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We love
Great warm sound, with no flaws
We hate
That we can’t afford them
Launch Price
£399
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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

We’ve already established that the B&W MM-1s look great and sound the part. But just how good are the sonics on these dinky PC wonders? And can they compare to B&W’s ace iPod docks? Read our complete Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers review: sound quality and we’ll tell you just what’s what.

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Sonically, the B&W MM-1’s are every bits as cool as they look. They pack a remarkably beefy low end, thanks to the DSP tuning tech inside. We loaded up some classic Underworld and cranked the volume up to full blast. The sound was utterly compelling and thudded reassuringly without ever giving nasty distortion. Sure, the neighbours would get cranky, but these are every bit as good as the Zeppelin Mini, which we think is high praise indeed.

The MM-1’s are also remarkably accomplished when listening to more detailed, guitar-driven music too. Sling through something like Broken Social Scene and even at low volumes they will pick up an incredible amount of detail. B&W says this accuracy is down to the Nautilus drive-unit tech inside, which gives tracks a lush, detailed sound that no other PC speakers can dream of.

If you like slinging on your cans while using your PC, the MM-1’s can help too. Shove your headphones into the back of the righthand speaker and the sound is appreciably better than if you stick them straight into your Mac. This is thanks to the studio grade DACs. Tunes sound peachy. The sound is far warmer and well-rounded, utilising the MM-1’s killer on board technology.

As a speaker for your iPod, the MM-1’s are also brilliant. Using the auxiliary input to unleash tracks shackled to your Apple jukebox, the MM-1’s crank out sound that matches up to the best iPod docks out there. The sound is almost as good as when you use them with your Mac or PC, and only slightly less detailed and crisp.

The mid-range on the B&W MM-1’s is also killer, serving up perfect sound every time. The fact is, whatever music you throw at these excellent little efforts, the results are always top notch. You expect it for the price, but it’s still pleasing to turn them on and turn them up. If you’re unsure whether to get some PC speakers or an iPod dock, the MM-1s are the perfect compromise.

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

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers review: overall verdict
Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers review: design and build

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