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Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

Outdoor speakers (Matte White)

Item # 749AM1WH

These rugged speakers bring some of Bowers & Wilkins' high-end speaker technology to the great outdoors.

These rugged speakers bring some of Bowers & Wilkins' high-end speaker technology to the great outdoors.

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About the Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

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A rugged, sweet-sounding outdoor speaker

When the weather is comfortable, nothing beats listening to great music at the pool, patio, or back deck. Bowers & Wilkins designed their AM-1 speakers to sound exceptional and stand up to the weather.
Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 speaker cutaway

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 outdoor speakers feature an inverted driver array that improves sound dispersion when the speaker is mounted overhead.

A rugged, sweet-sounding outdoor speaker

When the weather is comfortable, nothing beats listening to great music at the pool, patio, or back deck. Bowers & Wilkins designed their AM-1 speakers to sound exceptional and stand up to the weather.

Each speaker features a 5" woven glass-fiber cone woofer and 1" metal dome tweeter that deliver crisp, accurate sound for your outdoor listening enjoyment.

Smart design

Bowers & Wilkins made some interesting design choices to help these speakers sound good in an outdoor environment. The tweeters are mounted below the woofers, to better disperse sound when they are mounted overhead in the eaves. The tweeters are tube-loaded, borrowing an idea from B&W's revolutionary Nautilus™ floor-standing indoor speakers.

The midbass/midrange driver also benefits from ideas developed in Bowers & Wilkins' high-end home speaker lineup. It features an Anti-Resonance plug that debuted with their PM1 loudspeaker. It's a mushroom-shaped device made of polymer foam that soaks up resonance and reduces cone break-up, creating unparalleled clarity and detail in the midrange. A rear-facing auxiliary bass radiator offers extended bass response while keeping the enclosure sealed against the elements.

The inverted driver array is encased in a rugged weather-resistant cabinet with an attractive rust-proof aluminum grille. They can be mounted vertically or horizontally with the included adjustable wall-mount brackets, which have speaker connections built right in to keep your installation looking neat and clean.

A rich history of audio excellence

Founded in England in the 1960s, Bowers & Wilkins is known worldwide for their innovative hi-fi speaker designs and their premium headphones. Crutchfield is proud to offer a diverse selection of products from this legendary audio brand.

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Product highlights:

  • inverted driver array places tweeter below woofer for improved sound dispersion when mounted overhead
  • 1" Nautilus™ tube-loaded aluminum dome tweeter
  • 5" glass-fiber cone woofer with rear-facing auxiliary bass radiator
  • frequency response: 51-22,000 Hz
  • fully sealed enclosure for indoor or outdoor use
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • recommended power: 20-100 watts
  • low-profile wall mount included
    • spring post speaker terminals are built into each mount
  • can be angled up to 220°
  • wall-mount screws must be purchased separately
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 7-1/4"W x 12-1/8"H x 8-3/4"D
  • weight: 8.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • MFR # FP35130

What's in the box:

  • 2 Outdoor loudspeakers
  • 2 Wall-mount brackets
  • 2 Bolts
  • 2 Washers
  • Torx wrench
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Information

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More details on the Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

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Features & specs

Type Surface Mount
Bluetooth No
Enclosure Passive Radiator
Tweeter Type Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5
Woofer Composition Woven glass-fiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (watts) 20-100
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (ohms) 8
Frequency Response 51-22k Hz
Connector Type Spring post
Height (inches) 12-1/8
Width (inches) 7-1/4
Depth (inches) 8-3/4
Weight (pounds) 8.8
Wall-mountable Yes
Bracket Included Adjustable bracket
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Weather Resistant Construction: The Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 loudspeaker is an ultra-durable, weather resistant loudspeaker that is designed with the outdoors in mind. With its rust-proof aluminum grille and super-rigid cabinet, the AM-1 is extremely durable. To make sure the AM-1 is highly resistant to the outdoor elements, the speaker must pass a range of rigorous weather tests, including UV exposure and testing inside an accelerated salt-spray chamber. The AM-1 is perfect for patio, garden, poolside, and other outdoor applications. The AM-1 is also suitable for indoor use and is a great choice for public indoor spaces. Indoors or outdoors, at home or in a restaurant, it's guaranteed to perform at a high level.

Inverted Driver Design: The AM-1 takes everything Bowers & Wilkins knows about high performance audio and adapts it to meet the demands of the outdoor listening environment. The speaker combines tried and trusted B&W technologies with new innovations, like an inverted driver array that places the tweeter below the midbass/midrange driver for optimum sound dispersion when the speaker is mounted high on a wall, plus an advanced bass radiator design that maximizes low-frequency performance while keeping the speaker sealed from the elements.

