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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, Interesting) by krishnoid on Thursday March 13 2014, @06:32PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Thursday March 13 2014, @06:32PM (#16028)

    The device itself features 2 audio outputs, one 'specially designed for headphones' and the other 'specifically designed for listening on your home audio system'.

    I read a long time ago that the one place you want to spend your money in an audio system is in the speakers. Once the whole production chain for music became cheaper, I wondered why a track wasn't released in multiple 'mixes'/'masters' (not sure the term) for different personal audio listening environments and speaker types:

    • iphone earbuds
    • nice headphones
    • bookshelf speakers and maybe home speakers
    • car audio

    With the option to buy a mix for the platform where you listen to music the most, or all the mixes for the songs you really like for maybe twice the price.

    We have the option to buy letterbox and widescreen versions of movies, and I would think it takes much more work to produce those than to augment music production like this. What am I missing here?

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