Questions & Answers for Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Speakers
56 Questions from the Community
are they compatible with a mac
- Asked by James F from Maple Shade
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Are the speakers easy to travel around with i.e. in a suitcases?
I travel around a lot but would still like some speakers to put with my macbook pro for movies and music. Are they easy enough to carry around?
- Asked by Tracey B
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How do these speakers compare to the Focal XS Satellite Speakers and Subwoofer? Which should I buy to use with both my iMac or my MacBook Pro? ThanksBest Answer:
The Focal XS 2.1 speakers offer considerably more bass response for a hundred dollars more. They also have a built-in dock for quick charging or listening to your iPod library. They are, however, not as sonically nor acoustically clear as the MM-1s. Though they cannot achieve uncomfortable levels, the Focals are much, much more powerful due much to their massive subwoofer. If your main intentions are acoustic or jazz soundscapes in a tiny room, the MM-1s are desirable. If you plan on watching movies as well as music and want some major punch to your computer entertainment center, the Focals are better because their satellite speakers are still pretty slim on the desk.
- Answered by Jeffrey S from Indianapolis
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How do the MM-1 Speakers stack up against the Bose Companion 5? Is it even a comparison??
I currently have the Companion 5's and I love'em. I'm thinking about selling them to pick up a pair of the MM-1 if they are truly worth it.
If you were me, would you just stick with the Companion 5's? Would you sell the Companion 5's for the MM-1S?
- Asked by Robert I from Farmers Branch
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Thank you for the detailed differences between the two company apporaches.
I went ahead and purchased the B&W MM-1's a few months ago, re-ripped half of my iTunes library in lossless and I have to say that the speakers are similpy amazing.
It allows you to appreciate your music in a whole new way, a way that gives you goose bumps when you listen to your favorite song or CD. The speakers let you listen to music the way music was supposed to be listened to.
They will only get better with time. You will be blown away.
- Answered by Sam I from Farmers Branch
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Before I start I will qualify myself by saying I own both the Zeppelin Air and the MM-1.
The terms 'better' and 'more bass' are very ambiguous. I would say that more bass is not always better :)
My MM-1 are the main speakers for my computer. I run them through USB to take advantage of the highest possible sound quality, and the source files are loss-less from iTunes. I do not run any sound modification as I am very happy with the pre-sets. I use them on a daily basis, and sit at a distance of about 3-4 feet from my screen. At this distance the MM-1 offers the best sound I have ever heard, surpassing my old Logitech 5500's by a long shot. The bass is deep and rich, and the music all sounds amazing.
At a distance they do lose some of the magic, but for anything where I will be at such distance or in another room I choose the Zeppelin Air. The Zeppelin Air can also project to a great length and fill a room much better than the MM-1 which can get drowned out in a room of people. Being that it is AirPlay compatible I simply stream music strait from my iPhone. Again on the Zeppelin Air the bass is deep and rich, and the music sounds amazing.
So in short, the MM-1 are best for stationary use when you are close, and the Zeppelin Air is best for distance or projection use.
- Answered by Colton D from Thornhill
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The Airport Express USB port is only for USB printing. All audio data is either decoded by the Airport Express on-board Burr-Brown DAC or fed via digital optical mini-Toslink cable to another DAC-equiped device (i.e. audio/video receiver, Apple Hi-Fi). Therefore, you cannot connect the MM-1 to the Airport Express via USB.
Since the MM-1 does not have an digital optical input, you would have to rely on the Airport Express Burr-Brown DAC to decode then pass the audio to the MM-1 via analog cable, which bypasses the MM-1's on-board DAC.
The highest quality connection for these speakers is directly to computer via USB.
I could not find what DAC chip the MM-1 (or Zeppelins) use, so I can't factually answer which device has the superior DAC. I do know that the Burr-Brown PCM2705 used in the Airport Express is NOT low quality. Measured tests have shown it to be a very capable DAC.
Given my fondness for B&W speakers, I would expect that B&W also uses a good quality DAC chip.
- Answered by Kyra S from Leona Valley
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Will speakers work with ipad
- Asked by Melinda M from Placitas
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Yes they will work with an iPad, either going through the USB or AUX port.
