Could Pono Be Good News for Musicians?


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Sadly, both CEA and you are

Submitted by Jeff Yablon (not verified) on March 31, 2014 - 6:45am.

Sadly, both CEA and you are misinterpreting the real issues here. 40% of people are "interested in better audio"? Great, and the Pono theoretically delivers it.

But in reality, everything about Pono is wrong:

I think you have written the

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 31, 2014 - 7:52am.

I think you have written the most balanced report on Pono that I have read until now. Congrats. I am surprised that there are gazillions of music players out there, and only now, with the release of Pono, some people suddenly decided "why do we need another player?" or, they start arguing about whether people can hear the difference between 192 or 91khz, as if Pono was threatening its purchasers to listen to music in that format, when Pono gives you the freedom to listen to a wide variety of formats. I have doubts regarding the validity of ABX listening tests. In my own experience, you should be familiar with either A or B before doing an ABX test. Also, I don't understand the criticisms regarding the Toblerone shape: if you can carry a Toblerone in your bag or pocket, you can carry a Pono too. In fact, I see many people out there carrying a heavy headphone amp besides the player itself. It seems that Pono's battery will be strong enough to power good cans, which should be a relief to these people.
Finally, I live outside of the US, cannot buy anything from HD Tracks, which has more choice in terms of rock albums than stores in Europe and Asia, which are almost exclusively for classical and jazz. I would love it if Pono's store was embraced by the indie world, and made its music available for sale internationally, with little fuss.
All in all, just for the amount of discussion that it has brought up, I have to salute the arrival of Pono. It's also half of the price of a Sony NWZ-ZX1, for example. I hope it becomes successful.

I don't know whether Pono

Submitted by Rob Roper (not verified) on April 26, 2014 - 6:48pm.

I don't know whether Pono will be successful. But I'm grateful to Neil Young and his associates at Pono for attempting to bring back high fidelity in music, but with the mobility that the current generation demands.

When my generation was young, it was a common joke that the home stereo was worth more than everything else in the house. You might be working for minimum wage, but you somehow saved up enough to buy a good stereo! When I was moving once, a friend said that the stereo was the last thing packed up, and the first thing unpacked at the new house.

Now folks listen to high-loss streaming mp3's on their low-quality cellphone music players, through low-quality ear buds. Can't beat that for mobility, but I cringe when I listen to the awful quality of the music. So brittle. No depth. It's like a diet of only fast food.

So I wish Neil and his friends success with Pono. Perhaps this will stimulate other innovative products.

we should worry more about

Submitted by Neal (not verified) on June 2, 2014 - 12:14am.

we should worry more about the endless loudness war than the sample rates of our files. 44k is fine if the master isn't limited to death.

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