• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Made me appreciate my music in a new way. New life long B&W customer.

    • Written by from New York

    Music is a big part of my life, yet despite this for years I listened on sub-standard equipment. I just didn't worry that I might be missing out on something else -- the hooks, melodies, and lyrics were enough to keep me interested. I was given a pair of klipsch headphones as a gift a few years back and only then realized that I might actually be missing out on something and perhaps should get some external speakers for my laptop/monitor setup. After reading several reviews and heading over to the Apple store to listen to the MM1's, I decided to buy a pair. Well, I was hooked. The sound was and still is phenomenal. I work from home and sometimes play music in the background and occasionally have to stop and marvel at the depth, breadth, and quality of the sound that these speakers generate. Now, mind you, these are near field speakers and function best when used that way -- within a few feet from the listener. Despite this, they're also great if I want to sit back on the couch and watch a movie on my monitor from a reasonable distance (about 8-12 feet). I was so happy with these that I've since abandoned my klipsch for a pair of C5's as well as a pair of P5's and now recommend B&W to any of my friends who ask.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DON"T BUY THIS

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    WHEN these speakers work they sound great. However, every single time I upgrade anything these speakers crash and it takes an incredibly long time and trouble to get them work again. I am so sorry that I spent $500 on something that works so poorly.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I just want to first start off that I don't usually write reviews and have no real knowledge about stereo system. However, even for an amateur person like me, I can tell that this stereo is just incredible. In all honesty, I was very doubtful that I could really tell a difference between a speaker enhanced iMac and non speaker iMac. Boy, was I wrong! I cannot believe that I waited this long to purchase this product. The thing that makes this even more unbelievable is that the design is simple and elegant. It looks really good with your apple products. I cannot recommend this enough. Set up takes couple of minute and you are ready to go.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Speakers fantastic / Remote ridiculous

    • Written by from Long Beach

    On the speakers alone, I would definitely have given this 5 stars, but the idiotically-designed Remote ruins that top rating. What possessed someone at B&W to come up with so stupid a design? It never stays flat on your desk but rather rolls around at the slightest touch... so much so that you have to carefully check it out visually to figure out which end is Up so as to know where a specific control is. Dumb and completely counter-intuitive. Clearly, they make no attempt to buy into the whole Apple ethos of design. I wrote them about this. They have no alternative and didn't seem interested in ever developing one. In their minds, it's just fine the way it is. I will definitely keep the speakers because of the excellent sound, but that remote drives me crazy every time I use it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Quality in a Brilliant Design

    • Written by from Pickering

    I've owned these speakers for around four months now and have enjoyed every ounce of sonic goodness emanating from their compact minimalist design. Said design is timeless, and I've had many comments about the looks of them next to my iMac. The most impressive part of these speakers is the differentiation between the highs and bass; they have excellent fidelity and yet the bass is quite good for a 2.0 setup. It's not over-the-top bass like I find with several Bose units, and the highs do not reach the "tinny" level. At the same time, they have great depth and if you close your eyes, you can place where each instrument is on the stage in front of you. Unlike some reviews, mine have no hissing present during soft parts of songs.

    A few notes for those who do not own these: there is a blue light when they are turned on and a red one when turned off; they do not turn on automatically when the computer turns on; and when turned off, your computer simply roots sound through its built-in speakers. The only cons I can think of are that the right speaker does get rather warm on the top after moderate use, and the remote is not the greatest. Very minor complaints, and for good reason: these speakers are spectacular.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    In one word WOW !!!

    • Written by from Thornhill

    I have been using the Focal Pro CMS 50 speakers with the Focal sub on my iMac 27" for several years.
    Few days ago my focal system stopped working, so till I can send them for repair I decided to buy a smaller speaker system.
    I read the reviews on the Apple Store sight and base on that I bought the MM-1 at the Apple store.
    Connection was a fast and straight forward and took all of 10 minutes.
    After listening to many kinds of music for several hours, all I can say is a big WOW.
    The base on the Focal is much better because I was using the Focal Sub.
    As for the rest, the sound of the MM-1 in the mid and high range is AS GOOD AS THE FOCAL and on many tracks it is even better then the Focal. I am really SHOCKED. The price difference between the two systems is about CS 3000.
    I recommend this system all heartily.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing product!

    • Written by from Belo Horizonte

    It's hard to describe how amazing is this product.
    It simply changed the way I listen to music.
    The sound is deep, clear, powerful and delightful.

