"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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This has basically been done long ago. Slimdevices with the Squeezeboxes and Slimserver started around 14 years ago. Inspite of the founder cashing out and Logitech running it into the ground the server part still works great as does existing hardware. There are also several Android apps to let devices function as remotes and/or players. BTW it streams native flac to most devices and this is how I run my music server/system.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slim_Devices [wikipedia.org]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeezebox_(network_m usic_player) [wikipedia.org]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SlimServer [wikipedia.org]