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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. jwbrent
    I’m really loving the sound of my new Pono! Surprisingly good.

    Has anyone come up with a solution for battery replacement? The Pono is a keeper and I want to buy a battery or two for future use.
     
  2. Left Channel
    Welcome to the club! It really does sound good, doesn't it?

    Replacing the battery requires some soldering, but it can be done. I've seen posts saying we should use a Samsung ICR18650-30a 18650 3000mah 3.7v. You'll find detailed instructions on the Pono Community forum: https://ponotrial.onso...

    See also this teardown video:

     
  3. jwbrent
    Thank you for your reply, LC. I’ve joined the RESono community, so I’ll check there for details.
     
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  4. maira
    Gone BAL the first time a few weeks ago. It really sounds great. Especially using WAV.:)
     
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  5. silverfishla
    I’ve replaced the battery with a Samsung battery, and it’s relatively easy. You’ll have to do a bit of fast soldering though (batteries are usually tack soldered). There’s a small PCB with wired plug attracted to it on the original battery. You’ll have to unsolder it and reuse it. But when re-soldering back on, you’ll have to do it fast in one go for fear of damaging the battery (heat will damage the battery). If you’ve got all your ducks in a row before you begin, it’s easy.
     
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  6. The Socialist Nerd
    I still have one of these Pono players. How are folks liking it still?
     
  7. L8MDL
    I own three and use them every day. Haven't heard a better sound yet. Mostly balanced w/Sennheiser HD660's.
     
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  8. barondla
    I play mine every night. Just bought Koss ESP/95X electrostatic headphones from Mass Drop. Sounds amazing on the Pono. Hi res is beautiful.
     
  9. The Socialist Nerd
    Sweet sweet. I plan to pump my PonoPlayer to a set of Audeze LCD-2CB's soon then and see how it goes :D.
     
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  10. Dana Reed
    My LCD-2f sound great with the pono, using a balanced cable from surfcables
     
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  11. defbear
    Me too! My LD-2f’s sound great with my Pono. SurfCables made my Pono Balanced Cable also. And you Need the balanced cable!
     
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  12. Mathieulh
    I am sorry to say that the Pono sounds like utter garbage when you compare it to pretty much every DAP out there and even some cellphones. You are better off investing in something like the Sony NW-A45 (or the NW-ZX300 if you want much better audio with balanced outpout) than this piece of overpriced junk.
     
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  13. maira
    Very funny! You made my Day!
     
  14. Mathieulh
    I am afraid I was not joking, the Pono sucks from the form factor to the sound quality. Neil Young is about as good at upsampling his 16bits@44.1kHz CD quality tracks into "HD" audio as he is about designing a quality DAP. (I hope you see what I implied here).

    Meanwhile I will stick to listening to my Hiby R6 Pro.

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  15. Whazzzup
    How’s the toblerone doing?
     
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