Bowers & Wilkins MM-1
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Item #: 749MM1
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Warm, rich guitar notes, a smooth, clear saxophone solo, and accurate vocals that place you in the middle of a concert hall. Bowers & Wilkins' MM-1 speakers take up very little room on your desktop but reproduce the music stored on your computer in lifelike detail. These speakers are a great choice for folks who enjoy high-fidelity lossless or high-bitrate audio files.
These speakers connect to a USB port on your computer, bypassing its built-in sound card. That kind of direct digital output means there's less potential for noise and interference to degrade the sound quality. A built-in high-performance DAC (digital-to-analog converter) gives you far greater sonic fidelity than the DACs found most sound cards. A high-quality headphone output means you'll enjoy that sonic upgrade even when you're wearing a pair of headphones. Bower & Wilkins designed the MM-1s for "near-field" listening: the sweet spot (where the speakers sound their best) is just a few feet away, right where you'll sit at your computer.
Unlike many other desktop computer speakers, which rely on a single full-range driver to reproduce all the frequencies, each MM-1 features a carefully engineered 1" tweeter and a 3" woofer. The system has four separate amplifiers built in, one for each driver, for clarity and impact. Plus, digital signal processing keeps the bass sounding powerful and music sounding rich and detailed at any volume level.
From the review Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 computer speakers -- A joy for the senses
"The separately powered speakers and built-in DAC helped each track live up to its full potential — whatever that was as determined by its bit rate. My lossless files sounded full and finely detailed. It was as if there was large sphere of sound encompassing the area around my laptop. My compressed MP3 files still had some detail, but tended to sound thinner and a little harsher — but much better than through the laptop's sound card."
— Ralph Graves, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer
Just what I had been looking for to listen to music on a classical music app featuring Lossless quality. Such proportion to the sound from top to bottom. These are for listening at my desk and they are superb. I don't miss a subwoofer. I don't play these really loud; however there is absolutely no distortion. What a gift to myself! Using USB connection.
Pros: For computer speakers these are really the best I've heard
Super clear and accurate sound down to the lowest midrange. I Had trouble with working with Parallels, but finally with help from Parallels technical service it works fine now.
Pros: Superb clarity and accuracy.
Cons: Cost and potentially difficulty with VM setup.
Well, I guessed I'd be disappointed in the low-end and I was. Sound clarity was good, but no better than the Bose Companion 5 I have in my other office. And the Bose has much better bass due to the subwoofer. Shows there's no substitute for a subwoofer if you want good bass. Sending these back for another Bose Companion 5.
Pros: Nice looking and good mid to high frequency.
Cons: Weak bass.
Somehow I just love Bowers & Wilkins. I have a P7 headset before buying a MM-1. every time I use it, it always make me surprised and satisfied . MM-1 is my first time owned this level speaker. I'm not a senor enthusiast. So I can only tell this speaker is perfect for me. I enjoy its sound even with very small volume. I don't like strong bass. So for me, its bass is good enough for me.
BTW Don't forgot to register your MM-1 in the B&W official site if you buy it. You can download lots of various lossless music ( Apple lossless, FLAC with 24bit, 96kHz) from B&W site. That is a great deal for me.
Pros: small and powerful,
Many reviews of these speakers mention "detailed sound". A somewhat annoying term. What does it mean? The answer? What i am listening to as I write! I love classical music and I am listening to Sirius XM playing Stravinsky's Concerto in D for strings. Except that I feel like I am not at my computer but rather on the podium hearing each and every violinist, violist and cellist in the orchestra in their individual place! That is, I guess, what is meant by detailed sound. It's really quite astonishing. Plus it is a quite burnished sound even while extraordinarily crisp. I guess that is another way of saying "detailed". To be honest i was very disappointed when I first hooked these up. They replaced inexpensive Labtech speakers I have been listening to for over ten years that developed internal amplifier static or I would probably be listening to them still. Thank god for that static. The MM-1s sounded diffuse and flat when I turned them on. After an hour or so, quite unsatisfied, I rehooked up the Labtechs so I could switch from one to the other. Well I almost laughed out loud. The sound I thought I was missing turned out to be a hollow, distorted audio cartoon compared to the MM-1s. Habit is a dangerous thing. These are a seductive experience. To be fair, despite their beautiful sound, I do wish their was more bass. Thus only 4 stars. But I miss it less and appreciate the MM-1s musicality more and more. Do speakers really have to be broken in? Perhaps I do!
