. i thought about bi-wiring but seems to be such a chore. can you just biwire with regular speaker wires? i looked online at bi-wire sets and they are more than my speakers
. this is my first set of bi-wirables so i'm still a little confused on the configuration if i decide to do it. as usual the mission owners manual was not much help. however i did do somecritical listening after 48 hours and here are my results. try to keep them brief.
m31 - center channel inegration with the mc1i- ok i thought the m70 and the mc1i paired well, and they DO. however the m31 and the mc1i pair SEAMLESSLY- it is totally amazing. sounds almost as if it is one big speaker. if you werent looking or didnt know better you would think it was one big speaker until the sound moves of screen to the right or left. they pair fantastically with the m7ds and my rear m70's too. in the m31 manual they show another set of bipoles- the m3ds- don't even get me started on them if i could find them i would grab them too
5.1 audio- i popped david bowies - ziggy stardust in dts 5.1 into my oppo 970. the sound integration was immaculate. then i turn on the rears (m70) and the sound was even sweeter. the m31 blend very well with the m70. the total exapnsiveness of all 8 channels was mesmorizing.
stereo- LPM you should know this one- nick cave and the bad seeds- my favorite artist! i chose the album "no more shall we part". turned off all simulation and just went straight stereo through the m31. AMAZING! i heard things i have been missing all this time and i have owned this album since the day it was released. sitting in the sweet spot between the mains they pulsed as one unit. i was fascinated to hear the speakers work the sound so well that they almost sounded like one speaker at times- almost as if the sound was coming directly out of my disabled center channel. the imaging and detail is perfect and warm. then at times the cd would sound all around me as if the surround speakers were playing.
very warm, highly detailed, very nice imaging and clarity and soundstage, VERY nice bass extension with or without the sub on.
build quality and appearance. this is where it leaves my beloved m70 in the dust. i guess the best way to describe the m31 look is CLASS. the finish in graphite black is beautiful showing just subtle hints of woodgrain underneath. i chose to take the grills off and they look amazing. they are a little taller and wider than the m70 but 2 whole inches deeper.
to sum it up i am extremely pleased with these speakers, and it has cemented me even further into my loyalty and love for mission. i can only imagine how some of the higher end $1000 per pair missions such as the elegantes sound and hopefully one day in the not too far future i will own some.
if you currently have the m70 and are considering upgrading and are in the U.S. i would go NOW to tsto and get these- at $200 shipped per pair- they are an amazing value and unbeatable in the price range and probably unbeatable at 2x the price.
this weekend a fellow member who lives near me and who is narrowing down his choices on speakers will be bringing over some velodyne CHT front rows which we will compare with the m70. and some nicer ascends which will go head to head with the m31. i'll post results.