Product Type: Mission speakers
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Mission 701's - ancient but still on the top of their game!
Member Name: danny691
Advantages: Great sound, styling still fresh after all these years, simple to install and very affordable.
Disadvantages: Hard to get hold of these days, may not be up to scratch for todays youth.
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 For me, the styling isn't outdated and they work very well as a pair of 'bookshelf' or indeed 'floorstanding' speakers.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.
Summary: A great find if you come across, well worth the money and the whole range is rich.
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