Bowers & Wilkins says its MM-1 Active Multimedia Speakers are true hi-fi speakers resized for use on a desktop, and they\u00a0use dedicated bass\/midrange and treble drivers for\u00a0high-quality\u00a0sound.\u00a0The MM-1 also uses internal DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and a digital amplifier to drive the desktop speakers.\n\tThe volume control is blended into he right speaker, and the power button is hidden on the opposite side.\n\tB&W MM-1 Speaker Setup\n\tThe\u00a0B&W MM-1 speaker-setup process was simple and\u00a0straightforward; most folks\u00a0probably won't\u00a0even need to look at the\u00a0setup instructions. Setup goes like this: You unwind the cable from the left speaker and plug it into the right speaker; plug the USB cable leading from the right speaker into your laptop or desktop; and\u00a0finally, plug in the AC adapter into the right speaker. Your computer should then automatically detect the speaker.There is literally no way to plug the cords\u00a0into the wrong sockets, since each\u00a0cord is either wired into place or uses a completely different socket. There's\u00a0also no question as to how to position the speaker. You simply place the MM-1 speaker with the \u201cBowers & Welkins\u201d\u00a0logo stenciled into its aluminum band facing forwards.\n\tThe underside of the right speaker.\u00a0\n\tThe left speaker has a receptacle at its base for easily stowing away its cable.\u00a0\n\tMy Experience with the MM-1 Speaker\n\tA common problem with small\u00a0desktop speakers is\u00a0that audio\u00a0can be "muddy" or less clear when played at low-to-mid volume levels. This doesn\u2019t appear to be a problem with the MM-1 speakers, though; they\u00a0produce audio\u00a0that is nuanced even at low volumes. Treble\u00a0is crisp and bright without sounding harsh, and low notes also\u00a0sound clear.\n\tYou shouldn\u2019t expect room-shaking bass from the MM-1, though,\u00a0since it\u00a0lacks\u00a0a dedicated subwoofer. In my listening tests, the MM-1 worked best for playing jazz and country musi, and slightly less so with rock music.\n\tThe MM-1 speakers come with a remote control.\u00a0They also have a 3.5mm mini jack input and a 3.5mm mini jack headphone output.\u00a0I noticed that the\u00a0amplifier in the right speaker gets really hot after a while, so users may not want to stack anything on top of it. Overall, the MM1 is a great-looking speaker system\u00a0that will fit well on the average\u00a0desktop.\n\tThe\u00a0Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers\u00a0don't come cheap at $500.\u00a0But the build quality and intuitive controls are impressive, and playback is exceptional, especially when you consider the compact size. I'm not sure I'd pay $500 for the speakers, but if design and audio\u00a0quality are essential to you, you might feel differently.