Bowers & Wilkins, known better as B&W Loudspeakers, are responsible for some of the finest-sounding and arguably the most elegantly designed loudspeakers on the planet. From the legendary Nautilus Loudspeaker on down, Bowers & Wilkins has built their brand on excellence. While it's not uncommon for a luxury brand to venture into budget waters, none do it with quite the panache of Bowers & Wilkinsand the LM1 loudspeaker reviewed here.
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The LM1, or Leisure Monitor 1, retails for $175 ($875 for an all-LM1 surround sound system) apiece. It looks as if it stepped from an exhibit at MOMA. The LM1 is Bowers & Wilkins through and through, with its extruded tweeter giving the LM1 a sort of mini-802 feel. The LM1 comes in a wide variety of colors, which include Pearl White, Black, Silver, Turquoise (yes, Turquoise) and Burgundy Red, each of which are exquisite and add to the LM1's stylistic and décor-friendly flair.
The LM1 features a single one-inch tweeter, resting above a five-inch bass/midrange driver. The LM1 has a reported frequency response of 75Hz-20kHz, so a sub is required for full-range performance, but not to worry, for there are three subs in the LM1 family that fill the bill perfectly. The LM1 is rather efficient at 91dB and carries a rather benign eight-ohm load, making it an ideal speaker for a receiver-based home theater. Out of the box, the LM1 is table or wall-mountable-ready and comes with the necessary hardware for each situation.
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