The Mission QX2 stand-mounters are talented all-round speakers and you can use them in either your stereo or home theater surround system setup. We find the Mission QX2 speakers more appealing to be used in an HT system though as they make exceptional surround speakers.
Whether you use them as the front channel or surround speakers, you would need a good AVR to drive them. To find the best matching AV receiver, we will need to learn more about the Mission QX2 bookshelf speakers.
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Sound Characteristics and Merits of Mission QX2
These are multi-award-winning bookshelf speakers and they are affordably priced as well. Partly due to their price points, it makes the Mission QX2 well-suited for the surround speaker role. They do need amplifier power of between 25-120 Watts to sing and have a sensitivity of 88dB which is not bad for a stand-mounter of this size and price. If you are planning to play your HT sound system loudly and without a subwoofer, we highly suggest going with an AVR that is capable of providing around 80 Watts per channel or more.
The Mission QX2 has a 6.5″ bass driver and can deliver low frequencies of down to 38Hz (-6dB). We can see why some listeners do not want to use a subwoofer to supplement the bass but if you really want to enjoy a thrilling sonic performance when watching an action-packed movie, you will need a sub. We recommend getting an active subwoofer for your HT system as it will give you more powerful bass performances and deeper low frequencies. There are movies that could reach down to 20Hz bass extension or even further below and the Mission QX2 speakers are unable to produce such low frequencies.
These are energetic and engaging sounding speakers. If you do not wish to alter their sonic characteristics by too much, you should get an AVR with somewhat similar sound signatures. The Mission QX2’s energetic music delivery may lack refinement and details as its low-end delivery is rather punchy. Integrating a subwoofer and allowing it to take over most of the bass reproductions should open up the QX2 speakers. This would help improve the overall clarity and allow us to hear more details.
We have listed the best AVRs which you should go for and match with the Mission QX2 speakers. You should take this opportunity to think of more requirements such as dual subwoofer connection, supports Dolby Atmos/DTS: X 3D sound formats, and others that you need from an AVR before proceeding. If you have already done your homework then please check out the AVRs below.
Best AVRs for the Mission QX2 Stand-mounters
The Denon AVR-X1700H is one of the best AVRs to match with the Mission QX2 speakers. It is capable of driving the QX2 stand-mounters optimally and has a friendly price tag. This is a 7.2 channel AV receiver and it allows you to connect up to 2 subwoofers. Denon AVR-X1700H AV receiver has a full-bodied midrange and a punchy bass performance, making it suitable for the lively-sounding Mission QX2. The AVR-X1700H is also 8K ready and would be great for listeners who are planning to upgrade their TV.
The Marantz SR6014 is ideal for listeners who want a more musically refined AVR. It is great for Mission QX2 owners who listen to music more than they watch movies. The overall sound reproduction of the Marantz SR6014 has warm and smooth characteristics. It helps to calm the Mission QX2 speakers a little and provides its users with a more relaxing music presentation. The 9.2 channel AV receiver also supports the latest sound formats like the IMAX Enhanced and more.
The Yamaha RX-V6A is an ideal AVR choice for both movie and music playbacks. It has a neutral sonic characteristic and is able to deliver a bit more details. The powerful sub-bass performance of the Yamaha RX-V6A does complement the Mission QX2 speakers well and makes it more appealing to HT enthusiasts. The highs do sound slightly brighter when compared to the earlier mentioned AV receivers and so you might want to audition the RX-V6A first before making your decision.
Sony STR-DH790 is one of the best AVRs to partner with your Mission QX2 stand-mounters. The engaging HT performance of the Sony STR-DH790 matches well with the energetic QX2 speakers. The STR-DH790 AV receiver has an impactful mid-bass punch and the Mission speakers are able to deliver it with conviction. It has a lively high-frequency response but doesn’t sound overly bright or harsh. If you mainly watch movies, you should seriously consider getting the Sony STR-DH790, not to mention, that it is modestly priced too.
The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 is another excellent AVR to go for if you are mostly into watching movies. The 7.2 channel AV receiver is compatible with the 5.2.2 channel configuration and would be able to drive your Mission QX2 speakers. A unique and notable feature will be that the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 AVR works with Sonos Connect. This AVR has an engaging and detailed surround sound presentation. There is also a strong emphasis on sub-bass delivery which would rock the room if you have a powerful active subwoofer.
If you want a powerful AVR with the latest 3D audio formats, the Denon AVR-X4700H is definitely one of the best to check out. It is more than capable of driving the Mission QX2 stand-mounters with ease and allows you to connect up to 2 subwoofers. The 9.2ch AVR is integrated with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 technology and you can use it to optimize your Mission QX2 speakers to perform optimally in any given HT room. The Denon AVR-X4700H supports 8K/60Hz pass-through as well.
The AVRs you see here are some of the best in the current market and are all worthy of your time to consider. You can shortlist a few based on your requirements and/or find the matching AVR based on its sonic characteristic. One of the best ways to test its sound quality will be auditioning the potential AV receiver together with your own Mission QX2 bookshelf speakers. By listening, you will be able to judge whether the selected AVR suits you.