Cambridge Audio Aero 2
Bookshelf speakers (Dark Walnut)
Item #: 779AERO2W
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Item #: 779AERO2W
Your price: $499.99 pair Earn up to 500 Rewards points
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's radical BMR driver design gives the Aero 2 exceptional wide-range sound and performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cambridge Audio Aero 2 , Great full room filling Bass , no need for a subwoofer for most people. The low end has good detail and is punchy. The midrange throughs a large beautiful full transparent image but the top end isnt fleshed out and sounds rolled off. The rolled effect at the top end sounds muted at times and this to my ears makes the speakers sound vieled! A very small dome tweeter would take care of this but as the speakers are I cant have vieled/rolled off sound and sent them back. No problem sending them back because of Crutchfield's excellent return policy.
Pros: Great Bass , Transparent full Mids
Cons: Rolled off on top.
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
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.
Pros: Amazing sound
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: None noted.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||2|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Woofer Composition||Treated paper|
|Frequency Response||40-22k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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.
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 (121AM41B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speakers.