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Cambridge Audio Aero 2

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Our take on the Cambridge Audio Aero 2

by Dave Bar
Cambridge Audio

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

Classic looks meet radical technology

With its grille on, you might mistake Cambridge Audio's Aero 2 for a typical bookshelf speaker. But one listen to its potent, room-filling bass and smooth, spacious highs and you'll know there's something different going on. A quick look under the grille reveals its secret. It's not the powerful 6-1/2" woofer (although that's impressive enough to merit its own attention), but what lies just above. In place of a conventional tweeter is a radical "BMR" driver that gives the Aero 2 its key sonic advantage. It's this same technology that makes all of Cambridge Audio's Aero Series speakers a fantastic choice for savoring stereo music or exceptional surround sound.  

Cambridge Audio Aero 2 shown without grilles

Cambridge Audio's radical BMR driver design gives the Aero 2 exceptional wide-range sound and performance.

The "BMR" advantage for natural, spacious sound

The BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) driver used in Cambridge's Aero Series features a flat speaker surface that combines the traditional "pistonic" movement of speaker cones with a "bending-wave" movement to create sound. This allows BMR drivers to cover a much wider frequency range than conventional tweeters.

Better midrange clarity

Why does that matter? Because with most speaker systems, the crossover point between the tweeter and woofer occurs in the critical midrange frequencies, where human ears are most sensitive to distortion and differences in sound between driver types. Aero 2's crossover point occurs all the way down at 250 Hz, giving you clearer, more natural sound. And since the BMR driver handles all of the highs and midrange, that means the woofer can focus on what it does best — bass.

Broad spacious soundstage

That's not the only advantage of BMR technology. This innovative driver construction also allows Aero series speakers to spread sound over a much broader area than conventional speakers. That extra-wide dispersion means you can put your speakers where you want and still enjoy deep, spacious stereo or surround sound throughout your entire room. This makes Aero speakers ideal for room layouts where your speaker placement options are less than optimal.

A solid cabinet that's built to perform

Aero series cabinets are not only discreet and classic-looking, they're engineered for better performance. Each solidly braced MDF enclosure is computer-designed to help minimize standing waves and prevent unwanted resonance from coloring the sound. Heavy-duty, gold-plated binding posts make it easy to connect the high-quality speaker wire of your choice for top-notch performance.

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Highlights:

  • ported (bass reflex) enclosure
  • frequency response 40-22,000 Hz
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • 2" BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) full-range drivers
  • 6-1/2" treated paper cone woofers
  • rigid MDF cabinets
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
  • 8"W x 14-9/16"H x 12-7/8"D
  • weight: 15 pounds each
  • warranty: 5 years
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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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No
Tweeter Type
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BMR
Tweeter Size (inches)
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2
Midrange Size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Treated paper
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range
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25-120
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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40-22k Hz
Connector Type
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Post
Bi-amp Inputs
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No
Height (inches)
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14-9/16
Width (inches)
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8
Depth (inches)
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12-7/8
Weight (pounds)
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15
Mounting Bracket Included
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No
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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24
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Magnetic grilles
  • 2 Foam port inserts
  • 8 Self-adhesive feet
  • Installation Guide

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Features

BMR Driver: The Cambridge Audio Aero 2 bookshelf speaker employs a 2" Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) driver to seamlessly cover the frequency range from 250Hz to 22kHz, making it perfect for reproducing movie and music soundtracks with the greatest clarity and neutrality. By replacing the traditional tweeter with a BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) driver, the Aero 2 bookshelf speaker offers several key advantages over conventional center-channel speakers.

  • 250Hz Crossover Point: Using the BMR shifts the crossover point between tweeter and woofer away from the usual 3kHz, right at the middle of the human ear's most sensitive hearing range, to a less problematic 250Hz. The result is a more natural, immersive and coherent sound.
  • Wider Soundstage: BMRs also offer a wider sound, so speakers can be placed in a wider range of places while still delivering excellent stereo and surround effects; making these speakers ideal for modern homes.
  • Accurate Bass Response: Using a BMR driver also means that Aero 2's woofers get to really focus on the midbass and bass frequencies for a more cinematic, immersive sound with accurate bass.

