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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Speakers Editorial Review

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Computer Speakers – What You Need To Know

Pros:

  • USB plug and play streaming audio on Mac/PC
  • Very Stylish
  • Very good mids to highs
  • USB + 1/8-inch Aux Input
  • Revealing detail on the audiophile level
  • Good sound stage but have to be in the sweet spot.
  • Perfect for small office or cube
  • Remote is easy to use, small, and works


Cons:

  • Bass can be a bit underwhelming for gaming
  • Right speaker can get too warm for comfort
  • No auto standby mode when no signal
  • Expensive

The MM-1 computer speaker from Bowers & Wilkins is the perfect match for stylish users who want clear mids and highs and a bass presents that doesn’t annoy the neighbors – office co-workers.

With overwhelmingly positive reviews on both Amazon and at the Apple Store these speakers offer up a taut high end and clear mids that have most people finding out that there really is a difference between low quality and high quality MP3 bit rates. In other words these are very detailed and revealing. Beyond the level of computer speakers into the realms of the audiophile.

Computers have come a long way – even making it to the main entertainment center. With Netflix and Hulu’s stereo only audio signals it isn’t worth it for everyone to have a surround sound speaker system at home when most of the consumed media is in stereo. But having great sound is still needed. It makes it easier to hear dialog in movies and you’ll enjoy your music many time over on a higher fidelity system. And that is what the MM-1 has to offer.

With separate woofer and tweeter – a tweeter which is in fact based of the technology used in Bowers and Wilkins top of the line Nautilus speakers – a tube loaded design that reduces resonance and allows for a cleaners high end. With a claimed frequency response range from 38Hz to 22kHz bass really shouldn’t be an issue. But if you can place the MM-1′s near a rear wall or in corners it will help to increase the bass if you do happen to find it lacking.

There is a 1/8-inch headphone jack and a 1/8th-inch Aux input jack that will play audio in parallel with the sound off the computer.

The only nagging issues are bass and the heat produced from the right speaker. Some folks just don’t find the dynamic punch and depth of the bass satisfying enough compared to similarly priced competing units from other companies… (Bose). The right speaker which contains four (4) amplifier in it can get hotter than normal computer speakers and does sketch a few folks out. But no cases of fires reported.

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  • FAIL says:

    Yeah, I guess I would agree with a few parts of the review but in general, highly disagree. Yes the Bass for the money is severely lacking! In my opinion these are no where near audiophile quality, sweet spot or not. The fact there is a “sweet spot” in a computer monitor speaker is more than annoying, it is simply unacceptable in this price range. Unfortunately I will agree the Bose has more punch but that is far from a compliment to Bose. (I personally do not understand the Bose hype, their speakers are back of the white van “stolen high end speaker” quality…) Back to the B&W. The right speaker get absurdly hot when the speakers are mildly pushed for any length of time. So don’t plan on any late night office party jam sessions or you may end up with the fire dept. making a call when the sprinkler system goes off. Serious design flaw!! They are “hotter than normal computer speakers ” at average office environment volume, but crank them up and they heat up fast. My over all opinion? Highs are fair, Mid is muddy and lows lack both punch and presence, I’d take a pass on these for the cost and even at half price I would not go down this road! B&W should like most higher end speaker companies, have stayed out of the Computer Speaker Market. I do not understand why these companies want to sully their names with these products.

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