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Maximum sound, minimum outlay focus for Mission

Ian McMurray 14 July 2010

The company has announced details of the MX speaker series, including five stereo models and two dedicated centre channel units. The latest launch from the Cambridgeshire-based manufacturer is said to exemplify the company’s "long-standing reputation for delivering excellent sound at affordable price points".

The MX Series range consists of five stereo models: the standmount MX-1 (£149.95 per pair) and MX-2 (£199.95 per pair), and the floorstanding MX-3 (£349.95 per pair), MX-4 (£499.95 per pair) and MX-5 (£599.95 per pair). In addition, there are two dedicated centre channel speakers for home cinema use – the MX-C1 (£129.95, pictured) and MX-C2 (£179.95) – as well as a super-compact multipurpose model, the MX-S (£119.95 per pair), which can be wall-, shelf- or stand-mounted, and is also suitable for surround sound duties. New Mission active subwoofers will join the line-up soon.

Designed to deliver "maximum sound for minimum outlay", the Mission MX Series has been engineered to deliver a balanced both on- and off-axis. The bass and mid-range drive units incorporate cones fashioned from an advanced fibre formulation to provide "excellent strength and rigidity", while drivers hand over to Mission’s 25mm silk dome tweeter via a sophisticated crossover network. Other features include tweeter positioning below the mid/bass drive unit in the standmount models, and the employment of a D’Appolito tweeter configuration in the two-way MX-3 and MX-4 floorstanders.

Sporting a "sharp, modern look", the MX Series is the first Mission range to be designed from the ground up by Peter Comeau and his team since Comeau was appointed as director of acoustic design for Mission parent company IAG in 2009. Available from late August, the Mission MX Series will offer cabinet finish options including black, cherry, rosewood and walnut.

Comeau commented: "Mission’s ethos has always focused upon bringing audiophile performance down to an affordable level, and the MX Series exemplifies this. With the aid of sophisticated modelling tools and software, we’ve been able to maximise the performance of the MX Series using the most modern technology available. Yet Mission’s original slogan, ‘Music is the Master, Technology is the Slave’, has never been more apt. Months of fine-tuning through listening to a diverse range of music across multiple genres have allowed us to create, from each the MX loudspeakers, a vibrant and exciting insight into every musical performance. I’m convinced that,

whichever MX speaker you select, you’ll want to explore your whole music collection all over again."

Taking an overview of current and future developments, Comeau told IE Residential: "2010 is a busy year for Mission. The new MX Series continues the company’s fine tradition of making superb sounding speakers that belie their affordable price points, while the more upmarket 79SE Series introduces unique cabinet and drive unit technologies that will delight even the most discerning of listeners. A new range of active subwoofers is set to follow, with further innovations due around the turn of the year and into 2011."

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