Streaming music and MP3s. Quite convenient. Also horrible quality. At least compared to what the artist intended the listener to hear. For audiophiles, this can be quite frustrating, the sacrifice between quality and convenience. Beloved rocker Neil Young looks to throw some salt in digital music’s game with Pono ($400), a high-fidelity music player.
According to Young, listeners at best hear 5% of the original studio sound with MP3s and 15% with CDs. He doesn’t say the percentage for Pono, let’s just assume one meee-llion percent. The player holds 128gb of storage which can be expanded via the memory slot. Pono preorders begin this weekend on Kickstarter, where early birds can get special pricing.