February 14, 2012 — Article
Bowers & Wilkins’ improved Mini Theatre series comprises two systems: the MT-60D and MT-50.
The company has claimed that significant improvements in key elements within these new systems result in a dramatic uplift in performance, including improved detail, better bass performance, and “significantly enhanced” integration between the subwoofers and the satellite speakers.
Bowers & Williams says that the MT-60D sets new standards for what can be expected from a compact, stylish speaker package. This jump in quality is a result of partnering an upgraded M-1 loudspeaker with the new and improved PV1D, an updated version of the opposed-drive-unit subwoofer. The MT-50 is a direct replacement for the MT-25 system, and sees the new M-1s partnered with the ASW608 subwoofer.
The M-1 loudspeaker is a key feature in both packages, acting as all five speakers in a surround set up – with a table-top stand allowing the centre speaker to sit horizontally.
While this subwoofer retains its acoustically principled shape, the PV1D now moves to the digital platform developed for the flagship Bowers & Wilkins DB1 subwoofer. B&W claims it delivers deeper and faster bass than the previous model, and is equally at home with music and movies.
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.
Mini Theatre is available from March 2012 and costs:
MT-50 – £1,095
MT-60D – £1,945
M-1 (each) – £150
PV1D – £1,200
ASW608 – £350
M-1 stands (pair) – £200