Pros: Truly remarkable musicality. Nice physical feel to the units. Tasteful appearance. Worth the money if you listen to music in a way that makes it important to you. Excellent for strings, chamber music and jazz. If you're a rocker you'll send these back.
Cons: Yes, it's true, bass is lacking, but in the seductive context of what these speakers do I can live with it. Overall a exhilaratingly balanced sound.
While the speakers provide a fantastic, full sound, the bass is just lacking. If I could add a subwoofer, they would be great. I tried them at home, at work and in a conference room - same response from everyone that listened with me: Sounds great but bass 'punch' is missing.
Pros: Well rounded sound at all volume levels.
Cons: Not enough bass for my taste.
All I can say is they are awesome! Only bad is the price, but you get what you pay for.
Great sound from such a small footprint. I needed a small set a speakers to fit on my desk aside my dual monitors and I didn't want to sacrifice sound quality in the process. These speakers bill the bill perfectly. Great sound with nice bottom end. Easy to set up and accepts multiple inputs, both USB & 3 mm stereo.
Pros: Great sound with small footprint
Cons: Can't select input source, all sources come thru on top of each other.
Excellent speakers, I can listen to music again. I made the mistake of buying Bose companions and for almost 2 years never listened through anything. I have an eclectic mix of Mozart, Handel , Beatles, and even medieval music. There is enough bass to satisfy when playing Baroque organ(usually Handel).Separation and voicing is excellent.
Pros: voice,separation, size is perfect
I got these speakers for my 17 yr old son for Christmas. So I hope they will be just fine based on other reviews. It will be difficult to not open and try these out for myself during the next 5 months!
I was disappointed in the speakers in my new iMac, so began my search for a good sounding speaker to accompany my new computer. I was a little put off initially by the price but after reading reviews on Crutchfield and other hifi sites I went for the MM-1's. Easy setup, great sound, clear, detailed, good but not booming base. Perfect for my listening tastes. The speakers are physically smaller than I pictured them in my mind, but the put out a good volume of very clean music. Besides sounding great they look great with the iMac and I like the little soap bar remote
Pros: High Fidelity sound, quality construction, easy setup, great looks. Small size takes up little desk space.
Cons: Price, Bass is there but not punchy, bassheads beware
These speakers are just the best real computer speakers out. The sound is awesome, the seperation is awesome and on some songs it sounds like the vocals are coming from a third speaker. If you have the money GET THEM.
Amazing little speakers! I am glad I did the research to find the best small speakers to attach to my iMac. The MM-1s are a pleasure to listen to at any volume. Musical is the best way to describe these speakers. The sound is clear and neutral letting you hear the sound of the individual instruments with an amazing sense of soundstage for nearfield speakers only a few feet apart from one another. Great vocal recordings reveal the nuance of the singer's voice, something that does not come across with lesser speakers. Set up is a breeze and I couldn't be happier with my MM-1s. Yes, they are more costly thn most other alternatives, but after auditioning quite a few alternatives I think these are the best. My only criticism is that the right speaker (where the amps are located) runs a little warm. I would purchase again and I highly recommend them.
The best way I can describe these computer speakers is to say they are accurate, balanced & detailed. Highly recommended.
As a previous owner of B&W products, I was expecting the best in sound quality from these mini speakers. Have no fear, these little things provide crystal clear sound. Bass is more than OK (some reviewers complain about their "lack of bass"). Sweet spot is quite wide so as long as you position them side by side from your monitor, you will get the best sound around. Great speakers, especially for office use!
Pros: Deligthful sound quality ++++++ Form +++++ Sweet spot ++++ Bass ++
Cons: As all the others have mentioned.... PRICE. Still its B&W, so do not expect cheap products from them. Also, their DAC can handle ONLY 16bit files higer rez files become truncated.... their Society of sound files come at 24 bit / 48 / 96 khz.
