Mission Audio MX3 Speakers
Mission have always been one of those brands in Hi Fi circles that for the most part have always struck me as “quality but just a bit beyond my budget” so when over the last few years they began to aim more of their products towards the more “normal” consumer end of the market I have kept an eye and ear out for their new offerings. Thus when a friend offered me a pair of box fresh Mission Audio MX3 stereo speakers to put on test I jumped at the opportunity.
On removing the mx3s from their packaging the first thing that stuck me was how compact they were, clocking in at 815mm x 172mm x 340mm the Mission MX3s are actually pretty small and will fit in most spaces which is a pretty impressive feat for speakers of this quality that can handle up to 150 watts of power @ 8 Ohms. The Build quality of the MX3s is similarly excellent, they have a modern look and feel and at every point have sense of no corner being cut and solid reliability to them.
Features wise the mx3s use a 25mm silk dome treble unit and a separate circuit for the bass speaker which in turn uses a semi rigid fibre cone configuration to allow high response but keep bass well handled and solid, it is also interesting to note that they use missions own “wave-guided grille” technology, which means that the MX3s sound their best with their grilles in place I quite like the look of these units with their grilles on and so to my mind this is a nice bonus. Over all the sound of the Mission MX3s is very impressive, they are deep and capable of handling extremel levels of bass at high volumes with aplomb, the mid range is ever so slightly affected to my ears but is definitely what one could term “pleasing” tops are handled well and give a natural feel of polish without ever becoming raspy or fatiguing the ears. So in the final analysis the output of the mx3s is not exactly perfect reproduction but seems tuned to someone who is interested in a dynamic and powerful listening experience rather than a reference level audiophile one.
So after a few weeks with the mx3s I must say Im impressed, they are extremely good value for money are easy to use in a number of configurations and are likely to be a good choice for anyone who is playing a mixed bag of different music styles in small to mid sized rooms. Possibly not the best choice for the audiophile jazz or classical listener, but even in this arena the mx3s are very decent. I would recommend a listen to anyone after their first set of high quality stereo floorstanders who are willing to spend in the $600-800 range for a pair.
100w bookshelf loudspeakers (Recommended amp Power 25 – 150 Watts)
Enclosure Type 2 Way Reflex
6.5″ advanced fibre bass/mid driver
Magnetically Shielded No
Cross Over Frequency 2kHz
Freqency repsonse 2 Way Reflex
Sensitivity SPL/m/2.83V 89dB
Nominal impedance 8 Ohms
Integrated waveguide aims to let you to keep the grilles on without sacrificing audio quality
Sand loading in the bottom section of floor-standing models provides extra stability
4mm bi-wireable spade/banana plug terminals (Separate crossover sections allow bi-wiring for a more uniform frequency spectrum.)
Available in black, cherry, rosewood and walnut
Dimensions (HxWxD) in mm 815x172x340
Weight 19.2Kg (Each)
RRP: $364.99 Per Speaker (Check Amazon for Current Pricing)