Cambridge Audio Aero 5
The most vital part of cinematic sound? The dialog! Without the drama of human interaction, there's little point in even turning on. Yet all too often, traditional center channel speakers can introduce distortion in the most important element of any surround sound experience.
The dialog speaker with a difference!
Using a BMR driver instead of a traditional tweeter gives the Aero series several key advantages – adding up to a radical difference in audio quality compared to its rivals. The result when applied to the vital center channel is nothing less than stunning.
With traditional tweeters, the crossover between the tweeter and driver happens at about 3kHz, right at the point where our ears are most sensitive to any distortions or differences between the two sources – and near to the key frequencies of human speech, music and song. With a BMR driver, the crossover happens at 250Hz, far outside the most sensitive hearing frequencies. The result is fantastically clear, natural and coherent voices, for a far better center channel.
That's not the only advantage of BMR: the driver construction also delivers a more room-filling sound. This makes them ideal for modern homes and room layouts where speakers might not end up placed optimally. You can place the Aero 3 where you want and still get pin-sharp speech and song.
Using BMR drivers also means that Aero's woofers get to really bark. By concentrating the matching Aero 9 subwoofer below 250kHz and ensuring the non-BMR drivers are also concentrated in the lower frequencies, the result is cinematic, immersive sound with sumptuous and accurate bass.
The BMR drivers, combined with the wood finish cabinets, also offer a contemporary, yet classic, design that will fit perfectly in most living rooms.
For word-perfect speech and human drama worth listening to, the Aero 5 offers stunning attention to detail, serious room-filling sound and radical innovation ideal for modern listening.
BMR driver – By replacing the traditional tweeter with a BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) driver, the Aero range offers several key advantages over rival speakers. 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 250kHz. The result is a more natural, immersive and coherent sound. 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.
Custom-designed mid-bass drivers – As well as offering a more coherent sound at the top end, moving to a 250kHz crossover between BMR and traditional drivers and subwoofers offers advantages at the bottom end too. Aero cone drivers and subwoofers are specifically designed to complement the BMR drivers, concentrating cone drivers and subwoofers on what they do best: lower frequencies.
Premium construction – Aero cabinets are designed not only to look classic, discreet and stylish, but also are constructed using CAD techniques and critical bracing to minimize distortion and maximize audio quality.
- Sensitivity: 90dB
- Frequency response: 50Hz - 22kHz
- Impedance: 8 Ohms compatible
- Recommended amplifier power: 25-120 Watts
- Drivers: 1 x 46mm (2") BMR, 2 x 135mm (5.25") high power subwoofers
Colour: Black or Walnut
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 150 x 430 x 208mm (5.9 x 16.9 x 8.2") including grille
- Weight: 6.1kg (13.4lbs)