• 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.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 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.

    465 of 499 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful style & excellent sound

    • Written by from Potomac

    For the size of these boxes, they produce terrific sound. Excellent bass. Very focused image. Great soundstage front to back and fairly wide given they are only 2 feet apart. Excellent for near field listening of loss less music, tv shows from iTunes, and Youtube. Of course they are not a substitute for a full scale stereo or home theater system. Distortion at very high (uncomfortable) volumes.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound -you won't believe your ears

    • Written by from Mississauga

    This sounds cliche, but music I've had for ages that I had grown bored of is exciting again. It's like I was listening though earplugs before!

    They sound best when you're sitting directly in front of your Mac or PC. As reviewer "DJ from Summerfield" notes, these are incredible when it comes to stereo imaging. It sounds like there's a third channel coming in the center.


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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly high fidelity at such a small size

    • Written by from STATE COLLEGE

    Finally the long wait is over. After enjoying B&W 804s for many years, I imagined that B&W MM-1 must live up to any high expectations. I have listened to the fake-sounded BOSE before and was not expecting small speakers to deliver authentic sounds. But because I do need a set of small speakers for my Mac Mini, and MM-1 is not all that expensive, I bought a pair as soon as the product is available in the US Apple store.

    They arrived this morning via FedEx. They are true magnets that you will not want to leave the desk for too long. I played M. Jackson, I. Perlman, Phantom, J. Brickman, Johann Strauss, Beethovan #6, ... The sound reproduction is very lovely and of high definition. It is certainly not as powerful as 804s, but who would expect them to be that powerful. I played using lossless compression files. Now I can finally enjoy high-quality music while doing boring Web browsing and replying emails -- no need to go to the family room and turn on 804s, the amps, and the CD player, which I would not have time to do for as frequently as would like to.

    MM-1 is magical, best thing happened to my home office since the Mac Mini!

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Your Wait is Over

    • Written by from Bellevue

    Highly recommended! I bought these to replace outgoing Bose Music Monitors, which are very good if your base line for comparison are vanilla grade computer speakers. These B&W's are standouts. The MM-1s are worth the price premium for quality, style and SOUND! I have B&W home speaker 805s, so I'm familiar with the quality B&W pours into their products. These are no exception. They defy their small size with big sound, something missing from the Bose Music Monitors that are noticeably thin in the bass by comparison. The materials here are high-end, right down to the upscale plastic on the remote My only caveat, albeit minor, is that the remote should be RF for better range. I doubt I'll even be using the remote, so this is only a nit. These are as good as they get for computer monitors, which I plan to use with Final Cut. They are around 40-50% larger than the Bose Music Monitors, but with that comes the better enclosure that delivers the audio that will make you smile.

    15 of 16 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B & W

    • Written by from Hanover


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    • Written by from LAS VEGAS

    These speakers are perfect for an uncluttered desktop. The soundstage is vast and well-defined with clear highs, clean mids, and reasonably good bass response (spectacular at this size). Definitely the best sounding (and possibly best looking) computer speakers I've owned -- they sound like quality bookshelf monitors but much smaller. Excellent build quality!

    Here are some things you may not know from the pictures: Expect three black cables into the right speaker (connection to the left speaker, power, and the usb cable). The top of the right speaker stays warm while in use (I assume that this is where the amp is). Blue/red LED to signify on/off. Nicely understated power button and volume control on the right speaker, which can also be controlled by the included remote (or via your computer). Quality rubber 'feet' keep these speakers solidly in place and isolated off your surface. Range of the remote is about 15 feet -- but it must have line-of-sight to the right speaker. Why not RF? That's my only (very minor) gripe.

    Highly recommend the MM-1! You won't be disappointed!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressive

    • Written by from Summerfield

    Let me start by saying I've been looking for a speaker to go with my iPod for a long time. I read good things about the Zeppelin, the Mini, Yamaha, Klipsch, and Bose. To be fair, I didn't bring any of them home because they just didn't sound that good in the store. And the other thing was that I didn't want a "dock" type system that displayed my iPod. I wanted something that I could either connect to another source or at least hide the iPod. So when I read about this coming, I was interested.

    I turned them on with my iPhone 3GS after getting them home. I sat them about 2.5 feet apart just on either side of my laptop on the counter.

    I'm SHOCKED at the imaging of these things. If I close my eyes (heck, even with my eyes open) I SWEAR the lead singer's voice is dead center in the middle of my screen as I type this and you can tell exactly where each instrument is. The overall sound quality is excellent. Some very acceptable bass output as well for a computer speaker without an extra bass module. It's a very big sound for two speakers not much bigger than a large mug.

    Obviously, the big sonic advantage for these speakers is the ability to separate them for better imaging. And they sure do deliver on that. These are perfect for listening to music from your Mac or iPod. It's not a dock, it doesn't charge your iPod, it doesn't display your iPod. And it's not cheap. This is a very high quality pair of stereo speakers for your Mac or iPod. They do what they do very well.

    490 of 535 people found this useful