• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound. Buttons very hard to use.

    I adore the sound and the fact I can branch these high quality speakers through minijack, which I always want and need. One thing that I find difficult is the buttons. They are inconveniently placed (a front position would be better, imho). I can't turn the speaker on or change the volume unless I use two hands (one to brace the speaker the other to push button.) I also had to use two pieces of electrical tape to cover the light on the front completely it's so bright. (I dislike lights.)

    Just because of the button non-reponsiveness and placement, I would not advise the product for children, anyone disabled, older people, or people with hand problems. I love the sound, just hate the buttons, esp. at this price. Not accessible at all.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A full sound in a small enclosure

    These were delivered today and I wanted to test them with both vocals and stringed instruments. So firstly, I listened to Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté's album 'Ali and Toumani'.

    If you don't know these Malian musicians, Diabaté is probably the world's greatest Kora player and his plucking really shines through on these speakers. The overall sound is warm, yet all the string instruments are clear and well defined. Creates a great stage. I was very impressed.

    For vocals, I next played Lana Del Rey's album, 'Ultraviolence'. This singer has a breathy style to some of her vocals with full orchestration on some tracks, and oh boy, does her voice come alive through these little gems. On some tracks you can even hear her breathing control.

    Truly an amazing pair of speakers for a modest price. Highly recommended.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    These MM-1s are cut from the 'same cloth' as their 800-series 'big brothers' .. The MM-1s are detailed, crisp, perfectly tonally balanced & portray a satisfying bass-to-treble response .. they do get better with approx. 100 hrs of burning-in & am speaking this being a B&W 801 & 802 owner for 24 yrs. Respect the MM-1s for what they are & they'll pay you back 'many folds' with utter clean, quality performance time-&-time again !! Bravo Bowers & Wilkins !! Highly recommended (if you're genuinely interested in top-notch music performance). A small word of caution - although they do their own processing, playing thru Apple macbook pro or Apple products is indeed beneficial.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've been a B & W fan for 30 years!

    No one makes a better high end product like B & W does. I have 7 speakers built in my walls and they blow everyone away. Also, in our lake cabin I purchased the same speakers but freestanding. I also have a M-series setup in a less used room. My point is I've turned the speaker industry upside down every time I want to upgrade by reading and then listening to various lines of speakers. I could have spent a fortune setting my office up as if it was my main video/audiophile room. The sky is the limit with these high end systems. These two speakers do exactly what I want, superior clarity, full sound as you can get from this footprint & as simple to use as to setup. You can never go wrong with B & W! Incidentally, I gave my Bose away as soon as I could afford B & W. Night & day.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy

    Simply Amazing !!!!!!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MM-1 vs Sound Sticks

    I've had the HK Soundsticks for many years while using them daily. Last year I purchased the MM-1s and suffice to say, I realized that I stopped using the speakers after about a month because the overall sound quality isn't that impressive when compared to the prior generation Soundsticks. They simply sit on my desk and I use the iMac speakers. I'm not even an an audiophile but I am not impressed with the sound from these at any price. Maybe I have a defective pair, but it's been too long to exchange them out. Needless to say, for $170.00 Soundsticks vs 500.00 MM-1 there is no comparison to me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Made me appreciate my music in a new way. New life long B&W customer.

    Music is a big part of my life, yet despite this for years I listened on sub-standard equipment. I just didn't worry that I might be missing out on something else -- the hooks, melodies, and lyrics were enough to keep me interested. I was given a pair of klipsch headphones as a gift a few years back and only then realized that I might actually be missing out on something and perhaps should get some external speakers for my laptop/monitor setup. After reading several reviews and heading over to the Apple store to listen to the MM1's, I decided to buy a pair. Well, I was hooked. The sound was and still is phenomenal. I work from home and sometimes play music in the background and occasionally have to stop and marvel at the depth, breadth, and quality of the sound that these speakers generate. Now, mind you, these are near field speakers and function best when used that way -- within a few feet from the listener. Despite this, they're also great if I want to sit back on the couch and watch a movie on my monitor from a reasonable distance (about 8-12 feet). I was so happy with these that I've since abandoned my klipsch for a pair of C5's as well as a pair of P5's and now recommend B&W to any of my friends who ask.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    WHEN these speakers work they sound great. However, every single time I upgrade anything these speakers crash and it takes an incredibly long time and trouble to get them work again. I am so sorry that I spent $500 on something that works so poorly.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing

    I just want to first start off that I don't usually write reviews and have no real knowledge about stereo system. However, even for an amateur person like me, I can tell that this stereo is just incredible. In all honesty, I was very doubtful that I could really tell a difference between a speaker enhanced iMac and non speaker iMac. Boy, was I wrong! I cannot believe that I waited this long to purchase this product. The thing that makes this even more unbelievable is that the design is simple and elegant. It looks really good with your apple products. I cannot recommend this enough. Set up takes couple of minute and you are ready to go.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Speakers fantastic / Remote ridiculous

    On the speakers alone, I would definitely have given this 5 stars, but the idiotically-designed Remote ruins that top rating. What possessed someone at B&W to come up with so stupid a design? It never stays flat on your desk but rather rolls around at the slightest touch... so much so that you have to carefully check it out visually to figure out which end is Up so as to know where a specific control is. Dumb and completely counter-intuitive. Clearly, they make no attempt to buy into the whole Apple ethos of design. I wrote them about this. They have no alternative and didn't seem interested in ever developing one. In their minds, it's just fine the way it is. I will definitely keep the speakers because of the excellent sound, but that remote drives me crazy every time I use it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Quality in a Brilliant Design

    I've owned these speakers for around four months now and have enjoyed every ounce of sonic goodness emanating from their compact minimalist design. Said design is timeless, and I've had many comments about the looks of them next to my iMac. The most impressive part of these speakers is the differentiation between the highs and bass; they have excellent fidelity and yet the bass is quite good for a 2.0 setup. It's not over-the-top bass like I find with several Bose units, and the highs do not reach the "tinny" level. At the same time, they have great depth and if you close your eyes, you can place where each instrument is on the stage in front of you. Unlike some reviews, mine have no hissing present during soft parts of songs.

