High-end audio company Cambridge has unveiled its newest products at the HES show: the Aeromax Series 2 shelf speakers and series 6 floor speakers. The speakers feature updated fit and finish as well as Cambridge’s latest 4th generation BMR drivers. The BMRs have a much higher range (down to 250Hz) that allows more efficient operation of the dedicated sub. Aeromax is designed to fit into a more modern environment as opposed to their classically styled sister Aero line.
Also announced were updated Azur AV head units. New to the line are the 551R V2 and 751R V2. The 751R features dual custom TI DSP chips that are optimized for 4K video and 3D. It features six HDMI inputs and two outputs for home video and various audio inputs including dedicated USB audio for your PC. The 551R V2 features similar DSP chips from Cirrus Logic. It features six HDMI inputs and also six RCA audio inputs.
Brand new is the One. It is a multifunction box that does the work of a receiver, amp, DAC, CD player and an AM/FM tuner. It has inputs from Bluetooth, RCA, S/PDIF, and even USB. The amp power is 30 watts per channel. Most of all, it comes in at a very affordable price.
The Aeromax speakers come in at $749 for the series 2 and $1499 for the series 6. The Azur series heads are $1099 for 551R V2 and $2199 for the Azur 751R V2. The One will cost an ultra affordable $499. The products will be available between May and July depending on product.
Cambridge Audio Announces Updated Aeromax Series 2 & 6 Speakers, Upgrades to the Azur Home Cinema Receiver & Upsampling Line, and Introduces the One Compact All Inclusive Music System
New audiophile innovations on display at HES, May 16th-19th 2014 Hall 3, Stand E 01
LONDON May 14th, 2014 With a world-class design team responsible for decades of Hi-Fi audio innovations, Cambridge Audio is in prime place to announce a selection of show stealing new products ready to debut at the HES in Munich.
Aeromax Speaker range – radical innovations, improved audio quality and stunning modern looks
Leading the charge are the new Aeromax 2 & 6 bookshelf and floor standing speakers. Cambridge Audio offers an upgrade to the finish, construction, specification and most importantly, the audio performance of the existing Aero speaker models – introduced to universal acclaim in 2013.
While the existing Aero speakers continue with their classic style, the Aeromax range has an eye on the more modern home thanks to their luxurious, high lacquer, gloss black and gloss white finish.
Key to game changing performance of all the Aero speakers is the pairing of a full range BMR (Balance Mode Radiator) driver with a dedicated bass sub-woofer.
Unlike traditional tweeters, where the crossover between the tweeter and mid/bass woofer happens at about 3kHz, with a BMR driver, this crossover shifts all the way down to 250Hz. This means that the BMR driver covers all of the high and mid-range frequencies down to 250Hz, allowing the mid/bass driver to become optimised for efficient bass response, effectively making it a dedicated subwoofer.
The result is fantastically clear, natural and coherent, high-quality audio.
A new 4th generation version of the BMR driver features a specially revised honeycomb structure to offer better uniformity in all directions across the diaphragm, ensuring a smoother and more linear high frequency response for an immersive, spacious yet more detailed top end.
One the compact & all inclusive music system
We all love to play our music from a wide variety of different sources; but to guarantee playback normally requires lots & lots of boxes: a CD player, a DAC, a tuner, an amplifier etc.
The Cambridge Audio One is a compact music system that offers multi-source playback in true hi-fi sound quality and all from one box.
One has a variety of different analog and digital audio inputs, including RCA, USB, S/PDIF and coaxial. It can play CDs or also wirelessly stream music from smartphones and tablets via a high quality Bluetooth connection.
Playback capabilities also include all your favorite radio stations via a built-in DAB+/FM tuner.
One also boasts high-grade audiophile components including a built-in class AB amplifier – 30watts per channel (8ohms), a large toroidal power supply and Wolfson WM8728 digital-analog converter: just add speakers for a true high end sound.
The Azur AV receiver range gets an update to handle future formats
Featuring only audiophile grade components the Azur 751R V2 combines a powerful, immersive experience together with a stunning audio performance, whether listening to a movie soundtrack or your favorite music.
Dual custom Texas Instruments 32-bit DSP chips offer compatibility with all the latest CODECs and formats, including 4K and 3D video, allowing the 751R V2 to handle future formats for years to come.
The high quality DACs, dedicated USB Audio input for your computer, oversize toroidal transformer and 200 watts per channel output ensure that 751R V2 is one of the most powerful AV receivers in its class; while Cambridge Audios proprietary ATF audio upsampling technology, upsamples all incoming audio to 24-bit/192kHz to deliver the highest quality sound with the lowest possible distortion and jitter.
The 751R V2 caters for a wide range of set ups and systems, with six HDMI inputs for Blu-ray, gaming, or satellite TV and two HDMI outputs for twin displays. Theres also a variety of digital and analogue audio inputs to produce the best audio from traditional sources.
Installation is easy thanks to the Audyssey 2EQ auto setup and room calibration, while the intuitive remote control – and front panel with an HDMI and RCA input – ensures anyone can enjoy using it.
The Azur 551R V2 offers authentic room-shaking movie effects, at the same time also delivering incredibly high-quality musical reproduction.
The very latest Cirrus Logic dual 32-bit DSP chips offer compatibility with all the latest CODECs and formats – including 4K and 3D video ensure the 551R V2 will handle future formats with ease.
The 551R V2 caters for a wide range of set ups and systems, with six HDMI inputs for Blu-ray, gaming, or satellite TV while the six RCA connections will produce the very best audio from traditional hi-fi equipment. It is also incredibly easy to set up and use thanks to the intuitive remote control and front panel with its easy access HDMI and RCA input.
Model Pricing & Availability
Aeromax 2 $749 May 2014
Aeromax 6 $1,499 May 2014
ONE $499 June 2014
Azur 551R V2 $1,099 June 2014
Azur 751R V2 $2,199 July 2014
About Cambridge Audio…
Cambridge Audio has a rich history of developing innovative products designed to harness every last drop of detail from your favourite music and movies. Every product in our range is created at our London R&D centre by a team of passionate and committed engineers with a vast array of live music and sound production experience. Fuelled by their passion for music and movies, and the passion for music and movies in consumers, Cambridge Audio products deliver the most captivating entertainment experience for the very best value possible. We actively encourage press reviews of all our products and were proud that Cambridge Audio products are consistently recognised for their performance, innovation and value.
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