Originally Posted by Xaborus
Apologies for format, I'm on a terrible mobile.
After reading an interview @ www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw
I cant help to believe that Neil just might be masterminding this in a direction that he isnt actually telling. If you read between the lines- he's actually talking about the loudness war, but better recorded Mp3's would be a hard sell.
Could Neil actually be trying to reverse the loudness wars under the veil of selling 192/24? I can only hope.
Only time will tell. I hope to god my hunch is right though.
I've had a few exchanges with the Pono team expressing concern about poor masters, specifically dynamic range compression. And how that is a bigger concern regarless of bitrate/sample.
I just received this reply:
the PonoMusic Team says:
Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience. One of Neil's concerns is as we listen to compressed music, the demand for producing hi-res recordings has gone away. Check out his talk at SXSW and he echoes views similar to your own. (Should be on KS soon).