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Hi, I am currently looking at buying my first proper audiophile system and am looking second hand at the moment. I had set my eyes on the B&W 600 series but I feel I should really be looking at other brands if i want to get a good deal. Its normally the case that the more of the speakers there are available second hand the cheaper they will go, and I have noticed there is an incredible amount of second hand mission speakers for sale but I can find very little about their older speakers. Does anyone know which of their older models are good and what sort of prices I should be looking at? My budget is around £100-£150 but may be pushed to £200 with a really good deal. I am very good at finding good deals so post ideas above my budget! Cheers for any help you can offer, Michael.

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RE: Mission Speakers

The 751s are superb and available at good prices. These will still compete with far more expensive models. 

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What sort of price range should I be looking at with these speakers? Also what kind of sound do they give?
What about mission's floorstanding speakers?

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RE: Mission Speakers

What sort of price range should I be looking at with these speakers? Also what kind of sound do they give?
What about mission's floorstanding speakers?

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RE: Mission Speakers

Mission produced some excellent speakers in the nineties. I've owned many of them...

My top picks would be, in no particular order:

753 - Amazing- top end of your budget but worth it if in good condition

752 - simply brilliant. Plenty online about these. Often cited as Mission's best speaker ever...

751 - diminutive standmounts with surprising bass, again excellent.

773e - upbeat, breezy floorstanders with tight, punchy bass. Very good, but not with thin sounding kit! Get it right and they sing. 

782 - 3-way design, with bass unit on the side of the cabinet. Look great and sound it too. A little top-happy though.

780 - Whether the old model or the more recent version, you can't go wrong with a 780 or two.

and if you like it loud, but still good, try these...

732i - Bold, brash and big standmounters. Bass you could knead dough with. Not the most subtle but very enjoyable!

733i - Floorstander version of 732. As above but with more depth to the bass. 

734i - Dual-driver floorstander. Capable of organ-rearrangement, but very good overall quality and detail. Can be had for about £150...

 

 

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RE: Mission Speakers

I have Mission 700LE from the 80's fantastic sound, clear and fabulous sound stage.

 

 

 

 Example on Fleebay

  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MISSION-700-SPEAKERS-/140950656721?pt=UK_AudioVideoElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_HiFiSpeakers&hash=item20d15056d1

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Reference the 751s (the original versions, NOT the Freedoms), they are a tight and rhythmic sounding speakers with surprising bass performance for the size but never ever boomy.  Vocals are an absolute delight and the openess and sense of atmospheric detail is astonishing to the point where I've heard very few speakers that do atmosphere as well.  There is no veil with the 751s yet they aren't harsh and always invite you into the music.  I put mine on a couple of days ago for a change and I've been reminded why I've always loved them all over again.

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So I take it the 751s, 752s, and 753s are the ones to be looking out for and theyre from around the late 90's? So how much should I be paying for these and is there any newer mission speakers to be looking out for? How do you find these compare to the B&W Dm600 series?

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I'd say somewhere around the £100 mark for the 751s, maybe more for a really mint pair.  They leave anything you can buy new for less than £300 for dead so even as much as £150 is a bargain for a good pair in my book.  They have much better mid-range and treble than the DM600 series IMO - more natural at the very top and with a less nasal sounding midrange, though both the Missions and the B&Ws are very good speakers.  Worth mentioning that I've had the current 686 and 685 B&W models and prefer the Mission 751s and my Quad 11Ls with the 751s being my current favourites.

Mission went off the boil latterly and, to my knowledge, they haven't produced anything to match the 75 series since, although I haven't yet heard the new (and expensive) SX series.

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Well I'll take the 685s of your hand if you dont want them Wink . So I guess the 751s are great in my price range but you're clearly bias towards them so I'll probably keep Dm600 series on par with them. Any other speakers you'd suggest in this price range? What amps wouild you match with these speakers?

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Ha ha, the 685s are good speakers but I found them a bit tiring over long listening sessions.  When I get the chance I like a good 3 or 4 hour session and the 685s started to grate on me after about one CD.  The 686s aren't very good - too sludgy in the bass and no spaciousness in the midrange.  I sold both.

I'm not particularly biased towards the 751s.  I've had them a long time and they've had long spells in daily use and long spells in storage, but every time I go back to them I'm mightily impressed.  Other forum members are just as evangelical about them, if not more.

I'll give some further thought to other suggestions and come back to you.

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It's interesting you don't rate the 751 Freedom nearly so highly

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The 751 Freedoms had soft-dome tweeters instead of metal. They were too rolled-off at the top end, and sounded overly smooth. They are still good speakers but just can't match the originals for detail. 

If you heard the original 751s, the Freedoms would seem disappointing by comparison.

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The 780 SEs are pretty good and can be picked up for around £30 on fleabay. Stands will cost more than that.

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Well £30 on ebay sounds pretty good but I want to try and get the most I possibly can for my money!

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Meaning that I want to try use my full budget that is.

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