Neil Young’s Pono Gets a Bad Review

Oh, dear. After all that hype, Yahoo!’s tech reviewer doesn’t seem to like the Pono very much.

All I can tell you is that I’ve sampled other High-Res Audio players (no one has given me a Pono yet) and I’ve been able to pick up on the sonic differences. HOWEVER, if you’re using shitty earbuds or listening in a noisy environment, nothing is going to sound better.

When I build my next home stereo system, I’ll definitely invest in some High-Res gear. But for portable use? My iPhone is just fine, thank you. More here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

6 thoughts on “Neil Young’s Pono Gets a Bad Review

  • February 2, 2015 at 9:11 am
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    Linus of LinusTechTips (The best tech channel on YouTube in my opinion) absolutely skewered the Pono:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VQUFCCcQ4A

    He has so many valid points and criticisms about this… Mistake of a gadget… That I had to share it here.

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  • February 2, 2015 at 9:17 am
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    so you run high res audio through a $9.00 Radio Shack component and then ask people to tell the difference? That’s like taking Starbucks And Tim’s and putting sour milk in both and asking which tastes better.

    pogue. yer an ass.

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  • February 2, 2015 at 9:19 am
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    I don’t listen to music with headphones. I want to hear the difference on a high-end stereo and speakers.

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  • February 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm
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    Neil Young just seems like an idealistic, militant old guy that out of touch with what today’s generation wants.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 1:50 am
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    While I can see the appeal of better converters than you’re going to get on a phone (at least to people who invest in good headphones), the Pono has always seemed a bit unnecessary as anything other than a piece of at-home gear. That said, I also wouldn’t rely on David Pogue to ever say anything bad about Apple.

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