blow everything else out of the water. It would be hard to beat their clarity without spending a lot more on a high end audiophile setup. Also the external DAC does a good job of driving headphones. My QC2's sounded more crisp and clean on the bass.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    ALWAYS ON! Standby mode doesn't come on...

    • Written by

    I just got the MM-1 speakers and i notice that they do NOT go into standby mode - ever! I need to physically turn them off each time i turn off my PC and turn them back on each and every time i turn on my PC in the morning.

    i've never ever had a single pair of computer speakers that do not have an "auto on/off" feature that turns off its electronics, including amplifiers (this MM-1 has FOUR amplifiers built-in) when there is no signal for a certain period of time. This is akin to a subwoofer's auto on/off idea.

    I wonder if it's a B&W mistake, design error, or something else?

    do please note that the right speaker, the one containing all the electronics incl the amplifiers, the top plate gets VERY hot, as is the experience with most users. i don't believe that the heat will ruin the speakers, but it's certainly not good for them, but that's something most of us can live with while the PC is on and while we're using the speakers/PC, but NOT when we have the speakers and the PC turned off, say, for example, all night long each and every night, or when we go away for a long weekend! What if we go on a vacation for 2 weeks, 3 weeks? We turn off our computers, and expect that all peripherals turn themselves off - as ALL other computer speakers do! No, in this case, it would appear that one would have to press "off/standby/on" each time you turn on or off your computer.

    may i ask if someone at B&W or Apple has extensive experience with these and can shed more light on this?

    fyi: at this point (only several days of ownership), i'm only using them via the Aux input via mini plug. it is the most standard configuration of any PC speaker use, which is the mini output of the back of a PC's sound card (or the sound card component of one's motherboard, and simply plugs into the Aux output in the back of the right MM-1 speaker (not the bottom). I have not yet tried the USB input option.

    Thx in advance.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly remarkable

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I have been listening to these speakers for the past day, and I must say that I am gobsmacked by them. The sound is so open and clear, and the bass so rich, yet clean. On some recordings, the high frequencies can get a tad harsh, but that is my only criticism. What B&W claims about the MM-1s is true: There is no need for a subwoofer. I, for one, hate the boomy, muddy bass that most subwoofers produce. Unless you are going to get a really good one, you are usually better off without it.

    As for the price of the MM-1s, you get what you pay for. I also happen to own a pair of B&W Nautilus 802s. They are 12.5 years old but still outperform what most people would consider good new speakers today. They cost a bundle when I bought them, but I am still using and enjoying them after all these years, so I believe that they were a very good value. I would say the same of the MM-1s. They trounce the competition and will no doubt outlive several computers to which they will be attached. I will get my money's worth out of them, if I live long enough.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    B-W mm-1.

    • Written by from Bronx

    I use my computer all day, and good sounding music is a must. The internal speaker's
    in my Mac book pro doesn't play loud enough, checked the Apple store an came upon
    the mm-1, I read all the reviews and took a chance even with the high price tag, I
    received the speakers yesterday set them up, very easy and started to listen the sound is amazing,imaging the voices seem to come from the middle of the computer"s screen. If you can swing $499 buy it!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Remarkable sound

    • Written by from Penn Valley

    Bought them a month ago. These speakers create a clear and deep 3D sound with a very wide clean range that is remarkable for so-called desktop speakers. They can also push enormous volume without distortion. Like them so much I really want to get a second pair to sync up another part of the house to fill the whole place with the beautiful sound these compacts are capable of producing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every dollar

    • Written by from Eden Prairie

    If you can afford these speakers, treat yourself. The sound is beyond anything I've heard from computer speakers. I think the built-in DAC adds significantly to the sound quality. You will notice a difference if you run audio into the aux in jack vs. the USB; the USB connection is far superior because it utilizes the DAC. These B&Ws aren't cheap, but if you have an ear for quality, you will appreciate them. I also own the Bose Companion 3 speakers, which are fabulous. However, the B&Ws offer far superior detail.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Over rated

