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Mission 77 series home theater speakers

by EJRothman / January 17, 2006 1:19 PM PST

I have a pair 0f Mission 771 bookshelf speakers currently hooked up to a stereo. I am upgrading to a home theater system and thinking of just getting Mission 77-series center and rear speakers (I have a AR S108PS sub as well).

These speakers are 1998 models. Is there any reason to get newer speakers or will these work well with new components?

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Old or new...
by Art / January 17, 2006 3:05 PM PST

if it still sound good to you..then it is a keeper. Not too much has been change as far as speaker technology goes (unless you are talking the very very high end stuff).

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Do these Mission 77's have the same tweeter and midrange?
by RoadRunner6 / January 17, 2006 4:31 PM PST

I is best to have all 5 speakers, L, R, C and surrounds from the same brand and also more importantly from the same series. They should have exactly the same tweeter and same midrange drivers for the best matched voicing. That means that you hear exactly the same smooth frequency blend from all 5 speakers. This is extremely important for the best 5.1 or 7.1 sound. The sub can be from any brand as long as the crossover to the 5 speakers is a good match.

If they seem to have different drivers then you could try them out. Set one of the 771's and one of the 77's side by side and hook them up to the left and right speaker output. Switch back and forth with the balance control from left to right on some music with vocals and cut out the bass. Do they sound almost exactly the same in the upper mids and highs? If yes then you probably have a good match. Another way is to play white noise like from a FM tuner between stations. The hiss sound should be very close.

If they are audibly different then I would go for a complete new sytem with 5 matched speakers.

I can't emphasize this enough. I have read the results of a double blind test with experienced listeners auditioning two sets of 5 speaker surround systems. One system consisted of very expensive audiophile speakers, however, with different brands. One brand for the left and right, another brand for the center and another brand for the two surrounds, total price over $5000.

The second set consisted of 5 exactly identical (the same model) Radio Shack speakers. They were a fairly small size but quality speaker in the $100 range each.

The listening panel choose the second set to be generally superior in sound when listening to 5 channel music and movies. They all mentioned the smooth surround blend as the most noticeable difference. The first system was superior in some areas but overall they prefered the second system. This is hard to believe but true. The panel was stunned when it was revealed what speakers they had been listening to.

Moral of the story: Don't mix and match speakers in a home theater system. Make sure they are all very closely matched. The sub matching is a different story and can be from any brand.

Hope this helps.

RR6 (Chuck)

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by stewart norrie / January 18, 2006 6:01 AM PST

I had 3 Klipsch front 2 Bose sorrround, 2 Cerwin Vega rear and a cheap off brand Sub. And for years I hated this set up Ya different sound coming from spkrs, sub distorting horrible not involving at all, So after saving for 2 years took the plunge and bought A complete 5.1. atlantic technology speaker system and now you dont just watch a movie you are in the movie, and I know these speakers will last me a lifetime and I will never get tired of the great sound I have heard so many salespeople tell me that unmatched speakers would be just fine but its not true, You will never regret buying the best speakers you can afford good luck stewart

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