One of my favorite purchases ever, despite the price tag (ouch). They take up very little desktop real estate, yet they sound amazing. Really well balanced, clear and warm sounding. Good imaging. For the first couple weeks I couldn't get myself away from my desk because they were just so fun to listen to. Bass is as good as you could ever get from 2.0. I find a 2.0 system useful because it is less disruptive to my neighbors and my roommates. If you want a sub and hard thumping bass of course you should not get these.
They sound best when you are close, but I've actually used them for a party and they can get the job done.
The B&W MM1s are extremely impressive for the amount of sound and range they throw from such a small footprint. They sound very modern in a tasteful way. Scooped EQ with extended highs and lows, and a massive and immersive soundstage that almost has a pseudo surround sound feel to it. For the size, I was impressed with their bass response, but I am used to a 2-channel setup and rarely listen with a subwoofer. There are no tone or DSP controls. They are very revealing, bringing out small details in the upper mid-range to high end - tape hiss is accentuated. Modern recordings can sound harsh in this context if they are super compressed because of the accentuation.
The bottom line for me, is that the B&W MM1s are "impressive, exciting and fun," which is good for non-critical listening on a computer system that you are watching movies or gaming on. After extended listening they may be fatiguing or unnatural - they are very in your face in their presentation. That said they are solid and tasteful, and not fake sounding, but compared to Swan M-200s for example, they sound very modern and "surround-soundy." For my use I want a more neutral setup for critical and honest source evaluation, so the Swans get my nod. I would go with the B&Ws for a very portable high-end solution for listening to music, movies, and gaming and their "WOW" factor.
Pros: small and light, large frequency range, massive soundstage, good for multimedia sources
Cons: hookup on bottom of unit seems as though it could become unsound with repeated break-down and set-up, borderline flashy and modern tone and eq
Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 PC speakers are nothing short of breathtaking. I just finished listening to Abbey Road from start to finish (2009 Remastered EMI) Sound was phenomenal. Listened to several other recordings and was not disappointed. B&W make some of the best loudspeakers in the world and these are the finest PC speakers you can but at any price. My main system is one of those audiophile set-ups. These speakers make my Mac sound like a mini version sans sub and about 10K. I have read many reviews some that concern bass response. It's here. With all the detail you get from these speakers you will appreciate your music that much more.
Pros: A Little Pricey compared to what is available.
Cons: Worth every single penny and then some. Thank You Crutchfield for carrying some of the finest products available.
Very nice and clear sound, no distortion.
Where's the sub? That's the first question most people ask upon experiencing the MM-1. No soundstage that enveloping, that accurate and that loud should emanate from a box that small. Of course, calling the MM-1's a abox is like calling Thomas Jefferson a political hack. Vocals are spot-on and male voices in particular are rich and resonate with warmth. Part of that is good design, exemplary construction and critical tuning, and part of it is the internal DAC that bypasses your computer's built-by-the-lowest-bidder circuitry. As a result, these speakers will reveal nuances in jazz and classical music you've never heard. After settling into the speakers and living with them a few weeks, I have to concede I miss the earth-shaking thump of sub on some material, revealing that technology can bend the laws of physics but so far. But if you are a critical listener who appreciates a warm, subtle low end over one that leaves your internal organs vibrating, then you're in luck. The MM-1's are not cheap and therein resides the dilemma for most buyers. Can you get B&W quality, clarity and accuracy for less money? Frankly, no, not in my experience. Can you get more sound for less money? To be fair, yes. As with all speakers, the proof is in the listening and each of us hears differently. Undoubtedly, you would be doing yourself a grave disservice if you make a purchase without listening to the B&W MM-1 speakers. Yes, they are that good, even without the sub.
Pros: Quality sound, construction, styling. Uncanny ability to reproduce the human voice as though the singer was sitting on your desktop. B&W reputation for sweating the details. Amazingly small footprint.
Cons: A bit pricey. Some will lament the absence of a sub. Placement inflences sound stage more than most speakers.
