PonoPlayer | Black
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!
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).
|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)|