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Bowers & Wilkins reveals AM-1 weatherproof speaker

New from Bowers & Wilkins is the AM-1 weatherproof speaker, available from March/April in black or white for £450 a pair.

AM stands for 'Architecural Monitor', and B&W says the speaker is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. It's a two-way design, featuring an inverted drive unit configuration, with the 25mm aluminium dome tweeter mounted below the 13cm glassfibre bass/midrange driver.

This is said to ensure optimal dispersion of sound when the AM-1 is mounted high on the wall. Bass output is bolstered by the use of a rear-mounted auxiliary bass radiator (ABR).

The cast aluminium wall bracket makes the AM-1 easy to install, with a one-plug mounting system. It can be positioned horizontally or vertically, and rrotated through 110 degrees in both directions.

A rust-proof aluminium grille with a rigid cabinet composed of glass-filled plastics makes it suitable for use around gardens, patios and swimming pools.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.