Mission DAD5 £300 / DAC5 £?

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Mission DAD5 £300 / DAC5 £?

Postby Robert » Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:17 pm

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Mission DAD5 £300 / DAC5 £?

Postby Robert » Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:17 pm

Mission DAD5 © What Hifi May 1992

For: fresh and upbeat; atmospheric, too

Against: a bit bass-light; can be shrill and uninvolving.

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The DAD5 is based on Philips technology, though Mission is responsible for its distinctive appearance, choosing a light alloy cast for the curvaceous fascia which conceals the BitStream electronics lying within.

This unusual appearance conceals the loading tray, which emerges, motor, laser and all, at the touch of a button. This mechanism allows you to place the CD directly onto the motor spindle. A spring-loaded clamp holds the CD in position while the laser reads from below.

The fascia has a tiny display and frugal facilities. The oddest ommission is the "stop" key, which has been relocated to one of Philips' remote handsets.

Fired up, the DAD5 is a far bigger-sounding player than its modest dimensions would suggest. Plenty of airiness and space percolating through the most tortuous of classical tracks makes this a very accommodating player, one which allows the music to breathe easily, instead of crumpling into a heap.

Violins, piano and even brass seem to soar without fear of compression. Everything is free, fresh and up-beat, so much so that it's usually very easy to overlook its shortcomings. Bass, for instance, is hardly the fullest or deepest on the planet, while the fiercest of strings can often appear a mite shrill.

However, the attention of listeners seems to wander. At first the sheer positiveness of atmosphere of its sound is riveting yet, after an hour or so, you realise the player is failing to involve you in the music. It is almost as if the sound is spread so wide that the close interplay between different instruments is lost to accommodate this sense of space.

If you like that open and exceedingly transparent "electrostatic" sound then the DAD5 brings you a step closer without having to junk your conventional box speakers. Simple melodies can be seductive, the flow of guitar and vocals extending to the far corners of the room - a real out-of-the-box sound!

This is an unusual-looking player with an unusual sound that's nothing if not refreshing. A potential winnder where a sense of space and atmosphere are premium commodities.
home office: Dell laptop running JRriver MC22 / Meridian Explorer / AKG 550's
music room: PC transport running JRiver MC22 / Naim DAC-V1 / Naim Supernait 2 / Neat Motive SX2
kitchen: Naim Unitiqute 2 / Naim NAP100 / Totem Dreamcatchers