Mission LX:
Luxurious sound without the price tag.

Mission LX: Luxurious sound without the price tag.

Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2016/03/25

The well-known British loudspeaker brand, has always had a reputation for delivering compelling musicality at affordable prices and both the LX-2 stand-mount and LX-3 floorstander loudspeakers are the perfect embodiment of this tradition, their carefully balanced design delivering maximum sonic expression with minimal compromise, despite their budget price tags.
According to the press release, the LX-2 and LX-3 are the first to benefit from the brand’s talented new design team, which sees the return of several well-known designers and engineers from Mission’s past – now an integral part of its future once again. For the LX Series, the loudspeakers’ design has been stripped back to its fundamentals to produce a range of products that Mission can be proud of in engineering terms, but even more so in terms of the enjoyment owners will experience, the company says.
Mission has meticulously designed a tweeter with a neodymium magnet, selected for maximum magnetic force in a small space, and a 25mm microfiber dome, chosen for its repeatability and consistency in manufacture. It delivers sweetly incisive upper frequencies, crisp and detailed but never harsh.
Both the LX-2 and LX-3 are two-way designs, combining the 25mm tweeter with one 130mm mid/bass drive unit in the LX-2, and two such units in the LX-3. These drivers sport cones fashioned from an advanced fiber formulation, selected for its reduced susceptibility to hygroscopy as well as being very stiff for its mass with excellent self damping. A high-strength ferrite magnet ensures that the magnetic field is directed precisely within the area of voice coil excursion, enabling an ultra-linear performance that minimizes coloration.
In traditional Mission style, the LX-2’s tweeter is positioned below the mid/bass drive unit, to aid time alignment. By placing the treble unit lower than ear level, the path length to the listener is longer than that of the mid/bass unit. As the treble unit’s dome is physically forward of the mid/bass driver’s cone, the difference in path length helps to equalize the acoustic distance. Similarly, the LX-3 positions the tweeter between the twin mid/bass drivers in a D’Appolito configuration, rather than above both drivers in conventional fashion.
The LX Series uses a 4th order (24dB per octave acoustic) Linkwitz-Riley crossover network, developed through a combination of advanced computer modeling expertise and many hours of listening tests. It is particularly notable for its ability to balance excellent off-axis performance with a flatter on-axis result.
Designing an effective low-cost cabinet is tricky, as budget dictates that the designer can’t use expensive materials or high mass to create an inert structure. With the help of 3D CAD, finite element analysis and laser interferometry, coupled with a great deal of experience, a budget cabinet can be designed that delivers better rigidity with lower radiated noise than most designers would believe achievable at such low material cost.
The Mission LX-2 and LX-3 will be available from late spring, with RRPs of £199.95 and £399.95 per pair respectively. Both models will be available in black initially, with further finish options to follow. A smaller stand-mount speaker, the LX-1, and two larger floorstanders, the LX-4 and LX-5, will join the LX Series later in the summer, along with a center channel speaker for home cinema use.

For more information: http://www.mission.co.uk/

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