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Cambridge Audio Aeromax 2

Bookshelf speaker (Gloss White)

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Overview

Our take on the Cambridge Audio Aeromax 2

We were already bowled over by Cambridge Audio's Aero 2 bookshelf speakers. Their smooth, seamless sound and surprising bass extension really opened some eyes around here. On balance, a fantastic little speaker. So when Cambridge introduced the "new and improved" Aeromax 2, we were understandably skeptical. Seriously, how much better could you possibly make the Aero 2s sound? Turns out, quite a bit! 

Take your music to the 'Max

We were already bowled over by Cambridge Audio's Aero 2 bookshelf speakers. Their smooth, seamless sound and surprising bass extension really opened some eyes around here. On balance, a fantastic little speaker. So when Cambridge introduced the "new and improved" Aeromax 2, we were understandably skeptical. Seriously, how much better could you possibly make the Aero 2s sound? Turns out, quite a bit! 

The folks at Cambridge kept all the good bits from the Aero 2 — the wide-dispersion sound, powerful bass performance, and premium construction — then tweaked and tuned the design, and added a beautiful new high-gloss finish, to create the Aeromax 2. We think the improvements speak for themselves

Cambridge Audio Aeromax 2 shown without grilles

Cambridge Audio's latest 4th generation BMR driver design gives the Aeromax 2 seamless wide-range sound with a crisp, detailed top-end, and a huge soundstage.

The "BMR" advantage for natural, spacious sound

The BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) driver used in Cambridge's Aeromax Series speakers features a flat surface that combines the traditional "pistonic" movement of speaker cones with a "bending-wave" movement to create sound. This allows the BMR driver 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. Aeromax 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.

4th generation BMR driver for an even more spacious soundstage

That's not the only advantage of BMR technology. This innovative driver construction also allows Aeromax Series speakers to spread sound over a much broader area than conventional speakers. The Aeromax 2's latest 4th generation BMR features more rigid construction than previous designs for even better dispersion and a wider sweet spot. 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 Aeromax speakers ideal for room layouts where your speaker placement options are less than optimal.

Further Aeromax refinements for even better performance

Cambridge didn't stop with just a new BMR driver — they rebuilt the Aeromax 2 from the ground up, starting with the cabinets. Each heavily braced enclosure is computer-designed to help minimize standing waves and prevent unwanted resonance from coloring the sound. This extensive bracing also locks the drivers in place to further reduce vibration for cleaner dynamics. You'll enjoy clear, sparkling highs and tight, high-accuracy bass that'll have you tapping your toes in time to the music.

Additional upgrades include an improved crossover network for superb levels of detail and transparency. New audiophile-grade speaker terminal posts and internal cabling made from high-purity, oxygen-free copper wire provide a solid and pristine signal path throughout the Aeromax 2. And finally, that gorgeous, furniture-grade high-gloss finish makes this speaker look just as good as it sounds

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Product Highlights:

  • ported (bass reflex) enclosure
  • frequency response 40-22,000 Hz
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • 4th generation 2" BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) full-range driver with better dispersion for a wider soundstage
  • 6-1/2" treated paper cone woofer
  • ultra-high-grade crossover components for greater levels of detail and transparency
  • rigid MDF cabinets with extensive internal bracing for reduced resonance and cleaner sound
  • audiophile-grade, gold-plated speaker terminal posts
  • high-grade Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) internal cabling for a purer signal path
  • beautiful high-gloss finish
  • 8"W x 14-5/8"H x 13-1/8"D
  • weight: 15.96 pounds each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Magnetic grilles
  • 8 Self-adhesive feet
  • Pair of cloth gloves
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Installation Guide

Very clean accurate sound. My old system was 25 years old and far less expensive so I can't say good these speaker perform compared to others in the same price range.

John, Greensburg, PA

Reviews

Cambridge Audio Aeromax 2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Balanced, nuanced, room-filling sound.

Charles from Brevard, NC on 11/20/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very fine, balanced sound. Biggest surprise was the dispersion. I have 14' ceilings in my living room and these are 8' off the floor on top of a bookshelf - less than optimum placement but she who must be obeyed insists. They fill the room with even sound, and everything from Puccini to Pink Floyd sounds great. Very listenable speakers and the price, while higher than some, is a bargain considering the quality. Suggest you give them a little run-in period before making your own judgment. Mine really came into their own after about 12 hours of listening at moderate volumes. An excellent value, and I couldn't be more pleased.

Pros: Better-than expected dispersion -- actually, terrific. Generous, tight bass response. Better highs than expected, without the harshness and sibilance sometimes present in a "tweetered" system. Very nice piano black finish - fit and quality are excellent. Excellent price:performance ratio - I can't imagine a better sounding small speaker and for under $600 a pair, these are a steal.

