• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding !

    • Written by from Fairborn

    These are the best sounding computer speakers that i have ever heard. they are harmonically correct and sound far bigger than they are. also thy don't need a sub woofer....the price is well worth the long term benifts

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive, but not 5 stars

    • Written by from NORMAN GARDENS

    Just got this MM-1 an hour ago. Blasting it side-by-side with the Bose Companion 3 Series II.
    I am impressed by the detail this B&W desktop speakers are able to deliver. The companion 3 sounds muffled and pathetic in the mid-range compares to MM-1! However, it is very source dependent, you need a good quality music source to make this B&W desktop speaker shines. It is also distance-dependent, it sounds best when u are 1-1.5 meters away from the speaker - when u r sitting right in front of your desktop/laptop.
    Also, it is not suitable for people who enjoy listening to heavy BASS and loud music. Go for Focal XS or any other 2.1 if you are one of them, don't bother checking this 2.0.

    5 stars from me! It serves the purpose of being a desktop speaker.

    24 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous A+

    • Written by from Walnut creek

    This is my third pair of speakers from B&W. The others are on my Nak.

    The mm1 just replaced a pair of Klipsch pro media 2.1 (daughters hamster chewed the power cord and fried a pcb in the klipsch sub- hamster survived). The reviews are all accurate except the negative ones that say these are tinny or not full, buzzy etc. On the contrary, couldn't be more balanced, pure, or full sounding. A pleasure on the ears. Seriously, anyone who says these stink or disappoint is a tool bag. The mm1 is simply a fabulous, fabulous speaker system.

    Pro medias were good, but I enjoy this sound much more. Worth the difference.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied.

    • Written by from Knoxville

    You know you're getting a good product when the apple store employee is jealous of your purchase (he likes the MM-1 much better than the Focal).

    I am not an "audiophile." (I think lamp cord transmits electricity very well thank you)

    However, I do love music and appreciate excellent sound quality.

    If you want excellent hi-fi quality music while sitting at your desktop, I highly recommend these speakers.

    I have them in a room that is 10x15 and it fills the room with crystal-clear sound. If you want to rattle your windows with bass, get speakers with a sub. If you want to hear the fingers on a guitar string or the brush on a snare, you can't get better for a computer. Plus they are amplified speakers - great sound without need for a separate bulky amp and component system set-up. Save that for the home theater. These speakers look and sound great. My whole family loves them.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 VS. Focal XS. READ if your on the fence.

    • Written by from DIXON

    I have both hooked up right now. I have owned the focal set for 4 months and was just delivered the MM-1's. Bottom line. MM-1's are way brighter in the hi's. Not really in a good way to me. The focal is a much warmer with a HUGE amount of solid, smooth bass via the awesome sub. Not nasty car next to you Bass. But tuned incredible realistic bass. The focal set is also way louder with NO distoration what so ever. I was really wanting to love the MM-1's as my whole home theatre is B&W. Sorry I am keeping my Focal set. There is absolutely NO COMPARISON. Yes, yell at me and tell me the mm-1's are for audiophiles and for clarity. BULL, The focals are simply stunning in comparison. Not even close. You would be cheating yourself out of sound for a mere $100 more.

    56 of 76 people found this useful

  • 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.

    48 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best computer speakers I've ever heard

    • Written by from Los Altos

    Put my Bose Companion 5 speakers to shame. Vocals, Rock, Classical, Dance, Hip Hop all sound great. Pretty impressive bass for speakers so small, obviously not as strong as having a dedicated unit, but the overall sound is just so much cleaner than anything else I've heard. I would highly recommend these to anyone who's really into high-end sound for their PC - this is one of those times you truly get what you pay for.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    DONT BUY!!!UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO BE TORCHED BY OTHER SPEAKERS

    • Written by from San Francisco

    DONT BUY!!!UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO BE TORCHED BY OTHER SPEAKERS!!!
    IF YOU GET USED TO THESE GUYS YOU WILL FIND THOSE SPEAKERS UNDER ONE THOUSAND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE FOR YOUR EARS

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Put my other speakers to shame

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I picked up a set of MM-1's last night. With a good return policy, I thought I'd give them a shot. My current setup is a pair of M-Audio AV40 desktop monitors. They got 4.5/5 on the Apple Store. I have been very happy with them, but I thought I'd try something that was sleeker and smaller. They were hooked up in my Apple store to the Apple TV on a large plasma display. I think this setup didn't do them justice, as they're meant to be computer speakers, and not meant for a home entertainment system. They sound best on a desk a couple of feet from your hears.

    They come with a USB plug, to bypass the sound card on whatever computer you're on. I'm using an iMac 27" i7, and it's sound is decent as-is. Apparently, any on-board sound card won't have the best digital to analog conversion. That's where the USB connection comes in.

    I honestly didn't expect these to sound much better than my AV 40's. I had both speaker systems setup, and using the input source option in System Preferences, I would play a song and switch back and forth. I couldn't believe how absolutely DEAD my music sounded when I switched back to my AV 40's. The MM-1's create so much space between the different ranges, and the sound is incredibly organic. I packed my AV 40's up so fast that heads were spinning. I tried a variety of music on them, from Beethoven, to Dr. Dre, to Roy Orbison, to the Arcade Fire, and all of my music sounds incredible.

    These speakers are going to reveal the limitations of lower bitrates, so watch out for that. I have all my music ripped with LAME VBR VO. I've got some lossless stuff on here that sounds even better, but I need to fit things on my iPhone.

    If you care about sound, these are worth every penny.

    41 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    • Written by from Daly City

    I don't often write reviews. But these speakers are amazing. They are worth every penny!
    The remote is great because it can control itunes. I like how the volume is linked with the computer, and you dont have to adjust a million knobs.

