Mission Owners’ Thread

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by fuzzywobbles, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. fuzzywobbles

    fuzzywobbles Easily amused Subscriber

    Hey All. I have been a fan of Mission speakers since I stumbled accross a pair of Mission 761s a few years back. I didn’t see a thread on Mission so thought I would start one and see what other’s experiences with Mission equipment has been. I recently picked up my 4th pair of their speakers, a set of 763s with the rosewood wraps and have been happily dialing them in since. I also have the 761s as mentioned, a pair of 780s that need some work and owned the Model 70s in the past.

    I understand that Mission made amps and turntables as well so as far as I am concerned it’s all fair game. I was wondering what observations, tweaks and thoughts the AK brain trust has on products from this manufacturer.

    I know the 763s are not considered the flagship model by Mission, but I am still in the honeymoon period with them and geeking out at their qualities, and looking forward to hearing what biamping may do to improve these qualities once circumstances permit.

    Here are my new additions to get the ball rolling:

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    I have them on stands about 12” high as my previous experience with the 761s seemed to indicate they really benefited by getting the drivers at more of a listening height.

    I was immediately struck by the soundstage and detail from these 763s. My initial impression is a very accurate and uncolered sound with a great balance and nuance. I listen to variety of music but have really been digging the way they reproduce the sound of some of my favorite old jazz LPs. Drums sound like drums with nice attack and decay, the subtleties in piano shines through, vocals are rich and detailed.

    What are your thoughts and experiences with Mission? Are any of their other products besides speakers worth checking out? Any favorites out there?

    Cheers,

    Fuzz
     
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  2. orsen

    orsen just another old cheapskate that likes audio Subscriber

    i use a set of 770 freedom for my tv fronts
    the fella i bought them from bought them new as a package deal

    he brought it home, hooked it up and the amp fried every thing
    the dealer went good for it, replaced everything, and gave him spares
    so i have NIB tweeter, 2 diaphragms and a NIB woofer
    and the original stands tho i dont use them

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  3. 432HzBob

    432HzBob AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Until I joined AK I never knew Mission made anything but great sounding bookshelf speakers.
    I found these for 761's for just a few bucks at a thrift 4-5 years ago and have used them in several different locations in the continually evolving system. I knew what they were the moment I saw them on the shelf. Yay. Score.
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    Currently doing B-speaker work in the back of the room and I contend they sound almost as good as the "A" B&W 685's being driven by an Adcom GFA535 amp. Both have that "British" sound and I think the Mission tweets may be slightly more crisp than the B&W's. Bass is tight and accurate and vocals come through pretty good for a 2 way.
    I really don;t know which ones I would part with if had to make a choice.
    I haven;t bothered to do anything to the XO's.
    Soon we will soon be hooking them up to a little Yamaha P-2050 amp so all 4 can be employed on heavy metal days. :rockon:
    As much heavy metal as little bookshelfs can dish out anyway.... Isn;t that what JBL's and Infinities are for?:banana:
     
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  4. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    I was aware of Mission, but never owned a pair until my wife spotted a pair of Model 70's at a garage sale. Loved them, and still use them in my office system. Later, I found a pair of 70 Mk II's at a junk store, but just didn't care for the sound, and I got rid of them. I also have a Cyrus 2 amp + PSX - Cyrus was a Mission spinoff.
     
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  5. Raynald

    Raynald AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I only have a pair of M70 at the office right now but in the last few years have owned the Cyrus 780, 761i and 760i (twice).

    I used to sell the 70MKII, 700LE, 760, 760i, 761, 761i,762, 762i, 763, 764, 765, 737, 737 Renaissance, 770, 770 Freedom, 780 Argonaut, Cyrus 780/781/782, and probably a few others!


    Edit: Just realized the second pair of 760i is in my wife's home office system so we do have 2 pairs :)
     
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  6. leesonic

    leesonic Hold on, here comes the bass. Subscriber

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    Here are some 717s I had a few years ago. I bought them, repaired a tweeter, and used them for a while before selling them. I wish I hadn't now, but I have some 770s also, which are not going anywhere. Sure, they might get swapped out now and again, but they are keepers.