If you want to connect your iPad via USB, you'll have to get the iPad Camera Connecter Kit, which includes a USB adapter.
That adapter will allow you to run a USB cable from your iPad, to the MM-1's.
I did this and noticed a huge difference in sound quality, because USB allows you to take advantage of B&W's DAC chip.
- Answered by Sam I from Farmers Branch
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You can use the 3.5mm jack, but I don't know why you'd want to. The digital to analog conversion that happens in the speakers preamplifier/amplifer section using USB will likely yield higher sound quality than that of a computers preamplifier in its soundcard. Unless your computer has a "line out" which is different from a headphone out, I'd choose the USB.
- Answered by Matt P from Champlin
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Can I use the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers with a PC?
- Asked by Jacqueline M from Toronto
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Thinking of selling my focal 2.1 set for these am I nuts? Focals are great but I am such a B&W fan. My whole living room is B&W!
- Asked by John D from Dixon
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Do the focals have USB input (and thus an internal DAC)? I don't see anything listed about that from what I've read, so if not I would make the move in a heartbeat.
B&W made a VERY smart move by taking control of the DAC in these speakers. Why rely on a $5 DAC in the computer itself to feed quality signal to a $500 pair of well designed speakers?!? Doesn't make sense to me.
My vote is for the B&W switch.
- Answered by Tim S from Skaneateles Falls
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Given the lack of a subwoofer, how well-suited would these be for the odd movie?
I realize that these speakers won't have a thundering low-end and are best-suited for music, but has anyone found them to be suitable for movies as well? My workstation speaker use is probably 80% music and 20% film-watching.
- Asked by Mitch D from Montreal
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I noticed one negative review re: MM-1's connected to a late 2012 27" iMac with fusion drive. Has anyone else tried this combination?
- Asked by Edward R from San Francisco
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Are these speakers capable of entertaining a small crowd for when I have BBQs? Can their bass be compared to Bose Companion 5 speakers?Best Answer:
I just got these and they are absolutely phenomenal. To answer your question here is a review from March: Best Computer Speakers Period!!
Written by JY from Los Angeles Mar 30, 2010
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.
- 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.
- Answered by Macy M from Saint Louis
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Will this work with a Windows 7 PC
- Asked by Daniel T from London
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Yes they will. See specs.
The MM-1 are basically a USB soundcard and speakers built in one.
- Answered by Tom W
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Normal size 2 prong plug. A wire leads from plug to a voltage converter box that is of typical size as one for a laptop computer- about 5 inches long. Another wire leads from theconverter box to the right loudspeaker.
Length of wire between Left and right speaker I would guess is at least 4 feet. I only use about 2 feet to straddle my 15" Macbook Pro. Unused wire coils up below left speaker.
- Answered by Murray B from Potomac
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How do they sound when listening a bit far from the speakers or across the room?
- Asked by Jose H R Murta M from Belo Horizonte
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They sound their best when you are sitting at your computer as they are designed that way. Having said that a couple of meters away but still in a frontal position will still sound great. If you want room filling sound with all the detail then you may need to look at a different solution.
- Answered by Christian W
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Are they better than the companion 20's for medium audio quality, are they worth the price difference?
- Asked by Jose H R Murta M from Belo Horizonte
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I had a pair of Bose Music Monitors and although they were good (better when performing at higher volume levels) they did not compare to the quality of the MM-1s. The MM-1 speakers are in a different league - for sheer finesse and an overall balance of very well controlled sound I cannot recommend them high enough. You will not be disappointed.
- Answered by Christian W
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Comparison to Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 4. What do you think?
The BL 's appear to have a better frequency range and more wattage power... so I'm curious are these comparable.
- Asked by Justin E from Southlake
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When it comes to sound, I don't really trust B&O. I heard both - the MM-1 and the BeoLab 4. The BeoLab have more bass and sounded a little bit more detailed in the lower tones, but the peeper of the MM-1's simply better, which makes - for me - a nicer and more personal sound. It comes down to your preferences, but they at least aren't worth more money than the MM-1.
- Answered by Hannes B
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