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The Pono Player Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by depaor, Oct 4, 2014.
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  1. gavamb
    looking forward to reading Neil’s book on the pono journey - yes he is an auld curmudgeonly sod, and yes there were missteps and misreads, but was a righteous endeavour, and I still have my pono and view it fondly

    Last edited: Oct 8, 2019
  2. barondla
    The micro SD standards are set to 2tb. So a card that big should work in the Pono Player, unless there is some unforseen problem. Have heard of people using the 512gb cards without trouble.
  3. barondla
    I'm on chapter 4. It's a good read.
    ruthieandjohn likes this.
  4. _gl
    Yeah, manufacturers typically only list the largest available card at product launch (I guess to minimise confusion when people try to find not-yet-available card sizes).
  5. ruthieandjohn
    Anyone have a favorite two-jack IEM for balanced use with Pono?

    I had been using the Sony XBA-Z5, but then switched it to play with a Sony family DAP, so I need to backfill for balanced use on Pono.

  6. Left Channel
    I hope you've gotten that working by now, but if not then I hope the info I posted on the other Pono thread about Windows installation is useful. I can't help with Macs, sorry. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/pon...es-music-player.629454/page-322#post-15189153
  7. doctorjazz
    I got an adaptor from Surf cables, then you can use any balanced cable (2.5 mm to Pono for mine) with any headphone (it was good enough for John Atkinson in his Stereophile review).
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
  8. rickhawk22
    The Pono player, is a match made in heaven to the Flare Audio Pro IEM's in balanced mode. You will have to get adapter cables to connect from the mmcx connectors of the Pro's to the dual 3.5mm jacks. In my opinion, the best IEM's on the market at this price range, and in balanced from the Pono player, is just phenomenal.

    I think this would do the trick. I can't remember where I got mine.

    More info on the Pro's
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2019
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  9. jgriffter
    Left Channel

    Thank you very much for pointing me to the Pono "Blue Light" thread. I followed the directions and was able to run flactag in a Windows environment. I had been trying previously to run it in an OSX or Linux environment with no success. Trying your directions in Windows worked as it should. Thank you!
    Left Channel likes this.
  10. nino9
    Currently have two black Pono players, one normal, one with shortened battery life.
    Now seeing an ad for a yellow Pono in the local market, for less than $10, but with the following minuses:
    "Displays charge symbol when connected to a USB charger and boot up screen will show, but then powers down. Also, rubberized coating has gone sticky."
    Take it or leave it?
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  11. maira
    Leave it. I think it means it doesnt power on anymore... .
  12. musicday
    Never heard the Pono player. Anyone in UK who wants to sell it?
  13. barondla
    @nino9 don't recall ever seeing a Pono Player with the rubber paint turning sticky. Wonder what it got into? As already stated, it appears to be non functioning. Doubtful it could be easily repaired. For such little money it might be worth picking up for parts. Things like SD card door, lcd screen, usb connector and battery might be useful to have in the future.
  14. L8MDL
    I notice that Kurt Suzuki, Washington National catcher in the World Series, is wearing a PONO chest protector. Don't remember seeing those in the Pono store but I did score a nice PONO T-shirt!
    radicus likes this.
  15. nino9
    Good idea, will try to bargain more. It is a complete set, with wooden box and all.

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