• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for their intended use

    I purchased the MM-1s to supplement the built-in speakers on my ACD, and they are fantastic for that purpose in a beautiful form factor. There is no question that their price demands incredible performance, but they deliver when listening to music in front of the computer at reasonable volumes. Full and rich, but very defined and detailed. They are not designed to replace your stereo speakers or fill a room with sound or bass, and if that's what you want, purchase something else (Bose Companion 20s or Audessey LES). Two issues: (1) The MM-1s do not shut down automatically, and the right speaker will stay quite hot even if just sitting there. So you have to treat them like a real mini-stereo system and turn them off when not in use. (For me, not a huge deal as the ACD speakers automatically switch on when the MM-1s are off, which is a nice feature of the USB connection.) (2) The MM-1s produce a faint hiss when on. You need to be in a very quite room to hear it, but it's there and will only go away if you mute the speakers or turn them off. If I had more room, I likely would have gone with something else, but there's no 2.0 speaker set up out there that gives this level of performance in such a small size. If that's what you want, the cost can be justified (barely...).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Say all the wonderful things you want to about the sound, but the imaging just blows me away! It's so much more than left or right. It's all just there, beautifully laid out in front of you! It's such a treat to hear and see your music!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, lousy remote

    Although this may not be the most common usage, I have connected these speakers to my TV and they provide crisp, powerful sound free of distortion. These speakers sound fantastic without a ton of cables and equipment, and are far superior to the tinny, buzzy afterthoughts in the TV.

    I am deducting a star because of the awful remote control. It looks stylish but functionally it is really annoying and not in keeping with the high quality of the speakers. First, it is small and slippery. Try it with dry winter hands. The buttons are small and they all look and feel the same. The labeling is printed in gray on the black plastic, and is very small. The design is so symmetrical that it is hard to tell which end is which. Finally, the only way to cancel muting is to hit the Mute button again. Changing the volume does not cancel muting, but it does change the volume setting that will be used when you hit the Mute button again, so beware if you're trying to turn them up when the mute is on.

    Despite the remote, I would buy these speakers again.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding !

    These are the best sounding computer speakers that i have ever heard. they are harmonically correct and sound far bigger than they are. also thy don't need a sub woofer....the price is well worth the long term benifts

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    -Very good stereo imaging
    -Surprising amount of low frequency reproduction for their size.
    -The build-in DAC makes a big difference. ( Run a line from your sound card to the Aux. input and compare it to the USB input )
    -Frequency range is very good for "real" instrument sound l instrument reproduction.

    -Some high frequency sounds seem tinny.
    -Cabinets resonate slightly at lower frequencies.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly high fidelity at such a small size

    Finally the long wait is over. After enjoying B&W 804s for many years, I imagined that B&W MM-1 must live up to any high expectations. I have listened to the fake-sounded BOSE before and was not expecting small speakers to deliver authentic sounds. But because I do need a set of small speakers for my Mac Mini, and MM-1 is not all that expensive, I bought a pair as soon as the product is available in the US Apple store.

    They arrived this morning via FedEx. They are true magnets that you will not want to leave the desk for too long. I played M. Jackson, I. Perlman, Phantom, J. Brickman, Johann Strauss, Beethovan #6, ... The sound reproduction is very lovely and of high definition. It is certainly not as powerful as 804s, but who would expect them to be that powerful. I played using lossless compression files. Now I can finally enjoy high-quality music while doing boring Web browsing and replying emails -- no need to go to the family room and turn on 804s, the amps, and the CD player, which I would not have time to do for as frequently as would like to.

    MM-1 is magical, best thing happened to my home office since the Mac Mini!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I've had these speakers for over 24 hours now, and they truly live up to the wonderful reviews. I have very diverse musical interests and whether listening to classical, jazz, hip hop, hard rock or gaming, the clarity and sound quality of these speakers is absolutely amazing. The balance and detail is impeccable. Everyone who walked into the room stopped and said..."Wow!"

    The MM-1 units also look quite stunning on the desktop. You will NOT be disappointed!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive, but not 5 stars

    Just got this MM-1 an hour ago. Blasting it side-by-side with the Bose Companion 3 Series II.
    I am impressed by the detail this B&W desktop speakers are able to deliver. The companion 3 sounds muffled and pathetic in the mid-range compares to MM-1! However, it is very source dependent, you need a good quality music source to make this B&W desktop speaker shines. It is also distance-dependent, it sounds best when u are 1-1.5 meters away from the speaker - when u r sitting right in front of your desktop/laptop.
    Also, it is not suitable for people who enjoy listening to heavy BASS and loud music. Go for Focal XS or any other 2.1 if you are one of them, don't bother checking this 2.0.

