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PONO - Neil Youngs portable hi-res music player

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by currawong, Sep 28, 2012.
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  1. Currawong Contributor
    Impressions thread is here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/737093/the-pono-player-impressions-thread
    Please discuss the merits or otherwise of high-res in Sound Science, not this thread please.
  2. ExpatinJapan
    so he did it in the end. wow.
  3. goodvibes
    Looks to be working up to a cloud based music acquiring service associated with major labels. I wonder how dependant it may be. There's money in them thar hills which is how you get the labels to play along. Apple and Jobs were in early discussions here but without Jobs, they're now pretty much on there own. Makes you wonder if it had anything to do with ALAC becoming open source whether for this or to just stay competitive in an emerging market.
     I hate the shape but there's always room for something that sound good.[​IMG]
  4. shotgunshane Contributor
    I like the concept and the added competition. Hopefully pricing on the players and services will be reasonable.
    Night Crawler likes this.
  5. elfary
    Taking into account the fantastic tracking, mixing and mastering the all Neil Young records exhibit i'm looking forward to that thing. He does care a lot for sound quality.
  6. NZtechfreak
    I'm far from sold yet, so far a lot of what I've seen from him on his sound quality crusade has been overblown rhetoric. Hoping for something special though.
  7. audionewbi
    haha I was about to make a thread for it! I am so glade this is becoming main stream! I am truly speechless!
  8. Whippler
  9. putente
    Does anyone know the capacity of it's internal storage and if it has removable storage? [​IMG]
  10. Leobrioschi
  11. Nixon
    Shame it doesn't have a quarter inch headphone socket. Might hold off buying a DAC for my phone until I hear more about this.
  12. audionewbi
    It will be a long long wait! 

    First of all I dont think he would find anyone crazy enough willing to take part of the risk of producing a triangular DAP! Sure the headfi community would buy it if it sounds good but I dont think they want to sell in thousands, their aim is to sell in millions!
    Someone should introduce Niel to Altmann Tera-player, maybe he would buy that unit design and add a screen to it and we all would be happy about it! 
  13. globiboulga
    Really? Really? You write that? He goes on National US TV to showcase a prototype, confirm he's talking to all major labels and that there is progress and you - because you've done so much yourself for the advancement of mankind worldwide - go on record and write "overblown rhetoric?". Well, when the worms will slowly eat up your dead flesh, six feet under, I am sure they'll comment on the amazing contribution you've made for the progress of high quality audio!
    Edit: oh, and it's not a comment on the player / system. I have not heard anything yet myself, so I wouldn't dare commenting on what its worth (although if it start pushing labels to records HD audio again, well, that's a positive).
    henwell likes this.
  14. tds101
    ^Someones a little grumpy today, huh!?!?!?^
  15. Mkubota1 Contributor
    LOL.  It's because inevitably this will go down that path of whether or not hi-res (the media format itself- not the content) is better than simple 16/44.  I've been reading around on a few forums and many note how we can already purchase and play hi-res on existing players- no need to start all over with a new ecosystems.  I find it somewhat telling that Apple has yet to introduce hi-res (via ALAC) in iTunes.  We all know by now they've done the market research behind this and Apple has never been afraid to make a little money if it's out there.
    Also, when you make statements like, "The MP3 only has 5 percent of the data present in the original recording. … The convenience of the digital age has forced people to choose between quality and convenience", you lose a lot of credibility.
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