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I have owned my Mission 701's for a number of years now, I would say 6years+ and they have served me well. For me, the styling isn't outdated and they work very well as a pair of 'bookshelf' or indeed 'floorstanding' speakers. I have them on stands in my room and although the room is quite small I think they would be able to manage in a larger room also.
I play a whole range of genre's of music through the 701's and they never fail to please me. I paid around £50 for them a number of years back, so they were never top of their range. The sound quality did surprise me at first, and they can take a battering with ease from my amplifier! Depending upon the type of music I am playing I will alter bass and treble settings and the 701's have no trouble at all handling anything from deep bassline to classical and the higher notes. I personally think the 701's have stood the test of time, although they are no longer available to buy new (as far as I am aware) they are worth looking out for if you are on a second-hand budget.
The mid driver cones are made from tough kevlar, below these are soft domed tweeters. The bass is channelled through front-mounted ports to give direct clarity to the audience. They come with covers which you can attach to the front of the speakers, but I prefer to leave them off as I think they look great without covers on. Although I paid such a low price for them they look fantastic. The 701's look meaty and very robust and the styling isn't that of a budget set of speakers. The sound stands up to a lot of the higher end equipment available these days also - even the much newer gear! I find that they are more rewarding when you turn the volume up and listen to something other than the radio through them, then I can really hear the detail and crispness of the sound. I must say that there isn't anything I can knock with regards to sound quality of the 701's.
The 701's have binding posts at the rear to attach your speaker wire. As with any seperates system I find that the speakers will only work at optimum performance when they are used alongside good quality 'input'. Why bother with high-end speakers at fancy prices when you can hunt down a set of 701's for a few pounds - it is so much more rewarding.
The Mission 700 series is a very solid range of speakers, ranging from bookshelf to large floorstanding speakers. The 701's that we focus on in this reveiw are the second up in the range and are meant to be stand mounted ( the 700's would be for you if you are looking to puthyour speakers on a shelf) and theyvare therefore quite substantial in size. ( the 701e's are the floorstanding versions of these ).
The sound is very typically Mission, in that there is a lot of bass but in no way does that engulf the treble and the soft dome tweeters on these (oddly placed below the main units on these). the sound is rich and full of life and impresses in every sense.
The speakers come in a choice of finishes, beech effect light wood or black. On both the drive units and mount surrounds are black with a touch of white to the main drive unit.
In my opinion they are an excellent speaker and they make a great addition to any room as they are very modest but come to life once put to use.
The binding posts are of a very good standard and allow either wires to be screwed to the unit or banana plugs can be used. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a bargain set of stand mountable speakers.
Available on ebay at regular intervals for a very decent price.
These are speakers that fit nicely into the near budget hi fi separates world, therefore although budget are not cheap (£160), but they have a very nice sound. They are designed to be mounted on a stand (and don't try even thinking of putting them on a shelf as they will be less than 50% effective). They are two-way speakers with a mid/bass driver and a soft dome tweeter. This to me, being new to the world of hi-fi separates, seemed a bit of an imbalance as I thought that when heavy bass kicked in that the mid-range would disappear but could I be more wrong. The sound is great and all the ranges link in well with each other. Thanks to the bass reflex design (front ported) the bass is solid and very powerful (so make sure the amp is not set too high on the bass) and the higher ranges are just as good. All in all a great buy (and What hi-fi agree with a 5 star rating) and if you look at www.qed-uk.com the price is very attractive (I got mine from there 8 months ago and they were delivered 2 days later direct from Mission). One thing to note though, the tweeter is set below the mid/bass driver for the 700 range so slightly higher stands may be required.