Summary: I struggled on spending this much for speakers for my computer but it was totally worth it. Amazing sound quality and imaging. It took a little research to figure out the midi settings on my mac to get them to match the sampling rate the DAC was expecting but once it was setup, perfect sound.
Great speakers! Mac users: beware of Audio settings!
Nhat Le "Entreprenuer", Amazon
10 November 2013
Summary: I wasn't satisfied with the B&W MM1 anymore since I want to have a deeper soundstage and a clearer bass (not just the booming base, but a clear, well-defined bass). I actually got the first pair of MM1 but I gave to my dad. Don't get me wrong, this first MM1 is amazing and the soundstage is awesome, but then I had to buy a replacement pair. This time I'm not as impressed. Somehow the sound came out flat and uninteresting.
Summary: Purchased to use in an application where an amplifier would only complicate my situation. However, there are some limitations (I have 5 major issues with this setup): 1. uses 2 (seriously) heavy gauge cords. If you are installing in a bookcase, an open cabinet or have limited space to run wires....this thing has cords coming out it like crazy. (2 power cords, 1 USB connection, and possible multiple inputs).
Summary: When my computer speakers started sounding soft and without the intelligibility they used to produce I decided to go first class and I feel the kef's fill that bill. They have good punch and once I played around with levels and speaker positioning everything works to my satisfaction.
Summary: The audio engine 5+ with a Dragon Fly DAC sounded FAR superior and cost half as much. The KEFs sounds grainy and harsh. And the Aux input for an mp3 player didn't work at all. So maybe I got a bad pair, but for my money, I'm sticking with the Augioengine 5+. They are much louder, warmer and they work on all inputs!
Summary: Excellent speakers. Chose them over similar 2.0 bookshelf speaker systems partly because they look so awesome. But the sound these things crank out is amazing. Very wide and deep soundstage - positioning is incredible. You almost can't tell if the sound is coming out of those boxes or somewhere else. Bass is tight and not too overpowering. If you're used to a subwoofer, you may miss some of the lower end.
Summary: WOW! What a great sounding pair of speakers. The aesthetics and quality of this speaker are truly superb. Not only it sound very good with pc but when I connect to my Marantz CD6004 through analog the sound just as great. However through USB is where it shine IMO, it just sound cleaner more melodic. PS: When connect to my Macbook Pro through USB I got lots of static while playing but not with my desktop. Does anyone have this problem?
Summary: The speakers are very heavy and sturdy, beautifully designed. The quantity of the materials used are the best in its class. The DAC inside the speaker really express the music from your computer in HiFi quality. Base is strong, mid range is unbeatable, and high pich is a little bit stressful when volume is over 80% of its gain but generally great.
Summary: These speakers represent a novel approach to "computer sound." The design and execution make them well worth the price. Mine are still breaking in, but it's already clear that the limitation is going to be the quality of the digital source material, not the speakers. I have a "high end" sound system at home, but to be able plug-in and play this amazing self-contained system at work is a joy.