Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Wood – Great detail in the sound

Very nice piece of kit, extremely well packaged and very easy to put together, nice height and look great with my bronze 2’s on, well worth the dosh.

Had missions before, from the argonaut to other bookshelf ones. These lx-2s really deliver for the size and price.

The sound is impressive – clear treble and a deep well controlled bass. Need at least 100 hours to break in. Good match with marantz pm 6005. Very pleased with my purchase and recommend them highly.

Pleased with purchase- thanks.

Sounds great straight out of the box. Pleasantly surprised at how it fills a normal size room. Can’t comment on durability so soon after buying.

Very good price performance speakers! amazing buying experience with amazon!.

  • Superb quality pair of stands.
  • Great bass and good mids for the physical size
  • Outclasses the oppositio

My son says they are excellent.

Had for a few months now can’t fault them very good value for money.

Really nice budget speakers. They replaced some 40 year old wharfedale xp2s in a small studio.

Good solid and compact speakers – links v well with my small denon player.

These speakers are better than twice the price speakers – i know as i’ve been there.

Features of Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

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  • AWARD 2017: Best HiFi Speaker Under £1,000 from AVForums
  • A TRULY MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Full frequence range for a clear and detailed sound
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN: 25mm Microfibre Dome Tweeter + 130mm advanced fibre bass driver + Linear Excursion Woofer + Proprietary Cone Material
  • REINFORCED CABINET FOR BRUTE STRENGTH: eliminates any unwanted resonances and vibrations
  • Sensitivity 86.5dB (1w @ 1m) + Bass reflex enclosure + 2-way speakers + 20-100W recommended amp power

From the manufacturer

Mission LX Series

Mission LX Series

Mission LX Series

Mission Electronics was founded in 1977 by Farad Azima and was immediately recognised as one of the leaders in the development of acoustic engineering.

Mission quickly became a very popular hi-fi brand and earned an enviable reputation for the design and manufacture.

The Award-Winning Series

For the LX Series, the design has been stripped back to its fundamentals and Mission has focused on producing a range of speakers they are proud of in engineering terms.

We can be even more proud in terms of the enjoyment their owners will experience. These speakers are smart, practical and affordable, sporting a sharp, classic but modern look in keeping with Mission’s customary design focus.

They bring performances to life with all the vibrancy and finesse one expects of Mission speakers.

Advanced Technology and Design

Advanced Technology and Design

Drive Unit Positioning and Integration

Brute Strength

Advanced Driver Design

High frequency drive units require extremely consistent parts which, together with Mission’s extremely consistent manufacturing, can deliver the performance required.

Given the tiny moving masses involved, one extra micro-drop of high-tech adhesive can destroy the balance of the design, thus affecting sensitivity and frequency response.

For the LX Series, Mission has carefully designed a tweeter with a neodymium magnet for maximum force in a small space, together with a 25mm microfibre dome chosen for its repeat-ability and consistency in manufacture.

It delivers a sweet sounding but incisive upper frequency as required.

Drive Unit Positioning and Integration

In traditional Mission style, the stand-mount LX-1 and LX-2’s tweeter is positioned below the mid/bass drive unit, in order to aid time-alignment.

By placing the treble unit lower than ear level, the path length from the treble unit to the listener is longer than that of the mid/bass unit. As the treble unit dome is physically forward of the mid/bass unit cone, the difference in path length helps to equalise the acoustic distance.

Similarly, the LX-3 and LX-4 floor-standers position the tweeter between the mid/bass drivers in a ‘d’appolito’ configuration, rather than above both drive in conventional fashion.

The three-way LX-5 is optimised by the HF unit being positioned below the mid-range driver and above the bass driver.

Brute Strength

While high performance mid/bass and treble units are the foundation of a great sounding speaker, if the cabinet is not properly reinforced it can be an unruly source of unwanted noise.

Extensive research and development was carried out to ensure internal cabinet robustness, eliminating any unwanted cabinet resonances and vibrations. Using a combination CAD analysis, a lot of experimentation and extensive listening tests the cabinet within each speaker has been braced at key points which means the full frequency range is clear and detailed.

The diagram shows areas of bracing and its effect on the sound. Blue areas show where noise is reduced through cabinet bracing, while red areas highlight where there is sound. As you can see, the sound is emanating from the drivers and not from the cabinet, as it should be.

