Mission 780's - worth a go?

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Mission 780's - worth a go?

Post by kappa_man » 06 Oct 2010 23:51

Hi people. Saw an immaculate pair of Mission 780 bookshelf speakers for sale today, for £65. Condition was flawless, I doubt they've even been broken in. Any thoughts on these speakers? I remember drooling over the advert for them in what hi-fi when I was about 8. At £65 they seem quite a bargain. Anyone have any thoughts? Should I snap them up?

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Post by kappa_man » 07 Oct 2010 00:21

Forgot to mention, the same shop was also selling an original quad tuner (which assumedly was part of the orange/grey set). Was going for £65, which seemed remarkably cheap. Worth a purchase just for re-sale value?

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Post by HibouProfane » 07 Oct 2010 07:09

Go for it. If you don't like them you'll sell them for the same price easily.

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Post by Mark E Smith's Dentist » 07 Oct 2010 10:55

My dad used to have a pair of 780s when I was younger, they cost an incredible £200! I couldn't believe speakers were that expensive :shock:

I reckon £65 is the top end of their value nowadays and be sure to give them a good listen before handing over any cash. There was a bad batch of Mission drivers. I found this out to my cost when I bought a pair of unheard 753s - 6 of the 8 bass/midranges didn't work and Mission quoted me £38 plus VAT each for replacements.

The tuner will be an FM3. £65 is an OK price but you're not going to make money on it.


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Post by Guest » 07 Oct 2010 17:25

http://www.audioenz.co.nz/2001/0105.html

Hi, see the above, pretty decent for £65, were £300 in the UK, rgds, sreten.

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Post by PMBroadhurst » 12 Oct 2010 14:04

Hang on a minute - How many model 780 has Mission put out? sretens I have never sen before, and I can think of two others. Which ones are for sale for £65

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Post by safe1 » 16 Oct 2010 19:56

Two mission 780 were out.

The 780 and few years later the 780s.

The same speakers basically, Mission was advertising the 780s as an improved version.

The only thing improved was the midbass drivers which had a design fault
in the 780 and were failing (most of them were doing that during guarantee and they were been replaced for free from Mission local service).

I had the 780.

Both midbass drivers failed (first one after 2 years - replaced for free).

The second one failed after 6 years - warranty had passed - so i replaced it myself. No big deal, bought the replacement for about 30GBP from U.K.


Well for 65GBP i can't comment much against them.

But speaking generally for their performance, i replaced them with Monitor Audio BR2s and never regret it.

AudioEnz review is not accurate. Mission 780 are bright speakers and become harsh at midband and at the mid-high frequencies.

Voices are emphasized (as AudioEnz says) but they overly do that.
They dominate the whole musical program.

I was thinking (based on AudioEnz and other reviews) that something else in my system was harsh, I even thought to change my speaker stands as the responsible suspect.

Thanks to Monitor Audio, i never had to.

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Post by Alec124c41 » 17 Oct 2010 03:23

safe1 wrote:
AudioEnz review is not accurate. Mission 780 are bright speakers and become harsh at midband and at the mid-high frequencies.

Voices are emphasized (as AudioEnz says) but they overly do that.
They dominate the whole musical program.

I was thinking (based on AudioEnz and other reviews) that something else in my system was harsh, I even thought to change my speaker stands as the responsible suspect.

Thanks to Monitor Audio, i never had to.
A 12 or 16 ohm resistor across the tweeter terminals would both lower the tweeter output, and raise the roll-off point of the tweeter feed, eliminating a crossover bump in response.

Cheers,
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Post by kappa_man » 19 Oct 2010 21:13

Thanks for the advice guys.

Upate - turns out they're not actually 780s, but in fact the limited edition 750's. Apparently they were made to commemorate mission's 25 year anniversary.

Any thoughts on this model? They look very tasty indeed, will most likely be popping back down to the shop to pick them up tomorrow

Jes

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Post by JollyJeweller » 20 Oct 2010 18:47

I had a pair of Mission 770's, somewhere around 1980, utterly loved them, they got stolen :-(
Got for it if they're the right money for you.

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Post by Guest » 20 Oct 2010 22:12

kappa_man wrote:Thanks for the advice guys.

Upate - turns out they're not actually 780s, but in fact the limited edition 750's. Apparently they were made to commemorate mission's 25 year anniversary.

Any thoughts on this model? They look very tasty indeed, will most likely be popping back down to the shop to pick them up tomorrow

Jes
Hi,

A review, but note related to them costing $460 :
http://www.tnt-audio.com/casse/miss750e.html

Also checkout :
http://www.audioreview.com/mfr/mission/ ... 94crx.aspx

Real veneer cabinets for £65 are a luxury ......
a proper pair of stands will be at least as
much again unless again you go used.

FWIW the Aerogel Audax bass drivers on e-bay
are worth about £30 a pop, hard to go wrong.

rgds, sreten.

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