Cons: None.

WOW - You really ought to give these a try!

Brian from Okemos, MI on 11/3/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was intrigued by the reported sonic benefits of speakers with BMRs like the Aeromax 2, including improved bass response. I have waited over two months before submitting this evaluation. I have a set of B & W CDM2s, Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55s; my power source is a 100 watt Yamaha integrated amplifier model A-S801 and I use a NAD C-568 CD player. Out of the box the Aeromaxs were so stiff sounding that I thought about returning them but within a day they were the best sounding speakers I have owned. The glowing evaluations of these speakers by Crutchfield and stereo magazines were accurate in my experience. It doesn't take long to prefer their balanced sound over the traditional speaker outfitted with a domed tweeter. I tried putting my other speakers back and I never made it through an entire CD before I wanted the Aeromax 2s back! They truly have a different sound from traditional speakers - I was hearing so many other instruments, sounds and detail that were being drowned out by tweeter dominated speakers. Plus the bass response was also a big improvement, as reported. With Crutchfield's 60-day return policy it was not much of a risk to try these innovative speakers.

Pros: An innovative speaker design with a truly different sound experience - that i strongly recommend.

Cons: You may no longer like your traditional tweeter driven speakers.

Good sound.

John from Greensburg, PA on 6/23/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very clean accurate sound. My old system was 25 years old and far less expensive so I can't say good these speaker perform compared to others in the same price range.

Pros: Very clean accurate sound.

Cons: No real con's

Beautiful sweet spacious sound with tight bass

HG from Exton, PA on 2/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After hearing to so many speakers like focal aria, monitor audio silver2, totem rainmaker, b&w, etc. these are hands down the best speakers.

Pros: Bmr tweeter creates wide spacious sound, which means you don't have to sit in single narrow sweet spot to hear the best sound. Front port allows for closer placement to wall. Dedicated driver for lower frequencies results in tight clean bass. Well built heavy quality cabinets.

Cons: None.

Great value

Chuck from New York on 6/18/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For under $1000 bucks, these are just great loudspeakers. If you are a frequent fan of live contemporary music you will feel as though your at a show while sitting in your living room. They are extremely musical, bass is highly varied, meaning multi tonal, allowing each drum from bass to floor Tom to upper toms to have unique sounds, vocals are fantastic and highs are realistic not overpowering and very much like a live performance. Beautiful cabinets, great build quality. To get better you would have to spend double this amount. If you are planning on using these in a five channel configuration you are going to want to make sure that your other loudspeakers are good enough to not ruin the sound that these are putting out. Highly recommended.

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Awesome Speakers!

Mark P. from Georgia on 1/11/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are awesome. Using them as front speakers paired with Minx C46's as surrounds in the ceiling along with a Aero 5 center speaker. Pushing them with a new Yamaha RX-A3040 receiver. The system sounds great and I'm sold on Cambridge Audio. I brought a Cambridge Audio sub about a year ago after going through many sub brands over the last 10 years. I was so happy with the quality of the sub I decided to update my whole speaker system with Cambridge Audio and I'm more than pleased with the results! Highly recommend these speakers and the brand.

Pros: Sound great, very good with cinema and music.

Cons: None.

Details

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type BMR
Tweeter Size (inches) 2
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Treated paper
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 25-120
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 40-22k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 14-9/16
Width (inches) 8
Depth (inches) 13-1/2
Weight (pounds) 15.96
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Features

BMR Driver (4th Generation): The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 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. This 4th generation BMR driver offers exceptional high frequency extension to deliver a crisp and detailed top end. By replacing the traditional tweeter with a BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) driver, the AeroMax 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: The 4th generation BMR driver construction also delivers a more room-filling sound by using horizontal vibration modes for a much wider soundstage. This makes them ideal for modern homes and room layouts where speakers might not end up placed optimally for traditional stereo audio. You can place the Aeromax 2 wherever you want and still get great stereo and surround effects.
  • Accurate Bass Response: Using a BMR driver also means that AeroMax 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 AeroMax 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 MDF Enclosure: The AeroMax 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 extensively braced cabinets lock the drivers mechanically to the cabinet structure resulting in lower coloration and cleaner dynamics. The enclosure is constructed of MDF to help eliminate resonance and distortion. Available in gloss white and gloss black finishes (the included magnetic grilles are black).

Bass Port: The AeroMax 2's enclosure employs a front-firing port for improved efficiency and bigger bass output.

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 2 bookshelf loudspeaker is equipped with a set of gold-plate 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.

High-Grade Internal Cabling: The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 2 bookshelf speaker utilizes Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) internal cabling for the purest signal path from the audiophile-grade, gold-plated terminal posts to the crossover and drive units.

Applications: The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 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.

Mounting Options: The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 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.

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