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Forgive me for not writing about a specific model. My comments are aimed at design concepts. The fact that I've reached the ripe old age of 50 means that I've clocked up some 35 years of passionate interest in things Hi-Fi. Specifically, I have spent a vast amount of time designing and building loudspeakers. Some of these have been simple, some very complex. While there are many factors which affect the quality of the end result, none has a more direct effect on sound quality than the drive unit itself. Anyone who's ever read a Hi-Fi magazine could be forgiven for thinking that Mission make the only speakers worth buying. However, my own experience is that while they are visually good value for money, I've felt them a little 'wanting' in the all important sound stakes. I was recently in a position to give a pair a close examination and was horrified to find that all that 'hard-earned' bought me an underdamped box and a plastic driver. Home constructors who know what they are about will tell you to buy the most expensive drive units you can afford, which will almost certainly feature a heavy cast chassis. Those more strapped for cash will investigate the more well-designed pressed steel versions. Frankly, I might put a plastic driver in the car for the local yobs to steal, but nothing more. By way of complete contrast I was able to investigate the innards of a very small, unassuming stand-mounter from a Canadian company and was impressed by the massively built main driver. On re-assembly the two pairs were compared directly, and at length, and the results were unmistakeable. Those little standmounters parted me from £150 of my savings, having thoroughly outperformed the Missions in all areas, most surprisingly in the bass where the Mission's larger driver and cabinet SHOULD have won the day easily. I rest my case.
This speaker range is absolutely great. The speakers really can be classed as top of the range hi-fi. The sound quality is astounding with bass treble and midrange perfectly balanced. Mission are a truly great manufacturer of hi fi speakers so if you are looking for good quality turn to mission any day. These speakers are well crafted and look stylish also. They are a little pricy but mission also make plenty of other speakers. If this superb range is out of your price range, then the 700 series are a good alternative. The 77 series are reasonably pricey with the cheapest in the rande at about £200 ranging up to about £800 to £1000 for the top priced ones. However, you can get cheaper from the 700 series as I mentioned earlier. Rave reviews from multiple hi fi magazines on the £200 mission 702e can only show how good they are. They are probably the best budget floorstanders around. Both the 77 series and the 700 series are highly compatible with other hi-fi coponents. So if you are worried about compatability, don't! Please leave a comment at the bottom to help me expand this opinion or tell me if I should add things to it.