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The basic size of the Bowers and Wilkins MM-1 (10cm square by 17cm high) is no great surprise, and the look doesn't give much away. The first hint that this is something a little clever is the inclusion of a USB cable: yes, this speaker system is computer-oriented to the point of having a USB digital input, plus a single analogue input on a mini-jack connector. Indeed, it's very heavily digital, having also a digital amplifier and some Digital Signal Processing (DSP) which is claimed, rather vaguely, to keep music 'sounding rich and detail, no matter how loud you play it'. Some sort of unheralded 'loudness control'? We'll come back to that... The right speaker includes the electronics and connects to the left via a cable, which, if there's slack, can be partly wound out of sight under the left speaker. There's even a remote control, capable of operating as a transport control for suitable computer software. As luck would have it, this system arrived last of the four, and so had some high standards to live up to when we first plugged it in. Let's just say it opened our eyes to new standards of attainment possible from miniature hi-fi.
We’ve reviewed a number of great speakers, but we haven’t been this excited about a set of boom boxes since we laid hands on the eponymous Cambridge SoundsWorks MicroWorks in the very first issue of boot magazine—way back in September 1996. Listening to Peter Gabriel’s new album Scratch My Back on Bowers & Wilkins’ MM-1 computer speakers sent chills down our spines, a sensation rapidly followed by slack-jawed awe. We downloaded the album from B&W’s Society of Sound music club, which has the exclusive rights to distribute the album in studio-master quality: losslessly encoded in FLAC with 24-bit resolution at a 48Hz sampling rate. The MM-1 delivers audio quality that’s so exquisite, so pristine, that it makes the mighty AudioEngine A5—our previous favorite 2.0-channel speakers—sound almost muddy in comparison. We were particularly impressed with the MM-1’s bass response: There’s no subwoofer, so this system will never rattle your floor joists; in fact, frequency response bottoms out at 57Hz. But those lows are absolutely clean, lusciously well rounded, and perfectly balanced with the most scintillating highs and midrange frequencies we’ve ever heard from desktop speakers.
Bowers & Wilkins doesn't have much left to prove in the world of hi-fi audio. As the designer and creator of the extraordinary Nautilus speaker, as well as a successful range of iPod docks, B&W is now releasing its very own set of high-end PC speakers. Minimalist designs may look classy, but rather than go out of their way to cunningly conceal each and every feature, some manufacturers simply ditch them instead. In fact, certain brands have done away with even the most basic of functions in order to keep their designs sleek and visually unblemished. Bowers & Wilkins has got round this problem well, as the MM-1 look clean and flawless with their stretch fabric cover and black plastic casing, all set off with a simple metal band. They still, however, have a good range of controls. The main controls are found on the edge of the right speaker. Plus, cables are effectively hidden in the base of each satellite speaker, with plenty of room to roll up surplus. The main connection is under the right speaker's base, and the auxiliary connection is found at the rear. The remote control is the same as that supplied with the Zeppelin and Zeppelin Mini.
After a history of catering to the high-fidelity world of true audiophiles, Bowers & Wilkins, the renowned British speaker manufacturer, has recently entered the realm of consumer-level audio. The latest addition to its more affordable line of products are the MM-1 PC speakers that will cost you a mere $499.95 (list). Ouch. But like most of B&W's designs, you can see and hear the quality you're paying for. The MM-1 features articulate and deep bass response and handles mids and highs with delicacy and precision. The design follows in the slick footsteps of the Zeppelin ($399.95 direct, ) and Zeppelin Mini ($599 direct, ) iPod docks with its minimalist black cloth and aluminum plate surface. If you value high design and your music collection resides primarily on your PC, the MM-1 is a solid investment. Each speaker measures 6.7 by 3.9 by 3.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.9 pounds, with all the connectors and controls built in to the right speaker. An LED indicates listening mode, and on the left-hand panel (part of a thin aluminum band that wraps around three-fourths of the rectangular contour), there's a Power button and source selector. The right-hand panel houses Volume controls.
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