Neil Young’s mission to provide a device that delivers supreme sound quality has finally come to fruition; Pono Music can be available through Kickstarter now for just shy of $400.
Pono Music is a bright triangular digital music player that delivers “studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible”, says Pono. The company also claims that the device enables you to “hear the nuances, the soft touches, and the ends on the echo – the texture and the emotion of the music the artist worked so hard to create.”
Music is available through the PonoMusic.com Store and once purchased can be synced to the device by connecting the PonoPlayer micro USB to a computer.
With two output jacks, you have the choice of listening to music either through headphones, a home audio system or in the car. The music player can “store from about 100 to 500 high-resolution digital-music albums” thanks to 128GB of memory but will hold more if you use a memory card.
The touchscreen means you can easily navigate through the player’s content but there are a few phsical buttons as well.
Pono says that it will provide “the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels” but there have been no confirmed names of which labels. Hopefully there will plenty of music to choose from when the device is actually delivered.
The first edition Black PonoPlayer can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for $300, while the retail price will be $399. Expect the players to be shipped around October this year.
The interesting debate is whether there really is a call for such a device. Some experts claim that the need for better sound quality would be solved better by re-introducing CD-quality audio. What do you think?
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