B&W MM-1 Computer Speakers

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Product information

MM-1s aren’t like other computer speakers. They’re true hi-fi speakers, shrunk to fit on your desktop. So they don’t just look great – they sound amazing, transforming your computer into a superb hi-fi stereo sound system. But then you’d expect nothing less from Bowers and Wilkins, the makers of the award-winning Zeppelin iPod speaker, not to mention some of the most advanced studio speakers in the world.

Once they were for filling out spreadsheets and typing letters. Now computers are used for almost everything: socializing, 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.

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.

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 we've 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.

Some of B&W’s most pioneering technology has found its way into the MM-1. The tweeters, for example, incorporate the tube-loaded design the company first developed for their famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds. You’ll find the same technology in their studio-standard speakers, used by the likes of Abbey Road Studios.

There’s an art to producing a big sound from small speakers and it’s thanks to a clever piece of electronic fine-tuning called Digital Signal Processing. 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.

MM-1 makes private listening a pleasure, thanks to its 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, producing a sound that’s a noticeable improvement over the standard PC or Mac headphone output.

Computer speakers normally have to rely on the wildly varying quality of the computer's analogue output signal. MM-1 is different. It streams audio directly from your computer via USB and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally. So you'll always get the best possible audio quality, independent of the computer output.

Please note: Even though the MM-1 is designed for computers, an aux line-in socket means you can hook up your speakers with almost anything, including your iPod or CD and DVD players (cable not included).

Brand
Bowers & Wilkins
Connections
3.5mm audio out, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB for software updates
Dimensions
H17 x W10 x D10cm
Eligible for International Delivery
NO
Model name / number
MM-1
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
NO
Power Supply
Mains
Radio tuner
NO
Speaker output Information The total output measured in watts. The higher the number, the louder the sound!
4x 18W
Weight
2x 0.85kg

Delivery

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Free

Next, named or Saturday UK delivery.

£6.95

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£9.95

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Q & As

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B&W MM-1 Computer Speakers 4.7 5 17 17
What a fantastic pair of desktop speakers I was looking for a suitable pair of desktop speakers, and these really exceeded my expectations. The build quality is superb, but when connected to my iMac, well the sound is just magical. There's a depth to the sound, and for such small speakers, the bass is also remarkable. I'm using them almost continuously, and have yet to find any type of music that doesn't get enhanced by them. All in all, expensive, yes, but if you want quality sound, B&W have produced another winner. 01 April 2014
My music comes to life These are quite astonishing speakers. I have 800+ albums of music in every genre from American Minimalism, via Classical, Jazz, Techno, Pop, and House, to folk and world music stored via iTunes on a Mac computer, but the sound quality of these speakers has transformed my library and my listening, so much so, that I now hear familiar music with new depth and subtlety. The Bowers & Wilkins effect is that I now notice and look for higher bit rates and sample rates for my music downloads. It's called "lossless" and with speakers like these, I'm High-Fidelity at my desk. Awesome. 30 March 2014
Fab sound!! Having B & W speakers for my surround system in the lounge i know how good their products are!! These are a mini version of their larger speakers and not lacking in any of B & W's quality. The sound and clarity is outstanding when connected and set up has been done via usb connection (please read the instructions if you buy this product!!) The speakers look absolutely fab next to my Mac just a wee-big bonus!! 02 January 2013
Great sounding speakers, highly recommend These speakers are brilliant! I had the B&W P5 headphones first so decided to get these too to replace an old Bose 2.1 system I had which broke. Speakers are great, even without a sub-woofer, go very loud, and are made very solidly. They're expensive but you pay for the fantastic sound quality. From reading other reviews people are comparing these to Bose systems of a similar price and say that these do not give you the 3D sound (as if sound is coming from all directions in the room) but the B&W give you the sound as the artist intended it to be. In my opinion these have a nicer sound, but you should really try the two side-by-side if you're really picky about it. If you want airplay, B&W are shortly going to be releasing (if not already) a version of these like the Sonos play3 and 5 models for £100 more or so. 04 October 2012
Superb sound & a design to match Really delighted with these speakers. The sound is simply superb and the build quality is exceptional and reassuringly weighty and solid. The ability to simply plug in and use an iphone, ipod etc without the computer being on is a particularly nice feature. The volume and power controls have a positive click yet are very discreet, and the cable management system is equally well designed. Not cheap, but uncompromising quality throughout I'd say. 02 May 2012
Stylish Speakers We bought these to use with our Samsung LED TV as its sound is so tinny. These speakers connect through the headphone out socket on the TV using the cable supplied. The sound is more than adequate and much better than the TV. We only have a small room & didn't want a surround-sound system or ugly sound bar so these speakers are ideal. They look very smart on our glass TV stand. The only downside is that we now have yet another remote control and this one is small enough to lose very easily. 03 March 2012
Simply the best What can i say about these speakers great build quality the sound is fantastic the clarity is perfect the looks are clean. The feel quality is second none. The price may be expensive but well worth the money. 23 December 2011
Good but flawed You probably won’t find a nicer sounding pair of dedicated computer speakers. If you connect via USB, digital music tracks will be converted to audio in the speakers themselves, courtesy of a high quality digital to analogue converter. Consequently with high quality sources, you will hear a detailed, refined presentation. Bass is also very pleasant although don’t expect the MM-1s to go very loud. This is fine if you are sitting in front of your PC, but not much good for those who want to fill a room with loud music. That’s not me, but I’ve read that other buyers have purchased these, expecting them to become their main source of music. Not unreasonable given their price. Probably of greater concern are a couple of very annoying design flaws 1. The on/off/mute switch is on the left hand side of the right speaker, making it difficult to access it without moving the speaker away from the computer screen. Why? 2. Probably a more serious issue is the length of the connecting cable between the speakers. It’s long enough to allow you to place the speakers either side of one, even two large screens, but it won’t stretch to either end of a standard office desk. And you can’t buy a longer one! I wish now that I’d bought the Bose Companion 20s or stuck with my Vita R2i DAB/iPod doc. Both of these offer much better value for money and in terms of sound quality, the Vita makes the MM-1s sound like a pair of dedicated computer speakers with a ridiculously short connecting cable… You pay your money and make your choice. But remember, sometimes less is more. 14 December 2011
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£399.00


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