• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for the price

    • Written by from Honolulu

    The MM-1's external DAC isn't the best out there but it does improve the audio quality. The sound from these speakers is very clear, so clear low resolution MP3's will sound like rubbish. However if you feed Apple Lossless into these speakers they shine. Classical music and vocal tracks sound superb. They are lacking in bass power but for clarity they blow everything else out of the water. It would be hard to beat their clarity without spending a lot more on a high end audiophile setup. Also the external DAC does a good job of driving headphones. My QC2's sounded more crisp and clean on the bass.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extreme sound metallization and imagine

    • Written by from Toronto

    Wait till they open up and you going to be amazed. Worth every penny.

    1. Extremely natural sound. No hypes or metallic trebles.
    2. Very accurate imaging.
    3. Accurate sound representation.
    4. Surprisingly strong and rich bass
    5. Fantastic trebles
    6. Superb mids

    Wires are somewhat thick. Won't bother you if your deck is against the wall though. Some people complaining about wire being short but it is more than enough for 27 or 30" display.

    Some musics has just opened up for me with beautiful details i've never noticed before.

    P.S. Yes, they are way better than Bose Companion 5 if you listen to music while working. For gaming and movies Bose has a point with their surround, bigger than life sound.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay...these ROCK!

    • Written by from KAILUA

    Wow...just...wow. If you can afford these bad boys, pick them up! Warm tones, great bass, good highs, nice balance of bass and highs, just amazing all around sound. A couple things: Do not put these behind anything (I know, DUH). I thought I could put them slightly behind my Imac's monitor, but the sound suffers significantly if they're covered even a little bit. The right side will run kind of hot, but try not to worry. Also, maybe it's just me, but it took a little bit for me to truly appreciate the sound these give off...Try playing something from all the genres you like and see your positive opinion of these grow...By the way, the audio sweet spot is right in front of them, so if you're going to show them off, have the person sit down where you normally sit...and if you've used an equalizer on your ipod settings, take 'em off, or at least give them a listen WITHOUT eq...I was amazed how much better these sounded when I turned the eq off...
    I know, they don't have a subwoofer (they're 2.0, not 2.1), but if you aren't trying to shake the walls of the room you're using these in, you will be pleasantly surprised how much low end these have.
    Just to make sure these were as good as I thought, I compared these to the Bose music monitors, the 2.0 set that seemed to be the closest in positive reviews and price. The Bose have brighter highs, but the lows and overall sound balance can't even come CLOSE to the MM-1s.
    If price is an issue, ask people to give you apple store cards for your birthday and Christmas, and get yourself a pair! BONUS: you can plug it into the USB and STILL plug in your ipod to the AUX...awesome! I gave these only four stars because their price will keep a lot of people who could really appreciate these from getting them...boo!
    p.s. I saw in some reviews that the sound suffers if you play bad quality mp3s on these...have not had that problem.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound

    • Written by from kihei

    These really are amazing speakers. Had them about a week now hooked up to my MacBook Pro listening to CDs, DVDs, iTunes and streaming radio. I never really thought there was much difference between 128kbps and 192kbps, but realize now that was only because I was listening on lower quality equipment. With these speakers you can easily hear a big difference. (Can only imagine what "lossless" would sound like...) And I guess that speaks to their quality. I repeatedly find myself just closing my eyes and soaking in the amazing clarity and bass. Physical scale and cabling details are also impressive. Well worth the price.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 are good but not great

    • Written by from Camberley

    I am a big fan of B&W products owning the MT-30 cinema system, the Zeppelin and the P5 headphones so it was an easy decision to get the MM-1s to accompany my 27" iMac.

    The aesthetics sat next to the iMac are simply great and with no extra subwoofer they are a neat and tidy solution for that minimalist look. Now onto how they sound. They sound good - the highs in particular are very taut but they seem to be lacking to my ears in terms of overall fullness of the sound they produce.

    On my PC rig I have their direct competitors the Bose Companion 5 - it is an easy choice for me if I wish to listen to some music or watch a movie I use the Bose.

    Not that I am a Bose fan they just simply sound better with a much warmer sound on vocals and better stereo separation.

    I don't regret the MM-1s they are good - but for the money there is better.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Important tip for using with iPod or other auxiliary source

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    I am using these mostly to play what's on my iPod. I initially thought the sound wasn't all that, wasn't worth the money, etc. I forgot that ages ago I had turned on the EQ feature on my iPod to 'electronic,' which sounded better with the headphones I was using. By turning EQ off, I instantly understood what everyone was saying in the other reviews. They sound great. No five stars only because of the price and a few little niggly things with the remote, which I won't go into here.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to 2011

    • Written by from Victoria

    Finally a high end pair of speakers that look amazing, and sound phenomenal.

    If you like the best, get these.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 Speakers

    • Written by from Dallas

    To tell you the truth, I was very disappointed in these speakers when I received them. I also need to tell you that I am somewhat hearing impaired in the high freq range. I found them to have too much bass for me to understand lower freq sounds in movies (I watch almost everything on my iMac). I finally found Boom a $5 app (I am not affiliated) and after finding the right setting in the equalizer am finding them to be EXCELLENT speakers. Music is spectacular.

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Sound...

