What is the Mission LX-2?
This is doubly important because
A lot has changed since those days. The market for affordable speakers has shrunk and a name that didn't even exist at that point – Q Acoustics – has come to dominate proceedings. There is a certain irony that Q Acoustics came into being in part to fill the gap in Armour Home Electronic's inventory created when
What the designers of the LX-2 have done is utilise the manufacturing capability of the parent IAG group to elevate the components of the speaker over and above what you might expect at the price. This means that mid-bass driver is technically an inverted composite cone but the fibres and coating that make up the driver are sufficiently different from others on the market to be patented and regarded as proprietary. The claimed virtues it offers are lightness and stiffness – but only if the whole process is extremely tightly controlled. Coupled with a powerful ferrite magnet,
The cabinet that contains these drivers is relatively conventional but a little bit larger than might be expected for a speaker with this driver complement. Rather than find an exotic tweak to the materials involved,
Where the work has gone in is with the bracing which has been computer modelled in order to get the maximum bang for what will be fairly limited buck at this price point. By studying the data extremely carefully,
How was the Mission LX-2 tested?
Judged at the correct price, the
Now, we've already tested a speaker under £200 that can do this and it's called the Q Acoustics 3020. The arrival of the
What this adds up to is a speaker that is a ridiculously good listen at the asking price. In the time it has been installed, I have had no difficulty switching over from the £1,870 (and seriously good) PMC twenty5.21 to listen to the
This means that instruments sound like instruments, vocals that are clear and well broadcast with no unwanted congestion of directionality to them. That effortless cohesion from top to bottom means that nothing is highlighted unless the musician intended them to be. The performance is also such that you can easily pick up the traits of the equipment you have connected to them. The Missions are able to let you hear the improvements brought by the IPT modifications to the Audio Technica LP5 which is no mean feat for a speaker at this price.
Is it perfect? This is a slightly awkward one to answer. Listening to the LX-2, I have the slightest sense that it is a bit grown up, a bit mature and well balanced to truly be in the mould of affordable
- Superb sound quality
- Solid build
- Outstanding value
- Not terribly attractive
- Quite large
- Slight lack of fun at times
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