87

conclusion:We like it

87

There's no question these speakers will deliver great sound to your desktop, if you're prepared to spend $500, and if the audio files on your PC are up to the task. The downside is that these speakers are truly designed for just one task. Don't consider them for your home theater or iPod; they're designed to get optimal sound out of a computer, via a direct USB connection, and to be used on a desktop. That may make it hard to justify spending $500 on them, but if you spend your days sitting at your desk listening to lossless files, they may well be worth it.

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Critic reviews

8.8
11 reviews
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    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.9
  • Durability
    8.3

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User reviews

9.3
10 reviews
9.0
Macworld Apr 12, 2010

If you have the money and are particular about sound—even the sound coming from your Mac—you owe it to yourself to audition the MM-1.

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8.0
CNET May 18, 2010

We found a lot to like about the B&W MM-1 multimedia speakers, but their $500 price tag gives us pause.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 23, 2010

Hardly an overpriced design piece, the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 is a fantastic pair of high-end PC speakers worth saving up for.

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8.0
Wired Apr 19, 2010

The depth of sound excels across genres and mediums, which makes these a welcome addition to any home office. While these units are much slimmer than M-Audio’s AV 40s, the sound couldn’t quite reach their level. And the $300 price difference makes it hard to favor look over function.

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9.0
PC Advisor Jun 17, 2010

Design and construction are first-class, a stylish wrapper over the most supremely musical desktop PC speakers we’ve heard to date. Speakers this small have absolutely no right to sound so damn good.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 10, 2010

If you’ve got the cash and want to quickly and easy improve the audio performance of your computer with something that looks sensational, then you won’t be disappointed with the performance that the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 offer.

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8.0
Home Theater Review Jul 14, 2010

For enthusiasts on the go who listen to music via portable or computer-based sources ... the MM-1s may be the ideal lifestyle speaker. For the rest of us just looking to bring some of that Bowers & Wilkins magic to our home office, office or desktop - look no further than the MM-1s.

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10
Maximum PC Jun 23, 2010

We’d like to tell you that the MM-1 is comparably priced ... but 500 clams puts it at the opposite end of the spectrum. If you’re as passionate about audio quality as you are about the rest of the components in your rig, on the other hand, that’s not such a high price to pay.

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10
TrustedReviews May 27, 2010

There was never any doubt in our minds that the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers would be something special and, lo and behold, they are. They look stunning and sound even better - truly, PC audio has never had it so good.

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10
TechRadar Feb 14, 2011

Dispersion is stunning, the sound being highly consistent almost anywhere roughly in front of the speakers and the imaging is excellent.

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9.0
The Gadgeteer Apr 20, 2010

The MM-1s are as clean in their design as in their sound. If you appreciate musicality and detail over sheer volume in your music and find yourself spending hours and hours at a computer, then you should hear the MM-1s. B&W have designed near perfect speakers to please an audience of one – you.

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9.0
thesheep thesheep

These things are very expensive, no doubt. But the sound is so precise and clear, that it is probably just about worth it, if you are a perfectionist :) Despite their size the speakers sound amazingly balanced. Although it is not a 'big' sound like a set of full-sized hi-fi speakers, they have...

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10
TechEnthu TechEnthu

If you do not want complications, bits and pieces to clutter your workspace but demand something 'superb,' Grab these! :) This is by far the most impressive pair of computer speakers. Also the most expensive. My first impression happened a year ago at a local Mac reseller in town. They have...

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9.0
taoybb taoybb

Sound is perfect! Hi-range is so clear. Show many fine detail. Not sharp easy to listen. Mid-range is clear. Low/Bass is much as they said "No need Subwoofer" Overall sound is GREAT! Sweety,Sound Stage is nicely, Balanced Sound. Important thing is speaker position, It's very effect to this...

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10
poki poki

Built completely from solid aluminum, the B&W MM-1 not only impress with a small footprint and incredible build quality but also with a sound quality that's awesome. They're clearly tuned to listen music in front of a computer screen, i.e. while only being less than a meter away from the set,...

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10
skjetne skjetne

The sound is perfect! If you're looking for speakers for your laptop or desktop, and don't want a subwoofer, theres no other alternative! Bought both Bose companion 20 and these, and there wasn't even a doubt in my mind!

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8.0
pdavide pdavide

Crispy and powerful as you wouldn't expect from such small speakers. Only downside, they don't come with a dedicated bag. I travel a lot, and they are supposed to be portable, that was the whole point of spending more than $400 on them: they are small and they can come with me wherever I go....

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