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My old Mission 753 speakers

Many years ago I listened to a pair of Mission 753s (not Freedom) and Ruark Templars, both of which had received great reviews.  It was no contest, and I have had the Missions ever since.  I have always loved them, but they have always received a lot of criticism from people far more knowlegable than me, and I can't help wondering if I am missing out by being complacent with my old  'friends'

Funds are limited, so I see my choices as either to sell the Missions and buy something of similar age such as Ruark Talisman ii, which seem to receive much praise, or to put a couple of hundred pounds into the fund and buy something like Monitor Audio RX2 or KEF Q300

Massive bass is not a requirement, I am more interested in a clear realistic sound.  I currently have a Puccini SE amp and a Musical Fidelity 5.5 CD player.  Should I stick with my Missions, or can I make a significant improvement without investing an arm and a leg?

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RE: My old Mission 753 speakers

If you're happy with them, stick with them. 

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I have an old pair of Mission 733i speakers being played off a Naim Uniti. I love the sound and the Missions won't be going anywhere. Nobody is more knowledgeable than you on what you like. Stick to your guns and trust your ears. It's what you like, not what others want you to spend your money on.

 

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RE: My old Mission 753 speakers

i had the mission 753 for many years i sold them last year and i miss them very much now,,
i am now using rogers ls 3/5a speakers they were my fathers choice of speakers, they are good little speakers
and i have a love hate time with them, but if i was you i would keep the missions they sound great imo and hard to better
unless you spend big bucks.

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RE: My old Mission 753 speakers

Keep them. Not a lot out there under £1000 to touch them. The original 75 series was Mission's best in my opinion, so no, hang on to them and continue enjoying them.

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Hi I had a pair of mission 752s for more than 15 years and I have just given them to my son I would say keep them you will miss them and as RS has already said you will have to spen big bucks to get better . see if you can get a home dem on a better amp or source and you will notice the speakers will reward you as they punch well above there  price range:) Smile

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The Templars weren't Ruark's finest hour, and seemed to be the black sheep of the range - I could never get them to sound very good. So I understand your choice. A better comparison would've been the Talisman, so a pair of those might be worth seeking out if you're curious.

The 753's seemed to be Mission's finest hour, even though the speaker was greater than the sum of its parts. I've had many people after replacements, and I usually point them in the direction of the B&W CM8's as a starting point. The reason for this is that they're similar tonally, and they're very similar in their dimensions. 753 owners are used to a high quality wood veneer, which the CM8's have - there's not too many under £1k in this respect other than Monitor Audio, but Monitor Audio is different tonally so its not normally a viable option. 

Similarly sized options include the Spendor A5, KEF R500, PMC Twenty 23, Dynaudio Excite X32, and of course the CM8's. the CM8's and Twenty.23's are the easiest transition. All of these options are over £1,000 though. 

I suppose it depends whether you're after something to recreate the tonal balance of your 753's or whether you want to improve in certain areas, like deeper bass or richer tonal balance. 

Although I liked the 753's, I never really held them in as high regard as many other people, so I think you would be able to find a speaker under £1k to improve on them, although it may well be a standmount speaker. The bass of the 753's was never really very deep, and many standmounts nowadays are far more capable in this area. As others have said, if you're happy with them, stick with them.

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Thanks for all your replies.  I had started to doubt my own ears, but maybe they're not so bad.  I will keep the Missions for a while yet, and maybe when my budget extends to four figures I'll go and see David@Frank Harvey, as I'm a Coventry kid and he's just down the road

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I've had the 753 Freedoms as my main speakers for years. I wouldn't trade them for anything. Ever.

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You may have to one day - no more spares I'm afraid....treat them nicely! Smile

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RE: My old Mission 753 speakers

I have the origional 753 speakers , have had them since they first came out , I have listened to many other speakers as I thought an upgrade might be needed as they are old however I still have not heard a speaker less than £1100 that can match them wilson bench 2's were nice but at £2200 said no keep the 753'3 maybe try upgrading the speaker cables and repositioning them I find about 3 inches away from the wall with a slight toe in works well Smile

 

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Stick with what you enjoy, don't worry about what maybe better.

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I own both the 752's and the Talisman II's. IMO the Talisman is the better speaker (iirc it was twice the price though) They are the brighter of the two, so careful partnering is necessary. Get it right though and they're beautiful with instruments and voices

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Mission 753

I have loved these speakers ever since I bought them and found nothing since to match them without spending thousands to get a similar quality. If you are lucky enough to own a pair keep them and cherish them, mine still look and sound superb even after all these years.

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I have just bought a pair of 753's from a guy in Canada who used them on a second system that he rarely used. They took 9 weeks to get to Edinburgh and cost me about £500 in total. They are in imaculate condition just like new. I have them hooked up to an Arcam Alpha 5 which i know isnt powerful enough but wow they do sound amazing i must say. Can anyone help me with finding a better amp? I am looking to buy or find an Arcam alpha 9 which i believe is the amp to suit these speakers but am also looking at a Roksan amp, can anyone help direct me in the right direction Smile

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RE: My old Mission 753 speakers

753s are amazing!

I still have my pair, and although not currently in use, I'll never get rid of them. All is not lost if they develop a fault, either; the bass units are usually fairly easy to find, and there are currently two or three tweeters on the market, which will work with- and actually improve- the speakers without any need for reworking the crossovers. (I know this because I've done it!).

I also love the look of them. But that's probably just me.

Sound-wise, they are still very relevant today. Moving sideways is easy, moving up will be a bit trickier...

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