Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 speaker can weather the rain, weather the snow, weather the storm

We appreciate any product that lets us not only openly reference Lamb, but also blast that band's tracks in our backyard. Which is what Bowers & Wilkins weatherproof AM-1 (Architectural Monitor) was built to do: blare out the tunes no matter the weather while retaining a subdued, stylish look. The rustproof speaker, which comes in black or white, is made for easy mounting, can rotate 110-degrees from either landscape or portrait orientation and, according to the company's claims, should provide better sound when positioned high up (thanks to an inverted drive unit). Of course, you don't have to fasten this fella to your outdoor veranda -- it'll also be right at home from inside your... home, bar or even that meticulously maintained secret cellar. Look for the AM-1 to hit retail for $300 sometime next month, but buyer beware, you'll have to supply the trip hop tuneage yourself.

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Bowers & Wilkins launches AM-1 weatherproof loudspeaker

The Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 is a durable, weatherproof loudspeaker, which avoids the acoustic compromises commonly associated with all-weather monitors, and delivers high-performance audio in an incredibly resilient and versatile package. Suitable for use outside and indoors, AM-1 is available in white or black finishes.
Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce the new AM-1 Architectural Monitor, a weatherproof loudspeaker that offers a unique combination of high-quality sound, durability and supreme flexibility. AM-1 is suitable for installation in a wide range of outdoor and indoor applications.

Articulate, exciting and powerful, AM-1 avoids the compromises commonly associated with all-weather monitors, and delivers all the performance expected of a Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. A two-way design, it features an inverted drive unit configuration, with the AM-1's 1inch (25mm) aluminum-dome tweeter mounted below rather than above a 5inch (130mm) glass-fiber bass/midrange driver. This ensures optimal dispersion of sound when the speaker is mounted high on the wall.

AM-1's low-frequency output is bolstered by the use of a rear-mounted auxiliary bass radiator (ABR). Used instead of a conventional bass reflex port, the ABR endows AM-1 with exceptional bass response for a cabinet of its size. Unlike a port, it also provides AM-1's cabinet with a continual seal against the elements. This combination of advanced drive units, unique configuration and classically simple crossover components combines to create a loudspeaker as musical as it is flexible.

And flexible it most definitely is. AM-1 has been carefully designed to be easy to install. Its elegant cast aluminum wall bracket incorporates an ingenious one-plug mounting system. Designed to be positioned in either landscape or portrait mode when mounting, extra flexibility is offered by AM-1's ability to be rotated through 110 degrees from center in both directions.

Its minimal projection out from a wall also adds to its appeal. So, while AM-1 has obvious applications such as providing high-quality audio around gardens, patios and around swimming pools, its sleek design will also find favor indoors. Venues such as bars, restaurants and other communal areas will benefit from AM-1's winning combination of premium sound quality, discreet styling, flexibility and durable construction.

AM-1 combines a rustproof aluminum grille with a rigid cabinet composed of glass-filled plastics, ensuring class-leading resistance to extremes of dust, moisture and UV exposure. It has also undergone rigorous, continuous testing in an accelerated salt-spray chamber, plus outdoor UV accelerated life tests to ensure its parts don't fade or discolor.

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 is available March 2013 and priced at $300.00 each US.