PONO is the brainchild of musician Neil Young and is one of a new crop of high-resolution players that offer greater than CD-quality playback. This portable audio player uses circuitry taken straight from Ayre’s own top-of-the-line products, costing tens of thousands of dollars, for unparalleled sound quality and unrivaled listening pleasure yet for only a fraction of the cost.
Pono supports playback of high-fidelity audio of up to 192kHz/24 bit resolution. It features compatibility with FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, and AAC (unprotected) format, which most MP3 players can do, but does high res as well. It features a touch screen and a total of 128GB of storage (64GB onboard and a microSD slot with 64GB card).
The PonoPlayer includes two 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) audio output jacks which offer you four modes of operation:
1) personal listening mode via headphones or earbuds,
2) home stereo or in-car listening mode with fixed volume output,
3) PonoShare mode with two pairs of headphones/earbuds,
4) balanced mode provides ultra-performance for advanced users, separating left and right channel outputs across the two jacks. Great for use with high-impedance headphones, high-end home stereo systems, or professional equipment using balanced XLR input connectors.
Audio files can be loaded onto the PonoPlayer using the Pono Music Center desktop application (soon to be released on Windows and MacOS). The PonoPlayer can also be sideloaded as a USB storage device (Windows, MacOS, Linux).
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