    • Written by from Alta Loma

    Returned Bowers & Wilkins and purchased Sound Sticks II. Comments: Bowers & Wilkins have no bass control. Sound good, but use the USB port which is precious real estate on my Mac. Also, Bowers & Wilkins sounded like "blown out" speakers when listening to a piano/guitar song which reached too much bass level for the speakers (and I do not listen to loud music). Sound Sticks II are fabulous: clear, crisp, with bass control, and do not require the use of a USB port. I am more pleased with Sound Sticks II and saved money. I was willing to pay for good sound, but money does not insure the features and quality of sound I wanted. Again, I do not listen to loud music and was looking for quality music at low volume.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    worth every penny

    • Written by from Rome

    These small babies can sure pump up the volume and bass and deliver outstanding clarity and detail not like any other computer speakers or for that mater not a lot of any type of stereo speakers.
    At home I have the B&W CM7-CMcenter-CM1 with my NAD viso5 home cinema reciever + The gorgeous Zeppelin and after you get used to listening to the small details rather than then oompha bass that came out of my old Bose satelite speakers there is no way back.
    At first as i doubtful as the B&W mini did not impress me at the shop and lacked the deep bass and details I get from my Zeppelin. After having the MM1's for a couple of weeks I am growing more and more fond of them as I keep litening to different types of music from Jazz to deep funky house tunes, they deliver as promised.
    Well done B&W

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure what to think - annoying hiss in background.

    • Written by from Odenton

    I'm a fan of Bowers and Wilkins; I have a full set of their speakers connected to my home theater system. So I was excited to purchase the MM-1 speakers for my Mac. I plugged them in, fired up iTunes, and started playing some music... And noticed white noise hissing in the background during quieter parts of songs. I discovered that if the speakers are on and connected to a live USB port, or if the auxiliary input cable is connected (with no USB connected, and even if the aux cable isn't connected into any device), the speakers let out an annoying "hiss" anytime they're on. If you unplug the cable, the hiss goes away. Unfortunately, the hiss is making its way through to the songs -- and is especially noticeable during quieter parts. The hiss doesn't increase in volume if you increase the volume, so if you play music loudly, you might not notice. But it's there.

    This unacceptable for speakers at this price point. Previously, I had another brand of USB speakers, and there's no noticeable "hiss" when they're plugged in.

    I'm trying to determine if there's a defect with mine, or if this is normal. If anyone has purchased these, can you post whether you can hear this whitenoise sound coming from the speakers when they're on, but nothing is playing? I would expect them to be completely silent. In a quiet room, I can hear this hiss across the room.

    I've tried connecting them to different outlets and different computers, and in each case it exhibits this behavior.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 muffled on new iMac

    • Written by from Brighton

    I've had a pair of awesome MM-1 speakers for about 6 months and just bought a new 27 inch iMac with fusion drive - when I play back audio through the MM-1s the sound is really muffled. They still work a treat on my MacBook Pro.

    I've not contacted B&W which is my next stop. I wonder if it's got to do with USB 3 on the new iMac.

    Anyone having similar problems and found a solution yet? I'll post here again if I learn anything.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for their intended use

    • Written by from Bethesda

    I purchased the MM-1s to supplement the built-in speakers on my ACD, and they are fantastic for that purpose in a beautiful form factor. There is no question that their price demands incredible performance, but they deliver when listening to music in front of the computer at reasonable volumes. Full and rich, but very defined and detailed. They are not designed to replace your stereo speakers or fill a room with sound or bass, and if that's what you want, purchase something else (Bose Companion 20s or Audessey LES). Two issues: (1) The MM-1s do not shut down automatically, and the right speaker will stay quite hot even if just sitting there. So you have to treat them like a real mini-stereo system and turn them off when not in use. (For me, not a huge deal as the ACD speakers automatically switch on when the MM-1s are off, which is a nice feature of the USB connection.) (2) The MM-1s produce a faint hiss when on. You need to be in a very quite room to hear it, but it's there and will only go away if you mute the speakers or turn them off. If I had more room, I likely would have gone with something else, but there's no 2.0 speaker set up out there that gives this level of performance in such a small size. If that's what you want, the cost can be justified (barely...).

    16 of 17 people found this useful