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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Hi-Fi Speakers (Pair)

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Hi-Fi Speakers
  • MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves.
  • MM-1 is compatible with both Mac and PC.
  • Stream audio directly from your computer via USB, which converts the signal from digital to analogue internally.
  • MM-1 makes private listening a pleasure, thanks to its high-quality headphone output.
  • Bowers & Wilkins' MM1 Hi-Fi Speakers come with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships from and sold by Amazon.com).
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Product Specifications

Style: Hi-Fi Speakers
Brand NameBowers & Wilkins
Output Wattage20 watts
Specification MetNo

Technical Details

Style: Hi-Fi Speakers
  • Brand Name: Bowers & Wilkins
  • Model: MM1
  • Warranty: 2-years parts and labor

Product Details

Style: Hi-Fi Speakers
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.6 x 9.4 inches ; 6.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B003R6U6HG
  • Item model number: MM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 11, 2010

Product Description

Style: Hi-Fi Speakers


B&W MM-1 speakers
MM-1 computer speakers not only bring your computer's music collection to life, they also make watching movies or playing games a more sonically rewarding experience.
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B&W MM-1 speakers
MM-1 are near-field monitors designed to sound best where you will use them – close to where you are sitting.
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MM-1 computer speakers

Once they were for filling out spreadsheets and typing letters. Now computers are used for almost everything: socialising, playing games, listening to music, watching videos. So it seems a shame that deskbound entertainment fans have always had to make do with sub-standard audio, either from a computer's built-in speakers or poor quality monitors. No longer. MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves.

Accurate sound

Most computer speakers have to make do with just one drive unit to handle the full spectrum of frequencies. Not so with the MM-1. Just like a full-size speaker, it has two drivers, one dedicated to bass and midrange frequencies and another for the treble. So there's a reason why MM-1 reproduces sound with the accuracy of a true hi-fi speaker: that's exactly what it is.

Near-field monitors

All hi-fi set ups have a sweet spot - the area in the listening space where music sounds at its best. With full size hi-fi, that area is usually some distance away from the speakers. So Bowers & Wilkins has made some electronic adjustments to the MM-1 to make sure the sweet spot is where you are: a few feet from the computer screen. You'll always be right in the middle of the action.



B&W MM-1 speakers
MM-1 acts as an off-board sound card, which, when fed via USB, bypasses the soundcard on your computer, delivering pristine sound every time.
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B&W MM-1 speakers
Instead of using one drive unit per speaker as some computer monitors do, MM-1 has dedicated treble and mid/bass drivers for fuller, more controlled audio.
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Advanced technology

Some of Bowers & Wilkins' most pioneering technology has found its way into the MM-1. The tweeters, for example, incorporate the tube-loaded design first developed for the famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds. You'll find the same technology in Bowers & Wilkins' studio-standard speakers, used by the likes of Abbey Road Studios.

Digital Signal Processing

There's an art to producing a big sound from small speakers. And Bowers & Wilkins has mastered it, thanks to a clever piece of electronic fine-tuning called Digital Signal Processing (DSP). 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.



Bowers and Wilkins history
The control room of Studio 1 at London's Abbey Road Studios, which uses Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series loudspeakers.
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Bowers and Wilkins history
Nautilus was the result of a five-year research program into creating the perfect loudspeaker. Many technologies developed in this project and are now found in all Bowers & Wilkins products.
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Bowers & Wilkins history

In leading recording studios around the world, music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. In London's world-famous Abbey Road Studios, all three main studios use Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series speakers to capture the output of the world's biggest selling artists.

Engineering innovation

Every discovery Bowers & Wilkins' scientists make in their dedicated Research and Development facility make influences how speakers all over the world are designed and built. Technologies such as Nautilus Tapering Tubes and Flowport start life in their high-end loudspeakers, but are also important factors in the likes of Zeppelin Air and MM-1.

Doing it from day one

When John Bowers set up Bowers & Wilkins in 1966, experimentation in sound and recording was escalating rapidly. It was the time of Sergeant Pepper and Pet Sounds, and Bowers had a pioneering spirit to match. His ambition was revolutionary for the day, and remains so: to create a loudspeaker that neither adds nor takes away from the music. Bowers & Wilkins has been exploring the world of sound ever since. And they'll never settle for less than perfection.


