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I suddenly dawned on me that despite 20 years as the owner of a decent set of separates (including an original NAD 3020!) I didn't have the speakers to deliver the true quality of sound which I knew I could have. In fact my speakers had been getting smaller over the years. My latest purchase having been a pair of JPW Gold Monitors about five years ago.
And so it came to pass that I had a revelation of the insanity of this position and took it upon myself to acquire a pair of 'big' sounding speakers. Being of limited budget (looking to spend about £100) and limited willingness to research all the products on the market I obtained a copy of the latest Richer Sounds brochure - having have been impressed with the pricing and quality of service for my last couple of hi-fi purchases(including excellent returns policy!).
After demonstrations of both products (albeit in different shops!), and much to my own astonishment,I opted for the Eltax. I had fully intended on the basis of equal reviews to go for the Mission by virtue of it being from bass-ported not rear like the Eltax. However I couldn't ignore the fact that the Eltax had a considerably superior definition of bass. It was clearer and smoother than the Mission, which was quite bass-heavy and boomy in comparison. The only drawback is that they are both slightly deeper in size than the Mission and rear bass-ported which means they shouldn't be placed directly against the wall.
Notwithstanding this however, they are a seriously class act, can handle 100 watts of power and deliver a depth and quality of sound which, if you're used to compact speakers, will take your breath away.
A few months ago when I was testing Hi-Fi pieces in the hope I may one day build up my own unique Hi-Fi collection of separates I too poppped in to my local Richer Sounds but tested the "Eltax 7 series" and "Mission 702's" - I found the Misssion 702' s too much bass!! it was just thumping!!and was very disappointed. They had 2 rooms 1 small, 1 large so it sounded quite different in each room, acc. to acoustics. One thing I'm sure on is I wont be going for Mission 702's. Do you know what the difference is between the Eltax 7 and 8 series? if you have tested these? Also just out of interest what rice did you get the Eltax 8 at? cheers, heres to hi-fidelity sound!!-cheers, -CH
From_The_Continent 11.07.2001 22:58
A very useful op, as a lot of people will probably be looking for speakers in the 100 to 200 quid pricerange to upgrade their cheap midi systems. I'm a bit surprised about your description of the Mission 702, as I remember it differently from my own tests. Then again, I have never tested it against the Eltax. Describing the sound of a speaker in words is quite difficult, as I know from writing my own opinions on this subject. You've done quite well on it. Cheers, Hans