When I picked up the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers, I have to admit I was a bit nervous about shelling out $500 for 2.0 speaker set. Even after listening to them in the Apple store for a while, it was difficult to tell whether or not these speakers could live up to their steep price tag. Nonetheless, I bought them for my birthday and I do not regret it. These are amazing speakers. They produce crisp and clear sound. The highs, mids, and lows are excellent.
The MM-1 have a very balanced sound, they are not what you would call overpowering in any particular area. They’re just right. Even as a 2.0 set these speakers produce some nice bass. However, I should note if you are looking for some kicking bass, check out the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers (which I also own). The B&W MM-1’s are USB powered and have a built-in amplifier in the right (master) speaker. The right speaker also has the headphone and AUX jacks as well as the power button and volume controls which are conveniently placed on both sides.
A few months ago, I bought a pair of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones. The headphones retail for $299.95 (a bit expensive, but so worth it). The B&W P5’s are noise isolating headphones and are dubbed as a “Concert for One”. Let me tell you, these bad boys are just that. To put it bluntly – they kick ass. The P5’s ear pads are made with memory foam covered by New Zealand sheep leather and boy are they comfy. I used to hate listening to my music with headphones for extended periods of time. Most of the time, I preferred to rock out to my Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers, not so much anymore.
These are the first headphones to come out of B&W and just like the rest of their products, they are top notch, not only in sound but quality wise as well. As I mentioned the ear pads are made of memory foam and sheep skin, the frame is made of metal – forget the plastic everyone else is using these days. The light weight, low profile design of the P5’s make for comfortable long term use. Unlike huge closed cans, such as the Koss MV1’s the P5’s can be wore in public without attracting negative attention. I only say that because I can’t say that they won’t attract some positive attention.