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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

Hi-fi computer speakers

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Turn your desk into a musical oasis

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.

MM-1

Custom-tailored for computer use

MM-1 with laptop

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.


MM-1 with remote

Spectacular audio performance

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

For classical music, the sound is very satisfying. Nice styling and design.

Anonymous, Stillwater, NJFor c

What's in the Box:

  • Right computer speaker
  • Left computer speaker (with attached 56" system cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
  • AC power supply (with attached 6.5' DC cord)
  • 59" AC power cord
  • Remote control (with installed CR2032 3V battery)
  • 59" USB cable (with a USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
  • 59" Stereo minijack cable (with a male 3.5mm connector on each end)
  • Quickstart
  • Bowers & Wilkins brochure
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • stereo speakers
  • high-quality built-in digital-to-analog converter
  • 18 watts x 4 (one amplifier for each driver)
  • frequency response: 38-22,000 Hz
  • 3" woofer
  • 1" Nautilus™ tube-loaded tweeter for purer high-frequency sounds
  • pebble-shaped remote lets you change volume and control programs like Windows® Media Player and iTunes®
  • USB input bypasses your computer's sound card for better performance (cable included)
  • stereo minijack audio input for connecting an iPod® or CD player
  • headphone output
  • 3-15/16"W x 6-11/16"H x 3-15/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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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.

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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

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I am used to B&W products [ Joseph  Jun 03, 2017 ]
Good sound, good reputation. Worth $500? Not really. [ apalmtree  Jan 30, 2017 ]
Great sound, when not a excess amount of bass is needed. You probably will not find any better. [ Jorge  Jun 28, 2016 ]
The reviews on the sound quality of these speakers were very positive. [ Robert D.  Jan 10, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

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 ]
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