PonoPlayer claims to offer “studio master-quality digital music” in an iPod

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Musician Neil Young is launching his hi-fi music player, the PonoPlayer, through a Kickstarter on March 15th for $399. The device looks like a triangular version of the iPod nano, but is designed to sound significantly better than Apple’s or other companies’ music players.

Pono describes the sound as “studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible,” with an experience “the way artists intended.” The PonoPlayer will have 128GB of memory,  but can also be expanded via a memory card. The company will also be launching a new music service in PonoMusic.com alongside the player, featuring the “highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels.”

With more and more people relying on their smartphones or tablets for their music fix, it’ll be interesting to see how the PonoPlayer does when it goes up for preorder later this week. At $399, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an influx of audiophiles looking for an affordable high-fidelity music player.

[via Pitchfork]

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  1. Harrkev

    Pure JUNK. Simply stated, the human ear cannot hear the difference between CD-quality audio and “Pono.” Really, if you need the best quality audio for listening, just use lossless compression like FLAC.

    It is true that if you are actually MAKING music that you need more bits/sample and more samples/second. This is because when you record, you do not want to use the full dynamic range of the channel — this will lead to clipping. So, you turn the volume down on the inputs, and then adjust the volume later in the mix. This means that you needs more bits/sample. If you want to adjust the pitch (AutoTune), then you may appreciate more samples/second. However, once the mix is done, you loose NO audible quality going to CD audio formats.