    I recommend this to exigent listeners. This is a high end product.

    Worth every cent. It's very easy to install, plug n play.

    Congratulations Bowers & Wilkins.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magical sound for size

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I live in NYC area and was looking for a compact speaker system to attach to my TV/ Apple TV to function as my primary sound system. I am in a 2 bedroom, so not a studio, but space is at a premium. Plus wife hates large speakers....So main goal was best sound in small package.

    I was replacing a Bose sub/satellite system that I was less than impressed with (especially having to place a large sub). I had read reviews and actually bought the MM-1s with no prior testing other than random other B&W products.

    My wife was skeptical when I brought them home but after we set them up, we spent the next 3 hours listening to any and all music we could try out because they sound AMAZING.. so hard to believe that the quality and amount of sound comes out of this tiny package.

    And to note.. I am only using the 'Aux' mini jack to connect to my LCD tv that is connected via HDMI to my apple tv. Apple TV sounds great.. TV movies, concerts sound great. Clean sound, great stereo imaging..Def no huge bass but still more than adequate for apartment living.. great design, remote. Well worth the money. And if I ever move to a larger home, they will make amazing bedroom or kitchen speakers. HIGHLY recommend.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Over rated

    • Written by from St. Albert

    What a dissapointment. I wish I had my Bose

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best speakers I've ever owned

    • Written by from Glendale

    Great sound, great cable management. They simply work, without a lot of unruly wires protruding or taking too much space.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best computer desktop speakers...PERIOD!

    • Written by from Corinth

    I did a lot of research before I purchased these from the Apple Store last night. The reviewers who knew what they were talking about gave these MM-1's rave reviews. The only criticism was from the "boomers" who want the walls to shake, and who really do not care about sound quality, imaging, openness, etc.

    I went to the Apple Store, hoping to audition them (I know, not the best environment for that). However, they no longer had them setup in the store. So, I just purchased them sight unseen (and unheard). That was a BIG leap of faith to spend $500 based on company reputation and customer reviews.

    Once I set them up next to my 27" iMac, plugged them into the USB port, turned them on and routed my sound to the MM-1's, they were up and running. All I can say is WOW!! The stage imaging is amazing. You here the instruments and vocals exactly where the sound engineer put them in the recording! Lower bit rate MP3s sound amazing. However, you can really tell a difference in higher bit rate recordings, CDs, DVDs. The "openness" of these speakers is incredible. I put on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, and just sat back and enjoyed the performance. I was hearing it again for the first time!

    The sweet-spot listening distance is perfectly located where you sit at your computer.

    If you are researching the best, audiophile-quality desktop speaker, stop looking and buy these. Don't get caught up with them not having a sub-woofer. There is plenty of clean, punchy, crisp bass for all music tastes. I am officially on the Bowers & Wilkins bandwagon!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Speakers for people who love to listen to music

    • Written by from Veldhoven

    I have had these speakers for over one year. I also have Bowers and Wilkins floor-speakers for my audio stereo set-up. Those speakers are about 15 years old and they are no match to the MM-1. I even prefer the sound of the MM-1 for the living room compared to the large standing floor speakers.

    I listen to a wide range of music, from classical to alternative rock and the quality (clarity and a perfect distinction between sounds) is more important than volume. I think the bass is amazing for such a small package. I like to playback the music like it is recorded. I would not turn up bass or treble on any stereo.

    For those who want loads of bass, this is not for you, for those who listen to music all day, this is the stuff you want, perfect stereo set-up around your work-place.

    Some reviews mentioned white-noice, I have none of that. Even though they are plugged in through an additional USB ports-cable.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound & style

    • Written by from Winston Salem

    I bought these to replace some Logitec 2.1 speakers that sounded OK but were bulky and had too many cables. These things sound much larger than they are and their sound is much more accurate than the logitec or my computer's built-in speakers. I imagine this is because they have a better DAC built-in. Also the nice thing about them being USB is they will turn off with the computer - though they do not auto-power on.

    Would highly recommend these.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Coos Bay

    I got these speakers for Christmas. If you are using your speakers for listening to music I don't think the B&W MM-1's can be beaten for their price and size. The audio quality is amazingly clear. It really does make music sound better.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 muffled on new iMac

    • Written by from Brighton

    I've had a pair of awesome MM-1 speakers for about 6 months and just bought a new 27 inch iMac with fusion drive - when I play back audio through the MM-1s the sound is really muffled. They still work a treat on my MacBook Pro.

    I've not contacted B&W which is my next stop. I wonder if it's got to do with USB 3 on the new iMac.

    Anyone having similar problems and found a solution yet? I'll post here again if I learn anything.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    • Written by from PORT SAINT LUCIE

    I'm just one step below an audiophile - in other words I can appreciate high quality gear but don't always insist on it.

    I picked these up last weekend and have been blown away by the detail and quality of the sound. I am hearing notes and detail in songs that I've never heard before on my iMac. Despite the lack of a sub, these guys hit most of the low notes and wht they do produce is simply amazing.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding clarity, limited dynamics and bass

    • Written by from Ottawa

    As you would expect, since this is a tiny speaker and there's no defeating the laws of physics, so this speaker is not going to compare to a larger sub + satellite system or larger powered speakers.

    I'll summarize the important points
    - The build quality is outstanding. They feel solid and I like the fact that they are all covered in a cloth like material and the speaker drivers are protected by a perforated plastic grill, so there is no way you can accidentally damage the drivers behind the cloth covering. The top is brushed metal and they are little jewels of metal and cloth
    - The sound is outstandingly clear, the tweeters convey an airy sound so you can hear the shimmer of cymbals, and the midrange is solid so you can hear vocals with clarity
    - The bass response is limited, they probably convey bass detail down to about 90Hz by my ear, and thanks to B&W sound processing, it manages to stay full sounding even at slightly lower volumes. Because of their DSP processing which tailors the sound quality at any given volume, the sound is clear even when you start cranking it and the circuitry works hard to make sure the sound doesn't break up prematurely, but there's only so much the little drivers can do, so in the end, the speaker is very satisfying considering its size but don't expect miracles....you won't mistake these for much larger speakers that cost a fraction of the price.
    - The speaker emits a slight hiss that isn't that noticeable except in a quiet room, but some people who has younger ears may find it slightly too evident
    - The right speaker gets astonishingly warm even with no music playing so it's probably eating up lots of power. This is a bit surprising considering that this speaker uses digital amps
    - The remote is small but handy

    All in all I like these and if they were $300 I'd recommend them for anybody who wants a premium ultra compact setup, but at $500 I only recommend them if you absolute want something cool and stylish in your fancy office tbat takes up a minimal of desk space. Right now there are plenty of competitors that offer more bang for the buck sound quality wise. If you don't need a built in USB DAC, I would look at the Focal XS Book, Paradigm A2, PSB PS1, NHT Superpower which are all regular powered speakers which can play louder and cleaner, offer more usable bass response, and offer refined sound as well

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for the right application.

    • Written by from Mequon

    I have a small office; for long work sessions, headphones are fatiguing. The MM-1's are currently sitting two feet from my ears, on either side of my laptop. The soundstage is magnificent. The detail is outstanding. Vocals and classic instrumentation will blow your mind.

    I listen to a significant amount of (well crafted) electronica as well; here is where you may expect too much. For their size, they produce outstanding warmth, presence, and natural bass. The bypass will adjust the sound to optimize for the speaker; you won't get distortion - but it will tone down lower frequencies significantly.

    That said, I am absolutely amazed at what has been packed into two *very* small packages. It's impressive, and I believe they are worth the price of admission.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best 2.0 speakers br far

    • Written by from White Lake

    I'm not sure where all the whining about low bass and white noise originates, has to be either defective speakers so go exchange them, or written by Bose and Klipsch employees. First, anybody expecting DEEP LOW BASS from 2.0 speakers needs to get realistic and go buy a 2.1 speaker system, and have fun with the extra wires. I have ZERO white, black, or blue noise emanating from mine, and I just gave up on the iHome USB powered speakers because of the high pitched whistle when plugged in. These speakers are fantastic and produce bass better than the Bose system in my '12 Nissan which wasn't as good as the Panasonic system in my '05 Honda. I have these hooked up to a mid-2010 iMac and when turned up 3/4 I can hear the music fine from my den to my kitchen in a ranch home. The bass is fairly deep although gets maybe a little boomy when the iTunes equalizer is up high on the 32 through 125 levels. For Mac speakers these are awesome, if you want symphony sound filling up a large room or entire house please invest in a true audio component system.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Speakers

    • Written by from Baltimore

    I'm very impressed with the quality and sound of these speakers. They have great range and plenty of power for a desktop speaker. They might not be big enough to carry an entire room but are perfect for my home office. I'd give them six stars if the price point was $400 but what the hey. You should buy these speakers and enjoy.

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