Kenwood KA-3020SE + Mission 780SE replacement


Novice Member
Ive been using a pairing of Kenwood KA-3020SE + Mission 780SE since the past 25 years and they've done me well. However, it's now time for an update and I'm looking for an amp + speaker combination that will hopefully last me another 25 years.

Despite visiting Hifi shops and watch various reviews I'm still clueless. I quiet like the reviews and look of the Wharfedale Lintons but perhaps they would be overkill. I listen to a lot of acoustic type music but plenty of more bass heavy indie/rock too. I'm quite fanning a tube amp too for added warmth in tone although again, I'm not sure if this is the way to go.

Does anyone know or have any recommendations for me. I'm not really looking for a direct replacement for the Kenwood/Missions- more an upgrade. And something warmer sounding with more low end.


Standard Member
I had the exact same setup for a similar length of time. When the time came for a replacement (amp started to fail) I picked up a used Cyrus 3 and PSXR off eBay, I also added a BK sub. Quite frankly it sounds amazing and I love it to bits. The 780s are still going strong and after filling my Atacama stands and mounting the speakers on isolation gel pads sounds fresh as a daisy. Using the sub really fills in the lower end without taking over.
Next year the speakers turn 30yrs old, proper value for money!


Novice Member
Great! In the end I ended up buying a pair of Sonus Faber Lumina 3s which sound lovely and a Lyngdorf amp. I’ll keep the old set of Missions for a different room (need a bit of work though first).

Glad you’re are still going. Yes, great value indeed!!

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