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    The range of sound is amazing, great highs, great lows, but everything in-between is where it counts. And these speakers have that. These are computer speakers, don't expect to fill a warehouse full of music, that said they are not quiet either. There is not a better set of speakers out there for your computer! Worth every penny!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well-balanced Sound

    • Written by from Everett

    These are my first high-quality speakers being used with a computer, replacing a set of JBL Creature IIs and sitting next to a set of SoundStick IIs. First, a disclaimer - if you want floor-thumping heavy bass, go find a 2.1 system. Judging from a number of reviews on here, many folks' music taste must run towards bass-heavy music.

    What you will find (after a suitable burn-in period) is incredibly balanced and detailed sound that will shock you coming from a package this size. Great sound stage, clean and precise reproduction of your music (as is the B+W signature sound). As many others have said, you'll see the best sound using the onboard DAC through USB, and these will really shine with lossless music files.

    Hope you enjoy them like I have!

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice, but not enough

    • Written by from HARLAN

    Fantastic sound
    Nice remote
    Perfect for the cubicle sized room or a dorm

    Not powerful enough for a midsize room in a home

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Sound

    • Written by from Fullerton

    I cannot recommend these speakers more highly. They're outstanding.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I've had these speakers for about 2 weeks now and have run them in well.

    I purchased them based on my experience with B&W loudspeakers I do and have owned in the past, and the reviews here and other web resources. I currently have B&W 803S loudspeakers in my home sound system. I'm quite willing to pay for quality.

    I also had a Lexus with a Nakamichi system and the Toyota I currently own has the JBL system.

    I replaced 12 year-old Monsoons with these MM-1 speakers.

    I have to say I am quite disappointed with the MM-1. The mid-to-high sound is excellent. But regarding the mid-to-low sound I am very disappointed.

    I wasn't expecting bass on the level of any of the other systems I have. But what I wasn't expecting was the almost complete lack of any bass, and even the mid range is very lacking.

    Music sounds pretty good. I would rate that as adequate. Game audio is simply pathetic.

    I'm sure I could have done better with <$200 speakers from Radio Shack.

    21 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Ever!

    • Written by from Adrian

    I am particular about these types of things and these speakers greatly exceeded by expectations. Much much better than BOSE. I cannot believe the sound quality - well worth the price. I am going to look for other B&W items and would recommend these speakers to everyone.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth The Cash

    • Written by from Peace River

    Bottom line is that I would replace these if they ever broke!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Quality

    • Written by from Keswick

    After listening to the B&W MM-1's in the Apple store I had the serious wants..lol. Well, the jolly fat guy brought them on Xmas. Nice crisp,bright sound with the right amount of bass. I'm using them with a MacBook Air 11" and monitor. Take advantage of the USB connection. I'm very pleased with this product and would recommend
    these speakers.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    sexy. but...

    • Written by from PORTAGE

    i bought these for my office at my production building as i loved the design. a few days later i was in an electronics store and took a listen to the Bose system 5 as it was almost the same price. the Bose comes with an subwoofer which sits on the floor under my desk while the B&O are only desk top. i played them both and the B&O went back the next day. no comparison.

    31 of 101 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    ALWAYS ON! Standby mode doesn't come on...

    • Written by

    I just got the MM-1 speakers and i notice that they do NOT go into standby mode - ever! I need to physically turn them off each time i turn off my PC and turn them back on each and every time i turn on my PC in the morning.

    i've never ever had a single pair of computer speakers that do not have an "auto on/off" feature that turns off its electronics, including amplifiers (this MM-1 has FOUR amplifiers built-in) when there is no signal for a certain period of time. This is akin to a subwoofer's auto on/off idea.

    I wonder if it's a B&W mistake, design error, or something else?

    do please note that the right speaker, the one containing all the electronics incl the amplifiers, the top plate gets VERY hot, as is the experience with most users. i don't believe that the heat will ruin the speakers, but it's certainly not good for them, but that's something most of us can live with while the PC is on and while we're using the speakers/PC, but NOT when we have the speakers and the PC turned off, say, for example, all night long each and every night, or when we go away for a long weekend! What if we go on a vacation for 2 weeks, 3 weeks? We turn off our computers, and expect that all peripherals turn themselves off - as ALL other computer speakers do! No, in this case, it would appear that one would have to press "off/standby/on" each time you turn on or off your computer.

    may i ask if someone at B&W or Apple has extensive experience with these and can shed more light on this?

    fyi: at this point (only several days of ownership), i'm only using them via the Aux input via mini plug. it is the most standard configuration of any PC speaker use, which is the mini output of the back of a PC's sound card (or the sound card component of one's motherboard, and simply plugs into the Aux output in the back of the right MM-1 speaker (not the bottom). I have not yet tried the USB input option.

    Thx in advance.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Kulpmont

    I got these Speakers for Christmas, I had the Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System. The B&W MM-1's blow the Bose out of the water. I have to give them 5 stars.....

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Newport Coast

    I've never been a big computer speaker guy. Loved boom boxes and stereo. These completely changed my opinion! These two little speakers are amazing and I get on my computer in a completely different light. They blow away computer speakers and they are basically like having a Zep or Bose 10 without having to buy another iPod. Awesome speakers.

    16 of 19 people found this useful