Take it outside

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

Design By Photo by B&W

Music lovers don’t want to be tethered to an indoor system — loud enough to be heard outside is too loud for inside — but even “outdoor” systems rarely last long out in the wet and cold. Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 ($300) exposes your music to the elements with impunity, thanks to a durable, weather-resistance speaker enclosure. Rigorously tested to withstand extended UV exposure and even salt-water spray, the aluminum grille and glass-filled body composition, available in either black or white, both perform and have B&W’s characteristic good looks.

These speakers aren’t just optimized to withstand pretty much all that Mother Nature, Jack Frost, and Poseidon throw their way. Bowers & Wilkins also paid attention to design elements based on likely placement. Placing the tweeter below the bass driver ensures proper frequency dispersal when mounted up high, and the mounting bracket accommodates landscape or portrait position with a 220-degree arc of adjustment. That means your patio, your pool and your playground grotto all can be rockin’. And no matter how wild things get, you only have to worry about the angry neighbors/angry cops/angry girlfriend running out of beer.

Available March 2013