Great highs and mids which are very clear and spatially full. It is definitely, and quite disappointingly, lacking in low frequencies, even for classical and jazz.. The system would benefit greatly with a sub or the ability to add sub, or a more substantial woofer. I expect more for a pricey set of speakers, especially if they are Bowers and Wilkins. I returned them. Crutchfield handled the return with ease.
I had an earlier Bose set of speakers -- Companion 3 Series II -- go paws up. I have some other B&W products and thought I would try these. Have had them for about a week and would roll out this cliche: I have heard elements of my iTunes songs using these speakers that I never heard before. The clarity of these speakers is amazing. That said, I do miss the bass power that the Bose set delivered; it's just not there in these B&W speakers. So bass lovers beware. (Ditto if you're trying to replicate surround sound.) I'm keeping these because a) they're simpler than the Bose, b) they're more portable for when I take my laptop on road trips, c) I think they'll last longer than the Bose because d) my other B&W products have lasted 10+ years.
Pros: - Exceptionally clear sound - Really nice stereo separation - Apparent build quality - Small size - Simple setup
Cons: - $$$ - expensive - Weak bass - it's there but it's not strong
I spent lots of time reviewing the various speaker alternatives before purchasing the B&W speakers for my desktop. I found the reviews here at Crutchfield to be especially helpful especially since I was not able to actually listen to them in person before making a decision. I was after a 2.0 system since I do not have room for a subwoofer in my relatively small home office space and the size of the speakers needed to be fairly small. I was a bit nervous about spending this much but since I had a 60 day window to return them, I went ahead. I currently own several Bose products (Companion 2, sound dock and Companion 3) but none of these produced the sound quality I wanted.
After a couple of weeks with the B&W speakers I can definitely tell you I won't be returning them. These are, without a doubt, the BEST desktop speakers I have ever heard and meet my needs perfectly. They have completely exceeded my expectations. The sound is astonishing, the build quality is excellent and the size is perfect for my needs. They produce more than adequate bass and the mids and highs are really on a par with systems costing far, far more. I am hearing depth and clarity in my music that is just unbelievable. They perform equally well in a small room setting and they certainly compare favorably with many 2.1 systems. If you have room for a sub woofer and feel the need for deeper bass then something like the Focal 2.1 system might appeal more to you.
Pros: Well made, great sound, built in DAC, headphone jack takes advantage of the DAC.
Cons: Some feel the price is high but I believe they are well worth it.
The speakers are beautiful and sound great in the high and mid ranges BUT they have very limited bass which is very unsatisfying. Paired with a decent subwoofer it would be ideal but the option is not available with my computer. Switched to the Bose 5 Surround Sound with subwoofer and it is multiples better - the small Bose speakers are 80% the quality of the B&W but the Bose subwoofer makes it 150% of the listening experience. There is no comparison overall.
These speakers show the truth behind hearing. I find myself looking around the room for no apparent reason when I listen to these speakers. I have found myself surfing the web for all different genres of music and instruments to listen to. I have them on my desk in my store and when people walk in the room is filled with an ambiance of sound.
Pros: sound quality, look, easy to hook up. SOUND F'n GREAT
Cons: $$$$ and bass for you bass heads
After much research for a pair of high-end computer speakers I decided to give the MM-1's a try. Why not? Haven't we all wanted to own a pair of B&W's someday? I have had these speakers for a week now and all I can say is WOW! Every time I turn my computer on they seem to get better and better. The soundstage that is created at your computer screen is absolutely AMAZING! Crank up your favorite tunes, close your eyes and you will be in a state of nirvana! For the price you cannot find anything that comes close! Bowers & Wilkins is truly in an Elite Class!
Pros: Audiophile Sound. Great looks. Simple hook-up.
Cons: I cannot think of a flaw with these speakers.
I devoted a lot of time reading reviews and doing listening comparisons in stores before this MM1 purchase over Bose and several others with multiple surround speakers and sub-woofers. It was a huge waste of time. These speakers are simply the very best for near, clear, local sound on top of a desk. They are not designed for filling a room with sound. Instead, B&W clearly has mastered the technology for near sound perfection for speakers positioned on the sides of a computer monitor. I will never again reluctantly sit at my desk to work on the computer or anything else, because I know another superior sound treat awaits.
