Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 2-Way Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Speaker - Pair

Model: FP33782 UPC: 714346313730 Item: 242

Winner - The Best Outdoor Speakers of 2021

The Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 speaker will withstand any patio party. Deemed as the "most durable loudspeaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever made", the AM-1 gives you the weatherproof versatility you need without compromising sound quality. With a unique internal configuration and simple crossover components, this weatherproof speaker will give you powerful sound inside and outdoors.

AM-1 Speaker Features:
  • Produces powerful sound while remaining sealed from the elements
  • Unique internal configuration allows for optimum audio delivery
  • Versatile mounting system allows you to project sound where you need to
  • Carefully designed for easy installation

Product Information

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 2-Way Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Speaker

Designed to provide great sound wherever you need it, the weather-proof AM-1 is the most durable loudspeaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever made.

The AM-1 Architectural Monitor offers a unique combination of high-quality sound and supreme flexibility. Articulate, exciting and powerful, AM-1 avoids the compromises commonly associated with versatile, all-weather monitors, and delivers all the performance expected of a Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker.

A two-way design, AM-1 features an inverted drive unit configuration, with a 25mm aluminum-dome tweeter mounted below rather than above a 5inch 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.

AM-1 has been carefully designed to be easy to install and very flexible. Designed to be positioned in either landscape or portrait mode, AM-1 combines a rust-proof aluminum grille with a rigid cabinet composed of glass-filled plastics, ensuring class-leading resistance to extremes of dust, moisture and UV exposure. And while it has very obvious benefits outside, its discreet styling and impressive performance will also find favor for use internally.

 

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker Specifications:

  • Technical Features: Nautilus tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter, Glassfibre cone bass/midrange, Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR)
  • Description: 2-way system with Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR)
  • Drive Units: 1x ø25mm (1in) aluminium dome high-frequency; 1x ø130mm (5in) glassfibre cone bass/midrange
  • Frequency Range: -6dB at 46Hz and 50kHz (wall mounted)
  • Frequency Response: 51Hz - 22kHz on reference axis (wall mounted)
  • Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83V, 1m)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <1% 200Hz - 20kHz (86dB, 1m)
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms (5.2 ohms min)
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 20W - 100W into 8 ohms on unclipped programme power
  • Dimensions (Includes Wall Bracket):
    • Height: 310mm (12.25in)
    • Width: 180mm (7in)
    • Depth: 210mm (8.25in)
  • Net Weight: 4Kg (8.8lb)

Specifications

Specifications

  • Drive units
    • 1x ø25mm (1") aluminum dome high-frequency
    • 1x ø130mm (5") glassfibre cone bass/midrange
  • Frequency range: -6dB at 50kHz (wall mounted)
  • Frequency response: 51Hz - 22kHz on reference axis
  • Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83V, 1m)
  • Total harmonic distortion: <1% 200Hz - 20kHz (86dB, 1m)
  • Nominal impedance: 8Ω (5.2Ω min)
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped program power
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 12.25" x 7" x 8.25"
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • AM-1 2-Way Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Speaker
  • Mounting bracket
  • Mounting hardware

Reviews

Customer Reviews for Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 2-Way Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Speaker - Pair

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Great outdoor speakers
Have these in my garage and they sound awesome, well worth the money. They are hooked up to a Marantz AV receiver in zone 2, the basement 5.1 is zone 1. Having HEOS on the receiver means running them from my phone which is great.

The bass is great with excellent clarity on the high end, mids are strong but not overly so. If you want some rumble in the bass you'll need a sub. I listen to classical, jazz, rock, pop, etc. speaker plays them all well but the source should be good quality or the speakers won't shine. Overall a great outdoor speaker.
July 27, 2021

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They were recommended as best speakers for outdoors use
Carlos R on Jul 14, 2019
They were recommended as best speakers for outdoors use
Carlos R on Jul 14, 2019
How long can the speaker wire be to connect to your amp? Since the speaker will be outdoors my receiver/amp will be indoors?
A shopper on Apr 21, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. The maximum length of a speaker wire run is limited by the gauge of the wire and the speaker impedance. The B&W AM 1 is 8 ohms. 18 gauge wire max is 32 feet, 16 gauge wire max is 48 feet, and 14 gauge wire is 80 feet. Note that the use of outdoor / burial rated cable is recommended. If the run is under eves and somewhat protected from the elements regular cable is OK as long as its not buried.
What receiver would you recommend? We want one that allows for Pandora.
A shopper on Jun 21, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. We offer a number of fine stereo receivers from Yamaha, Denon, and Marantz that are capable of receiving a stream via Bluetooth from a smart device and will play the B&W speakers very well. Both Denon and Marantz models that offer HEOS is an expansion of their streaming capabilities. Feel free to call and speak with one of our product specialists.
Can/could I cut a 12 by 7 hole in my fifth wheel and put a heavy duty all weather rubber trim/gasket on the opening and insert the back of the speaker. Yes I would have find a solid way of sealing up the hole.

Talk about unique. I would install them horizontal.

Thoughts?
Kermit on Apr 15, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. It is unclear exactly where you will be installing these. A fifth wheel RV, recessed in an exterior wall to play outdoors? Given the curved shape of the box, making the installation water tight so driven rain cant leak in will be a challenge. The speaker itself would be subjected to environmental conditions driving rain, road salt, slush, etc. to a level well beyond what an AM-1 installation would typically entail. We can also suggest that perhaps installing just the bracket and a quick connect plug in for the wires could make for a quick method to bolt the speaker to the bracket when desired and remove it for transport.
Is this bluetooth?
QUENTICE N on Mar 21, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. The B&W AM-1 requires a wired connection to an amplifier. It is not self powered, wireless, nor Bluetooth.
Are this a pair?
WillH on Jun 25, 2020
  This listing is for a pair. Thanks for your inquiry.
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