Alderley Edge, a Cheshire village that’s now home to many a Manchester City / United footballer. Also, back in the day, to a good school friend of mine. His parents had an ultra-modernist house they foolishly bravely opened up for a series of now-legendary teenage parties (Animal House anyone?) Some of which I actually remember. I can certainly still picture the Mission 770 speakers that provided the soundtrack to the festivities. Yes, even then I was drawn to sparkly audio. 

A shame then that I’ve yet to listen to the resurrected 770 introduced by Mission in 2022. Particularly as it garnered critical acclaim, designer Peter Comeau apparently having deployed modern technology well whilst staying faithful to the retro vibe. A trick he repeated shortly after with a new version of the Mission 700 that originally surfaced in 1980.

At £3,300 / £1,300 the 770 and 700 are not unreasonably priced by today’s standards. Mission saw the need (or gap) for a sub-£1,000 model though. Hence today’s unveiling of the Mission 750 at £899. It has no 1980’s forebear but couldn’t be mistaken for anything but a 700 series speaker. From the press release: –

“this is not an update of a prior model plucked from Mission’s past but a new design, sporting classic influences that celebrate Mission’s illustrious heritage”.

Described as a classic ‘bookshelf’ speaker, the 750 is small but not tiny at 355x216x270mm (HWD). So big bookshelves then. Or more likely, on stands with a bit of room to breathe. Hence Mission also introducing the Stance stands, very reasonably priced at £129 a pair. 

The 750’s engineering draws heavily on its larger siblings, scaled down to suit the smaller speaker. As with the 770 and 700 the mid/bass unit (5.25” for the 750) is made from polypropylene loaded with minerals to make it stiffer. It sports a specially designed motor system and rigid die-cast chassis though to cater for the smaller dimensions of the 750. 

The 1.25” soft-dome tweeter is backed by a damped rear chamber that pushes the fundamental resonance out of harm’s way. And, unusually for some but not for Mission, the tweeter sits below the mid/bass driver to aid time alignment. This purportedly improves imaging and helps provide a coherent and transparent sound.

A reflex port on the rear helps extend bass to a claimed 42Hz in-room / 48 Hz at -3dB. Both of which seem a little optimistic for a small speaker, we shall see. Nominal impedance is 6Ω, falling to 4.6Ω minimum, whilst sensitivity is 86dB. So perhaps not the easiest speaker to drive. Although Mission recommends amplifiers from 25W upwards, so maybe also not too difficult.

The speaker is available from mid-April in a choice of walnut or black wood veneer. Both finishes are fronted by the trademark 700 series white baffle with its prominent Mission logo. 

Overall the 750 looks an interesting model, its price point putting it up against some serious competition. It’s also a slam dunk for our forthcoming series of circa £1,000 standmount reviews, so we’ve requested a pair. And frankly, we’re looking forward to listening to them. Now where did I put that toga?

For more information hop over to the Mission website here.