The Aerial Model 5B is a high performance compact monitor for critical music listeners and for small home theaters. It provides precise imaging, transparency, and accuracy exceeding that of many larger, more expensive systems. Yet it is conveniently small.

The Model 5B uses the same design standards used in larger aerial products. Its cabinet has 1" and 2" thick walls with interlocked braces for low coloration. Crossover networks use the same high quality precision components. Its drivers are custom-designed to optimize system performance. The result is extraordinary performance.

In most rooms, usable bass extends to 50Hz with surprising dynamics, weight, and rhythm. In contrast to many small monitors, the Model 5B has a large woofer for good air moving capacity and relatively high output. False mid-bass emphasis is notably absent.

The critical midrange is remarkably smooth, free of coloration and natural. Treble is open, detailed, and airy without harshness. Transient accuracy and coherence are exemplary.

Tonal balance remains good even when placed on shelves or wall mounted. While not shielded, a Model 5B can be mounted within a few inches of a video monitor without visible effect. On stands away from walls, the Model 5B is capable of creating a broad yet highly resolved soundstage seemingly emanating from space.

The Model 5B is available in beautifully veneered finishes in matched mirror-imaged pairs. Finish quality is unusually high. An optional floor stand is available for best performance.


Model 5 Loudspeaker
Model 5B with maple finish

Frequency Response 70 Hz to 22 kHz 2 dB, -8 dB at 50 Hz
Dispersion +0 / -3 dB from axial through 45 degrees horizontal arc
Sensitivity 85 dB for 2.83 volts at 1.0 meter
Impedance 4 Ohms, 3 Ohms minimum, low reactance
Power Requirements 50 to 150 Watts (8 Ohm Rating) recommended
Woofer 7.1" (180mm) cast frame, large magnet
Tweeter Titanium dome with large rear chamber
Crossover 2500 Hz
Connections Gold-plated bi-wire terminals
Included Accessories Adjustable gold-plated brass spikes
Optional Accessories Rigid sand-filled 25" tall floor stands
Dimensions (hwd) 13.0 x 8.1 x 10.3 inches, 635 x 305 x 305mm
Weights Pair 48lbs / 22kg, 50lb / 23kg packed
Weight Stands 80lbs / 36kg, 84lb / 38kg packed
Finishes Smooth Black, Rose Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Santos Rosewood

Prices range from $2,200 to $2,400, depending on finish.
Optional speaker stands $700.

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For more information, see the Aerial Acoustics product review page.


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