With a two-way design the AM-1 is suitable for installation in a wide range of outdoor and indoor applications. AM-1 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 enhanced 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 Mother Nature’s most aggressive 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 will be available next month, March 2013, priced at $300.00 each.