  • Tube-Loaded, Aluminum Dome Tweeter: The Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 outdoor loudspeaker features a 1" aluminum dome tweeter. As well as featuring a unique surround material, the aluminum dome tweeter is tube-loaded; a design innovation B&W first introduced on their groundbreaking Nautilus loudspeaker. The tube works by soaking up unwanted resonance from the back of the tweeter, so the sound you hear from the front is as detailed and precise as possible.
  • Woven Glass-Fiber Midbass/Midrange Driver: The AM-1 outdoor loudspeaker houses a 5" woven glass-fiber midbass/midrange driver with rubber surround. This redesigned midbass/midrange driver features B&W's AntiResonance Plug; an acoustic innovation first seen on B&W's high-end PM1 loudspeaker. Constructed from polymer foam, the mushroom-shaped device soaks up resonance like a sponge while also reducing cone break-up, creating unparalleled clarity and detail in the midrange.
  • Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR): The B&W AM-1 outdoor loudspeaker needs a sealed enclosure for protection from rain and splashes, but that's not great for solid, powerful bass. So Bowers & Wilkins engineers designed a clever rear-mounted auxiliary bass radiator (ABR) to give extra low-end punch from a compact enclosure, while still maintaining the cabinet's weather-tight seal.

Spring Post Terminals: The AM-1 outdoor loudspeaker's spring post terminals are integrated into the included wall-mount bracket and hidden behind a removable plastic cover. When connected the speaker wire disappears into the back of the wall-mount bracket for a neat and professional looking installation. The spring post terminals will support up to 14AWG speaker wire.

Note: The spring-post terminals will not accept banana plugs, pin-connectors, or spade-lugs.

Mounting Options: AM-1 has been carefully designed to be easy to install, and its elegant cast aluminum wall-mount bracket incorporates an ingenious one-plug mounting system. The wall-mount bracket allows the AM-1t o be mounted vertically or horizontally, for total flexibility of installation. Combine this with minimal wall projection and a design that allows the speaker to be angled through 220-degrees, and you have a discreet, versatile outdoor loudspeaker that can provide you with pristine sound almost anywhere. Wall-mount screws for the bracket are not included and can be found at most local hardware stores.

  • Vertical Mounting Dimensions: 7.25" (w) x 12.125" (h) x 8.75" (d)
  • Horizontal Mounting Dimensions: 12.125" (w) x 7.25" (h) x 8.75" (d)

Note: The AM-1 is not designed to be used without the included bracket. The included wall-mount bracket must be installed since the speaker's spring post terminals are integrated into the bracket.

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Sounds like I need to purchase and amplifier ?
joseph  May 17, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Joseph, and thank you for your question. These speakers do not have a built in amplifier, so you are correct. You would also need to purchase an amplifier, and run speaker wires to these speakers.
thomas  May 17, 2023 (Staff)
Is there a sound quality issue if mounted on a post vs wall mounted?
risi59  Jun 14, 2022
1 answer
No. Mounting on a post is not uncommon for outdoor applications with covered porches/patios. There should be no effect on sound quality.
zachary  Jun 15, 2022 (Staff)
How do I Power up AM-1 SPEAKERS?
todd  May 30, 2022
1 answer
These speakers are passive, meaning they will require an external amplifier or receiver with speaker wires between them! The recommended amplifier power rating is 20-100 Watts.
thomas  Jun 01, 2022 (Staff)
What's the ideal height for these speakers? I Tried finding the specs on the angle of the sound projection but I couldn't find anything.
matthew  May 24, 2022
1 answer
That's a very good question Matthew! We can't nail down the exact angle, but it's going to be wide. These specialize in a wide dispersion, and you can really mount them at almost any height within reason. Wherever you mount them you will want to adjust the mounting bracket so the speakers are pointing at the "sweet spot" in your setup. We have Advisors ready to help decide the best place to mount them also, if you need us call 1-800-324-9695.
bo  May 24, 2022 (Staff)
I lost the tool to take the speakers off. It looks like a torx's bit, do you know what size it is?
craig  Aug 23, 2021
3 answers
Hi. So I just tested and 1/4" hex driver works great. Was able to fully tighten and loosen. No stripping. It does look like a Torx but I don't have a full torx set. I found a conversion hex to Torx online. Says 1/4" would be a T30. Hope that helps. Peter
peter  Aug 25, 2021
Torx T50. I just checked.
tom  Aug 24, 2021
I believe it is a T50 bit. I tried it out for size and it fit.
tom  Aug 24, 2021
Is there a outdoor subwoofer that can give more low end bass to complement the AM-1?
cameron  Aug 11, 2020
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
thomas  Aug 25, 2020 (Staff)
Can this be hung from the ceiling instead of on the wall?
alan  May 17, 2021
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joseph  May 20, 2021
I believe they mount equally well on wall or ceiling. The rotating arm gives you great flexibility.
tom  May 17, 2021
See no reason why not. My pair are attached near the top of a wall with a few inches above. Only thought that comes to mind is how you would point the sound to have the best results.
gary  May 17, 2021
Yes, with the proper anchors or bracing.
debbie  May 17, 2021
It could, however, the speaker will face directly at the floor. I don't know if B&W provides another mounting option for this speaker.
casey  May 17, 2021

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