Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6
Floor-standing speaker (Gloss Black)
Our take on the Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Cambridge Audio "Maxes" out our listening room
When Cambridge Audio visited Crutchfield recently with their latest creation, the Aeromax 6 floor-standing speakers, we were curious why they felt they needed to tinker around with the already great-sounding Aero 6 towers. After all, the Aero 6 pumps out deep, potent bass with clear, seamless mids and highs, and a soundstage that seems to go on forever.
To demonstrate the abilities of their new Aeromax 6, Cambridge started by playing a nice selection of tunes on a pair of the Aero 6 floor-standers. Heads were bobbing and toes were tapping. Everyone agreed, this was good stuff. Then Cambridge connected the Aeromax 6, and jaws dropped! The bass was instantly tighter and more clearly defined — each note distinct and separate from the next. There was more detail and an increased sense of space, with more "air" around the instruments and vocals. In short, these were not subtle differences, but major improvements. Nice job, Cambridge!
To create the new Aeromax 6, the folks at Cambridge kept all the good bits from their Aero model — the wide-dispersion sound, powerful bass performance, and premium construction — then tweaked and tuned the design, and added a beautiful new high-gloss finish. We think the results speak for themselves.
Cambridge Audio's latest 4th generation BMR driver design gives the Aeromax 6 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 6'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 dual 6-1/2" woofers can focus on what they do best — deep 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 6's latest 4th generation BMR driver 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 6 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. Even the plinth (the bottom plate that the speaker rests on) has been redesignd to provide a more solid foundation. You'll enjoy clear, sparkling highs and tight, high-accuracy bass that'll keep you listening for hours on end.
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 6. And finally, that gorgeous, furniture-grade high-gloss finish makes this speaker look just as good as it sounds.
- ported (bass reflex) enclosure
- frequency response 30-22,000 Hz
- recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- 4th generation 2" BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) full-range driver
- two 6-1/2" treated paper cone woofers
- ultra high-grade crossover components for greater levels of detail and transparency
- rigid MDF cabinet 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
- 9-1/4"W x 38-9/16"H x 14-5/8"D
- weight: 37.4 pounds
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Floor-standing loudspeaker
- Magnetic grille
- 4 Machine screws
- 4 Spacers
- 4 Rubber feet
- 4 Spiked feet
- 4 Flat discs
- Foam port insert
- Pair of cloth gloves
- Cleaning cloth
- Installation Guide
Nice looking, well made speakers..easy to install/connect. Also the cabinets are made of a white gloss solid enclosure, hard to find these days. Having had the dark cabinetry speaker enclosures of the 70's, the appearance of these is a nice change.
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||2|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Woofer Composition||Treated paper|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||30-22k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
BMR Driver (4th Generation): The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 6 floor-standing 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 6 floor-standing 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 6 wherever you want and still get great stereo and surround effects.
- Accurate Bass Response: Using a BMR driver also means that AeroMax 6'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 6 floor-standing speaker employs dual 6.5" bass drivers. These cone drivers are specifically designed to complement the BMR driver, so they can concentrate on lower bass and midbass frequencies. These twin bass drivers have been perfectly optimized to produce deep and powerful bass.
Rigid MDF Enclosure: The AeroMax 6 floor-standing 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 grille is black).
Bass Port: The AeroMax 6 floor-standing loudspeaker's enclosure employs a front-firing port for improved efficiency and bigger bass output. The included foam insert will reduce the bass output when inserted into the speaker's port.
Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 6 floor-standing 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 6 floor-standing 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 6 floor-standing loudspeakers are ideal for stereo and home theater applications in medium to large sized rooms. You can even add a Cambridge Audio Aero series powered subwoofer (779AERO9, sold separately) for more powerful bass.
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 main listening position. In addition, the speaker should be positioned at least 2" away from the back wall. If the speakers are placed close to a wall, the bass may become too strong.
Mounting Feet: The Cambridge Audio AeroMax 6 floor-standing speaker comes with four rubber feet and four spiked feet for added stability on your hardwood, tile, or carpeted floors. The rubber feet are ideal for hardwood and tile flooring; the additional rubber feet add approximately 0.375" to the height of the powered sub. The spiked feet are great for carpeted flooring and are adjustable in case you have uneven floors. 4 flat discs (which go underneath the spiked feet) are included if you choose to use the spikes on hardwood or tile floors in order to prevent damage. The spiked feet add approximately 1.25" to the height of the powered subwoofer.
Note: The AeroMax 6 floor-standing speaker's base must be attached to the speaker (using included hardware) prior to installing the mounting feet.
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my old Marantz mark2 speakers are starting to fade. they were built 40 yrs ago [ jon Jan 25, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
Sure. The 60 watts from the CXA60 is well within the recommended range for these speakers (25-120 watts) so, you'll be good to go. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Aug 20, 2016 ] Staff
The BMR driver handles the frequencies produced by a traditional tweeter and midrange cone. I personally found the output of midrange to be lacking in these speakers and returned them. Great for pop music, but the character of acoustic guitars, horns, orchestra, and male vocals was nonexistent. Cone surface area equals output, and 4cm of midrange just isn't enough for my ears. [ scott79 May 27, 2016 ]
Hi Ken, Not sure I can answer this q for you - I bought these speakers to improve/upgrade my 7.1 surround system so I would have 2 main 'front' speakers to complement my other smaller surround speakers (also Cambridge Audio). Maybe the manufacturer assumed the other surround speakers would duplicate a midrange speaker? [ madeleine May 27, 2016 ]