Neil Young Finally Launches His Pono Player in Canada

With more of the big manufacturers getting into Hi-Res Audio (Sony, Technics), Neil’s Pono player has a fight ahead of it. While it’s been available in the US for more than year, it’s only now that Canadians can buy the thing without crossing the border.

We also have access to PonoMusic, the online store where we can buy the necessary Hi-Res Audio files (FLAC lossless, of course).

How much? It ain’t cheap, especially for a dedicated music player with a Toblerone shape that doesn’t fit well into a pocket. The price has been set at $500 CAD, which doesn’t include any custom headphones or speakers.

Still, it’s a gadget that some might want, especially if you want to dig into the growing (I hope) trend of bringing back proper fidelity to a world whose ears have been deadened by MP3s and over-compressed CDs.

The PonoPlayer should be on sale at, Bay Bloor Radio in Toronto and the eighty or so London Drugs stores across the country by the time you read this. More info at the CBC.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Neil Young Finally Launches His Pono Player in Canada

  • November 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Had one (bought one of the special editions from the Kickstarter), sold it. Sound quality is great with proper headphones, build quality is average, which is unacceptable to me for $500, and the touch screen is a colossal PITA. It’s too small for the size of the font, so scrolling is annoying AF, making it next to useless in a car (which is where I was hoping to use it). The software is also crap.



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