10 thoughts on “Pono Player: First Impressions

  • May 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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    I was an initial purchaser of the Pono from the kickstarter campaign. And I LIKE it a lot, but I agree that the touch screen is small and also flaky. I would say that the option to use a balanced cable makes it a game changer at this price point, though.

    The Pono Musicworld software is really unintuitive though. Makes you appreciate iTunes, if that’s possible.

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  • May 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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    IMHO the Revealer is more Neil hype, even though I’m a big fan of the player. Truth be told, I haven’t even loaded it on my Pono The software works fine on a Win 8.1 machine and you can side-load files and avoid PonoMusicWorld altogether except for firmware upgrades. You shouldbe running V1.06. As for the player, I am shocked, shocked I tell you that it won’t give you the same sound as a $2,000 machine – but it has NO competitors in the under $1,000 catagory. Selling for $399 (and occasionally $249 at Fry’s), it can’ t be beat.

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    • May 30, 2015 at 7:38 am
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      I agree and thanks.

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  • May 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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    Enjoy your observations. I had to upgrade to Yosemite in order to access PMW.
    I connected the player to my unbalanced system and also appreciated the Hansen sound. It was not quite as satisfying as my Oppo 105D playing the same recording in my system.

    I wondered if it was reasonable for me to expect it to be comparable.

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  • May 28, 2015 at 9:26 pm
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    Is it absolutely nessacary to have PonoMusicWorld installed on your computer to transfer files to the Pono music player? Could swear I read somewhere that the player could be accessed as a normal external storage device. As a Linux user I detest proprietary unneeded closed source software. Its only spyware reporting your usage back to the coders employers.

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    • May 30, 2015 at 7:39 am
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      It is possible to simply drag the files from a computer to the Pono library on the device.

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    • May 30, 2015 at 8:32 am
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      As I mentioned above, the only reason to use PonoMusicWorld (PMW) is for the firmware upgrades, although it works fine when you get used to it. After all, it is based on JRiver software, one of the best in the business. Lots of options, cd ripping, etc, etc, built into the program.

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  • May 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    Being the audio expert and engineer of many very high quality HDA recordings, isn’t it possible for you to give us a more detailed compairison to the Sprint HTC which you own. We would expect it to be inferior to the Benchmark which is vastly more expensive

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    • May 30, 2015 at 7:48 am
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      You’re right, I should have spent more time on the comparisons. Pono is a great device…but I wouldn’t spent my money one. I’d go the smartphone route.

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      • May 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm
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        OK thanks, just curious in any case. My Sansa Clip ll with flac ripped CD files and my Senn Momentums are just fine for music on the go for me.

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