THE NEWEST ADDITION to the Mission loudspeaker range – the SX Series – is now available in NZ. According to Mission, every speaker in the new range has been designed to deliver maximum sonic performance and wide dynamic range, and they’re specifically intended to work well in a variety of placements, even when positioned close to a rear wall, making the speakers easy to position in typical rooms.
The speakers are engineered to deliver a balanced sound both on and off axis, aided by an integrated treble waveguide that optimizes dispersion, thus ensuring accurate imaging across a broad listening area. There are also new composite alloy-based diaphragms for the midrange and bass units and a titanium tweeter.
The Technology Behind SX Series
For the SX Series, Mission engineers designed brand new drivers that incorporate the latest in composite-metal materials, to generate a wide bandwidth driver that reproduces all frequencies from 30Hz to 4KHz, a span of seven octaves. In order to accomplish this wide span of the critical audio band, a new cone composite was created incorporating the very best in fibre and metal substrates.
In the SX metal-composite driver a fibre cone, utilising a selected combination of pulp and aramid particles, is bonded to a precision formed alloy ‘voice plate’ which forms the front face of the speaker. This composite cone reacts with astonishing precision to the musical waveform delivered to it. The fibre and alloy composite possesses just the right level of rigidity and self-damping to quell break-up modes and damp unwanted resonances while ensuring accurate cone movement for low distortion.
To further enhance the dynamic performance of the SX metal-composite driver it is housed in a cast-aluminium shell that is mounted securely on the die-cast front baffle. In itself the die-cast front baffle would provide an ideal base for the SX driver, but here Mission engineers even went one better. The die-casting is set into a multi-layer cabinet sub-baffle with a system that securely clamps the driver to both, thus ensuring that the desired mechanical stability is fully achieved.
An extremely light and rigid titanium dome tweeter is fitted with a phase correcting plate that surrounds the periphery of the dome to ensure a smooth and extended response from 1kHz to beyond 40KHz. This assembly is then housed in an elastomer chamber that isolates it from low frequency vibration while still providing the mechanical stability necessary for superb dynamic performance. Combining the SX driver and tweeter is a crossover that enables the seamless performance necessary for the SX loudspeaker to behave as a coherent source.
Finally, each speaker is hand veneered by Mission cabinetmakers and lovingly polished to a top quality furniture finish with a choice of matt black and matt cherry real-wood veneers.
The SX Series consist of two bookshelf models:
• SX1 (SRP $1999)
• SX2 (SRP $2499)
and three floorstanding models:
• SX3 (SRP $3999)
• SX4 (SRP $4999)
• SX5 (SRP $5999)
and a matching centre:
• SXC2 (SRP $1999)
For more information check out http://www.missionaudio.co.nz/