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These speakers are incredible. My old speakers were old sony bookshelfs from the 90s and these are a mind blowing upgrade. So much more bass, much better clarity across the range.

Can’t find anything better in this price range.

Looks the part and sounds the part, from thrash metal, death metal and classical.

Excellent product, these are easy to assemble and look very nice. Note the price is for 2 stands, while it was not clear from the product description. I bought 2 pairs, while thinking i’m only buying 1 pair, yet liked them so decided not to return the extra ones.

Very good speakers for the price. I can see why they came second in ‘what hifi’ 2017’s survey.

I tried these at the same time as the diamond 9. 1s and have to say there is no contest. The deep warm bass is amazing.

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Good build quality, great sound and compliments the rest of our setup.

One top plate not flat, i had to shim slightly to level the speaker. However for the money they look fantastic and a great purchase.

Very well made and sturdy stands for smaller speakers.

Strong, classy looking, quite heavy but not stupidly.

Exactly the sound i wanted, with the look and great build quality.

I would definitely recommend these speakers for the price the look and sound great.

A TRULY MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Full frequence range for a clear and detailed sound

Fantastic and look fantastic from any angle.

I’ve just received these and they are so impressive for the money. Used on a dedicated vinyl system with a kef sub for a powerful lower-bottom end. Not as ‘forward’ sounding as my b&w floor-standers and much clearer than any missions i’ve had in the past. A very easy, enjoyable listen that doesn’t become tiring at volume.

Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Assembly was easy and they look really fantastic. Solid, heavy metal material throughout with a really nice matt finish.

Very smooth and stylish speakers, look good and sound good.

This was a present and my son in law was very pleased with them.

A quick note – this is for a pair of stands, not just one, despite the product descriptionbought to accommodate my q acoustics 3010s (the bespoke stands cost £100 compared to these, which cost £59 at time of purchase). They arrive packaged superbly – each component wrapped and sleeved individually in cardboard – and couldn’t be easier or more satisfying to put together. The plates and legs are solid, and the shiny metal floor spikes are beautifully engineered. The cable management is ok – personally i would prefer an exit hole through the base rather than leave a cable trailing across the plate – but aside from that, they are superb. The sound from the speakers is immediately, noticeably better, and of course positioning at ear level when sitting is perfect (they stand at about 60cm). Seriously impressed, glad i opted for these.

Fabulous speakers,a real return to form. Superb sound with excellent bass and clear vocals. The speaker size is compact in height and width but is failrly deep. I have spent a good couple of months trying to decide wether to buy these or not,so glad that i did. For the price these missions are an absolute bargain.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN: 25mm Microfibre Dome Tweeter + 130mm advanced fibre bass driver + Linear Excursion Woofer + Proprietary Cone Material

I got these to sit my wharfdale diamond 220’s on. I got everything out and started to assemble the stands everything went smooth until i got to the floor spikes. One of the spikes would not thread onto its post i tried one of the other spikes and it threaded onto the post fine. I had a look at the threads on the spike that i could not screw down first few cuts were shallow and poor. I’m was lucky i own a tap and die set with the correct tap for the spike. I ran the tap down the spike and then i could thread it on no bothers. I would not normally knock off 2 stars for this but considering the price i would expect better.

I love them can hear so much more in diffrent bits of music. Easy to drive with a amplifier i picked up for £50 second hand. I found positioning is easy i had them pushed up on the back wall, then just pulled them out a bit and was blown away by the bass these can put out. Ideally, you should put them on the stands as they sound so much better, i have them on my computer desk at ear level. I do not have much spacing on my desk but they still sound fantastic. These speakers time well too. Best speakers i have listened to for under £200 wouldhighly recommend.

No improvement on my mx1 mission speakers. Disappointed, expected more. Bass not controlled as well and integration inferior. Not worth replacing, maybe need to spend more.

These sound fantastic, i only have a small room and set them up yesterday, so far i would say i am very very pleased, records sound so much better, they look good, easy to connect, and work great with my old pioneer amp sa540, i almost bought the wharfdale diamond speakers but changed my mind at the last minute, these were cheaper and i like the design more.

