Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Computer Speakers Reviewed

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• The MM-1's sound is smooth, refined and a touch laid back if played back at reasonable volumes, making them ideal for a wide variety of music and lower resolution music files.
• The MM-1s image like stand mounted monitor loudspeakers, which is something few, if any, desktop or computer speakers can claim.
• The MM-1's bass performance isn't going to plunge as deep as some, but the bass that is present is far more composed, taut and musical than what I was expecting from a computer or desktop speaker.
• While I generally hate remotes, especially ones modeled after nature, the MM-1's river rock-shaped remote is actually quite handy and simple enough to operate from memory in a matter of seconds.

Low Points
• While the MM-1s sound very good, they can and will distort if pushed to hard, and when they go-they really go.
• At louder volumes the MM-1's bass does lose a bit of its composure and begins to give up the ghost, compressing and sounding very digital.
• The top of the right speaker can get very hot to the touch, thanks to its internal amplifiers and power components.

Conclusion
I'm not going to say the $499.95 MM-1s from Bowers & Wilkins are cheap as far as computer speakers go, because they're not. However, in comparison to other computer speakers out there, they are far more musical and sound more like traditional monitor loudspeakers than anything you're going to find today. While Bowers & Wilkins may brand the MM-1s as desktop or computer speakers, I found them to be far more versatile than that. Over the course of my evaluation I mated the MM-1s to my Apple iPad for a Sooloos-like system on the cheap. I mated them to my bedroom HDTV for a more full-bodied two-channel movie and music experience. I even mated them to an old AirPort Express Station I had lying around the house for a wireless, whole home audio solution. Truth be told, I wish Bowers & Wilkins offered a wall mounting solution for the MM-1s, for I think it would open them up to a whole new realm of possibilities beyond simply tethering them to a computer or laptop. For enthusiasts on the go who listen to music via portable or computer-based sources, who live in apartments and/or small bungalows, 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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HTR Product Rating for Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Computer Speakers

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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