Originally Posted by NZtechfreak
When is the Pono set to arrive? I'm a bit sceptical, some of Neil's Young's ravings about audio quality seem to have a tenuous relationship to fact, but I'm very interested to hear it nevertheless. Also would love to hear the X5.
Man, if you're just getting into this stuff the meet will blow your socks off!
A tiny bit on the Pono... Delivery will be October. Kickstarter brought in over USD$6,000,000 in pledges (I expect you are well aware of how kick starter boogies). That sum is incredible and indicative of what people are wanting I guess. With a portion of that, the designer/developers are going to do some serious final reworking and testing before going to production. There was a recent interesting discussion on the units driver output stage being discrete so as to avoid any effective
-ve feedback inherent in some form in most amplifier chipsets, to select the best spec and quality components and for the amp to have an output impedance of an incredibly low 5 ohms...
I think Neil's thinking here is his concern that a younger population who has grown up never hearing vinyl and only known 128k MP3s then their idea of music will be soul-less with its emotion missing... CDs offer something bit better than MP3 but as the discussions reveal aren't the end-all.... Another aspect of the Pono is that it has brought an assisted awareness to the artists they can again release their previous work as an HDmusic studio remix, beneficial financially but as true musicians their art will finally be heard as they made it....