Bowers & Wilkins has launched its new AM-1 Architectural Monitor, a weatherproof loudspeaker that offers high-quality sound, durability, and flexibility.
AM-1 is suitable for installation in a wide range of outdoor and indoor applications.
A two-way design, it features an inverted drive unit configuration, with the AM-1’s 1-inch (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. Unlike a port, it also provides AM-1’s cabinet with a continual seal against the elements.
AM-1 has also been carefully designed to be easy to install. Its cast aluminum wall bracket incorporates a 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.
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, the company says, in venues such as bars, restaurants and other communal areas.
AM-1 combines a rustproof aluminum grille with a rigid cabinet composed of glass-filled plastics, ensuring 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.