    5 stars from me! It serves the purpose of being a desktop speaker.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Your Wait is Over

    Highly recommended! I bought these to replace outgoing Bose Music Monitors, which are very good if your base line for comparison are vanilla grade computer speakers. These B&W's are standouts. The MM-1s are worth the price premium for quality, style and SOUND! I have B&W home speaker 805s, so I'm familiar with the quality B&W pours into their products. These are no exception. They defy their small size with big sound, something missing from the Bose Music Monitors that are noticeably thin in the bass by comparison. The materials here are high-end, right down to the upscale plastic on the remote My only caveat, albeit minor, is that the remote should be RF for better range. I doubt I'll even be using the remote, so this is only a nit. These are as good as they get for computer monitors, which I plan to use with Final Cut. They are around 40-50% larger than the Bose Music Monitors, but with that comes the better enclosure that delivers the audio that will make you smile.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best sound quality in the Apple Store.

    I have extensively tested the MM-1 ($500), Focal XS 2.1 ($600), and Millenia CT ($700) speaker units over the past few days and found that the MM-1s delivered the most detailed and high quality sound out of the three speakers and I believe it's the best in the price range.

    In comparison, the other speakers almost sounded slightly muffled when switching over. The MM-1s are really a different listening experience and really great.

    The downside of the MM1-s is the lack of bass. It's still got great bass, especially if you have Boom, but it just doesn't compare to the groundshaking bass of a subwoofer since this is only a 2.0 unit.

    Despite that fact, the MM-1s still win over the other two speaker systems in my book. Especially since with a mac, using the Audio MIDI Setup you can add a subwoofer to the MM-1s ultimately making them the full package and better than the Focal and the Paradigm. I picked up a Corsair SP2500 subwoofer and use it with the MM1-s and am enjoying the best listening experience of my life with music, games, and movies.

    I highly recommend this unit.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I've had these speakers for about 5 month, and they have not failed me with any types of music i have (hiphop, jazz, classical) the bass is powerful but not too muddy, the mids and highs are clear and wonderful. it is def. worth the $500 and today i realize they sound even better if lie on my bed which is about 4 steps behind my chair. they can be really loud without messing up they sound quality. totally worth saving up for!!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extreme sound metallization and imagine

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I don't often write reviews. But these speakers are amazing. They are worth every penny!
    The remote is great because it can control itunes. I like how the volume is linked with the computer, and you dont have to adjust a million knobs.

    Money well spent

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    These speakers are nothing short of spectacular. My expectations were very high given the price point, and they were not met but exceeded. Unbelievable crystal clear highs and mid notes and shocking bass from such small speakers. These are definitely the best desk-top speakers I've heard. I spend a great deal of time working at home, and these speakers have enriched my experience for sure.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch in Sweet Package

    Switching from a Bose to a B&W is becoming a habit for me. First it was the P5's and now these.

    Pleasantly surprised by the sound produced by these guys. For the small package, they produce big, really big sound. The highs are just unbelievable. The mid-range is great and had tremendous balance. Of course with the 'boom-boom' subwoofer unit, they do lack some of the thumping, but I got to tell you - the boom-boom was getting old. Highly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best computer speakers I've ever heard

    Put my Bose Companion 5 speakers to shame. Vocals, Rock, Classical, Dance, Hip Hop all sound great. Pretty impressive bass for speakers so small, obviously not as strong as having a dedicated unit, but the overall sound is just so much cleaner than anything else I've heard. I would highly recommend these to anyone who's really into high-end sound for their PC - this is one of those times you truly get what you pay for.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    really glad i bought these speakers

    excellent sound quality and they look good sitting beside my iMac.

    only minor complaint is sometimes the mac doesn't recognize they're connected as external usb speakers. have to unplug and replug a few times.

    would buy them again though.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    impressed for what they are

    these speakers need no further introduction.
    they do sound impressive. bear in mind that good sound quality greatly depends on the speakers position. people complaining about a "hiss" i can confirm that BUT listening to them via USB will never be noise free since there is a macbook or macpro attached making a lot more noise all the time. setup was simple, system settings audio output mm1.

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