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Customer Reviews

Very high quality sound.
Alicia Fillmore
The sound is detailed and smooth and the bass is solid with good impact even at low and middle volumes.
S. Samuelson
I would recommend for anyone looking to buy some expensive speakers, or decently priced anyway.
Anonymous

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

184 of 201 people found the following review helpful By TariTV on September 20, 2010
Style Name: Hi-Fi Speakers
These speakers are spectacular. Once upon a time I wrote the longest review on Amazon ever comparing the Bose Companion 5's with Klipsch THX and a set of Logitechs - all 2.1 speaker sets. The Bose Companion 5's won out for their bright clarity, surround effect, rich bass etc. What I started noticing, across every set that I have since then tried, was that I just got tired of listening. . I have now listened to probably 20 different ipod docks and self powered speaker solutions, have taken home 10, (and returned 7) and truly there is no sound quite as clear and perfect as these speakers.

I wanted to step it up from those first three units I tried and brought home three of what I thought would be the next top of the line contenders: AudioEngine's A5bookshelf speakers, Focal's 2.1 system with subwoofer, and the B&W MM-1s. I had them all connected for a week at the same time to my iMac via USB and stereo mini plug. Song by song, hour by hour I listened, and felt the music sitting, standing, dancing, working out. Sometimes I changed between the speakers several times within one song, back and forth, listening, feeling the following: Jazz like Diana Krall and Ray Charles, Rap like Fabolous and Missy Elliot, Oldies like Four Seasons and Elvis, R&B like Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera, tribal, dub, lounge like Thievery Corporation, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, soundtracks, musicals, classical, rock, Spanish Guitar like Ottmar Liebert, Spa music, a tiny tiny hint of country or Ozzy Osborn and even Disney soundtracks. Nothing came close to the sound of the B&Ws.

Here's what I found:
The AudioEngine A5's are powerful. They deliver hard hitting bass and seem to be very clear - until you hear something better. Their application is more for a party if you ask me.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By PreventRage on September 13, 2010
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Mmmm.

Perspective. I'm spoiled. And possibly a loon. For years I've been buying nicer and nicer "computer speakers" for games (and beeps). Next to them are a pair of 20 year old B&W Silver Signatures (amped by a Sonos ZonePlayer, please no purist hate mail, it's pretty good, really) (for music).

A few weeks ago the latest incarnation (Creative GigaWorks T40.2) suddenly started emitting a sound rather like an astronaut's popcorn machine. Four days after the 1-year warrantee ran out, it turns out.

One prodigal moment of retail therapy later, I had ordered a pair of MM1's.

I should probably point out that after a week or so of emails back and forth, Creative decided to replace the T40s after all. Rather gracious, really.

And now, a few days later, I've been listening to the MM1s for a couple of hours. They're freakishly nice. I think computer speakers are done. These are they. If you can afford them, buy them. Presumably if you can afford ridiculous toys like this then your time is worth rather a lot too. Don't spend any more of that on this topic.

I even tried comparing them to the Silver Sigs. Miraculously the MM1s are ... ok, well, they're not as good. Apparently I got a bit caught up in the moment. But maybe that's the point; they inspire delusions of grandeur.

They also get perfect marks when it comes to "logistics". They're small. They carry around their own amps and DACs. No subwoofer cube under the desk. They take a digital (USB) signal, so you don't have to listen to your hard drive motor. And they look sharp, without looking Apple.

Although I just might be starting to tire of blue LEDs.

And Dragon Age and StarCraft sound great. Just cranked up the audio channels to max and sat in the cantina listening to other people stirring their drinks. Lovely.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Smith on December 5, 2011
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I'm just going to give review readers a few words of advice to help decipher some of the reviews on this site. If you noticed, all the positive reviews are made by those with highly implied credentials--implied not only by their noted experience, but proven by their grammar. The negative reviews aren't backed by any substantial relativity to the product at hand. These speakers are an absolute steal for the price. They offer the whole package--high quality drivers, high quality amplification and top-notch signal processing--so no room for error. Although the performance of these is relatively seamless, you won't get good results without high-quality music--FLAC, WAV, or professionally recorded CDs. These are far beyond MP3s lossy compression, and if you try to use MP3s, you'll pay the price. Now, I'm going to address the most reoccurring negatives in the reviews. As for the apparent "lack of bass due to the lack of subwoofer," there is no lack of bass--speaking relatively. These obviously aren't designed to shake windows or move mass amounts or air; they're designed to accurately reproduce bass the way it was recorded, which it does almost flawlessly. It would seem obvious that these speakers aren't designed for SPL or subsonic exaggeration, but by some of the negative reviews, that fact isn't obvious enough. Also worth noting, these speakers should only be used via USB connection. The internal DAC isn't the only reason for this. There is an integrated equalization process that manipulates the frequency response to particularly suit these speakers exactly--another important part of the aforementioned "whole package." Another "flaw" these speakers apparently have is most typically refereed to as "moving out of the sweet spot.Read more ›
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