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posted by girlwhowaspluggedout on Thursday March 13 2014, @03:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the digital-revolution-blues dept.

Marneus68 writes:

"Pono, the Neil Young-endorsed Kickstarter project, is drawing more and more pledges. Now past the $2 million mark (with an expected goal of $800K), this project aims to create a audiophile friendly FLAC player along with its ecosystem (and by that they mean their own music store and syncing application).

The device itself features 2 audio outputs, one 'specially designed for headphones' and the other 'specifically designed for listening on your home audio system'. The player is controlled by an LCD touchscreen, and its triangular 'Toblerone' shape makes it easy to hold it upright with one hand or to lay it flat on surfaces. The player, which has 64GB of internal memory, comes together with a 64GB microSD card.

The board and its components, as well as a 'pre-prototype' model, are pictured in the project's Kickstarter page.

 
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by MrGuy on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:13PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:13PM (#15943)

    There exist FLAC player apps for iOS and Android devices - the ones in your pocket already. What's the rationale for expensive additional hardware over and above something most of us already have in our pockets?

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by BananaPhone on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:30PM

    by BananaPhone (2488) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:30PM (#15953)

    Heck even BB10 devices play all those formats out of the box.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Marneus68 on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:33PM

    by Marneus68 (3572) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:33PM (#15957) Homepage

    - Battery life
    - Proper amplification
    - Expandable storage

    Here are at least 3 reasons to buy a dedicated device for all your music needs (I'm not saying you need a $300 device for that tho, the Sansa Clip is enough). Of course that only concern you if you like music enough for that.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Marneus68 on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:37PM

      by Marneus68 (3572) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:37PM (#15959) Homepage

      Also add "proper decoding (usually allowing gapless playback)" to that list.

    • (Score: 2) by MrGuy on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:43PM

      by MrGuy (1007) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:43PM (#15968)

      I think battery life and expandable storage are questionable advantages. Many andrioid phones let you swap out ever-bigger SD cards, and the battery life on most mobiles isn't awful these days. And if you're worried about battery life, an external USB battery that could power your phone for many times the length of the internal battery are both smaller and cheaper than a dedicated FLAC player with its own battery.

      Amplification is the interesting one for me. If you want to drive real speakers, you're presumably going to use an external amp, so I'm assuming you're talking about how the signal is amplified internal to the device (presumably post-DAC) before sending to the jack?

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by J.J. Dane on Thursday March 13 2014, @06:23PM

    by J.J. Dane (402) on Thursday March 13 2014, @06:23PM (#16022)

    Currently listening to FLAC files on my old 160Gb ipod classic with Rockbox firmware through a decent set of Sennheiser ear phones....

    This sounds a lot like a solution in search of a problem.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 13 2014, @09:09PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 13 2014, @09:09PM (#16083)

    The fool and his money are soon partying.