B&W’s Mini Theater concept begins with a new, compact satellite design, the M1, with dedicated floor-stands and wall-mounts that feature integrated, all but invisible cable management. Thetwo-way M1, combined with one of three different B&W subwoofers, forms a trio of multi-channel loudspeakers.
Mini Theater’s versatility rests on an the M1 satellite speaker. This unique design begins with an curved cabinet formed of two pieces: a cast-aluminum back-and-sides, and a glass-loaded compositebaffle-top-bottom. The result is a form that is rigid and non-resonant, with appropriate internal volume promoting true, extended response.
The M1 tweeter is an new variant of the B&W 1-inch metal dome driver, with Nautilus-inspired tapered-tube loading that helps eliminate coloration, and provide extended response. The 4-inchbass/midrange unit uses a woven-glass-fiber diaphragm with four resin-filled slots to eliminate internal reflections, for enhanced clarity and dynamic.
The M1 is supplied with an elegant â€œtable plinthâ€ stand that adapts to vertical or horizontal placement; an optional dedicated floor stand is also available, as is a simple, yet attractive wall-mountbracket. In all three cases, cabling enters the speaker via the stand or bracket, permitting the speaker to integrate smoothly into room dÃ©cor without the distraction of obvious wiring.
While the M1 satellite is available in singles or pairs, B&W offers three Mini Theater system options, each matched to a B&W subwoofer that complements the M1 in both compactness andperformance. The Mini Theater 10 combines a quintet of M1s, for front, center, and surround-channel playback, with B&W’s compact AS1 sub. Though just 15 inches deep, this powerhouse is capable ofproviding a solid and dynamic bass foundation.
For more demanding installations, The Mini Theater 20 incorporates the AS2 subwoofer, a slightly larger and more powerful bottom-end solution whose 10-inch driver and 150-watt (continuous) on-boardamp ideally suit it to large-room movie-and-music performance.
Lastly, the Mini Theater 30 matches the M1 quintet to B&W’s unique PV1 subwoofer. This spheroid sub combines dual 8-inch drivers, 500 watts of amplification and innovative engineering withdrop-dead looks for an unmatched combo of bass extension (18 Hz!) and power and engaging aesthetics.
The new B&W M1 will be available in January, at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $200 ea. The AS1 and AS2 subwoofers are available now, at suggested prices of $250 and $499 respectively. ThePV1 subwoofer is also available now, at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $1,500.