Surround Sound Speaker Systems

B&W VM6 Floor-standing Speakers, M-1 Surround Speakers and PV1 Subwoofer

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B&W VM6 speakers, M-1 Surround and PV1 Sub system


Introduction

B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) have a long history in the speaker biz since their formation in the 60's and the company as a whole probably needs little introduction to most Home Theater and Hi-Fi fans. With Rotel and Classe in the corporate stable there are components for everyone. While B&W is probably best known for its evolving 800 series speaker line and its range topping Nautilus flagship the company has branched out significantly over the last 20 years into in wall / in ceiling speakers (Custom Series) and speakers that compliment the emergence of flat screen TV's (FPM and VM6). There has also been significant technology trickle down from the 800 and Nautilus lines, some of which can be seen in the VM6 and M-1 reviewed here. The VM6 (LCR) and M-1 (Surround) came paired with B&W's PV1 sub, a sub that manages to look quite modern and cutting edge "despite" being introduced almost 6 years ago.

See our Demonstration Video on the B&W M-1 Speakers here.

Specifications

  • VM6 Main (LCR)
  • Design: 2-way, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, Two 5" Kevlar Mid/Bass
  • MFR: 55 Hz - 22 kHz, ± 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Recommended Power: 30-100 Watts
  • Crossover: 4.5kHz
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB
  • Dimensions: 26" H x 7" W x 4.1" D
  • Weight: 12 Pounds/each (Including Stand)
  • MSRP $450/each ($125 for Floor Stand)
  • M-1 Surround
  • Design: 2-way, Ported
  • Drivers One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, One 4" Fiberglass Mid/Bass
  • MFR: 80 Hz - 23 kHz, ± 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Recommended Power: 20-100 Watts
  • Crossover: 4 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 85 dB
  • Dimensions: 9.6" H x 4.5" W x 6.8" D, Including Stand
  • Weight: 6 Pounds/each, Including Stand
  • Finish Black, White or Silver
  • MSRP: $225/each USA
  • PV1 Subwoofer
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: Two 8" Mica Cones
  • Amplifier: 500 Watts
  • MFR: 21 Hz - 110 Hz
  • Dimensions: 13.2" H x 11.4" W x 13.7" D
  • Weight: 45 Pounds
  • Finish Black, White or Silver
  • MSRP: $1,600 USA
  • Bowers & Wilkins