• 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.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch in Sweet Package

    • Written by from Reston

    Switching from a Bose to a B&W is becoming a habit for me. First it was the P5's and now these.

    Pleasantly surprised by the sound produced by these guys. For the small package, they produce big, really big sound. The highs are just unbelievable. The mid-range is great and had tremendous balance. Of course with the 'boom-boom' subwoofer unit, they do lack some of the thumping, but I got to tell you - the boom-boom was getting old. Highly recommend giving it a listen.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    very very nice

    • Written by from Washington

    the sound is gorgeous. have it hooked up directly to the macbook pro via usb. love the sound. BUT....it would be nice if it could hook into an Airport Express, Time Machine, or Apple TV (all of which I have) via USB as well and be recognized by iTunes as a speaker. This is a big drawback in my book. I'd rather not be tethered to them and use them remotely in the same room via wireless to serve as my speakers. So Apple get to updating the iTunes software to make this work!!?? Or whatever. Would make it a full 5 stars. Don't want to use stereo plugs on the Airport Express to do this is it really reduces the sound quality.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the product

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I love this product since I bought it but it has been giving me popping sound every time I start playing my music so I'm not sure what's happening but I will give them a call. Overall quality is great.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great pair of speakers

    • Written by from Pasadena

    Just received my B & W MM-1 Speakers...highly recommended!!! I also bought the 3-piece computer speakers from Bose. The subwoofer is rather clumsy. No comparison to the B & W. Great sound with good bass. I love them and I use them to practice my guitar. Best computer speakers I have ever had.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful at low levels

    • Written by from Reading

    Like the title says at low levels they are extremely clear. Not so great with my dubstep collection. Large base collectors should probably avoid these but all other music sounds amazing.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magnificent!

    • Written by from Austin

    I've had these speakers for over 24 hours now, and they truly live up to the wonderful reviews. I have very diverse musical interests and whether listening to classical, jazz, hip hop, hard rock or gaming, the clarity and sound quality of these speakers is absolutely amazing. The balance and detail is impeccable. Everyone who walked into the room stopped and said..."Wow!"

    The MM-1 units also look quite stunning on the desktop. You will NOT be disappointed!

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only Half Done Job

    • Written by from Mercer Island

    This is a really good speaker set for computers.
    The reason is that it contains an excellent DAC.
    So, if you are going to use the set only with computers,
    it is worth the price. However, if you are also going to use
    ipod, you have to use the audio input jack. And the MM-1
    will be just like normal speakers which should sound lesser
    than $200 speaker set. In this price range, I think that it should
    at least provide ipod interface, so that it can draw digital
    signals directly from ipod and use the DAC to produce
    excellent sound. So, I think that this product is only half done
    at full price. I expect that MM-2 will provide ipod interface.

    114 of 148 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    These are excellent speakers. Before these speakers, I used Altec Lansing and Harman Kardon Soundstick. Harman Kardon was a definitely step up from Altec Lansing. MM-1 sounded had a bit more depth to the sound. It has a plenty of base although it's not as customizable as the Soundstick. Most Apple stores will have this unit available testing. You definitely should test it before you buy this.

    Pros: good sound, good design
    Cons: expensive, takes up an usb outlet, right speaker gets hot. It's not enough to burn anyone, but probably enough to damage a battery of your iPhone or iPod.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! What impressive sound!

    • Written by from SCHENECTADY

    I am a huge computer speaker audiophile and I can say without a doubt that theses are the cleanest sounding speakers I have heard in recent years. The sound is clean, rich, and the bass not overpowering. A pure joy to listen to and enhances my sound experience while listening to my iTunes. My only con for this product is they are a bit overpriced for what they are, and there is no volume control that controls just the speakers. Sound levels are gained by a smartly styled remote that taps into the computers volume control. A small flaw in what are exceptionally great speakers! Highly recommend!

    32 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Vastly Overpriced for What They Are

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Wanted to like them. Returned them after two days. To be honest, the sound was not that much different from my Klipsch 2.1. Certainly not worth $500. I am quite an audiophile and know good sound - this just didn't have it. At $250 maybe...but certainly not at this price. I did have them hooked up to the USB of my 2010 MBP Pro 15" i7. Sampled both compressed and non-compressed music from several genres. Disappointing. As always YMMV.

    38 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Sudbury

    My 1980-vintage Cambridge Miniworks sub-satellite system recently died and after trying every other brand I could find, including the Bose Companion series mentioned by others, I could not find anything that sounded anywhere nearly as good as these. Not inexpensive, but worth every cent.

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Opinion

    • Written by from Auckland

    I'm a musician, mainly dealing with classical music. I listen to a lot of orchestral, and piano music, but I listen to many other modern genres as well. Here's what I think about the speakers:

    Pros:

    -Brand ;-)
    -Small, good looking, well-built
    -Easily loud enough to fill most rooms, and sound doesn't distort even at high volume
    -Lots of bass, surprising for something this small

    Cons:

    -Price; you can get a home theatre for that price
    -Top of the right speaker can get uncomfortably hot, because the amplifier and power is all there. Worries me a little, because these are quite expensive, so longetivity is a matter of concern.
    -Red light, which tells you the speakers are on 'standby" can't be turned off. I personally find that quite annoying.

    Generally speaking, these are very good speakers, they can easily give most 2.1s a good thrashing. However, to really do these speakers justice, you need FLAC quality music as the lack of quality of 128kbs tracks are very revealing when played on these speakers.

