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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: 1) by dwmoody on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:17PM

    by dwmoody (1661) on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:17PM (#15992) Homepage

    I agree, that's an excellent article.

    I also enjoyed this one: []

  • (Score: 1) by krishnoid on Thursday March 13 2014, @06:54PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Thursday March 13 2014, @06:54PM (#16038)

    From that article:

    Part of the Pono idea is that content for the system will need to be carefully transferred from high-fidelity studio masters. That actually may make some of the music sound better; popular music mastering has been a casualty of the "loudness war" for some time now. But better-mastered music will sound better on cassette than badly-mastered music would at a zillion bits per second.

    Requoting from my post from another technology blog [] -- if Neil Young is really concerned about the music experience, why not:

    • a whole new portable audio player and audio distribution format
    • allowing you to store all tracks from a song, and
    • tweak emphasis of various instruments depending on your listening environment or mood
    • with some default emphasis profiles and saveable presets?

    That seems like it would be more 'about the music' than a new player with dubious advantages that plays existing formats.