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.