British hi-fi speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins has come up with its first pair of computer speakers, which it says will provide “hi-fi” sounds from laptops and PCs hooked up to them.
The MM-1, a little reminiscent of Bose’s earliesr PC offerings, looks the part and is now up for pre-order here in Singapore before it ships in April 2010. Each pair will cost you a handsome S$899 – the cost of a PC – at B&W distributor Eighteen 77.
As part of the product pre-launch promotion, you get 10% discount for buying of one unit and 15% discount for two units. Promotion ends on 2 Mar 2010, according to Eighteen 77.
So, what’s the big deal?
B&W claims its active, near-field speakers will offer better sounds than rivals in a rather diminishing field of good PC speakers. This, it says, is thanks to two separate drive units including an aluminum tweeter that is tuned for treble performance.
I haven’t listened to the speakers yet, but I’m rather worried about bass. Without a subwoofer, the MM-1 relies on what B&W calls Dynamic EQ boost to bring out the low-hums. Hmmm…
What seems nice, though, is that the MM-1 has its own headphone output, so sounds from your PC passes through the MM-1’s DSP before reaching your headphones. This means you bypass your PC”s usually dodgy sounding headphone jack (unless you have a really expensive soundcard or amp for that).