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Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6 Floorstanding Speakers

Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6 Floorstanding Speakers

Summary

  • Product Name: Aeromax 6; Aeromax 2
  • Manufacturer: Cambridge Audio
  • Review Date: June 05, 2014 06:00
  • MSRP: $1,499/pair (Aeromax 6); $749/pair (Aeromax 2)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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AeroMax 6

  • Frequency Response: 30Hz - 22kHz
  • Recommended amplifier power: 25-120 Watts
  • Drivers: 1 x 46mm (2") BMR; 2 x 165mm (6.5") high power subwoofer
  • Color: Black Glossy or White Glossy
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 980 x 240 x 344mm (38.6 x 9.4 x 13.5")
  • Weight: 17kg (37.4lbs)

Aeromax 2

  • Frequency Response: 40Hz - 22kHz
  • Recommended amplifier power: 25-120 Watts
  • Drivers: 1 x 46mm (2") BMR; 1 x 165mm (6.5") high power subwoofer
  • Color: Black Glossy or White Glossy
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 370 x 203 x 335mm (14.6 x 8.0 x 13.2")
  • Weight: 7.24kg (15.96lbs)

Executive Overview

One of the traditional weak points for speakers is the crossover between the tweeter and the midrange. We've seen tons of speakers that have tried to combat this problem area in a myriad of different ways. The problem is that the point where the tweeter crosses into the midrange, where the tweeter stops playing and the midrange driver starts, is an area where human hearing is particularly acute. Any sonic imperfections in this area (around 3kHz) are likely to be heard by the discerning listener.

Cambridge Audio has come up with their solution for this problem by eliminating the crossover altogether. Cambridge Audio has developed a driver called the BMR - Balanced Mode Radiator. This driver plays from 22kHz (above human hearing) down to 250Hz. This allows the rest of the drivers in the speaker to focus on bass frequencies. If you watch the Cambridge Audio video below about the BMR, you'll see that it seems to have different rings rather than a single piston like a traditional tweeter. Aside from allowing the BMR to play lower, it also, according to Cambridge, will provide much wider sound for better off-axis response.

 

Cambridge has developed two speakers around this 4th generation BMR driver. The first is the Aeromax 6 floorstanding speaker. This speaker has a single 2" BMR and two 6.5 woofers (they call them subwoofers). The speaker is rated from 22kHz to 30 Hz. The enclosure features two cross-braces and the BMR driver looks to be contained in its own enclosure. The bottom fourth of the box seems to be unused as it is cut off from the two bass drivers. There is a front port and Cambridge Audio brags upgraded crossover components, OFC copper wiring, and high quality binding posts. 

Aeromax 6

Speakers with grilles on aren't very photogenic

The speaker is fairly small at 38.6 by 9.4 by 13.5 inches and only 37.4 pounds. It comes in gloss white or black and is on a raised plinth with carpet spikes. The price is very reasonable at just under $1500 a pair. 

Cambridge has also released a bookshelf version in their Aeromax line in the Aeromax 2. This speaker has the same 2" BMR driver but loses one of the 6.5" woofers. The Aeromax 2 bookshelf speaker are rated from 22kHz to 40Hz (which seems pretty optimistic to us), have front ports, and all the same upgrades as the towers. The Aeromax 2's run $750 a pair, are 4.6 x 8.0 x 13.2" and weigh a hair under 16 pounds.

aeromax 2 white     aeromax 2 black

Areomax 2 bookshelves - also is Gloss White or Black

For more information, please visit www.cambridgeaudio.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

zieglj01 posts on August 21, 2014 17:17
theJman, post: 1047130
Judging by that graph they probably sounded flat and lifeless. Not pretty at all.

Also, alphaiii complained about the bass in the Aero bookshelf speaker - now I know why.
theJman posts on August 21, 2014 17:04
Swerd, post: 1047119
For what it's worth, when I heard the Aero 2, there was no noticeable noise or harshness, but it was immediately obvious something was missing. I think few, if any, people with average hearing would fail to immediately notice the difference between it and another 2-way bookshelf speaker with a standard tweeter. It was that noticeable.

Judging by that graph they probably sounded flat and lifeless. Not pretty at all.
zieglj01 posts on August 21, 2014 16:34
Swerd, post: 1047119
For what it's worth, when I heard the Aero 2, there was no noticeable noise or harshness, but it was immediately obvious something was missing. I think few, if any, people with average hearing would fail to immediately notice the difference between it and another 2-way bookshelf speaker with a standard tweeter. It was that noticeable.

After seeing Brent Butterworth's measurements of the Aero 6 and Aero 2 - I believe I will agree with you for the most part.

http://hometheaterreview.com/assets_c/2014/05/Cambridge%20Aero%20measurements2-12371.php

Swerd posts on August 21, 2014 16:04
zieglj01, post: 1047108
Most people may be happy with the 3rd gen tweeter - most may not be able to pick up what they
are missing - the most critical/sensitive ear, tends to be in the minority for most buyers.

I still would like to see the BMR as a midrange driver, crossing over to a good tweeter.
For what it's worth, when I heard the Aero 2, there was no noticeable noise or harshness, but it was immediately obvious something was missing. I think few, if any, people with average hearing would fail to immediately notice the difference between it and another 2-way bookshelf speaker with a standard tweeter. It was that noticeable.

Yes, the BMR might work well as a mid range driver, but there are already many those that are very good.

I think the BMR's best use might be as a cube speaker. If they improve the treble, just a little, it would easily outperform those small Bose cubes.
slipperybidness posts on August 21, 2014 15:21
I don't know what generation these were, but they were measured in S&V earlier this year.
Cambridge Audio Aero 2 Speaker System | Sound & Vision
Cambridge Audio Aero 2 Speaker System Test Bench | Sound & Vision

These measurements look a lot like those from Swerd.
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