• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING. But B&W could of done a little better.

    • Written by

    These are AMAZING seakers but i have a pair of b&w 802 series and expected them to have a little more kick in the bass like the 802. But besides that there are just flat our AMAZING. I would have been nice to see an external bass unite to provide the extra umph but there still worth the money even with out that.

    14 of 24 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.

    16 of 16 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

    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.

    115 of 151 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.

    62 of 64 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 54 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.

    49 of 50 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 80 people found this useful