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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. Overkill Red
    Or something else..? [​IMG]
  2. Mimouille

    Ok I'll keep my back to the wall them...must be the prison time talking
  3. Retrias
    every ex convict turned audiphile is now afraid looking at Neil Youngs PONO
  4. Mimouille

    This thread has gone far.
  5. Llloyd
    the pono is a serious product [​IMG]
    i can't wait to have my audio files verified by flea
  6. tds101
    Heh, the po-R-no,... :p
  7. Retrias
    hehehhehehehehe porno ehehehehehhehe
    no seriously, this seems to be one of those "joke idea' of the year
  8. musicday
    Where is this pono player?
    Maybe after X3 will be released..ha ha
  9. tds101
    Seems like the pono player is dead,...
  10. Retrias
    pono player have been dead by how many years now? even if its alive , it might as well be a zombie by now as it get overshadowed by everything else
  11. ExpatinJapan
    New Facebook update today

    Main points being they will have a redesigned case. Hopefully not another toberone shape.

    They will release in 2014.

    Best of all they will also have a website full of high res music tracks to buy.
  12. Llloyd
  13. RAFA
    "This music moves you. So you can feel. That’s why so many musicians are behind PonoMusic – this is important work that honors their art. This is the way they wanted you to hear their music."

    Sounds kind of high to me. Can't wait to see the new case and to hear it.
  14. secretsubscriber
        I've been reading about PONO, Hi-res files and the loudness wars for the past week or so. I even downloaded Foobar's dynamic range tool just to see the differences between FLACs ripped from my older CDs (released in the 90's: the Doors, Pearl Jam, Beatles), an more recent CD and remasters that I purchased as replacements.Now I want to compare a couple of albums I own on both Vinyl and CD, through my very non-audiophile system. 
        The compression issue is very interesting. There's definitely a quantifiable issue. Can I hear it? I don't know. But it's definitely something that's effecting the listening experience for everyone. Even for those of us that don't realize it because we're not paying attention. The Hi-res issue seems more debateable and the environment needed to even possibly appreciate the improvement seems to be out of my reach and the reach of so many others.
        I'm rambling on because I've gotten the sense, from reading about PONO, that there's an extreme bias against digital formats, from CD to mp3, that seems to be the overriding drive behind creating a Hi-Rez ecosystem. But there seem to be a huge issue regarding how albums are being mastered. I keep reading that CD is a more capable container for music than Vinyl, but the mastering is often highly compressed, so the Vinyl master sounds better. That compression carries forward to lossy formats that are usually ripped from CDs. But, if you buy a glass from Amazon, and it arrives broken, do you blame the box?
        It seems to be that the better discussion should be around changing the loudness culture at the source, creating CDs that are more dynamic, creating lossy versions that are more dynamic. That's how Neil Young can bring better sounding music to more people. Otherwise he's bringing better sounding music to Audiophiles and Technophiles. There's nothing wrong with that. It would be nice if Audiophiles had a place with they can more comfortably and easily purchase music they could trusts was Hi-res and well produced.
        I feel, as a music lover who does care about my listening experience but isn't able to take the leap into Audiophile territory, that CDs and lossy downloads are how most folks, casual listeners, and music lovers like myself, experience music. If mastering is such and issue, then there's a lot of room for improvements in those formats. If the focus is saving the sound of music and improving how we all experience it, then that market can't be ignored.
    DeepGroove likes this.
  15. Llloyd
    Brickwalled albums are very obvious and a lot of the time even clip in a way that makes the music very uncomfortable to listen to. Ever wonder why a certain album might give you a headache within minutes? Well it happens to me and other ppl I've talked to with brickwalled albums, and this has always happened to me even before I knew anything about music engineering.
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