"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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I think these xiph links have already been posted but they should be highlighted. Also the latter on A/D/A is newer with a great video that nicely shows things for those who are Nyquist Phobes.
http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.h tml [xiph.org]
Also the latter on A/D/A is newer with a great video that nicely shows things for those who are Nyquist Phobes.
What I find hilarious is that the same audiophiles who used to complain about digital because it "loses information," it's "an approximation of the music," it's "not as warm as vinyl," etc. etc. are now saying "we just need more resolution!"
Funny how SACD and HD-audio flopped in the marketplace if it solved all these "problems" CDs supposedly have. Meanwhile the masses keep on buying over-audio-compressed and over-data-compressed tracks online.