Bowers & Wilkins VM1 Speakers and AS1 Subwoofer Reviewed
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When my workday is done, I like to slide into my deep sofa chair, sling my legs over one wonderfully tall armrest and lean my head back against the other. With everyone else's agenda behind me, I can relax and rewind. I sometimes choose to listen to music; one of my favorite DVD-Audio discs: Faith Hill's Cry is soothing to my soul and I find her music restoring. That great big sofa chair is also wonderful to watch movies from.
To me, home theater is a part of my lifestyle. Though it hasn't always been that way. In the early days, I had front and rear speakers that were nothing more than large pieces of furniture with transducers in them. Installed in a small condo, this made for a rude intrusion.
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With the ever-growing popularity of plasma displays, many companies are moving towards an in-wall or on-wall solution for sound. In keeping with the clean and un-intrusive nature of the plasma, many consumers are settling for cheap, poor-performing home theatre in-a-box solutions. The thought of degrading a wonderful picture by adding poor sound makes me cringe, but until recently there haven't been a whole lot of high-performance options...
Unique Features - The B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) VM1 is an extension of the highly acclaimed LM1 (Leisure Monitor) speaker line. The VM1s are a flexible speaker, able to occupy all five positions in a home theater setup with little intrusion. Each can be mounted vertically or horizontally on a wall bracket (included) or affixed to an optional floor stand. There are also small foot-type stands included that are highly effective. The VM1 is slim and slender in design and comes in a silver, black or white finish. As a center channel speaker, the VM1 can be laid horizontally or placed vertically on its short foot stand atop your TV, The body of the VM1 is molded of a high-strength polypropylene, and features contemporary styling, including a tactile elastomeric trim. B&W's dimpled Flowport is integrated into the rear of each VM1 speaker. On the front is the B&W logo tag that is also flexible--able to rotate according to the speaker's vertical or horizontal positioning.
Competition and Comparison
You can compare B&W's VM1 speakers and AS1 subwoofer against other products by reading our reviews for the Spendor S-3 subwoofer and the Revel F12 speakers and B110 subwoofer. You can also find more information by visiting our Subwoofer and Floorstanding Speaker sections or our B&W brand page.
The AS1 subwoofer is an active, entry-level subwoofer equipped with an 85-watt amplifier. Bass extension passes through a 6.5-inch woofer with a frequency range of 27Hz to 100Hz and also has a selectable music/movie mode. The music/movie switch operates easily for precise presentation of material with a frequency response of 34-75Hz (music) and 27-75Hz (movie). This switch is a unique offering in a subwoofer, as is its location: conveniently, along with the volume level switch, on the top surface of the sub, other than on the rear panel where many other subwoofer brands offer their controls.
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