THE MISSION PILASTRO: PURE SONIC INSPIRATION

-- World-Renowned Loudspeaker Company Has Spared No Expense To Create The Ultimate Expression of Form and Function --

Huntingdon, England, September 5, 2003 - The Mission Pilastro loudspeaker, on display at Mission's CEDIA 2003 Booth 30 at the Indianapolis Convention Center (September 5 - 7, 2003), brings together 25 years of the company's audio expertise in a masterpiece of sonic engineering and unmatched aesthetic design.


As Mission's flagship loudspeaker, Pilastro is designed to reproduce music with all the nuance and expression of live performance. To this end, Pilastro blends innovative engineering, the most advanced driver technologies and premium construction techniques. The loudspeaker boasts a frequency response from 22Hz to 56kHz along with an extremely high 95dB efficiency, to reproduce the entire musical spectrum with unsurpassed realism and dynamic power.

Pilastro is designed to work with the very best of today's music systems. When used with a solid -state amplifier, sound reproduction is smooth and seamless, even during the most demanding musical peaks. In addition, tube amplifier aficionados will be thrilled by Pilastro's effortless, relaxed quality and ability to play at satisfying volume levels even using exotic lower -powered tube amplifiers.

A Refined Audio Masterpiece

Noted Peter Comeau, Director of Acoustic Design, Mission, "In ancient Roman architecture, the Pilastro is the fundamental support, or pillar of a building. This name perfectly sums up the philosophy behind Pilastro.

Pilastro is the foundation of a world -class music system capable of achieving astonishing fidelity, musicality and emotional impact. Coupled with this state -of -the -art performance is Pilastro's elegant styling and understated grace, as befits a true work of art. Pilastro is indeed a masterpiece of form and function, in the same manner as its Roman namesake."

Custom Drivers, Built from the Ground Up

All the drivers in Pilastro are completely custom -designed. The tweeter is a work of art in itself -a 1 -1/4 -inch ring dome, ferrofluid -cooled design featuring a neodymium magnet, pressure -controlled rear -chamber and integral phase plug to deliver remarkably smooth, yet detailed and extended high frequency response. The dual 6 -1/2 -inch midrange drivers are constructed utilizing a special natural fiber cone material, precision elastic surround and Kapton voice coil former, a combination that yields fast transient response, exceptional acoustic transparency and natural, accurate tonal qualities without any trace of "hardness."

Pilastro's four 8 -inch woofers employ an air -dried Nomex cone and a large -diameter, double layer voice coil on an aluminum former, for extremely well controlled, articulate bass response with minimal distortion. The woofers operate in conjunction with six complementary 8 -inch ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator) passive radiators to achieve extreme bass extension. To sonically blend these superlative drivers, Pilastro features an audiophile -grade hard -wired crossover network, connected using custom designed, silver plated OFCC (Oxygen -Free Continuous Copper) cabling.

Granitech -the Ultimate Enclosure Material

Pilastro's sonic capabilities are in no small part a result of the enclosure itself. The enclosure is constructed from Granitech, a unique composite material that resembles granite, yet can be molded into a gently tapered shape that is acoustically inert, and eliminates internal
standing waves and cabinet colorations. Granitech is finished with the appearance of highly polished marble, making Pilastro a stunning visual as well as sonic statement.

Traditionally, an enclosure as rigid as Pilastro's would pass all internally generated vibration from the woofers to the floor it was standing on.

Previous efforts to solve this problem have included techniques such as decoupling, isolation and mass damping. With Pilastro, Mission engineers solved the problem by pairing the woofers in opposition to each other and linking them by means of an internal "force pipe," a solution that enables each woofer pair to self -cancel internal vibrations, while improving transient impact and low -frequency focus.

Stunning Finishes to Complement Every Decor

The Mission Pilastro's awe -inspiring sonic performance is matched only by its magnificent appearance -a streamlined, slim, tower design with gracefully contoured Granitech top and side surfaces accented by exotic wood side panels. Pilastro is available to order in a choice of mirror -gloss Granitech finishes and veneered wood side panel options to complement the most luxurious decors and living environments. Every Mission Pilastro loudspeaker pair is completely hand -built by the company's most skilled artisans and accompanied by a numbered certificate of ownership signed by chief designer Peter Comeau.

The Mission Pilastro loudspeaker is currently available at a suggested retail price of $40,000 per pair.

About Mission

Founded in 1977, Mission has established an enviable reputation for designing and manufacturing quality loudspeakers. In 1978 Mission launched the revolutionary 770 loudspeaker, the first audiophile loudspeaker to use a polypropylene drive unit and, since then, has constantly introduced new technology and the radical manufacturing techniques that have played a key part in Mission's success. Constantly breaking through technological barriers has involved making huge investments in human and engineering resources. Mission's headquarters in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, feature the latest in production and computing technology to help maintain its position at the forefront of the home entertainment industry. More information is available at www.pilastro.com.

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