Neil Youngs PonoPlayer
I’m 51 and a former professional musician. I know how to listen. But when I bought Pono’s expensive remastered songs and compared them with the identical songs on my phone, I couldn’t hear any difference whatsoever.
I got worried. Is the Pono story a modern-day “Emperor’s New Clothes” fable? Were those famous rock stars just imagining things?
There was only one way to find out: conduct a blind trial, using identical songs on identical headphones, comparing the Pono with a standard audio player — an iPhone. So that’s what I did. You can watch the process in the video above.
Check out the video. Audio and screens, there is a point where you just can’t see the difference. MP3 files back in the 90’s was bad. But what we get with modern MP3, AAC or just any streaming service is pretty good. It’s not perfect.
Pono was a bad idea from the start. A lot of people hate digital music because of what they think it is; this is the result. A player that delivers audio with a level of quality that most, if any human can distinguish from a high quality iTunes audio file.