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hifinutz's review of Mission Model 70 MkII

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Mission Model 70 MkII

“Very clear sound”

Written on: 19/03/2013 by hifinutz (0 reviews written)

These speakers are available for not much these days - £25 should get you a good pair.

They are a little odd looking with a cloth-finish that covers the whole speaker from the front to about 2/3rds back on the sides, when it changes to a vinyl wood-effect finish.

They are pretty lightweight, and would really benefit from some extra damping inside - either some bitumen pads or the like would help reduce some "boxyness".

Detail and midrange is their strong point - you can hear lots of what is going on in the music, and vocals are particularly well presented, but bass can be a little lacking, especially when brought out more than about 20cm from the back wall.

It's also worth noting that if you have a room with a lot of heavy furnishings then the bass that these boxes does provide can get swallowed up very quickly leaving a very lean sound.

Placed near a rear wall on decent 60cm stands, and firing directly out from the wall with no toe-in towards the listener, they give a good soundstage and plenty of insight. Bass can remain a little boxy compared with the best of it's rivals, but will still be a darn sight better than most micro-system speakers.

Connections are by a single pair 4mm posts that will take bare wire or banana plugs, so no biwiring here. Given the simplicity of the crossover though, this probably wouldn't give much benefit, so just use some decent cable (a basic copper 2.5mm cable like QED 79 strand would be more than ample) to get the best out of them.

If you are buying these in person, it's worth taking a screwdriver along and pulling the two halves of the speaker apart to check out the bass driver, as the cloth cover doesn't come off. It's getting on a little now and some examples might have perished cone surrounds. This will be very obvious from looking (the surround will have cracks, or bits missing) so if all looks ok then it should be fine.

Overall, if you want something for a second system, or want some speakers to upgrade the ones that came with a micro system, these are good value fot the £25 or so they go for.

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