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  7. A400

    A400 Active Member

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    I own:
    • 761 - purchased recently and currently doing bedroom duty and sounding good, but I need more time with them.
    • 70. Mine may be an early version, I'm not sure, but the drivers are not obviously made by Vifa (1" tweeter and yellow woofer) and the tweeter is on top. Also 5 element crossover from memory. These can sound very good in the right system.
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    • M70 - blasting out beats in the kitchen powered by a Denon micro unit. Not sounding great where they are but capable little things when set up better.
    • SC-M5K. These came as part of system with the Denon micro unit. Mine are made in England and from looking at photos have differences to the same model that was made elsewhere. They can sound good for such tiny boxes.
    I've also heard a full Mission system including CD players, amps, PSXs etc and I think Argonauts. This was worth quite a few dollars but did sound very good.

    Overall I think Mission have made many good sounding speakers, however I’ve heard at least one pair that was far to bright for my tastes.
     
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  8. lissenup

    lissenup Active Member

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    My only current Mission piece. Back in the mid 80’s I had a system made up of a Cyrus II, Cyrus PSX, Cyrus Tuner, Magnepan 2.5R, and a Rega Planar 3. It was a great introduction to higher end systems. 15DB610A-E5CE-4823-8ABF-F35EEFE411E6.jpeg
     
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  9. boza

    boza Super Member

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    My mission 770 mk2 with morel cat 308 tweeters.
    Sadly i had to replace the original seas tweeters but i still have them. I also recapped them a couple of year ago. There on 16 inch foundation stands.
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  10. torotoro

    torotoro New Member

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    I got my 700s in 1981 with the original stands. They live in the basement on “my side” under the work bench. I’ve only had to replace the foam surround.

    I got the 770s used from an Audio Dealer who bought them new for his personal use. These are my main speakers and the 760i’s are the “B” speakers. I’d like to replace them with an 8 ohm pair but have space limitations and have trouble spending what is necessary to sound as good for the infrequent use they get.

    What I like most about the Missions is their lack of coloration and exquisite detail. I have no problem giving up bass performance for the immaculate midrange they provide.
     

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  11. torotoro

    torotoro New Member

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    Forgot to say, even though the 770s fill the living room better than the 700s, the 700s are my faves which l will never part with. The imaging, sound stage and detail are amazing. Solo violin, piano and voice still don’t cease to amaze after over 35 years. Maybe I should get out more often.
     
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  12. richie60

    richie60 Member

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    Been through a few pairs of mission speakers myself. Started off with the 760i, 761i, 750le, 780se and currently have the 751 pictured.

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  13. boza

    boza Super Member

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    Nice. How do you like them ?
     
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  14. richie60

    richie60 Member

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    I like them a lot. Nice transparent, punchy sound with tight bass.
     
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  15. Paddy Garcia

    Paddy Garcia AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I just last night replaced the binding post on the ugly but nice sounding 732s in my garage.
     
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  16. swamppirate

    swamppirate Addicted Member

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    Some 70 MKII's sitting on top of Empire 6000's....
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  17. fuzzywobbles

    fuzzywobbles Easily amused Subscriber

    In the last few days I took the 763s off of stands and on to carpet spikes. I am thinking this livened them up a bit and brought out more punch. Kind of contrary to what I have experienced with other Missions, but I am not arguing.

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    Also, I was curiously if any of you have noticed a marked improvement with biamping Missions? With other speakers I have had mixed results. I’m currently feeding them with a 45 watt Yamaha Integrated. The plan is to bi-amp them with my Luxman Integrated eventually. That would be a better match power wise as well at 70 wpc.

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  18. olderroust

    olderroust AK Member

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    mighty mission 731s in the bedroom. they go for cheap on eBay these days, 65-75/pair, often.

    I've always liked these little guys.
     
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  19. canuckaudiog

    canuckaudiog On a quest for high fidelity

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    I have a pair of Mission 752s running as my fronts in the living room. They are a lovely sounding speaker, excellent bass and nice, smooth midrange with a clear top end. They are enjoyable to listen to. I hope one day to find the TOTL model, the 753.
     
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  20. Skinley

    Skinley Made in England

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    One of my Mk2 Mission 780 Argonauts. I've had these for over 10 years and I don't think I'll ever get rid of them.

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