UK loudspeaker brand Mission has announced the launch of Aero, its new wireless music system that supports high-resolution audio files and that has been designed to deliver room-filling sound no matter where it's placed.

Great Fridays – a product and service design company that has worked with the likes of Sonos and Bowers and Wilkins – partnered with Mission to produce a "sleek" interior that houses a "host of headline technologies".

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Aero incorporates a 6.1 speaker configuration comprising seven drive units each powered by its own amplifier – six of which are broadband BMR drivers, with four firing from the front and two from the side. 

A downward-firing 12cm subwoofer that's ported through Aero's circular base completes the configuration, with the drivers designed to fill the room with sound – whether you place it against a wall or on a desk in the open.

BMR stands for Balanced Mode Radiator, with the drivers described as "very different" from traditional drive units as they operate like a piston at low frequencies off-axis and become a bending wave device at high frequencies.

It's this feature that Mission says leads to wider sound wave dispersion around your room. And Sonic Emotion's 3D signal processing technology has also been included to further create an "immersive musical performance".

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Bluetooth aptX and AirPlay technologies are on board to let you stream your music from a wide range of devices, while there's also a 24-bit/192kHz-capable USB input and optical input for high-resolution audio support.

Other connectivity options include a 3.5mm analogue input and DLNA certification, which lets you hook Aero up to a home network. It also comes with the ability to dock/charge Apple devices and download firmware updates.

Aero is now available from Selfridges' flagship London store at a cost of £500, although other department stores such as John Lewis, high street retailers and specialist audio dealers will follow suit throughout September.

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magicrabbit's picture

Heard this one before

I doubt Cambridge Audio will be happy with the use of the "Aero" thing, since they have a line of speakers also named Aero.

jacking's picture

Where is it?

Mission are being very coy about his model, it's not on their web-site, or is it on Sefridges shop web-site. Do you think it's a spoof?

Tim Bowern's picture

Don't worry, it's here!

Just to let you know, jacking, Mission is relaunching its website with a new look very shortly; rest assured, Aero will feature prominently! The product went on sale at Selfridges' Oxford Street store this week, and I believe it will be available via Selfridges' online store from Wednesday. It's a Selfridges-exclusive for a couple of weeks, then available from other stores, including John Lewis, later this month.

Murdo Mathewson's picture

Here you go, jacking - the

Here you go, jacking - the new website is open for business. Aero is currently a Selfridges exclusive (online as well as instore) and goes national later this month. www.mission.co.uk

Partner, Andy Giles Associates

 

 

jacking's picture

Ok Tim, thanks for the info.

Ok Tim, thanks for the info. I'll watch out for it. Need some specs before I get really interested.

jacking's picture

AV product?

It's on the Selfridges sales site now and they've given some details of specs, connections etc. With it's 6.1 configuration it seems much like an AV product with serious Hi-Fi potential. A sort of upmarket sound bar. Could be just what I want and at the right price.