Excerpt: There are a lot of things to like about the new MM1 computer speakers from Bowers & Wilkins , the makers of the famous Zeppelin iPod dock/speaker. And while these don’t have the audacious design philosophy of the Zeppelin or even B&W’s legendary floor standing speakers, the MM1s stand-out on their own merits. They are clean, both in sound and design. And they are fastidiously accurate. The are desk-top speakers designed for what is called “near field” listening.
Pros: Perfectly balanced sound for near-field listening., Understated good looks - especially when matched with MacBook or iMac., Impeccable build quality.
Cons: If you want volume for volume's sake, look elsewhere., Expensive.
Conclusion: Hardly an overpriced design piece, the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 is a fantastic pair of high-end PC speakers worth saving up for.
Pros: Stellar audio performance with excellent clarity in mid and high frequencies. Laudable bass response without a subwoofer. Pulls audio from USB port for cleaner signal. Remote can control iTunes on your PC.
Cons: Expensive. Remote control is awkward to hold. Cables could be longer.
Excerpt: When I picked up the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers, I have to admit I was a bit nervous about shelling out $500 for 2.0 speaker set. Even after listening to them in the Apple store for a while, it was difficult to tell whether or not these speakers could live up to their steep price tag. Nonetheless, I bought them for my birthday and I do not regret it. These are amazing speakers. They produce crisp and clear sound. The highs, mids, and lows are excellent.
Excerpt: We’ve reviewed a number of great speakers, but we haven’t been this excited about a set of boom boxes since we laid hands on the eponymous Cambridge SoundsWorks MicroWorks in the very first issue of boot magazine—way back in September 1996. Listening to Peter Gabriel’s new album Scratch My Back on Bowers & Wilkins’ MM-1 computer speakers sent chills down our spines, a sensation rapidly followed by slack-jawed awe.
Excerpt: If you’ve been reading my posts over the past few years on a regular basis, you’ll know by know that I’m a self confessed audiophile . My iTunes library is full of lossless tracks that I’ve ripped from my growing CD collection (yes, until I can download music losslessly, I will continue to buy CDs and vinyls), but until now I haven’t had a truly great pair of speakers that can do all of those tracks justice.
Conclusion: In conclusion, when you combine their compactness, their stunning sound, their audio-purist friendly USB connectivity and their clean, minimalist and beautiful design I can confidently say that these are the best speakers I’ve tested thus far. Connecting them to a computer with anything other than their USB cable, however, would be an injustice and the remote is certainly something you could leave in the box.
Bowers & Wilkins' MM-1 PC speakers deliver great audio
Good Gear Guide.au
13 January 2011
Summary: For a company that also sells audiophile grade music online, we were ready to question the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1's limitation to 16-bit resolution digital audio. As it happens, this speaker system makes something of a silk purse out of CD-quality music. It's bouncy, infectiously rhythmic given half the chance, and incredibly wideband sounding.
Conclusion: At $699, the MM-1 is pricey, but you’re paying for far more than just a well-respected audio brand and pleasing design. These nicely balanced, detailed speakers sound great in the environment for which they were designed — atop a desk next to your laptop or computer monitor with your head within sneezing distance. And the MM-1’s DAC and improved headphone output make for a better headphone experience compared to plugging directly into your Mac.