Remember Neil Youthful’s PonoPlayer? The Kickstarter campaign for the vintage rocker’s “change in songs listening” raised a huge US$ 6.2 million, with notables like Norah Jones, Elvis Costello and Tom Petty spouting about how the new $ 400 music having fun box made them “feel the songs” more than common digital songs players. Well, market expert and previous professional musician David Pogue tackled PonoPlayer in a Yahoo! Tech article last week, finding that a majority of listeners in a blind examination actually preferred playback of songs from an iPhone over the pricy and oddly-shaped yellow block.
I’ll let you check out the complete post from Pogue over at that various other website, yet the essence of it is that a) many people could not listen to or “really feel” the difference of the Pono playback, b) numerous songs in the Pono store have not yet been remastered in the 192kHz/24-bit style Pono is promising, and c) it’s a great deal less expensive to purchase a set of great headsets and use your iPhone compared to buy a new gamer and re-purchase all your songs.
Pogue’s “taste test” can be seen here in this little video clip. Appreciate!