Such muscularity is largely due to the sterling efforts of the subwoofer, which underpins songs with tight, beefy bass notes and makes kick drums hit hard. Play "Silver Shadow" by Incognito and the Air 200 handles the funky bassline with terrific depth and pin-point timing, making the track groove along effortlessly. You can adjust the bass level on the rear, but I never felt the need to push it any higher than halfway.
With such a large, potent subwoofer on board, there’s always a chance it will thicken up the sound and stifle the other sonic elements. However, provided you don’t twist the bass dial too far, this isn't the case – the mids and treble are given room to breathe, resulting in an open, expansive sound. The tonal balance is spot-on.
There’s warmth in the keyboards and a lovely crispness in the cymbals too. We’re not talking Naim Mu-So
or Monitor Audio S200
levels of finesse and high/mid-range separation here, but it’s certainly one of the more polished wireless speakers I’ve tested – and that applies whether you’re listening via WiFi, Bluetooth or the analogue inputs.
The Air 200 V2 handles loud volumes confidently, with no distortion or hardening in the high frequencies. It’s a poised and steady listen no matter how high you push the level, and that’s a rare talent in this market.
I’m also impressed by how it teases out subtleties in delicate jazz pieces such as "Flamenco Sketches" by Miles Davis. The gently caressed cymbal and the breathy leading edge of saxophone notes are clear as day.
Should I buy the Cambridge Audio Air 200 V2?
Aside from the cumbersome setup procedure and cheap remote, the Air 200 V2 is a superb wireless speaker that won’t leave you feeling short-changed.
Build quality is excellent, and its alluring design will look great in any living room. The inclusion of Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA/UPnP, web radio and Spotify Connect (plus two analogue inputs for old-school gear) provides a wealth of listening options, while the straightforward Air app makes it easy to stream music from any source.
But it is the Air 200 V2’s performance that's the real star. It delivers a hugely powerful room-filling sound with massive amounts of bass and plenty of detail. There are more refined performers out there, but it’s such an exciting, authoritative listen that it’s still worth a punt despite its shortcomings.
Cambridge Audio Air 200 V2 – Verdict
The stylish Air 200 V2 brings some much-needed muscle to the wireless speaker market, although setup could be easier and there’s no multiroom functionality.