Does the Pono require or benefit from break-in?
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I'm glad to read your credible review, Cerrot, as opposed to all the haters posting their results of Pono. They are the generation that believe MP3 is the standard for downloading music.
I have read a couple of A/B comparisons between Pono and ipod and even one where Pono Hirez is compared to Pono MP3 and MP3 was judged superior.
Funny thing about how serious these people are about good audio, all tests were done using earbuds. With the price of Pono, I'm afraid Neil Young is going to have to settle for a niche market.
It is not priced very high....and should also come down in price after Neil sells out. He really is about the software not the player.
I haven't hear one but I'm sure it sounds good give Ayre ' s involvement. My issue is that there is no digital out and the size and shape.
My Fiio x3...cost less....sounds great for portable use coupled with my Thinksound MS 1 and has digital out. It also plays dsd's and can function as a usb dac and dsd dac.
However if it weren't for Fiio I would probably own a Pono.
Ozzy, you can but you can do the same with HDTracks. Pono kind of gives you a version of JRiver 20 as well. Lowrider, thank you. I was scratching my head at a pono review where they liked it, but never tried it in balance mode (kind of like reviewing a Porsche GT and never taking it out of 3rd gear...and telling someone what it drives like). It is still less expensive than the walkman and A&K. Happy pono camper over hear. (here?)