Mission resurrects iconic 770 Hi-Fi loudspeaker

posted on Tuesday, 22nd March 2022 by Steve May

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Loudspeaker specialist Mission has relaunched one its most iconic design, the Mission 770. The height of Hi-Fi chic when it first launched in the 1970s, this new iteration has been re-engineered to make the most of modern audio sources, while celebrating the look and spirit of the original.

The original was a labour of love for then-owner Farad Azima, who wanted to deliver a speaker capable of BBC-style midrange accuracy and tight bass.

The launch follows the success of Wharfedale’s recent Linton and Denton revivals (classic British speakers from the 1960s and ’70s), as well as the arrival of the first new Leak electronics for more than 40 years.

The all-new 770 has been developed by Peter Comeau, Mission’s current Director of Acoustic Design. When Comeau revisited the original speaker at the start of the project, he deduced that two key elements were fundamental to its highly musical performance. First, its polypropylene cone and second, the resonance control of the cabinet.

For its return, Comeau completely redesigned the mid/bass driver assembly with a new-formulation 20cm polypropylene mid/bass driver, upgrading the motor system to take account of modern power handling and dynamic requirements.

Mission 770 With Seventies Seating

Like the original, the driver is built onto a die-cast chassis with large rear windows to reduce early reflections back through the cone. It’s stiffer than the original, and capable of fast, tight bass.

Reflecting the need for greater accuracy at frequency extremes, the new 770 treble unit has a damped microfibre 28mm dome. The speaker also takes advantage of advanced software crossover mapping and measuring techniques.

The cabinet has a real-wood veneered, with a distinctive white laminated front baffle and a twin-wall sandwich of high-density MDF and particle board bonded by a layer of high-damping adhesive.

The new Mission 770 will be made available in limited quantities, in a choice of walnut or black wood veneers, and will sell for £3,500 per pair.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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