"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.
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").
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 ;-)