February 14, 2012
| by Steven Castle
Bowers & Wilkins, also known as B&W, is rolling out a new and upgraded M-1 compact Mini Theater speaker as well as an updated round PV1D subwoofer.
The new M-1 only shows subtle design differences on the outside, but inside now boasts full-range performance the speaker company says is comparable to larger bookshelf speakers for both home theater and stereo performance.
The M-1 gets all new drive units, including an in-house designed tweeter, and a bass/mid-range driver that uses the new Anti-Resonance Plug first seen on the high-end PM1 loudspeaker.
The M-1 has also been updated with improved speaker cable terminations. They’re available for $250 each in matte black or matte white finishes. A tabletop stand and wall bracket are supplied, while a floor stand ($150 each) is available as an optional extra.
The round, bowling-ball like PV1D subwoofer ($1,700) retains its acoustically principled “pressure vessel” shape with opposed balanced drivers to cancel cabinet resonance, but now moves to digital signal processing developed for Bowers & Wilkins’ DB1 subwoofer and includes a dynamic EQ circuit. The company says this provides increased flexibility and performance enhancements that, coupled with new drive units and 400-watt Class D amplification, lead to improved output and frequency response of +/-3db at 7.5Hz to 450Hz.
Bowers & Wilkins says the low cut off gives the PV1D a much greater ability to display a sense of space and scale that is relevant for both movie effects and music.
A new OLED display and touch button array provide access to a number of presets and tuning options, while a custom version of the SubApp PC software provides more advanced set-up options.
Additionally, the ASW608 subwoofer ($500) is now available in the same matte white finish as the M-1 loudspeakers.
The M-1 speakers and subwoofers can be packaged into MT-50 ($1,750) and MT-60D ($2,950) 5.1-channel systems. The MT-50 uses he AS608 subwoofer, while the MT-60D gets the PV1D sub.
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates