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11 thoughts on “Pono: They Just Can’t Help Themselves!

  • August 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    It would be nice if someone would create a “Provenance” site, so that if we are considering a track or album on HDTracks, or Pono, or other similar site, we can check and find out if this music was just ripped from a CD….or…

    Is there a test that can distinguish a Ripped CD track from a real 24/96 track?

    I would expect that the test could look for harmonic differences between a ripped 16/44 music sample, and an actual 24/96 piece of music…there should be some graphic representation, that shows a different image when something is artificially up-sampled—a picture that shows too much symmetry or averaging…..and…. totally different transients…than when you look at the real recorded 24/96 or above?????

    • August 26, 2015 at 7:42 am

      I’m working on it. HRADB.com is in development.

      • February 15, 2019 at 10:19 am

        Dr. Waldrep,

        How goes the provenance database? That is something worthy of a donation or a Kickstarter campaign in my opinion.

        “I’m working on it. HRADB.com is in development.”


        • February 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm

          I haven’t had the energy or resources to move forward on this project. Perhaps someday. Sorry.

  • April 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Dear Mark
    On another subject I try to pre-order your new Book but my safari web browser cannot connect to the bookstore at your website? Would appreciate your help in this matter .
    Regards from Roland

    • April 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Roland, I have the programmers working on the eCommerce section of the MusicAndAudioGuide.com website right now. In the meantime, anyone interested in the book can contact me directly at mwaldrep@aixmediagroup.com.

  • June 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    How is an analog master not a suitable high-res source? What would you consider a suitable source for catalog music in otter to offer it in high res?

    It should be mentioned that Pono doesn’t shy away from showing the resolution of each album or track, and they are always the highest resolution made available to them. Many of them are indeed 44.1/16. However, as the masters are re-transferred, 96/24 and 192/24 flacs replace the lower-res version, and anyone who had purchased the 44.1/16 version is able to upgrade free of charge. It seems to me they are tackling high-res sales the right way. Other online music retailers have been known to up-res 44.1/16 files and sell them as 96/24. A 50 megapixel photo of a Xerox will never look better than the Xerox. I applaud Pono for selling everything CD quality and higher, and being up-front about what you’re getting.

    • June 27, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Analog master tapes are generally 3rd or even 4th generations down from the original multitrack. The maximum dynamic range of a first generation analog tape is about 60-72 dB…that’s the best they can do. Each generation reduces it by 3 dB. So if real world dynamic range is a goal (and I admit that few commercial releases subscribe to that goal), then a 50 dB dynamic range shouldn’t be considered high-resolution. My definition requires the original recording format to be able to capture the fidelity of real life…120-130+ of dynamic range…even if you are unlikely to hear or reproduce music with those specs.

      Pono is crafty in the way that they talk about “the highest resolution available” and it’s true that as new transfers of standard resolution analog tapes (usually not the masters) become available they will upgrade you for free. But these still are high-resolution source or transfers. The bulk of their 2 million plus catalog are merely CD rips. If they simply said that they sell mostly CD resolution rips, I wouldn’t have a problem. But almost nothing on their site is actual high-resolution.

  • March 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    While you may be 100% right about the Pono Music Store and their downloads, I do love my Pono player which was developed by Ayre. Have you any comments about the hardware? Thanks.

    • March 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Waldrup…have i mentioned this to you before how close that is to Waldrep. Must be a common ancestor back there somewhere. I’ve always regarded the hardware that Charles designed as first rate although the form factor and the interface is lousy in my opinion. I have a Pono and use my iPhone instead.

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