Pros: For these speakers, this is the first time for me that the old lame expression that "you hear things you've never heard before from your old favorites" is absolutely true.
Cons: None,other than pricey - but worth it.
After building a music server, I was hoping for better sound than what was coming from my 5.1 computer speaker system. Though the highs and lows were there, the system lacked musicality and soundstage - it wasn't very long before I realized the 5.1's would have to be replaced.
After much on-line reading, I decided to give the diminutive MM-1's a try. Truthfully, it wasn't love at first listen: that first day I found myself really missing the bottom end that my 5.1 subwoofer had delivered. However, by the next day, I discovered the MM-1's produced a fabulous soundstage right in front of my monitor -- when I closed my eyes, I could no longer tell the sound was coming from each speaker. It wasn't long before I realized these speakers just sound great: from high to low, it was easy to distinguish between bells, tambourines and cymbals... even bass guitar and bass drum sound great - bass is just on a smaller scale. Give Rush's Spirit of Radio a listen on these and I think that you'll hear what I mean.
So, I guess that is the key: if you're listening at your desk and prefer musical accuracy and a tangible soundstage over room-filling sound and heavy bass, these speakers just might be for you. If you crave thick/heavy/loud bass, you'll probably want to keep shopping.
Pros: Small size, quality construction, advanced driver designs, easy on the eyes and well, great sound.
Cons: It takes a full day to get used to the absense of those muddy 5.1 computer subwoofer lows; however that goes away quickly.
Best speakers ever had for my comp. These sound even better when used w/ Hear software . Fine tune the sound and you won't believe your ears ! Can't believe the sound comin out of these little guys ! Definitely worth every penny !
Pros: Size & the sound that comes out of these little guys .
Cons: Very expensive !!
They are simply the Best Super Incredible Amazing Great I'm very happy with them My Best Computer Speaker i ever had I LOVE THEM I RECOMEND 100%
I just bought the B&W MM-1 speakers. I LOVE them!!! I cannot believe such rich bass could come from just 2 small desktop speakers. Now, these do NOT have a wall shattering deep bass that sub-woofers offer. BUT...if you're sitting at your desk, the low end is tight and punchy and the overall sound of these is really fantastic. Others have mentioned that lower bit-rate music in your collection will sound bad. I agree, it does. 256 and higher is recommended, BUT I have some music at 192 that sounds good. I also needed to tweak the iTunes EQ. I upped the highs a bit and brought down some of the low-mids as well. If I had to listen to these flat, I MAY have returned them. If you're an audiophile and you just want a pure sound with no EQ, these may not be for you. If you don't mind adjusting the EQ a bit to get them "right for your own ears", there are no better 2.0 computer speakers than these. These are still brand new and have not fully broken in yet. So, I look forward to them sounding even better. If you get these, you will not be disappointed.
I have had my B&Ws for a week now and I literally get chills listening to my music on my PC. The ranges are incredible. The whisper highs and lows are distinctly identifiable. I've heard things in my music that I've never heard before. As these are speakers for my PC I listen while I work and listen to a lot of piano, native flute, meditation music. Every sound is insanely crisp with a huge range.
When I first installed them I did have background noise and distortion, but then I reset them and it immediately went away. They are a peripheral as well as a speaker, so as a piece of hardware that needs to be recognized by the PC. You connect both the USB cable and the audio cord. The speakers bypass the internal soundcard.
I was using the Bose computer speakers which I thought were great, knowing that the highs and lows are cut off in order to create that big round bose sound. I compare this move from going from a regular to an HD TV. You just plainly hear things you never heard before in a way that gives you chills on the right music.
Pricey, yes. But if you love music and spend a good amount of time at your desk, a pretty solid investment.
Bought these from Crutchfield after reading review after review of how great they were. In short, they don't live up to the hype. Mids and highs sound clear and wonderful, but they've got very little bottom end (say, below around 150Hz). Turning up the volume while playing any music that has appreciable bass results in significant distortion.
Second, B&W touts the advantage of going through a USB output right into the speaker, where "there's less potential for noise and interference to degrade the sound quality." Unfortunately, the signal still goes through the Windows mixer, which is notorious for adding noise and distortion. I was very surprised that they went to all the trouble of using their own DAC and processing, and yet provided you with no software to control it.
