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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 review: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

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The Good Astounding sound.

The Bad Expensive; not very portable.

The Bottom Line If you're seeking some good-quality PC speakers, the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1s have no equal. They sound fantastic. They're not particularly portable and they're very expensive, though

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Think 'PC speakers' and you'll probably imagine some nasty little USB whatsit, useful only for blasting out pop hits in distorted fashion at abysmal office parties. Forced smiles and sad karaoke sessions will be far from your mind, however, when the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers are adorning your desk. They can be yours for the princely sum of around £400.

Tall and handsome
Two tall cylinders, these tiny titans of sound each have a footprint of around 80mm square, pretty much guaranteeing that they'll fit somewhere on your desk. They look the business too. In keeping with other Bowers & Wilkins products, black and chrome is the order of the day.

Sound that astounds
The MM-1s' audio is pretty incredible. The sound that emanates from them is very directional -- these aren't the kind of speakers that fill a room, so you'll need to be sat right in front of them, or behind, to benefit from the full force of their stellar audio. Once you're positioned just right, prepare for something really special.

Higher frequencies come through with crystal clarity. Listening to Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson, the higher piano notes were astonishingly clear, and never vanished into the mix. The low end is amazingly powerful considering there's no separate subwoofer. As with some other Bowers & Wilkins products, you might find the lower frequencies ever so slightly dominating if you're somewhat bass-averse. It really comes down to personal preference, however -- give the MM-1s a trial before buying them to ensure they're to your taste. They almost certainly will be.

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