|Bowers & Wilkins M-1 Mini Theater 20 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Tim Hart|
|Monday, 01 May 2006|
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As great as this mini package performed, it does have limitations. If you want crack-the-paint-from-the-ceiling dynamics that can physically move the extra fabric of your baggy jeans, the Mini Theater 20 won’t get it done for you. This is no fault of the system itself. There are simply limitations to a package of this size, so these speakers are best suited for smaller to mid-sized rooms. B&W has other systems that are more suited to larger rooms.
The stands B&W supplied are, in my opinion, quite necessary to get the best performance from the M-1. Putting the M-1 on a shelf or a tabletop that is too close to the wall will affect the performance dramatically. Plan on the reasonable extra cost and you will be duly rewarded.
At this price range, there isn’t a speaker that has come through my room that can touch the M-1’s performance, engineering and the fit and finish of the Mini Theater 20 for the cost. The well-balanced demeanor of the M-1s and the seamless blending with the AS2 produced a nice, almost full-range presentation. Music sounded engaging and enjoyable and movies are where this package really shines. There were places, mainly on extremely loud music, where the M-1s displayed some very minor duress, but movies seemed to be a better match and performed admirably. The aesthetics are modern and classy, and the small footprint will reward the listener with a big sound that will blend with most décor. Looking for something that will match that new flat-screen TV? This could be your ticket. This speaker package is an absolute eye-opener. I clearly didn’t expect this much performance from such a small speaker and was happily surprised. I would highly recommend these speakers.