• 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.

    476 of 519 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.

    444 of 475 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magnificent!

    • 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!

    302 of 328 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Waster Your Time Like I Did, Just Get These........

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I wasted years and money trying Bose, Klipsch, Audyssey, M-Audio, etc., ad naseum. Trying to find the perfect and compact sound for my extensive iTunes collection on my MacBook Pro. I hesitated for years on the B&W MM-1 due to the coin and required USB port connection. What a moron I was. These speakers are small, look and feel expensive and simply sound magnificent. Get them, don't waste your time like some people I know very well.

    72 of 74 people found this useful

  • 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

    Amazing realistic sound

    • Written by from Petersburgh

    No out of phase (Bose type) sound... No booming bass... just clean sound. When I first began listening to the MM-1's hooked up to my new Retina MacBook Pro I couldn't decide whether I'd made a good choice. These speakers were so completely different than any I'd ever had connected to a computer. After a short time the pure sound began to sink in and I'm now hooked. They are great for almost every type of music and sound... and look good, too.

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  • 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.

    61 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love them!!!

    • Written by from fairfax

    I just got mine couple of days ago and I can't stop listening to music. I was a little unsure about getting them, specially for the price tag, but after listening to my fav music I don't have any regrets!! the sound is just amazing -

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  • 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 ........

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous.

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    I've had the $400 Bose Computer Music Monitors since they were released in 2009 and I've been sorely disappointed; now I agree with the poor reviews of many Bose products you see on the web. Somehow, they sounded great in the store but just couldn't give me the volume and sonic range I was craving at home.

    I've only had these B&W MM-1s for a few hours and it's as if the music I am hearing is completely new. I can hear vocals, background, orchestrations, and highs and lows that I have not heard coming out of my iTunes in years. All I can say is, if you are able to afford these, go for it and don't waste your money on anything less.

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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.

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  • 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 53 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful sound and imaging.

    • Written by from Boston

    Pros:
    -Unbelievable sound for guitar, piano, and especially vocals. They come alive.
    -Imaging is the best I've heard.
    -Gorgeous, non-intrusive design.

    Cons:
    -Not great for electronica, dubstep, ambient, or house music.
    -Truly desk monitors. You need to sit right in front of the speakers to get proper sound. Sound quality quickly deteriorates as you move farther away or off center.
    -Do not work well in large rooms.
    -Price.

    Note: These speakers are so precise that they will make poor quality audio (mp3, youtube, etc.) sound even worse. Highly recommended for audiophiles who have the majority of their digital collection in 256kbps AAC or Apple Lossless.

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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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    White noise

    • Written by from Lachine

    I can't really understand why such expensive and quality speakers are doing white noise when no media or music are playing. It is know that mostly all speakers have their level of low white noise when plugged, but the MM-1 can be hear from 3 feet away very easily in quiet room. Something that I find not acceptable.

    The thing to keep it mind also is that the speakers are constantly powered and there is stand-by mode, so the white noise is constant even if your computer is off.

    I was not sure if I was alone after searching on the net (MM-1 white noise) I did found out that many others are having the exact same issue, and after many replacement, still have the same problem. After speaking with the engineers of Bowers & Wilkins in UK, they consider this to be a normal behavior! For a $500 I cannot find it acceptable.

    I did return the speakers.

    43 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 Speakers

    • Written by from Dallas

    To tell you the truth, I was very disappointed in these speakers when I received them. I also need to tell you that I am somewhat hearing impaired in the high freq range. I found them to have too much bass for me to understand lower freq sounds in movies (I watch almost everything on my iMac). I finally found Boom a $5 app (I am not affiliated) and after finding the right setting in the equalizer am finding them to be EXCELLENT speakers. Music is spectacular.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well Worth the Money

    • Written by from URBANDALE

    Yes, these are expensive compared to the competition. But these speakers will most certainly please if you enjoy great stereo sound without a lot of coloration. They also do a good job on movie soundtracks for movie watching on your computer. If your looking for great booming bass, or artificial 3D sound you will be disappointed in theses speakers.

    These are near field speakers, meaning they sound best when you are sitting within 3 or four feet in front of them. The soundstage they produce is the best I've heard for desktop speakers.

    Can they fill a bedroom or smallish living room with decent sound? Well yes they can.
    But the MM-1's aren't going to give you party level amplification.

    As they say use the right tool for the job. As a desktop speaker the MM-1's deserve a high rating.

    My only complaint is that the speakers do not go into standby mode when my mid 2010 27" iMac sleeps. The latest greatest firmware update for the speakers did not fix that issue.

    Finally, the handsome remote feels and looks great but the control buttons are smallish.

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