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Mission 770

Discussion in 'classic' started by norriemal, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Back then KEF did have the equipment and actually did a (hard to find) tallish custom stand for the Celeste. What was missing was an awareness in the press that speakers work with the room and height is important. To this day anechoic chamber tests are used as the main judge.
    I replaced the KEFs with the original 752s and really liked them until I got a much bigger room that they were too small for.
     
  2. norriemal

    norriemal Hertz and Minds

    I did wonder about the trolley stands they came with. I'll get them onto some taller stands and may even substitute them for my Allison CD8's for an extended listen.
     
  3. FC united

    FC united pfm Member

    I sed to dream about owning a pair of these
     
  4. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    My local charity shop are selling a very good condition pair of Mission 770 Freedoms (on some castor stands, but we'll forget about them) for £80 - is this worth the money do you think?
     
  5. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Yes, they might be very good to your ears. I've never come a across a bad Mission model though some have been decidedly average IMO.

    Don't let opinions on loudspeaker sound put you off trying them.
     
  6. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I'd have thought that was a heck of a lot of loudspeaker for £80. I'd go for them for sure if the condition is right.
     
  8. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    Yes I thought so, but I usually pick up the odd 70's loudspeaker bargain for about £20 and not as much as £80 (case in point Celestion Dittion 15's, 44's and Goodman Mezzo's of late). So £80 is more than my usual flutter but they do look nice (and hopefully sound nice too).
     
  9. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    You are doing very well to land Ditton 44s for that sort of money, good ones are making £300+ at present. Mezzos look like they have potential too, though the surrounds of that generation Goodmans mids looks a bit odd / iffy to me. I'd like to hear a pair of Magisters, they look rather interesting (big infinite baffle 3-way, 15" bass).
     
  10. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    They are a good speaker yes. Totally different to the original 770 and more of the " Mission sound" if i could put it that way.... definitely worth £80 if working ok and in fact a bargain at that price!
     
  11. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

  12. Robn

    Robn pfm Member

    I had 737Rs too, they were also smaller in size than the 770F's I desired but couldn't afford!
     
  13. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    OK I've bagged the 770's now on the advice given - thanks - now time to go play :)
     
  14. norriemal

    norriemal Hertz and Minds

    Great! Let us know what you think of them.

    I have enjoyed the earlier 770's to a greater extent because I usually get fed up when a speaker that sounds great with acoustic can't boogie or vice versa. The 770's have sounded great with everything and I will be moving something out to give them a long run. Just have to decide now where they will cause the least friction.
     
  15. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    I can tell you now - the Mezzos sound absolutely superb!! So far the 770's are sounding a little impassionate compared to the likes of the Mezzos and Dittons - but I'll give them time to settle in.
     
  16. Jo 90

    Jo 90 pfm Member

    Wowser ! Nice catch. These are early Mk3's. I went from Mission 710's [very similar to 770's but smaller] because I couldn't afford them. I had the 710's for a couple of years and loved 'em. However, having heard the 770's on a reference system at a high end hifi show, was totally smitten.

    When I could eventually afford the 770's I bought them and to this day, they are in my family - mint and cherished but not owned by me. Mine have terminals on the back and the very last version prior to the 737 r's. Who didn't love those white fronts and see thru cone ? At 18, I did.

    I really fell in love with them and hope you do

    What they do well. Speed, midband, mid to lower treble. Reasonable bass.
    Not so well... Bass clarity, upper treble, cabinet a bit "hot"

    Overall.
    Quite revealing of source and respond well to good sources.

    I hope you look after them!
     
  17. Dark Energy

    Dark Energy pfm Member

    I had a pair of 770II mainly cos of Paul Bensons review, but the "prototypes" always sounded better, like the Meridian M2, with both the production line variety were sadly lacking,
     
  18. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

  19. Since the early 80s Ive used my Mission 700s exclusively. Only this year they went and require refoaming.

    You cant beat the Missions for midrange.
    Not all that good for bass - but like a specialist told me: why you worry about bass so much? That is the least speaker concern. Bass can always be added.
     
  20. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    Perhaps so, but I've listened to these 770 freedoms and s'far I find that the Goodman Mezzo's are far more musically expressive.
     

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