Mission V60 Bookshelf speakers

I can not recall the last time. In time honoured custom, this is not one. Mission continues to be in the entry level to mid-range hifi loudspeaker marketplace for yonks, and a few of their earlier versions have nearly reached cult status that is classic. While the hit for the hifi dollar is probably best symbolized by the 78 range of the firm, the Volare show, of makes conventional good looks as precedence as noise that is great.

Generally, smaller standmounts lack the measurements to make a pleasing awareness of impact and scale, but the back-ported V60s do an admirable job of replicating bass. Rolloff is recorded at 60Hz, but the small Missions find a way to create a full blooded replica of the musical programme. So, that is the main disadvantage of the tiny loudspeaker nicely cared for. Assignment, great occupation.

Did I focus on the punchline? No, do not worry, there is more to these loudspeakers than a size- sound that is belying. All these are actually quite achieved small cartons, and attractive to boot. You will not understand if you just plonk them, how great the V60s are. You should be careful over positioning and support, and the benefits will soon be clear.

First, sit them on some purpose built speaker stands. Yes, for significantly less than half you could get some of vinyl-wrapped MDF stands in the home electronics section of the local appliance warehouse, but you should not. Ever. I've understood some bookshelf-sized speakers to balance without much sonic degradation on the arms of a sofa, but the Missions need fettling. Into their very own, they came atop a set of Sound Creations stands.

Now to positioning. Mission advocates a comparatively close to-wall position, but the V60s do not actually want lots of bass support. I discovered much to get less than 60cm using from your front wall - but that will not be accurate in every listening room. This can be offset by improved speed as well as a greater evenness in bass response when they sit out in more space while lower frequencies disappear. Soundstaging - another merit of the V60s - and clarity will also be not considerably worse when there is more atmosphere across the enclosures. You will have to test somewhat, but these loudspeakers should neither seem slim nor distended, and when they do, it is your personal fault.

I used to be not happy using the treble when the loudspeakers arrived, as the new microfibre tweeter sounded over-emphasised and sharp sibilance. This vanished over several days of breaking in and settled down. The leading ending turns out to be balanced - obtrusive nor retiring.

The most pleasing aspect can be found in the midrange. The newest 130mm Paramid-coned driver is an actual ear-opener regarding resolution. The single criticism I Had make of the sonic delivery of the V60 is a little over-ripeness to the sound. You see it than -recorded music, but that may be worth remembering if your hifi loudspeakers do double duty in a video setup. It may be subdued by space in the front wall, and this warmer tint is preferred by many listeners with their music. All these are sub-$1000 units, and they are carrying out an excellent job, when this can be the worst that could be said of them.

So a big thumbs up for the sound. When it comes to appearance of these, they were good-looking enough in their own cherry veneer, although I am not certain I am sold on the curvature or the interlocking motorist fascias at the top and bottom. They stay connected to the loudspeaker, so you will never lose them.

Having a decent sensitivity at 86 dB/W/m, as well as a friendly 8 Ohm sensitivity, the V60 will partner any amplifier that is capable.

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