According to reviews, the two-channel MM-1 speaker system from British speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins delivers audiophile sound quality for PC users. Reviewers praise the music quality, with its highly accurate sound reproduction, which is helped by the onboard digital-to-audio (DAC) technology. Bass integrates well with the other ranges, but there's no subwoofer, so action movies, games and bass-heavy music may suffer. Performance from these sophisticated-looking speakers is best when sitting at your desk. For those with tighter budgets, most reviewers say the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III (*Est. $170) delivers above average sound, though not quite as stellar as the MM-1, and makes a striking design statement.
The most detailed reviews for the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 computer speaker system are at CNET and PCMag.com. Though less detailed, reviews by Macworld, MaximumPC magazine and Australia's Good Gear Guide are worth a look. Apple's online store is among those that sell Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers, and that's the place to go for user reviews.
David Carnoy says the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 two-channel speaker system, though expensive, delivers audiophile quality sound, especially at close range. When compared to the Audioengine 2, he says, "the MM-1s offer clearer audio with more potent sound and better defined bass."
Review: B&W MM-1 Multimedia Speakers, David Carnoy, May 2010
Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 stereo speakers score well here. Reviewer Tim Gideon says this speaker system is a reasonable investment for music enthusiasts who value precision and balance. He says the MM-1 two-channel speakers aren't for bass lovers or for those on a budget.
Review: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1, Tim Gideon, April 2010
Christopher Breen is impressed with the clarity, balance and detail of Bowers & Wilkins' MM-1 computer speakers like his colleagues at CNET and PCMag.com. He says, though, that these speakers are expensive, and they don't sound quite as nice from across the room.
Review: Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) MM-1, Christopher Breen, April 2010
Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 PC speakers deliver a precise, detailed listening experience "that put[s] the vast majority of desktop speakers to shame," says Andrew Harrison. These can get respectably loud, but Harrison notes there's a built-in limit to how much you can crank the MM-1 up.
Review: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 PC Speakers, Andrew Harrison, June 2010
Michael Brown gives the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 a perfect 10 and MaximumPC magazine's Kick Ass award. His review is completely positive with adjectives such as "luscious," "scintillating" and "exquisite." He says the MM-1 speakers are expensive but worth it.
Review: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Computer Speakers Review, Michael Brown, June 2010
The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers receive reviews from around 75 owners, most of which give them a high rating. Owners are impressed by the stereo imaging, and although many note that the bass doesn't rattle the desk, they say it's well integrated with the other ranges.
Review: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Speakers, Contributors to Apple.com