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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

Getting worked up speakers for your Mac or PC is about as difficult as feeling excited about your annual tax return. But when said speakers are made by high-end hi-fi purveyors Bowers & Wilkins, it’s definitely time for gadget fanatics and sonic obsessives to get het up. So how do these sound blasters treat the tunes shackled to your Mac? Read our Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers review now and we’ll tell all.

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It’s no stretch to say the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers are the very best PC speakers we’ve ever used. Not only do they sound amazing, they look the part as well, rocking the same black and chrome style as the Zeppelin and Zeppelin Mini iPod docks.

Set up is a breeze. Just shovel in the USB cable, crank up the speakers using the power button on the side of the right hand blaster, and you’re away. iTunes fires up automatically and can be controlled via the rather nifty little remote. But it’s when the sound starts flying out that you realise that you’ve got something very special indeed plugged into your machine.

We slung our Spotify playlists through the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers and the results were nothing short of spectacular. The new Holly Miranda album sounded sensational, the MM-1s picking up incredible detail. But perhaps more amazing than the fact these can pick up even the smallest sounds at the back of the mix is the oomph and sound they can kick out.

Put through some bassier material, crank the MM-1s up ands you’ll be astonished at just how loud they are, not to mention that distortion is never an issue, even with the grimiest of hip-hop. The low end is remarkable good and the 4 x 18W amp power output will satisfy even the most fastidious of hi-fi junkies.

Even listening to the radio through the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers is a joy. There’s a warm gorgeous feel to them: you feel like DJs are in the room with you (for good or ill) and tracks kicked out by 6Music were crisp and clear. Best of all though is the aux input, which plays nice with both iPods and iPhones, which means you can use the MM-1s even while your computer us having a rest.

But the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers aren’t just about the sound. They look the absolute business too. Each one is relatively diminutive, with a chrome strip across the middle. It’s hardly a surprise that the best looking PC speakers ever come from the makers of the very best iPod dock going and some of the smartest retro cans, in the form of the P5s. These will make even the dowdiest deck look sharper and cooler.

However, there is a price to pay. The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers cost a colossal £399. Considering you can drop that same amount of cash and get a PC these days, it’s an incredible amount to pay for what are, for all their skills, a pair of secondary speakers. That said, we’re smitten with them. If you take your music seriously and have most or all of it loaded up to your PC and MP3 player, these are a worthwhile investment. If you have 400 sheets burning a hole in your pocket, buy these now.

Read the rest of our Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers review:

Bowers&Wilkins MM-1 speakers review: design and build
Bowers&Wilkins MM-1 speakers review: sound quality

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