Bowers & Wilkins have a habit of making beautiful, striking audio products that you'd need to sell a kidney to own (I'm getting on just fine with one). So following up the Zeppelin and Zeppelin Mini speaker docks it looks like our PC audio is about to be revamped too...
The 'MM-1' desktop speakers are speakers with a difference. Designed by the same engineering team that developed the Zeppelin (and the high-end 800 Series speakers used in Abbey Road Studios), they drop the usual analogue connectivity to output directly via USB. This sounds odd, but the benefits are obvious namely analogue to digital audio conversion and avoiding the iffy quality of many PC 3.5mm jacks.
Naturally enough, behind this you'll find power a plenty with dual drivers, full active Nautilus tube tweeters, near field monitors and two 3in f75mm woofers for a combined amplifier power output of 4x18W which means no additional bulky bass unit is required. On top of this is the usual flood of B&W's key proprietary tech and its own 3.5mm jack which B&W claims will "produce a sound that's a dramatic improvement over a standard PC or Mac headphone output."
Build materials include ABS with spun aluminium and at 170 x 100 x 100mm they are discrete too. Lastly you'll find a bundled remote which also works with iTunes and Windows Media Player. The Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 launches in January and no official RRP has been given. That said I've done some digging so if you're in denial look away now...
...in the region of £300 to £400.
I wonder, is the other kidney really so vital?