Since its formation in 1977, legendary British loudspeaker manufacturer Mission has been famedfor delivering compelling musicality at affordable prices. The companys LX Series continued thislegacy when it launched in 2016, earning excellent reviews and an impressive collection of awardsin the UK and around the world.
Four years on and Mission is ready to unleash a new, improved LX range the LX MkII Series. Thenew line-up utilises design elements evolved from the upmarket QX Series to build on theaward-winning formula of the first-generation LX speakers, sporting a range of improvements thatspan the drive units, crossover and cabinet. With enhanced midrange and treble clarity andimproved resolution of micro-dynamics, the Mission LX MkII Series delivers an even more thrillinglistener experience.
The first thing to note is that the range has been extended. Whereas the original LX Seriesconsisted of six models two standmount speakers, three floorstanders and a centre speaker forhome cinema systems the LX MkII range comprises nine. There is an additional standmountmodel, a choice of two centre speakers instead of one, and a dedicated surround speaker that can be wall mounted or sited on top of the floorstanding models as an upward-firing effects speaker.
Every speaker within the LX MkII Series is carefully designed to deliver maximum sonicexpression with minimum compromise, despite the budget price tags. The design team has fullyoptimised the performance of each model using sophisticated modelling tools and software, yetMissions original slogan, Music is the Master, Technology is the Slave, has never been more apt. Months of fine-tuning and rigorous listening tests have ensured that these speakers communicatewith engaging energy and detail, bringing music to life with all the vibrancy and finesse oneexpects of Mission speakers. The art of compromise By its very nature, speaker design is about balancing variables and finding the best possiblecompromise.
At entry-level price points, where the cost of production is most constrained by theneed to hit a specific retail price, the necessity of compromise is at its greatest. But does one haveto accept that a budget speaker will always deliver a budget performance? Missions designersare not the easily accepting kind. They push for greatness in design, whereas most would behappy to stop at good.
What makes a great loudspeaker? What makes it sing? For Mission, the
answer is simple: in awell-matched system, the speakers have to allow the performance of the music to shine through. Its not a group of notes; its a performance. Its not all about frequency response, impedance, sensitivity and directivity, although they all play a part. To paraphrase a famous expression, its themusic, the whole music and nothing but the music and that, in a nutshell, is Missions philosophy. Feel the high High-frequency drive units require extremely consistent parts and manufacturing in order to beselected for a Mission speaker. Given the tiny moving masses involved, one micro-drop extra ofhigh-tech adhesive can destroy the balance of the design, thus affecting sensitivity andfrequency response. For the LX MkII Series, Mission has meticulously designed a tweeter witha neodymium magnet, selected for maximum magnetic force in a small space, and a 25mmmicrofibre dome, chosen for its light weight and consistency in manufacture. It delivers sweetlyincisive high frequencies crisp and detailed with impressive transient attack. Dishy drivers The LX MkII Series features a new version of Missions DiaDrive bass/midrange drive unit, wherethe usual cone and dust cap arrangement is replaced by a seamless curvilinear diaphragm.
Thisis directly driven by a secondary sub-cone connected to the voice coil, improving the efficiencyof drive and providing superior control of the smoothly dished diaphragm