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Mies m25a Tube Integrated

Amplifiers  Integrated

Reviewer Rating:  B+

Review added by: dmitchell
Added On: 9/10/2014

Mies m25a Tube IntegratedMost audio nuts like me in Canada have heard of Planet Of Sound, especially in Ontario. Planet Of Sound started off as a brick and mortar audio shop in Toronto, and branched out to a location in Ottawa (or is that the other way around? I'm not sure). Anyway, here in Ottawa, Planet Of Sound is an interesting place to shop. Unlike the other higher end, specialty "audio shops" here in Ottawa, they don't sell TV's, they don't sell surround sound receivers. They don't pretend to be a jack of all trades. They focus purely on the 2 channel. I like that.

Besides brick and mortar, POS (an unfortunate abbreviation) has expanded into online retailing and distribution, and as of late, launching their own product line of amps (tube and solid state), speakers and headphones. The product line is Mies Audio. Call it the house brand of Plant Of Sound.

Now on to the subject of this review, the Mies m25a integrated amplifier. Let's look at the specs first. Wait ..what's actually a little frustrating is that POS doesn't really cover the specs in much detail on either their website or the Mies website. All we get is the following:

16 watts per channel of unprecedented musicality and naturalness at this price point. 2 RCA inputs, 4 or 8 ohms. Suitable to drive almost any s ...
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