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 Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player 
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Post Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
http://gizmodo.com/neil-youngs-new-pono ... 1540260068

Looks like Neil hates MP3's, but is up to speed on digital music.

But $400 for 128GB? In 2014?!?!? But look at the hardware specs..

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More info about Ayre's contribution to the PonoPlayer.

1) Ayre's custom designed and implemented digital filter. It is minimum phase, with no unnatural (digital sounding) pre-ringing. All sounds made always have reflections and/or echoes after the initial sound. There is no sound in nature that has any echo or reflection before the sound, which is what conventional linear-phase digital filters do. This is one reason that digital sound has a reputation for sounding "unnatural".

2) All circuitry is zero-feedback. Feedback can only correct an error after it has occurred, which means that it can never correct for all errors. By using proprietary ultra linear circuitry with wide bandwidth and low output impedance, there is no need for unnatural sounding feedback.

3) The DAC chip used is the ESS ES9018, widely recognized in the audio and engineering community as the best sounding DAC chip available today.

4) The output buffer used to drive the headphones is fully discrete so that all individual parameters and circuit values and parts quality can be fully optimized for the absolute finest sound quality. The output impedance is very low so that the Pono Player will deliver perfectly flat frequency response to any headphone made.


http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f8-ge ... sic-19703/

VERY good discussion on it.

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Post Re: Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
I'm going to have to read this five times in hopes I understand a LITTLE bit of it. But it sounds interesting, for certain...

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Post Re: Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
When he wrote his book....he said he was working on a project to improve the sound of music...to get it as close to perfect as possible.
That was to be his life goal....
Guess he reached it.


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Post Re: Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
Rivernole wrote:
When he wrote his book....he said he was working on a project to improve the sound of music...to get it as close to perfect as possible.
That was to be his life goal....
Guess he reached it.



This reminds me of a 1976 article in Creem magazine with the Grateful Dead. They were talking about digital music, an unheard-of topic. At the time, they were discussing music being encoded on little pyramids and read by lasers. I laughed at the time, realizing now that the only aspect that needed correcting was the shape of the media.

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I think he should come to Lockn and let people test it out... Yeah, any excuse to get him there!

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Post Re: Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
We need to get him to Florida! He rarely comes here. I know because if I have the chance to see him I do!

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Post Re: Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
How about the Thursday night Peach stage slot?

C'mon, Neil. Explain the player, tell us about your cars and model trains, and then...

CORTEZ, CORTEZ!

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Neil says he is going to play a limited number of shows this year....


Unfortunately....Wanee is not on his plate...


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Post Re: Neil Young's New Pono Digital Music Player
Rivernole wrote:
Neil says he is going to play a limited number of shows this year....


Unfortunately....Wanee is not on his plate...

He owes a show at Lockn'

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RvrRat wrote:
He owes a show at Lockn'


also...not on his list... :oops:


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