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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: 2, Informative) by sharky on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:43PM

    by sharky (572) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:43PM (#15965)

    I think the point is that their "store" will sell audio with quality up to (From the site):

    "Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files" ...and they are saying their player has a good enough DAC (which maybe the Sansa does not?) to play 192 kHz/24 bit audio. That's pretty insane IMHO (in a good way). I'm the type that thinks 44.1 kHz/16 bit is "great". ... I keep wondering how many full length albums 64/128GB etc would really hold at 192 kHz/24 bit.... probably not an impressive number (but certainly "useful").

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by sharky on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:48PM

    by sharky (572) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:48PM (#15970)
    Just a follow up to my previous comment... from just a quick google search it appears I'm correct... the Sansa Clip+ would NOT play the "Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files" from their store:

    http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t= 61296 [anythingbutipod.com]

    ...so: that's a reason for a different hardware device... whether you find it usefull or not is another discussion, but the technology and hardware option in this form factor DOES appear 'different' and 'useful'.
    • (Score: 1) by NigelO on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:41PM

      by NigelO (2523) on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:41PM (#16000)

      Thanks for all the follow-up notes and research - I stand corrected, yet still flac-entertained, albeit at a lower quality than the future holds ;-)