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These humongous speakers belong to my dad and take up quite a lot of the front room! When I go to visit I can't help but marvel at how large they are. From large speakers comes large sound and for their age, these are brilliant.
This Mission series came out in 2002 so they are nearly ten years old and cost hundreds of pounds originally brand new. You can buy your own currently in nearly new condition from eBay, in fact eBay is swamped by them and they are all going around £60 which is cheap but really, you can get some better sized speakers these days. What impresses me the most about them is their life span! These are knocking on but really doing just as good as when they were new.
These are passive speakers that stand 25 cm tall and they have a 75 rating power output. They have a wattage of 45 which is low and they are around 25 cm deep and 17 cm wide. They are heavy, really heavy actually but they make a good table. Each speaker has two speakers inside it and the exterior is made from wood which is a light beech colour.
At the front of the speakers is a mesh section that protects the speakers. This bit is really hard to clean and it is haven for dust, you need cellotape to remove it as for some reason the mesh cover seems to attract dust particles.
These speakers deliver top notch musical sounds and they sound so crisp. When you whack up the volume, they seem to vibrate and you can hear the thudding of the base, they get the whole room shaking. The sound quality never really falters and the music sounds good at low or high volumes. My father states that they don't make them like this any more and I have half a mind to believe him, these are so loud yet deliver such a smooth sound.
I am really impressed with them, but I would not have them in my home as they are so very ugly. They are massive, the wood effect looks very dated now and they are just very heavy. They do not go with any modern furniture and I think I would only have them if I could put them in a cupboard and hide them away! They have a really long lifespan though, this is really useful as so many times I buy things that break in a year. These have been fighting the fight for the past ten years and still going strong.
Partnered with NAD 521 cd and 320 amp, the sound produced on these is excellent. A bargain at £100 (£200 originaly), they have all the right aspects for good front AV speakers and quality stereo use. Available in black or beech veneer, they should look good in any home. They look equally impressive with the covers off to, with their yellow main driver, silk tweeter and gloomy looking front firing bass port. Biwirable, although I have not personally had the chance to make most of this yet, I am sure the sound would improve. Wether it would be detectable to the human ear, I'm not sure. The posts are gold plated and very sturdy, if not biwired, a gold plated connector is supplied to join the terminals together. Even at low volumes the bass production is excellent, only when the amp is past the 12 o'clock point do the missions grumble!! Max power is , i have read, achievd between 10 and 1 o'clock on amps anyway!! Spikes are provided to screw into the bottom, along with sticky rubber feet also, for use on wooden flooring. Using the spikes ( to go through carpet to concrete), the Missions can be levelled and are very sturdy when this is done. It's worth taking some time to do this, as the sound is much more coherent. Overall:- an excellent pair of speakers, sound excellent when used as stereo or Av, very well made and veneered.