Has transformed my surround sound – dialogue clear and crisp for the first time ever.

Sold stands for my monitor audio bronze series bookshelf speakers. It’s unclear/impossible to fill the stands, as per the product description through.

REINFORCED CABINET FOR BRUTE STRENGTH: eliminates any unwanted resonances and vibrations

Make a real difference now my speakers are at a sensible height (previously on the floor). Easy to assemble and all tools required included.

Wow,the sound quality of these speakers is truly superb,the amount of bass is mind blowing,the treble sounds so sweet. Best suited to use with decent floor stands,if placed on a shelf,use rubber isolating feet. For the money,you wont find better.

I bought these for my son – i have audiophile quality ones in our loft – the quality of them is amazing highs and mids are excellent. Slightly subdued bass but £ for buck these are amazing – high quality for low cost.

Excellent sound field c/w consistent response and performance throughout the range. Will purchase mission subwoofer 🔊 during 2018highly recommended.

Great speakers , good bass, cohesive soundtop quality and look good in living room.

Excellent sound, well built, great heritage. Used to own missions growing up. Always second hand, thought i would treat myself to a new pair. Most sellers on ebay wanted collection only. For the price i think these speakers are excellent value. I have a 100 watt amp that powers these.

A cracking pair of speakers at the lower end of the price range. I put them into my conservatory serviced by a 55w p/c technics su7300 amplifier. Great bass and good mids for the physical size, although top end lacking slightly. Performance does improve over a couple of weeks as the speakers bed in. Great value for money speaker.

A great sounding speaker good base black sabbath +zeppelin have come to life brilliant.

These small speakers sound fantastic. They are powered by an old nad 3120 amp and are used to stream high quality music. They sound great and have no problems when the volume is turned up high. The speakers sit on a pair of fisual dynamic uno speaker stands and look really great.

I am using these as a stereo sound powered by my av receiver without the surround sound. I have removed the subwoofer as these two rocks. Looks the business and i like the magnet cover. Could not be happier and definitely recommended.

