Review: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

If you crave luxury and fine-tuning, you might have once thought that desktop speakers weren’t for you. Those fancy, overpriced floor speakers teetered at the top of your must-have list (and budget) for years. Well, now the overlords of audio at B&W have finally brought their signature combination of sonic virtuosity and aesthetic awesomeness to the home office. These sleek speaks smell like a pair of new sneaks and elevate your workspace to the very definition of nerd chic. Fully wrapped in cloth and banded with a polished silver stripe, the MM-1s are beautiful from every angle. Plus, their compact size won’t have you reorganizing your desktop in search of extra space.

More than just trophy speakers, the MM-1s produce deep, rich tones and killer bass. The depth of sound excels across genres and mediums, which makes these a welcome addition to any home office. While these units are much slimmer than M-Audio’s AV 40s, the sound couldn’t quite reach their level. And the $300 price difference makes it hard to favor look over function.

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