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Mission M73 Sounding Harsh

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by hunkiemunkey, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. hunkiemunkey

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    Hello

    I have had a pair of MIssion M73's for over a year, and in April purchased a Sony DB780 Receiver to go with them. The problem is, the speakers sound so clear that they almost sound harsh (they can also sound cold on certain music - I have noticed this because I recently bought some Mission M71 and they sounds fantastic - really warm and smooth) and on high volumes, the treble seems to have a lisp. This has only happened since I got the receiver.

    Is there any way to stop this/tone it down or make the sound warmer by some tweaks on the receiver?

    I use my Samsung DVD511 to play CD's (Truly awful for CD's - will be replacing soon!) and this is connect to the receiver by Optical Cable. Could the DVD player be the problem?

    Thanks John.
     
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    yeh dvd is probably the problem, altho my dislike for mission m7 series is because the treble can get lispy.
    optical cables vary tremendously- the freebie ones are completely awful. get a black rhodium silver grey optical one for £30 or so and it will literally transform the sound...no kidding
     
  3. Kenny Bradley

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    Hi,

    Sorry for replying to such an old post but I was searching the archives because I have a very similar problem with a pair of Mission 702e front speakers and a Sony STR-DB830 Av amp.

    With certain music the treble sounds annoyingly bright. It seems out of sync with the rest of the music and really stands out.

    I know my set up is far from ideal for music but I expected much better. My old JVC compact system sounded much better and it was a fraction of the price.

    John, did you ever find the source of your problem?

    Does anyone have any idea why my set up sounds like this?

    Cheers Kenny
     
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    I looked at these speakers back in the 90s when they were released and must say I always thought the 702e's were a little light on the base and can be harsh on the treble. I considered buying them again when richer sounds had them for £90 but decided my electronics would amplify the problem and so went for the M74i instead (though they were almost double the price :( )
     
  5. hunkiemunkey

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    I think the root of it was the DVD player... but personally I don't notice it anymore. Maybe it was a "breaking in" phase?
     
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    Thanks for the replys.

    So what speaker would you recommend for a smoother sound. Unfortunatley my location means I can't visit any demo rooms.

    I think the problem lies with the amp or the speakers or a combination of the two. I have tried a different CD source and it didn't make any difference and I know previous sterios have sounded ok in the room so I don't think it's accoustics. Has anyone else noticed this problem with the Sony AV amps?

    Thanks again, Kenny
     
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    I've used a Sony TA-FE230 amp in the past (my first seperates amp) and found it to be a bit harsh and forward in the treble using Mission m70s. I then moved up to a Yamaha HTR-5540RDS AV surround amp and added Mission m30s for rear speakers. Then, ditched the Yamaha and m30s for a NAD C320BEE stereo amp - getting the speakers all positioned optimally in my small room was a pain. The result is a much more open and detailed sound that is certainly warmer in terms of treble.

    I'd look at a different amp - Yamaha were certainly warmer than Sony and the main reason for me ditching the Yamaha/m30s was that I wanted better music/stereo performance, as I listen to more music than movies. Apart from that, I really had no complaints about the Yamaha. Not sure what Pioneer are like for warmth - give them a listen too.

    CD sources can make a difference - I certainly got a warmer sound from my NAD C521BEE than the Sony RCD-W3 that I used for a while with my Yamaha. I still have the NAD CDP - an excellent machine!
     
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    I have some missions M33 and M34i's that sound harsh in my rooms. I have upgraded my amp since from Denon 1905 to Arcam AVR300 which has made a big difference. However as an intermediate solution before the arcam I taped some tissue paper over the tweeters. Made a big difference with the denon amp. Taken off for the arcam though. Costs pennies and worth a try.

    Dan
     
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    Also connect the DVD as analogue so to see what the difference is between analogue and digitial. I have always preferred analogue unless there is a major difference in quality of amp DACS and DVD. Only your ears can tell.

    Dan
     

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