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Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker - Black Wood (pair)
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  1. Good construction even down to the hollow center tube which enable the wires to be discretely hidden. Have given them 5 stars despite the fact that that the accessories pack only had 7 spiked feet. A call to mission hq() saw a replacement foot in the mail three days later.
    • Good construction even down to the hollow center tube which enable the wires to be discretely hidden. Have given them 5 stars despite the fact that that the accessories pack only had 7 spiked feet. A call to mission hq() saw a replacement foot in the mail three days later.
  2. Absolutely no quality control from mission. One of the legs came half inch shorter. Amazon support non existent. Would like to seat on chair with one leg shorter?.
  3. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    Absolutely no quality control from mission. One of the legs came half inch shorter. Amazon support non existent. Would like to seat on chair with one leg shorter?.
    • Strangely i used this product, a pair of hi-fi speakers, to listen to my music collection. Wonderful quality and at such an amazing price.
      • Strangely i used this product, a pair of hi-fi speakers, to listen to my music collection. Wonderful quality and at such an amazing price.
  4. I bought these based on good reviews, and i can say i have learned my lesson to never trust reviews and instead get a demonstration first. I bought these to replace relatively cheap 20 year old speakers, but my old speakers sound much better. The lx-2 speakers have a very nice build quality and are attractive, but the sound is cheap, boomy and muddy. I was actually stunned at how bad they sounded, i can’t wait to return them.
    • I bought these based on good reviews, and i can say i have learned my lesson to never trust reviews and instead get a demonstration first. I bought these to replace relatively cheap 20 year old speakers, but my old speakers sound much better. The lx-2 speakers have a very nice build quality and are attractive, but the sound is cheap, boomy and muddy. I was actually stunned at how bad they sounded, i can’t wait to return them.
  5. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    Was a bit sceptical about these going from slightly larger speakers to these. Was just after a cheap pair of speakers place a pair of kef coda 7 that i had in a digital set up, but now gone analogue again and the coda’s weren’t shining anymore. Paired up with the outstanding audio technica lp5 not using the onboard phono and a denon pma 510ae. In the store they were pit against a pair of jamo s803 which are double the price and blew these away for detail and bass response. If you can afford £250 i recommend you hunt a pair down. Unfortunately i was on a budget and theses were the cheapest on offer in store. The passed the knock knuckle test and are solid. Ported so don’t throw too near the rear wall and corner position them either side of the room preferably on stands or something solid. Mine are for bedroom listening and are on glass and wood plates fixed to the top of the wardrobe. To be fair these need a good few hours to bed in as they sound quite flat and unresponsive out of the box, so much that i nearly returned them, alas two months on and with some decent speaker cables, these are beginning to sound like some nice little speakers.
  6. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    Was a bit sceptical about these going from slightly larger speakers to these. Was just after a cheap pair of speakers place a pair of kef coda 7 that i had in a digital set up, but now gone analogue again and the coda’s weren’t shining anymore. Paired up with the outstanding audio technica lp5 not using the onboard phono and a denon pma 510ae. In the store they were pit against a pair of jamo s803 which are double the price and blew these away for detail and bass response. If you can afford £250 i recommend you hunt a pair down. Unfortunately i was on a budget and theses were the cheapest on offer in store. The passed the knock knuckle test and are solid. Ported so don’t throw too near the rear wall and corner position them either side of the room preferably on stands or something solid. Mine are for bedroom listening and are on glass and wood plates fixed to the top of the wardrobe. To be fair these need a good few hours to bed in as they sound quite flat and unresponsive out of the box, so much that i nearly returned them, alas two months on and with some decent speaker cables, these are beginning to sound like some nice little speakers.
  7. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    I bought the white version of these speakers from richer sounds while they were on offer – i love them. I have paired them up with a yamaha amp and subwoofer, and they sound incredible for their size and cost. They’re quite possibly the best speaker under £100 so if you’re in the market for a speaker this size, go give them a listen. My only regret is that i did not buy two sets at the offer price.
  8. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    I bought the white version of these speakers from richer sounds while they were on offer – i love them. I have paired them up with a yamaha amp and subwoofer, and they sound incredible for their size and cost. They’re quite possibly the best speaker under £100 so if you’re in the market for a speaker this size, go give them a listen. My only regret is that i did not buy two sets at the offer price.
    • Wood on one of the speakers was damaged when i recieved it and this one stopped working 6 months in.
      • Wood on one of the speakers was damaged when i recieved it and this one stopped working 6 months in.
  9. Make sure these are definitely the speakers you want before purchasing. Unfortunately they weren’t for me and to return them cost £20. No returns label with these bad boys.
    • Make sure these are definitely the speakers you want before purchasing. Unfortunately they weren’t for me and to return them cost £20. No returns label with these bad boys.
      • Bass is very good for the size of cabinet well made, this was my second pair i purchased, for bedroom use good for most rooms mission quality.
  10. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    Bass is very good for the size of cabinet well made, this was my second pair i purchased, for bedroom use good for most rooms mission quality.
    • I was very disappointed when i got the speaker and find out that the tweeet on one of the speakers is not working, you would expect that mission will do a minimal quality check. On top of that i got no response from mission uk to get a replacement tweeter. I will never buy a mission product again.
      • I was very disappointed when i got the speaker and find out that the tweeet on one of the speakers is not working, you would expect that mission will do a minimal quality check. On top of that i got no response from mission uk to get a replacement tweeter. I will never buy a mission product again.
  11. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    Mission quality, the best small bookshelf speaker that good ive just bought another pair in white sandex finish also.
    • Mission quality, the best small bookshelf speaker that good ive just bought another pair in white sandex finish also.
  12. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    My bookshelf speakers were too low. They were on either side of the tv on a wooden tv unit. You want your tweeters as close to ear height as possible. These did the job height wise. And they have a base the perfect size for my wharfedale 9. The improvement in sound quality was even apparent to my wife. Who on the whole couldn’t care less about my home cinema system. For the money these are great stands.
  13. This review is from : Mission LX-2 Bookshelf Speaker – Black Wood (pair)

    My bookshelf speakers were too low. They were on either side of the tv on a wooden tv unit. You want your tweeters as close to ear height as possible. These did the job height wise. And they have a base the perfect size for my wharfedale 9. The improvement in sound quality was even apparent to my wife. Who on the whole couldn’t care less about my home cinema system. For the money these are great stands.

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