PonoPlayer | Yellow
PonoPlayer | Yellow
PonoPlayer | Yellow
PonoPlayer | Yellow
PonoPlayer | Yellow
PonoPlayer | Yellow
Pono

PonoPlayer | Yellow

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Why We Like It

Ok, so we are admittedly smitten by Neil Young but that's not the only reason why we welcome the PonoPlayer with open arms. Pono brings sound quality to "our" generation in a truly accessible way with their simple, affordable and superbly sounding hi-res digital media player. You can stick with a model you know by simply downloading from their iTunes hi-res equivalent service, PonoMusic, or if you are a seasoned vet simply copy your existing library of lossless files direct to the device. It's compatible with pretty much every type/resolution of music file you throw at it!

Overview

The PonoPlayer transports you to a sublime musical experience, from the most delicate passages of a string quartet to the thunderous power of a heavy metal band. 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. Pono supports playback of high-fidelity audio of up to 192kHz/24 bit resolution.

How it Works

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).

Specifications

Music Formats FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, AAC (unprotected), MP3, DSD (requires firmware v1.0.5 or higher)
Music Resolution Lossless playback at up to 192kHz/24-bit
Storage 64GB flash memory
Expansion Slot Supports microSD cards of up to 128GB
Digital-to-Analog Convertor ESS ES9018M DAC
Battery Large 2950mAH Li-Ion rechargeable for up to 8 hours of playback time
Charger AC universal adapter (100 - 240 VAC)
USB Cable USB-to-Micro USB cable
Screen 2.5 inch color touchscreen
Audio Output Two 1/8 Inch (3.5 mm) jacks, supports four listening modes
Weight 4.6 ounces (130 grams)
Dimensions 5 x 2 x 1 inches (13 x 5 x 2.5 cm)

 

Reviews

Stereophile, March 2015