Third, they were finicky in turning on or off (using either the remote or the controls on the speaker). I usually had to press on/off more than once in either of these places to get the speakers to do what I wanted.
On the positive side, they were well made and the remote was nice. Absolutely *not* worth the price, though. I had them for about 3 weeks, then returned them to Cructhfield, which has wonderful customer service by the way. A couple weeks later I ordered the AudioEngine A5 system (again from Crutchfield) and have been *extremely* pleased.
I feel like the kid in the story of the Emperor's New Clothes, because I had read so many good things about these MM-1's; they're just not true.
|Pieces in System||2|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange size (inches)||---|
|Woofer size (inches)||3|
|Power Output (Watts)||18 x 4|
|Frequency Response||38-22k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
MM-1 Powered Speakers: The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 powered speakers bring true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop or laptop computer, transforming your computer into a hi-fi stereo sound system. The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 powered speakers are ideal for enjoying music, video, and games from your computer.
Full-Range Sound: The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 is equipped with two drivers; one dedicated to bass and midrange frequencies, and another for the treble. Each speaker features a 3.0" woofer and 1.0" tweeter. The MM-1 is powered by an 18-watt x 4-channel integrated amplifier. This is how the MM-1 can reproduce sound with the accuracy of a true hi-fi speaker (38Hz to 22,000Hz).
Nautilus Tube-Loaded Tweeters: The MM-1's tweeters incorporate the tube-loaded design, Bowers & Wilkins first developed for their famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds.
Near-Field Monitors: All hi-fi setups have a sweet spot, the area in the listening space where music sounds at its best. The MM-1 is designed primarily as a near-field monitor, ideal for listening to music while at your computer. The Bower's & Wilkins MM-1 speakers have been electronically adjusted to provide its best sound just a few feet away from your computer screen, so you have the best seat in the house.
Digital Signal Processing: Thanks to built-in Digital Signal Processing, the MM-1 can produce big sound from a small speaker. By adjusting the sound balance depending on the signal, DSP keeps bass effects powerful and music sounding rich and detailed; no matter how loud you play it.
Dynamic EQ: The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers provide powerful bass thanks to its Dynamic EQ technology which maximizes bass output.
USB Audio Streaming: Computer speakers normally have to rely on the varying quality of the computer's analogue output signal. The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 is different. It streams audio directly from your computer via USB (2.0) and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally. So you will always get the best possible audio quality, independent of the computer output.
PC and Mac Compatible: The Bowers & Wilkins powered speakers perform equally well with either a Mac or Microsoft computer, through its USB 2.0 input. The MM-1 features a mini-USB type-B port, and comes with a mini-USB type-B to USB type-A cable to connect to your computer.
Auxiliary Input: The MM-1 speakers also features an 3.5mm auxiliary input, and comes with a stereo minijack cable to connect your digital music player or CD player.
Remote Control: Thanks to the MM-1's ergonomic, pebble-shaped IR remote, you will have complete control over your speakers, as well as iTunes or Windows Media Player, from anywhere in the room. The remote operates off of a single CR2032 3V lithium battery (included).
High-Quality Headphone Output: The MM-1 makes private listening also possible, thanks to its high-quality headphone output (3.5mm). When you plug your headphones directly into the speakers, the audio from your computer is enhanced by high quality DACs used in the MM-1, producing a sound that is a noticeable improvement over the standard PC or Mac headphone output.
For a long time when someone mentioned "computer speakers" all I could picture were the free speakers that came with our PC. They were lightweight, spindly things with the...
The reviews on the sound quality of these speakers were very positive. [ Robert D. Jan 10, 2016 ]
not through the speaker connections. However, the bass for the size of the speaker is very good. Great speaker for the computer use--for other use, Sonos is probably a better choice. [ HOWARD Nov 18, 2015 ]
This is a question for the experts...I personally bought these speakers , because I didn't want a third speaker..I'm happy with the bass response I get from these just the way they are... [ kim Nov 18, 2015 ]