    A few notes for those who do not own these: there is a blue light when they are turned on and a red one when turned off; they do not turn on automatically when the computer turns on; and when turned off, your computer simply roots sound through its built-in speakers. The only cons I can think of are that the right speaker does get rather warm on the top after moderate use, and the remote is not the greatest. Very minor complaints, and for good reason: these speakers are spectacular.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    In one word WOW !!!

    I have been using the Focal Pro CMS 50 speakers with the Focal sub on my iMac 27" for several years.
    Few days ago my focal system stopped working, so till I can send them for repair I decided to buy a smaller speaker system.
    I read the reviews on the Apple Store sight and base on that I bought the MM-1 at the Apple store.
    Connection was a fast and straight forward and took all of 10 minutes.
    After listening to many kinds of music for several hours, all I can say is a big WOW.
    The base on the Focal is much better because I was using the Focal Sub.
    As for the rest, the sound of the MM-1 in the mid and high range is AS GOOD AS THE FOCAL and on many tracks it is even better then the Focal. I am really SHOCKED. The price difference between the two systems is about CS 3000.
    I recommend this system all heartily.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing product!

    It's hard to describe how amazing is this product.
    It simply changed the way I listen to music.
    The sound is deep, clear, powerful and delightful.

    I recommend this to exigent listeners. This is a high end product.

    Worth every cent. It's very easy to install, plug n play.

    Congratulations Bowers & Wilkins.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magical sound for size

    I live in NYC area and was looking for a compact speaker system to attach to my TV/ Apple TV to function as my primary sound system. I am in a 2 bedroom, so not a studio, but space is at a premium. Plus wife hates large speakers....So main goal was best sound in small package.

    I was replacing a Bose sub/satellite system that I was less than impressed with (especially having to place a large sub). I had read reviews and actually bought the MM-1s with no prior testing other than random other B&W products.

    My wife was skeptical when I brought them home but after we set them up, we spent the next 3 hours listening to any and all music we could try out because they sound AMAZING.. so hard to believe that the quality and amount of sound comes out of this tiny package.

    And to note.. I am only using the 'Aux' mini jack to connect to my LCD tv that is connected via HDMI to my apple tv. Apple TV sounds great.. TV movies, concerts sound great. Clean sound, great stereo imaging..Def no huge bass but still more than adequate for apartment living.. great design, remote. Well worth the money. And if I ever move to a larger home, they will make amazing bedroom or kitchen speakers. HIGHLY recommend.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Over rated

    What a dissapointment. I wish I had my Bose

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best speakers I've ever owned

    Great sound, great cable management. They simply work, without a lot of unruly wires protruding or taking too much space.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best computer desktop speakers...PERIOD!

    I did a lot of research before I purchased these from the Apple Store last night. The reviewers who knew what they were talking about gave these MM-1's rave reviews. The only criticism was from the "boomers" who want the walls to shake, and who really do not care about sound quality, imaging, openness, etc.

    I went to the Apple Store, hoping to audition them (I know, not the best environment for that). However, they no longer had them setup in the store. So, I just purchased them sight unseen (and unheard). That was a BIG leap of faith to spend $500 based on company reputation and customer reviews.

    Once I set them up next to my 27" iMac, plugged them into the USB port, turned them on and routed my sound to the MM-1's, they were up and running. All I can say is WOW!! The stage imaging is amazing. You here the instruments and vocals exactly where the sound engineer put them in the recording! Lower bit rate MP3s sound amazing. However, you can really tell a difference in higher bit rate recordings, CDs, DVDs. The "openness" of these speakers is incredible. I put on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, and just sat back and enjoyed the performance. I was hearing it again for the first time!

    The sweet-spot listening distance is perfectly located where you sit at your computer.

    If you are researching the best, audiophile-quality desktop speaker, stop looking and buy these. Don't get caught up with them not having a sub-woofer. There is plenty of clean, punchy, crisp bass for all music tastes. I am officially on the Bowers & Wilkins bandwagon!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Speakers for people who love to listen to music

    I have had these speakers for over one year. I also have Bowers and Wilkins floor-speakers for my audio stereo set-up. Those speakers are about 15 years old and they are no match to the MM-1. I even prefer the sound of the MM-1 for the living room compared to the large standing floor speakers.

    I listen to a wide range of music, from classical to alternative rock and the quality (clarity and a perfect distinction between sounds) is more important than volume. I think the bass is amazing for such a small package. I like to playback the music like it is recorded. I would not turn up bass or treble on any stereo.

    For those who want loads of bass, this is not for you, for those who listen to music all day, this is the stuff you want, perfect stereo set-up around your work-place.

    Some reviews mentioned white-noice, I have none of that. Even though they are plugged in through an additional USB ports-cable.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound & style

    I bought these to replace some Logitec 2.1 speakers that sounded OK but were bulky and had too many cables. These things sound much larger than they are and their sound is much more accurate than the logitec or my computer's built-in speakers. I imagine this is because they have a better DAC built-in. Also the nice thing about them being USB is they will turn off with the computer - though they do not auto-power on.

    Would highly recommend these.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I got these speakers for Christmas. If you are using your speakers for listening to music I don't think the B&W MM-1's can be beaten for their price and size. The audio quality is amazingly clear. It really does make music sound better.

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