Bowers & Wilkins announced that it has completely redesigned the M1 compact monitor — the heart of the company’s Mini Theater packages.
The new M1 features 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.
As well as these acoustic improvements, the mechanics of the M-1 have been updated, with improved speaker cable terminations and a more robust connection to the stands – a table-top stand and wall bracket are supplied in the box, while, a floor stand is available as an optional extra.
The PV1D subwoofer has also been given a dramatic update. While it retains its acoustically principled “pressure vessel” structurally inert shape with opposed balanced drivers canceling cabinet resonance, the PV1D now moves to the digital platform developed for the flagship Bowers & Wilkins DB1 subwoofer and includes a dynamic EQ circuit. This provides increased flexibility and performance enhancements that, coupled with new drive units and amplification, lead to improved output. The PV1D has a +/-3db specification of 7.5Hz. This very low cut off gives the PV1D a greater ability to display a sense of space and scale, according to the company.
A new OLED display and touch button array provide easy access to a number of pre-sets and tuning options, while a custom version of the SubApp PC software provides more advanced set-up options.
The third element in the Mini Theatre series is the ASW608 subwoofer. While this model remains the same acoustically, it is now available in the same Matte White finish as the M-1 loudspeakers.