The Mission 700 Bookshelf Speakers take what was referred to as an 'industry benchmark, in the original 700 model, but utilises Mission's 45 years of evolution and development in loudspeaker design for an upgraded performance from a classic loudspeaker.
As with the flagship 770, Mission has developed a new polypropylene bass/midrange driver and model-specific motor system. This transducer not only upgrades the loudspeaker’s integral design to take account of modern power handling and dynamic requirements, but it also maintains the extended response and low colouration of the original model with all the hallmarks and distinction of a class-leading loudspeaker. From the rigid, cast chassis to low-density surround, every aspect has been revisited to offer a driver with improved rigidity and precision-controlled cone-termination for dynamic performances and offer tight, fast, energetic output.
The distinctive reflex port has been carefully profiled both internally and externally to achieve very low distortion and extension to below 38Hz in-room – quite an achievement from a cabinet of this size.
Employing a new lightweight, coated microfibre dome for the high-frequency driver, the Mission 700 replicates the flagship 770 with a specially damped rear chamber that offers super smooth treble performance, largely thanks to the resonance control offered by such a design.
The Mission 700 was a precursor for what would become a Mission standard in an unconventional driver array, something Mission refers to as ‘Inverted Driver Geometry’. Not just a design statement, IDG is a staple of Mission loudspeaker design from the 700 onwards. By positioning the treble unit below the bass/midrange driver, the length of the path is equalised, so the sound waves coincide at the listener’s head height. This principle improves ‘time alignment’. Such design requires more than just inverting the speaker cabinet. Every aspect of the industrial and mechanical design requires a precision calculation to ensure the positioning, spacing and alignment aids the objective of optimum ‘time alignment’. This is perfected by an artisan-level crossover design.
As it was in the beginning with the original, the new Mission 700 packs technology and know-how into a benchmark loudspeaker design that is never short in bass definition, frequency response; lack of colouration; imaging; transient attack; depth and perspective; accuracy and linearity; speed and dynamic range. And as you’d expect from a model with such nostalgia and history, the emotion in the musical performance is never short in supply.
Form factor remains true to the original, wherever possible. This includes hand-applied, rich rose-tinted walnut or black real wood veneers and a luxurious laminated white-front baffle. However, as spoken of in the original design, the Mission 700 makes use of less visible innovations incorporated into the design. The new 700 cabinet uses a sandwich construction of differing woods bonded by a layer of damping adhesive. Internal bracing adds further strength and support while a mixture of foam and long hair fibre provides internal resonance and reflection absorption.
With the matching stands, hear the Mission 700 perform as intended, with a precision manufactured high carbon steel frame. The stands are designed to be perfectly stable with increased damping.
Mission 700 Bookshelf Speakers Inc Stands features
6.5-inch polypropylene bass/mid driver
1.25-inch soft dome tweeter
Modelled on the original Mission 700 speakers
Inverted driver geometry for improved time alignment
Available in walnut and black oak veneer finishes
Includes precision manufactured stands for the best performance
6.5 inch (165mm) mineral loaded polypropylene cone
1.25 inch (28mm) soft dome
Sensitivity (2.83V @1m)
Recommended Ampli?er Power
Frequency Response (+/-3dB)
45Hz ~ 20kHz
510 x 260 x 292mm