5 stars from me. As an owner of some B&W CM1 speakers i can honestly say the MM1s have all the goodness of their larger brothers with a tiny footprint. I really feel i have about ~60% the performance (not volume) of my full hifi which i can just throw in a ruck sack in 5 mins should i require. The AC adapter is dual voltage meaning it will work world wide.
I am simply amazed at what B&W have accomplished here in that the dac and amp is built in to the speaker, both of which are excellent. As regards the sound im fully impressed. Bass, treble, midrange, detail and speed/timing are all there to my satisfaction.
I have thought long and hard about any negative aspects but none come to mind other than the price tag. Saying that, I wish i could get a few extra accessories to get the most out of the MM1s.
1. Nice looking stands.
I wish we could get some proper desk stands for these (i cant find anything commerically available) to raise the height as the sound field is quite narrow and fires into your chest/stomach area when just dropped on the desk. A few books to raise the height and some sound insulation pads has REALLY firmed up the bass and brought me back into the music. Obviously my cobbled book solution looks awful. I see people have been experimenting with blu tack to improve bass response which i did consider but the speakers would still be too low.
2. Remote cradle.
The remote is brilliant. However, due to it being so small (not a critisicm) i keep leaving it in random places and one day i am going to lose it for real and that day will be a sad one. I wish there was a cradle on the back of the speaker so the remote can be stored out of the way when not in use. Alternatively, i can imagine it would be very cheap to manufacture a wall mountable cradle.
3. Speaker/Travel covers.
Although not touted as such the MM1s speakers are perfect for the travelling audiophile like myself. However, if i did want to put them in a rucksack with a load of other stuff i have nothing to protect them. A nice velvet cover for each speaker (like you get with some headphones) would be great to protect the fine netting around the speakers, which is easily snagged. I have already snagged it on one corner :(
4. Add an optical-in connection.
As an experiment, I tried these speakers as part of a 2 channel movie setup (37" tv--->optical dac--->MM-1 3.5 aux input). The MM1s were just as impressive in this setup as with music. In fact i feel the the MM1s are far superior to B&W's similarly named M1 speakers (which were quickly returned to the dealer). Obviously not everyone has an optical dac lying round so the lack of optical input on the MM1's excludes it from the TV market. So what im saying is that if B&W added an optical input i see no reason why they could not take on the budget/lower mid range 2 channel/sound bar market.
I read some magazine article where some guys had rigged 5xMM1s up with a PV1 sub to create a very OTT 5.1 setup! I can fully understand why though.
Home theatre aside, as i own a PS3 and blu ray player with optical outs. An optical connection would certainly add value in my eyes.
Anyway, do your research, have a listen if possible, save up and buy these. You wont be disappointed!
I love my MM1
I am no techie, but they are an ideal size to sit on a shelf in my study - getted easier to my mac than expect and just work so well
Their design is simple and stylish with a quality feel, but with B@W and £400 you would expect that
I love the sound, rich, deep but not Dr Breat bass, enough detail for me to enjoy classical to AC_DC
My only complaint is that daft egg remote, which is impossible to use
I would recommend these little beauties to someone that wants good sound and quality
Hey you guys are earning too much money if paying this kind of money for pc speakers ... oh to be single and so well paid
Beolab 4s cost over twice as much as the B&Ws.
I have these and they sound utterly fantastic. But:
1. They need blu-tac, so they can be stuck firmly to the desk.
2. When fed by USB, they only handle 16bit/48khz files.
3. You can get around 2 by using analogue connection - cable supplied - but I haven't tried analogue yet.
Ok, been fiddling a bit, they don't need blu-tac, just make sure the slave speaker's wire at the base centre is pushed RIGHT in, don't be afraid to use some force.
And guess what? The bass is even more impressive! The blu-tac wasn't working (kids and visitors knocking them off anyway - always had to restick it).
Anyone compared these B&W's with the Teufel Concept B 200 USB?
I'm thinking of these to provide the sound for my bedroom's 32in LCD. Has anyone used these with a TV (sound out through the TV's headphone output)? (Can't go for a full sound system because of space n wires not being popular with the room's other occupant.)
