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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Hi-Fi Stereo Computer Speakers

by Bowers & Wilkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
Price: 399.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves
  • Streams audio directly from your computer via USB and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally
  • an aux line-in socket means you can hook up your speakers with almost anything
  • high-quality headphone output. When you plug your headphones directly into the speakers, the audio from your computer is enhanced by high quality DACs used in the MM-1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 17 cm ; 1.7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.2 Kg
  • Batteries 1 C batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: FP30163
  • ASIN: B003II3BM0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,427 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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  • Warning: Only for domestic use


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Product Description

Product Description

  MM-1 computer 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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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.

  Advanced technology

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 use 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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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 & Wilkins history

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 into creating the perfect loudspeaker. Many technologies developed in this project, are now found in all Bowers & Wilkins products.
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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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MM1 Speakers
Power supply
Power cable
Remote control
USB cable
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Product 26 Nov 2010
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These tiny speakers deliver amazing sound. I was expecting the speed and attack, but not the richness and depth. There is more bass than you would think possible. However the most amazing quality is the clarity. I find I am hearing new aspects of music I have heard dozens of times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous sound and design 29 Dec 2010
Lucky enough to be given a pair of these as a Christmas present. The sound is incredible for its size, really good luxuriant base tones but also with superb upper range crisp treble. The main powered unit does get a little warm but I've not experienced any problems with this (will update in 3 months time). They also look really good and my only gripe would be the cost, but then they were a present so happy all round !!!! ;o)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-fi for your desktop 5 Mar 2013
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These speakers are almost ridiculously expensive! 400 for a pair of tiny boxes, 6" high and 3" deep, that sit on your desk? Surely they cannot possibly be worth that kind of money?

Well, I'm afraid they can. These are B&W's answer for people who want PC speakers that sound musical, rather than the usual shrill treble and artificially-enhanced thudding subwoofer bass. These are not for gaming, or for watching movies (although I'd imagine they'd be just as good for those activities) - they are for listening to music. If you are a hi-fi buff who despairs of the sound of typical PC speakers, these are for you.

They are active speakers in the hi-fi sense of the word - one amplifier for each bass and treble driver, with a DSP crossover. (This is expensive technology such as is found on serious hi-fi speakers.) They can be connected via USB to a PC or Mac, thus bypassing the soundcard in the PC, but I am using mine with the line out of a Sonos music streamer, playing lossless rips from my CDs. The highest praise I can give them is that I have just sat here for the evening playing album after album as I worked at my PC, and not once did I feel there was anything lacking in the sound. Every PC speaker I have heard has annoyed me - either there's too much hum and hiss, or the treble is too shrill, or the bass has only one note and doesn't integrate, or there is no stereo image and the sound is a mess. But with the MM-1s, I just sat and enjoyed the music.

They are designed as near-field monitors - don't expect them to fill a room with sound. They seem to perform best about 2 feet apart, with the listener sitting about the same distance away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing! 8 Dec 2012
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I wasn't sure if spending so much on a desktop speaker was a good idea, I already had the Bose Companion 3 speakers, which cost 250. So I wasn't sure if these would be any better, oh how I was wrong - they are mind-blowing! I previous had a high end HiFi setup worth 1500, but sold it due to never being able to turn it up, so I got these for my office and they genuinely have the same hifi quality sound to them, I had almost forgotten how good hifi sounded.

I have a Creative X-Fi card, so tried both the USB (Digital) connection, verses using the aux input from the X-Fi soundcard, the result was that the digital input (using the MM1s D to A Converter) was significantly better.

So the added bonus is I can also sell my soundcard to cover the cost!

Overall so pleased, Easily 5 stars and well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great solution 5 Dec 2012
By gnomen
I have had these for two years and they remain a great solution if you want to listen to music from iTunes and/or while working. They do sound best in the near field range so wont fill a room as much as some products. Value is great when you consider you get dual drivers in each enclosure, amp and DAC all neatly packaged.

About 6 months ago I bought a DAC for my main hi-fi which I can drive from a laptop using Pure Music software. Pure Musicsi [...] bypasses the sound output from iTunes itself and supplies a much cleaner signal to the DAC and you can certainly hear the difference.

I then tried Pure Music on the desktop machine in my study, along with the MM-1s, not expecting to notice much, and because I had already purchased the license. Well, the improvement is amazing. Clearly demonstrates the reserves of clarity these little units have. PM is not cheap but I strongly recommend any MM-1 owner to try it. There is a 30-day demo period available. You will be amazed!

If I had to re-construct my entire hi-fi environment on a low budget, MM-1s + Pure Music would be the way to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sound for my PC ever 11 April 2013
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Had a lot of top quality speakers for my PC before but none of them compare to the tone, range and quality of these.

I know they're hellishly expensive but if you listen to music on your computer they're well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning in every respect 16 Oct 2012
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I love these. The review could end there but I think they deserve more. One, they are small so I feared that they wouldn't deliver on their promise but I was so wrong. They deliver at low, medium and high volumes and the detail of the sound is simply stunning. My only tiny gripe is that I wanted to extend the reach between the left and right speakers and to do so cost me 16 for a 1M extension. I did feed back to B&W that their literature fails to mention the length of the supplied cable anywhere in their pre-sales bumf or their supplied documentation.

They also look great in a subtle "confident" manner. If you can spare the money (life's too short!) then go for it - you certainly won't regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Hi-Fi Stereo Computer Speakers
I bought these to produce an adequate level of sound for the noisy kitchen at work. We normally run them with an old laptop and an extended usb from my office on occasion we run... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I have always been a huge B&W fan , i have some old 601's and some 603's for my home cinema , when it come to my office though i had a set of 601's there as well but it was to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DaveMark
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the MM-1
I bought these a few days ago. Within seconds of turning them on I was impressed. Acoustic music and Jazz sound incredibly clear and although the bass isn't as big as maybe I'd... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wireless Mac Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Hi Fi
These speakers are awesome. I was sceptical whether they could live up to the good reviews but they definitely do. Read more
Published 3 months ago by the main man
5.0 out of 5 stars These are NOT PC speakers, these are..........
too good for your desk top! Just fired these babies up and I'm all most in tears with the quality of the sound. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith Manaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I would say, it's one of best desktop speakers I've ever had. Nice sound quality. It's not expensive if you prefer B&W's sound signature so it's worth for your money.
Published 6 months ago by iamton3
4.0 out of 5 stars These are a grower...
I bought these on the strength of all the glowing reviews on the net.

Coming from an aged 5. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gadget Fancier
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to be significantly improved to justify premium price
Having recently purchased the Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II for my laptop from Amazon, I am able to do a direct comparison with the MM-1 speakers which I also own. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Snoopy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
These are a pair of absolute gems and words really do not do them justice. Yes they are expensive but they are worth every single penny. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tom Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion for the new iMac.
After ten years of getting by with the 2002 G4 iMac I treated myself just before Christmas to the new super thin iMac. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kim Hatton
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