Pono

PonoMusic Now Online In Canada

Canadians can now purchase high quality music from the Pono store and the PonoPlayer from Amazon.ca in either black or yellow. And don’t forget to check the Black Friday deals at Amazon.ca.

Pono Music Premieres

Neil Young’s Pono Player can now be pre-ordered from the official site at $399. A discount using a coupon code, CES2015, can be used and the device will be shipped in February 2015. Click here for details.

Competition For The Pono ?

Another portable high resolution music device has made its way onto Indiegogo and surpassed their crowd-funding goal.

Geek wave promises the highest resolution audio available with a 32 bit/384 kHz plus DSD 128 component whilst being compatible with all music formats.

This music player “uses both a dual core MIPS32 MPU from Microchip Technology and an eight core 500MIPS CPU from XMOS” and features a user accessible lithium ion battery that can be swapped once the battery surpasses its expected two year lifetime.

Four devices are expected to be released in March 2015, ranging from a 160 mW device with 64 GB of internal storage to a 450 mW device with 128 GB of internal storage. And all of these devices have an external SDXC port to extend their storage capabilities by an additional two terabytes.

Incredible !

The Indiegogo campaign for these devices will end in 34 days and individuals can purchase one of the four devices at a significant discount by donating. Additional technical information can be found by clicking here.    

Pono Music – A Week Later

It’s been a week and the response to Neil Young’s Pono Kickstarter project has been incredible.

They have now surpassed US$4 Million when their original goal was US$800,000. And many of their first Pono players have already sold out.

The official Pono Music site has been updated with a special video from Neil Young along with additional information on the player and music service.

By the way, a second VIP Dinner and Listening Party with Neil Young has been added to the project. This event will again happen in New York.

Pono Music Player Update

Neil Young is planning on starting a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for his new high fidelity music device on March 15th, according to his March 10th, 2014 press release.

The PonoPlayer, which was developed by engineers at Ayre Acoustics (of Boulder, Colorado), will feature a 128 gigabyte hard drive and will convert digital music files to analog.

It will retail for $399 and will be coupled with software and a music service that will sell 192 kHz, 24-bit recordings.

Neil Young is scheduled to speak about Pono at the SXSW 2014 Music Conference in Austin, Texas today from 5 pm to 6 pm, Central Time. 

Update – The Kickstarter campaign was moved forward is is currently active. The device is currently available to people who donate $300 or more. Click here for details.

PONO No Go?

In September 2012 Neil Young had introduced a prototype of his new PONO audio player during an interview on Late Night With David Letterman. And as an audiophile I have been awaiting updates on this new technology since.

This higher resolution audio technology promises to bring 24 bit or 32 bit recordings to consumers when most have only been exposed to the 16 bit recordings of CD or lower when it comes to mp3s. But some question whether it will sell because of the lack of sales in SACD and DVD Audio titles.

Personally I would love to have the depth of vinyl on a digital format. But even I would probably buy only a select amount of albums in this new format so I don’t know if it would get beyond niche market status. And though the PONO is portable I would probably only use it at home with higher end, noise cancelling headphones because I can’t stand headphones than sound like tin cans and strip the bass out of music or ear buds that don’t stay in and allow so much noise in that you need to raise the volume.

An interesting article on the possible pros and cons of this technology can be found at Evolver.Fm. But the article also concedes that little is known about the specific selling points of PONO other than it promises to bring high resolution recordings to consumers. The technology is still being worked on according to mypono.com and though most of the major labels have shown interest in PONO nobody knows if it will rely on a cloud service or not.

If this technology is deemed viable it will probably take some time to get it up and working so all we can do is speculate.