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Mission 778X unveiled as the first Mission amplifier in forty years

The Mission brand introduced the 778 X integrated amplifier, the first integrated amplifier after a forty-year hiatus . With the predecessor from the 80s of the…
Mission 778X
Mission 778X

The Mission brand introduced the 778 X integrated amplifier, the first integrated amplifier after a forty-year hiatus . With the predecessor from the 80s of the last century with the index 778, the novelty has in common the compact “half-width” design.

Model 778 was introduced by the then young British company Mission in 1983. After that, the manufacturer concentrated on the development and production of acoustic systems, and allocated audio electronics to the Cyrus brand. And now, after a forty-year break, Mission decided to revive the 778 model at a new level of audio technology development, adding the letter X to the index.

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First of all, the modern version was equipped with a DAC unit (well, where would we be without it today). To connect digital sources, a USB-B port is provided, as well as coaxial and a pair of optical inputs. There are even digital outputs here – coaxial and optical, as well as a Bluetooth adapter with support for aptX and AAC codecs for wirelessly receiving content from portable gadgets. For analog sources, there are two stereo inputs on RCA connectors, as well as an input for the built-in phono stage. There is also an output from the pre-amplifier for using external amplifiers or active acoustics.

The Mission 778X’s built-in DAC is based on ESS Technology’s ES9018K2M Sabre32 Reference chip and can process PCM digital streams up to 32-bit/384 kHz, as well as DSD up to 11.2 MHz (DSD256).

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The output stages of the Mission 778X amplifier are discrete and operate in class AB, delivering 45 watts into an 8 ohm load, or 65 watts into a 4 ohm load. The power supply uses a 200VA toroidal power transformer, and the total capacity of the filter capacitor bank is 30,000uF.

Mission offers not only the £ 549 778 X amplifier itself , but also several sets of Mission speakers at attractive prices . So, together with Mission LX-2 MkII bookshelf speakers, the novelty will cost only 649 pounds (if you buy an amplifier and acoustics separately, you will have to pay 130 pounds more). The second higher end speaker variant, the Mission QX-2 MkII , will cost £799 (a difference of £150).

The Mission 778 X integrated amplifier is available in black or silver and is expected to be available in December 2022.

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Specifications of the integrated amplifier Mission 778X:

  • Output power: 45W (8 ohms), 65W (4 ohms)
  • Gain: 31 dB
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz (± 0.5 dB)
  • THD: < 0.005% (30 W / 8 ohms)
  • Sensitivity of analog inputs: 540 mV (linear); 2.5 mV (Phono MM)
  • Signal to noise ratio: > 108 dB (45 watts)
  • Channel Crossover: > 80 dB (1 Watt)
  • DAC : ESS ES9018K2M Sabre32 Reference chip, 384 kHz PCM, DSD256
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, aptX, AAC
  • Inputs : 1 x Coaxial, 2 x Toslink Optical, 1 x USB-B, 2 x RCA AUX, 1 x RCA Phono MM
  • Outputs : 1 x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink Optical, 1 x RCA PRE Out
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 23.6 x 9.8 x 38.0 cm
  • Weight: 6.3 kg

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