About this project
Vinyl has made a serious comeback and more and more people are interested to hear just how much sound you can get from records. That's why we've developed the Mies i100 amplifier. Unlike many other amplifiers or home theatre receivers, this tiny all-in-one solution comes with a built-in high performance phono input for your turntable so you can hear your vinyl as it was meant to sound.
How does it sound?
The Mies i100 is a result of years of research and testing, gleaned from extensive comparison listening. We plan a retail of $399. The built in phono input sounds as good as any external one up to $300. The Mies i100 has an incredibly clear, natural and powerful sound. It can party with the best of them, or deliver finesse and delicacy at low volumes. It's a great match for any speakers costing up to $1500.
- 2x Aux inputs (for CD, Computer, iPod, etc.)
- 1x Phono input for your turntable
- 1x 3.5mm front input for convenient phone or iPod connection
- 42 watts per channel of high current power into 8 ohms (70w into 4 ohms)
- Superb sounding headphone jack
- Record output to add more amps for more speakers
- Preamp output for adding a subwoofer
How big is it?
At just 9.5" x 8.5" x 2" (24cm x 21cm x 5cm), it's tiny! However, don't let the size fool you. It has a beefy power transformer and is beautifully made with top quality parts and high quality aluminum faceplate. The front panel is a model of simplicity with an easy-to-use selection switch and volume knob. Everything you want, nothing you don't. It's the perfect size and function to fit on your desk, on a bookshelf or in the smallest of places.
Who are we?
Mies® is the house brand of Planet of Sound. We are a retailer, wholesaler and now manufacturer of high quality audio components, based in Toronto, Canada. With over 7 years in audio sales and system consultation, we are experts in sound and we love vinyl. We've long traveled the world to visit the major audio shows in search of the few products that are exceptional and now we wish to fill some of the gaps in the market ourselves. A tiny amplifier with a great phono stage is our biggest request. Planet of Sound's Managing Director is Gunnar Van Vliet who previously owned RecordStoreReview.com and is well known within the audio community, especially for his critical listening tests regarding MP3, AAC and AIFF compression. We have already completed a few self-funded projects under Mies Audio Inc. including the s1 bookshelf speaker ($999USD), e200 in-ear headphones ($99USD) and the m25a and m50a tube amplifiers. Due to the cost and complexity of the i100, we are seeking funding help!
We have completed Phases 1-4. The final Phase is the production run.
1. Feature spec and design concept COMPLETED Jan. 2013
2. Electrical prototype COMPLETED Apr. 2013
3. Final production protoype COMPLETED Oct. 2013
4. Contract production partners COMPLETED Dec. 2013
5. Final production run PENDING May. 2014
The production facility is ready to mass-produce the i100 and we just need the funding to bring it to reality!
$10 - THANK YOU
Thanks for your support in making this project happen!
$30 - Mies T-shirt (M, L, or XL)
$79 - Mies e200 in-ear Headphones - Get a pair of Mies e200 in-ear headphones for $20 off the regular price of $99. Developed to be the best sounding headphones under $300!
$299 - EARLY SUPPORTER - Get the Mies i100 Amplifier for $100 off the regular price (Limited to the first 50 pledges)
$399 - SUPPORTER - Get the Mies i100 Amplifier
$999 - EARLY PARTNER - Save an amazing $500 off the complete Mies stereo system - Mies i100 Amplifier, Mies s1 Bookshelf Speakers ($999 value), Mies e200 Earbud Headphones ($99 value), and Mies T-shirt (Limited to the first 10 pledges)
$1499 - SUPPORTING PARTNER - Get the complete Mies stereo system - Mies i100 Amplifier, Mies s1 Bookshelf Speakers ($999 value), Mies e200 Earbud Headphones ($99 value), and Mies T-shirt
Risks and challenges
Production of electronics is the same as any other complex product. There is always a small chance of errors in manufacturing which could delay delivery. We are confident of our partners' abilities as we have been working with them for over 2 years and have built a strong relationship and system to ensure quality control. Pending successful funding, we have arranged production to start in May 2014. There is extensive electronic testing and benchmark trials before each unit is QA passed. As a final safeguard, we will be present in the factory during this process to ensure that everything meets our standards. Production time will be approximately 30-45 days.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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