    60 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B and W speakers

    • Written by from PLANO

    I have 15 sets of B and W speakers plus a Zeppelin and simply put they are the bench standard

    12 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    These speakers are perfect... if you like

    • Written by from Saint Augustine

    songs with strong vocals. I'm a B&W enthusiast - I own 3 Signature 8NT powered by a Krell amp and processor with 2 Signature 7NT rears and 2 Velodyne subs. I like it loud and I like it clear - my Signature series deliver. I just bought an iMac and have been dying to find the right speakers - jumped on the MM1s. My 600 song iTune account ranges from Il Divo to NWA with everything in between. The MM1s are so rich on Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline - live but lack any real bass on songs designed for a 2.1 system. Will I keep these? Probably. I'm missing my Klipsch 2.1's right now for that low end bass but I can definitely tell the difference on songs where vocals are a premium.

    45 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Sound

    • Written by from Portland

    These little B&W MM-1 speakers are amazing.

    They're less than 7 inches tall. The build quality is absolutely superb. The way they integrate with your Mac is perfect. Plug them in via USB and you can use your keyboard volume keys to control them. Their sound quality is shockingly full. In fact, do yourself a favor and get them up off the desk a little bit. Think about this for a moment: Your ears are at least 16 inches above the surface of your desk, right? Speakers at ear level will always sound better. Always.

    The challenge of reviewing a pair of speakers is that sound quality is only one of the many issues to consider. There's also price, size, other equipment needed, etc, not to mention the intended use. In this case, we're talking about computer speakers for your desk. They're not going to replace your home stereo and they won't rock a block party as your neighbors shake-it on the lawn. They're desktop computer speakers the plug into your Mac via USB. If that's what you're looking for, I don't believe you can do better. Not for under $1000 anyway.

    Can you do better than a pair of these MM-1s? Yes. Buy an Apogee Duet to use as your sound card (it's a DAC, really). That's $500 right there. Then buy a pair of nearfield studio monitors that will easily be four times the size of these. You'll probably need an amplifier too... That would sound better, but look at the expense and the stuff you probably won't have room for on your desk. Oh, and by the way, I own that stuff and that's the reference system I'm comparing these to. In some ways, these beat my reference system. I'm just blown away by that.

    IF you don't have room on your desk for an amplifier and a huge set of speakers, not to mention a serious sound card, and if you don't have the budget for those things, I just don't think you can do better than a pair of MM-1s. Period. They are that good.

    48 of 49 people found this useful

  • 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.

    48 of 78 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous.

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    I've had the $400 Bose Computer Music Monitors since they were released in 2009 and I've been sorely disappointed; now I agree with the poor reviews of many Bose products you see on the web. Somehow, they sounded great in the store but just couldn't give me the volume and sonic range I was craving at home.

    I've only had these B&W MM-1s for a few hours and it's as if the music I am hearing is completely new. I can hear vocals, background, orchestrations, and highs and lows that I have not heard coming out of my iTunes in years. All I can say is, if you are able to afford these, go for it and don't waste your money on anything less.

    44 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, lousy remote

    • Written by from Portland

    Although this may not be the most common usage, I have connected these speakers to my TV and they provide crisp, powerful sound free of distortion. These speakers sound fantastic without a ton of cables and equipment, and are far superior to the tinny, buzzy afterthoughts in the TV.

    I am deducting a star because of the awful remote control. It looks stylish but functionally it is really annoying and not in keeping with the high quality of the speakers. First, it is small and slippery. Try it with dry winter hands. The buttons are small and they all look and feel the same. The labeling is printed in gray on the black plastic, and is very small. The design is so symmetrical that it is hard to tell which end is which. Finally, the only way to cancel muting is to hit the Mute button again. Changing the volume does not cancel muting, but it does change the volume setting that will be used when you hit the Mute button again, so beware if you're trying to turn them up when the mute is on.

    Despite the remote, I would buy these speakers again.

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beyond Expectations

    • Written by from Vancouver

    MY SET-UP:
    - home office, roughly 200 sq. ft.
    - I sit roughly 3 ft. from the speakers - they are set up in a traditional manner, 4 ft. apart at the edges of my business desk.
    - I use all the included cables (thick gauge USB cord included)

    MY MUSIC:
    - 65gb of almost exclusively electronica: techno, house music, progressive, chill-out (BT, Moby, Delerium, Deep Dish, Sasha) - music that demands full range and bass capability; also music that is programmed precisely - easily able to identify messy compression or sloppy delivery.
    - Music almost exclusively played via iTunes
    - Most of my music files are CD rips, iTunes purchases or other audio. I listen to 85% 128-192 kb audio, with some VBF files, WAV (1411 kb) and AIFF files.

    MY AUDIO EXPERIENCE:
    - I am a high-end audio enthusiast.
    - I am familiar with B&W for their Nautilus range.
    - I have not owned any other computer speakers before; Bose, etc.

    WHY I BOUGHT THESE:
    - Wanted the best sound I could find without the need for amplifiers or sub-woofers - price did not matter.
    - Wanted to avoid a sub-woofer set-up - didn't want to give up the real-estate on the floor, nor cause a disturbance elsewhere in the house.
    - Wanted a smart-looking, top-sounding package.

    MY IMPRESSIONS:

    Both myself and my enthusiast friends have been blown away by the capability of these speakers. Of course you understand you're talking about USB, computer-generated, compressed audio (this is no concert hall or mixing studio), but your standards also go up when you're judging B&W products. Despite this, I have NO complaints to offer about these wonderful speakers!

    The range is as FULL as you could ask for - despite no separate sub-woofer, I get all the richness I can ask for, and my music is know to be very demanding. The delivery of sound is beyond CRISP and TIGHT. Jaw dropping delivery, especially for 128kb music. I can turn these up until I'm uncomfortable, and the sound does not distort or break up. And what a remarkably SMALL and BEAUTIFUL package. They're about the size of a Venti cup from Starbucks, or a wide-mouth mason jar.

    Five stars, zero second thoughts.

    74 of 81 people found this useful