Custom-Designed Midbass Drivers: The Aero 2 bookshelf speakers employ a single 6.5" midbass drivers. These cone drivers are specifically designed to complement the BMR driver, so they can concentrate on lower bass and midbass frequencies.

Rigid Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Aero 2 bookshelf speaker cabinet is designed not only to look classic, discreet and stylish, but also is constructed using CAD (Computer Aided Design) techniques and critical bracing to minimize distortion and maximize audio quality. The enclosure is constructed of MDF to help eliminate resonance and distortion. The enclosure employs a front-firing port for improved efficiency and bigger bass output.

Binding Posts: The Cambridge Audio Aero 2 bookshelf loudspeaker is equipped with a set of binding post terminals. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana-plugs (single only). The terminals are color-coded (black/red) to distinguish between positive and negative.

Applications: The Cambridge Audio Aero 2 bookshelf loudspeakers are ideal for stereo and home theater applications in small to medium sized rooms. You can even add a Cambridge Audio Aero series powered subwoofer (779AERO9, sold separately).

Placement: Ideally the speakers and listening position should be located equal distances apart. The speakers should also be placed at ear level and slightly angled toward the listener. In addition, the speaker should be positioned at least 2" away from the back wall. If the speakers are placed on a desk or close to a wall, the bass may become too strong. The included foam inserts will reduce the bass output when inserted into the speakers' ports.

Mounting Options: The Cambridge Audio Aero 2 bookshelf loudspeakers include eight self-adhesive foam-feet (four each) to simply place the speakers securely on a desk, table, shelf, or speaker stand securely and safely. The foam feet add approximately 0.125" to the height of the speakers. The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speakers.

 
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5 out of 5

Good job Cambridge Audio!

Written By Conradicles, Foothills, NC on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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I bought these with the expectation of them being another really good monitor speaker. They are better than really good. I have tried many bookshelf speakers over the past few years just to see what the industry has to offer. I was shocked at the low end bass these produced, as well as the balanced overall natural sound spectrum. The Aero 2 needs to be on the list of "giant killer monitors". They are large so make sure your stands are up to par.
Pros:
Full range sound from a monitor Old school big monitor speaker Versatile placement options
Cons:
Wish I could find one
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5 out of 5

vodoo speakers

Written By john h., modesto on Friday, June 27, 2014
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I have listened to a lot of speakers lately. I have floorstanding energys at home (c-5) run by a 120 watt per channel Denon, At my office I have a denon dra-685 running a pair of Polk Audio RTi A3 through a NAD 1 dac . I also had a pair of Jbl towers that I sold a year ago. I recently bought a Dacmagic 100 for another room at my office, which fed through a harmon Kardon 3480 (120 watt/channel) reciever to a pair of Monitor Audio BR1s. The detail in the music that the dacmagic put out could not be reproduced by the small MAs, so after much research I bought a pair of Aero2s. There is no comparison between these and any of the previously mentioned speakers. While you might be able to enjoy the almost metalic highs of the Energys or the punchy bass of my old JBLs, none of these put the band in the room with you. Its like there are no speakers , just the music. In the words of on old guitarist client that listened to them for a minute," they are very transparent" I have had two clients ask for info on these speakers so that they can buy some. In the low end speaker catagory, I think that these have changed the game. I am listening to all my music again and I am hearing things that I have never heard. I was listening to yellow Submarine and heard waves for the first time. I realize that the listening experi ence is a very personal thing and likes and dislikes may vary, but for me these are the best.
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Amazing sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Excellent left and right surround speakers

Written By Bill, Montclair, VA on Monday, June 02, 2014
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These attractive bookshelf speakers are fantastic left and right channel speakers, well-matched with a Cambridge centre channel speaker, driven by a Cambridge Audio home theatre amp.
Pros:
Full, well-balanced sound in attractive enclosures.
Cons:
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