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  • With all the hype going around the new Bowers and Wilkins MM1s, I decided to go ahead and pick up and test a pair for myself
  • In my opinion, you won't find a better looking pair of desktop speakers than these
  • I must say that based on my experience, these will really exceed even the most die-hard sound purist
  • If you are looking for the best pair of semi-portable speakers on the market, and don't care about the price, then most definitely you should not ignore the MM1s

    • by Chelsea Downs
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      With all the hype going around the new Bowers and Wilkins MM1s, I decided to go ahead and pick up and test a pair for myself. Being somewhat of an audiophile who has listened to probably 40+ speakers systems, ranging from lousy desktop speakers to full on systems, I have quite a high standard. I must say that the pair of MM1s far exceeded all my expectations! Read below for the full review.

      Bowers and Wilkins MM1 Active Multimedia Speakers

      Design: In my opinion, you won’t find a better looking pair of desktop speakers than these. From the moment you pull them out of


      the box, you’ll be amazed at the sleek and compact design, and the sturdy heft of the units. The speakers have solid aluminum trimming around the center and on the top. These really look like they’ve just been pulled out of an apple store.

      Tech Specs: (The “boring” part; if you only care about how they sound, well, skip ahead!)

      Most desktop sized speakers have really, really, bad sounding miniature tweeters, or poor “pseudo-amps” that really don’t sound that great, especially at high volumes. The MM1s are an exception. Each speaker has two dedicated drivers, one for treble ranges, and the other for midranges and even lower bass.

      Like many high-end $1000+ systems, the MM1s are really hyping a feature call “tube-loaded” design. This is essentially designed to reduces the annoying echo which distorts sounds at high levels on other speakers. The net effect of this should better sounding highs, along with the awesome bass it already has.

      Real-World Performance Ultimately though, sound is really what matters in the end. If a speaker doesn’t sound good to you, it isn’t worth its price tag, no matter what.

      So how do the MM1 desktop speakers do in a real world situation?

      I must say that based on my ...


      • Bowers & Wilkins MM1 Active Multimedia Speakers
      experience, these will really exceed even the most die-hard sound purist. On the highs, I got crystal clear projection, in an empty room of about 15′by 20′. (Note that furniture, wall material, and room shape will all change the sound to a certain degree). In the same room, the basswas equally stunning. The sounds produced are consistently rich and fruity, at least for desktop speakers. However, I did experience just a slight bit of distortion when turning up the volume. However, nothing that would be noticeable in a real office or home situation.

      The only real negative to these speakers is the price.

      Is any desktop speaker set really worth $500?

      The question really is whether you willing to chalk up $500 for a pair of desktop speakers. If you are looking for the best pair of semi-portable speakers on the market, and don’t care about the price, then most definitely you should not ignore the MM1s. However, if you really want spectacular lows and don’t care about size, these probably aren’t for you, as many larger sized systems will have better bass for a lower price.

      Ultimately though, the decision is up to you. But if you want a really, really, great pair of desktop speakers, look no further!




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