Originally Posted by Angular Mo
Why buy a PONO if its format is FLAC?
I thought my iPad can be a digital transport to FLAC files as a digital transport, with a iOS DAC or digital dock as a transport.
Reading the kickstarter page, there seem to be two major design differences.
1. The PONO HW can deliver up to 24/192. I think the iDevices max out at 16/44.1 (maybe 16/48?).
2. The larger footprint allows them to squeeze in discrete components and do a better job with the analog output circuit. E.g., the big capacitors you see in the picture above just arent' going to fit in an iDevice.
Not quite on topic of your question, but it's not just a DMP that they are offering. They hope to create an "end-to-end ecosystem" that creates high res
offerings from the original masters. At least I hope that's what they mean to do.
Of interest to this community is going to be especially the implementation of the headphone amp.
Also the press releases indicate they are going to do PONO branded headphones downstream. Not expecting to see that until next year however.
I already backed the kickstarter -- so I'm hoping to get some answers... in Oct 2014.