Although it’s said to use key elements of the QX Series, Mission says that the speakers in the ZX Series have new drivers and crossover networks. There are eight models in the new range. Three are floor-standing (ZX-3, ZX-4 and ZX-5), two are stand-mount (ZX-1 and ZX-2), plus there are two centre speakers (ZX-C1 and ZX-C2) and an on-wall surround (ZX-S). [MIssion ZX-5 is pictured right, click image to enlarge].
All the dome tweeters in the QX Series use Mission’s unique design, where instead of the voice-coil being attached at the periphery of the dome, it’s attached half-way down the dome, and the centre of the dome is fixed. This forms the dome into two rings with the voice coil in the centre, which Mission says enables it to drive the dome more accurately and efficiently. ‘Mission’s ring dome tweeters exhibit lower distortion and superior performance at frequencies up to 30kHz and beyond than conventional dome tweeters,’ said Matthew Richter of Audio Visual Revolution (AVR), which distributes Mission in Australia. ‘Transient performance is dramatically improved, as is musical detailing, particularly of instrument overtones and harmonics, enabling the full character of instruments and voices to be conveyed with outstanding clarity.’
The bass/midrange drivers in the Mission QX Series used Mission’s ‘DiaDrive’ drive system, where the driver’s voice coil is attached to a subcone, which in turn attaches to the main drive cone which, in the case of the QX series is made from aluminium. At its periphery is an inverted roll surround, connected not at its edge but part-way down the cone, which Mission says damps travelling waves moving towards the diaphragm’s outer edge. The inverted surround has a vented cover to muffle its spurious output.
Available now, the Mission QX Series speakers are priced as follows: ZX1 ($1,499), ZX2 ($1,899), ZX3 ($2,899), ZX4 ($3,299), ZX5 ($3,999).
For more information, contact Audio Video Revolution