    Money well spent

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing B&W Product

    • Written by from Lynbrook

    These B&W MM-1's with the Nautilus derived tweeters make for a VERY impressive
    pair of computer speakers. (Zeppelin Mini does not have them)

    Just like regular B&W speakers, and burn-in period is needed to round out the sound on these.
    Let them play when not home at a decent volume, to get the mids and tweeters the best they
    can be. Do this for several weeks, when possibly)
    So it is possibe that some of the high end tinniness that may be experienced, will smooth out
    over time.

    While these small speakers will NOT sound like a pair of $5k B&W Speakers being
    driven thru $7k in Audio Research Tube amps.... But for $500 they do over perform on the
    computer that is in your life everyday!

    --Think the amp located inside the right speaker, may be a bit too powerful for the
    four drivers. So turn up the volume but not to the max--
    If you use Itunes, the EQUALIZER does indeed make a difference with these MM-1's.
    In some music passages, not using the EQ will make for a purer method.
    But in general the Itunes Eq, makes these have a much bigger sound-stage, deeper bass
    and just an overall more powerful amazing experience!
    Note: I use the rock eq mode, then slightly customize it to LOWER the upper three freq so it is
    smoother sounding and also slightly reduce the bottom end. Will take time to perfect......

    Like another person posted here the due create a bit of vibration, when playing low freq.
    B&W needed to make these MM-1 even 'heavier' then they are.
    In the perfect world, B&W would have made a slighter larger, three way speaker.
    (2 Small Low-2 mids-2 tweets) It would be worht it B&W :)
    The details in the mids are impressive, could be further improved on a future model.

    (forget the Bose Companion 5 model, the MM-1' trounce them) Bose does not know
    what they are doing, other then smart marketing.

    I convert all music on Itunes to Apple lossless files (done easy), using files
    of this size really make the MM-1 wildly shine!



    Bottom line:
    While further improvements & tweeks should be made to the 2Gen B&W MM-1 in
    the next few years, nothing comes even close to these computer speakers.

    Place them the proper distance apart, use apple lossless playback, the
    USB port to take advantage of the built-in DA converter and use the Eq on itunes
    often and be prepared to be b l o w n a w a y.

    p.s click on the apple itunes: Visualizer pick a Radiohead or Pink Floyd piece ........

    55 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W MM-1

    • Written by from Covington

    Although very expensive for desktops I am completely satisfied. The sound is expansive, powerfull and well balanced.

    In short,
    WOW!

    Highly recommended if you have the cash.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very impressive but....

    • Written by from Nepean

    These are so good that it will make you need to improve the quality of your music collection which becomes quite the dilemma. That being my only complaint definitely is a good thing.

    These are worth every penny!

    I've quickly become a fan of Bowers and Wilkins, I own both the MM-1 and the P5 in a months time. My bank account doesn't like these nearly as much as I do but worth while.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you love music and have the money, these are phenomenal!!

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    I am hearing parts of songs that I've never heard before. I believe these speakers deliver music the way the artists intended for it to sound. Absolutely incredible. I'm in love!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    • Written by

    Pros:
    -Very good stereo imaging
    -Surprising amount of low frequency reproduction for their size.
    -The build-in DAC makes a big difference. ( Run a line from your sound card to the Aux. input and compare it to the USB input )
    -Frequency range is very good for "real" instrument sound l instrument reproduction.

    Cons:
    -Some high frequency sounds seem tinny.
    -Cabinets resonate slightly at lower frequencies.

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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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but worth it

    • Written by from Alpharetta

    Yes, these are expensive but this is a case where you get what you pay for. While many people may rave about the Bose computer speakers, they do not hold a candle to the MM-1. B&W has a long history of producing some of the highest quality speakers for the consumer market, and the MM-1 does not fail. The speakers are extremely responsive, and can handle anything you throw at them. And if you are still on the edge, the black fabric / brushed aluminum units are beautiful to look at (excellent next to my 27" iMac w/ the i7 processor). And if that is still not enough to motivate you, they sound and look better than the B&O BeoLab 4 speakers (and at 1/2 the price the B&Ws seem like a steal). Lastly, the little remote works great (turns speaker on & off, volume up & down, and track forward, back and pauses). The only possible issue I have is that the main speaker runs a bit warm on the top -- so I recommend if you are not using the speakers, turn them off.

    If you can find a better sounding and looking computer speaker for less money, let me know and I would be happy to take your used MM-1 speakers off your hands.

    35 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Computer Speakers Period!!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I had been using the Companion 5's for two years before the MM-1's. I never thought I would find a computer speaker that would make my $400 Bose speakers pale in comparison.

    Initial Impressions:
    - The soundstage produced is amazing. It was like the 2D sound created by the Bose suddenly became 3D on the MM-1's.
    - Because it lacks a subwoofer, the bass is not as powerful as the Companion 5's. This is not to say that it lacks bass. I found the overall sound much more balanced and detailed. It made the Bose sound like the heavy bass was just covering up the inadequate mids and highs.
    - The speakers really shine at higher volumes with more pronounced bass.
    - Gorgeous design and impressive build quality. Much thought was put into the design like the cable management system on the bottom of the speakers.

    I also want to compare these speakers to the Zeppelin Mini. I had been using the Mini as a computer speaker for five months and found it to be quite good. However, I felt that it lacked bass, even though it produced mids and highs much better than the Bose. It made me skeptical with the MM-1’s bass, but I have found it much better than the Mini’s.

    At $500, I was not going to settle for a speaker that was just "amazing for its size." They had to be freaking good, period. These are also the best computer speakers I've ever heard and purchased. I recommend spending the extra $100 over the Companion 5's and do your music justice with the MM-1's.

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