But have you heard the Beolab 4s? Not a lot of bass, but oh so musical. Didn't really sound like PC speakers at all.
canada16, the MM-1s are active speakers designed to be connected directly to a PC and are not comparable with the system you have, which requires an amp, uses a subwoofer and very good speakers.
As I said, they can't compare with a traditional separates system, but they're not meant to.
I've just listened to the MM-1s, and have to say they are impressive for their size. More than adequate bass, good dynamics and control: indeed better than most PC speakers. They don't sound like small speakers at all. My only concern was that they could sound a touch bright and a little artificial when pushed loud, though I doubt that most would push them to the levels we did in the shop. For PC speakers they're a bargain. To answer my own question the Beolabs are more musical and less forward, but as Chebby says at twice the price. They also don't go down as deep as the B&Ws. Nevertheless, for the longer term they'd be my pick.
However, I did compare them with a NAD 715 coupled with the shop recommended Wharfedale speakers, and unsurprisingly it was no contest. The NAD plus Wharfedales were so much better. My guess therefore is that the Denon plus speakers would be better if you wanted a good stereo for a small room. If you want desktop speakers then its the B&W with nothing coming close unless you're willing to spend double.
So what? My comment concerned the statement that "the MM-1 s are the best speakers we've heard." Price doesn't come into it.
just wondering what you thought of the ferguson hill fh007 + fh008 pairing for a pc/mac set up? as i have a pair and have never looked back, both visual and audio components stunning.
love the bowers zeppelin too, but not so impressed with the zeppelin mini, can't comment on these MM1 as havn't heard them yet.
and beolab 4s dont seem that great.
I heard the MM-1's in the apple shop and I was not impressed at all for the money.. The COMPANION 5 was far better I thought.
I have a Altec lansing subwoofer (THX) Subwoofer and Q Accoustics 1010i and that sound amazing, very deep base, and it cost me under £100.00
lukegeorge - Thanks for the heads up on the FH007. Never heard of it before now but looks very interesting. Love the fact it uses class A-B (not class D) amplification.
Together with the FH008 (also class A-B and infinite baffle design) and an AirPort Express, could make a nice system for enjoying internet streams whilst browsing/working. The new Linn radio stations in particular sound amazing.
Moderators - Apologies.
Audiofoolius - I haven't myself, however, an online review reckons the Teufel is the next best thing if you can't afford the MM-1s.
Which is better audio system: Denon D-M37 or PC+MM1?
Thaks in advance.
I have just bought B&W MM-1 and listing it now.
Playing Wishbone Ash "There's the rub". The sound is amazing. It is truly Hi-Fi sound. The stereo is perfect. Bas is strong and detailed. Vocals great and worm but without exaggeration. Higher frequencies very good.
They can be really loud...
Off course you have to sit in front of the pc/laptop to get the best sound but their are still good from higher distance.
I got mine for 475Euro which is still expensive but what a hell, we live only once.
Hi, just bought a pair of these from my local Superfi store in Leeds. They are on sale at the moment instore for £ 359.95 which is what I paid. Amazing sound and quality for such small speakers. Nice and bassy too. Well worth the expensive price tag imho
In answer to the last post, I am a grumpy old geezer who has not spent money on hi-fi for 15 years. Our family home has no space for a proper hi-fi rig, and frankly it is difficult to listen to music properly with kids running around. So MM-1s are the perfect solution for me. Superb sound and imaging quality I have not heard since I was a single man with only a hi-fi and sofa in my living room. All this on my desk in front of my computer monitor. Yes they are expensive, but this is my main hi-fi, and you can't beat the convenience factor. The other downside apart from cost, is that I have to re-rip my CDs in lossless because the speakers are so revealing!
have just got these speakers and i have been amazed by the sound they produce. as i use spotify alot at my desktop they are the perfect solution. i have not been so impressed with the sound from my loseless files on i tunes. after listening to the society of sound flac recordings using winamp i decided to rip my cd's to flac in winamp. the difference to me is amazing so i now have to put my cd collection onto flac.
does anyone use Asus Xonar Essence STX PCI-E Audiophile Sound Card because i am now thinking of using this as an upgrade.
QTE "2. When fed by USB, they only handle 16bit/48khz files. "
So let me get this right, if i run a direct USB from my SACD Player to speakers will not playmedia ? ....this is the reason why I want them!!!!
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