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Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« on: January 06, 2015, 03:30:10 PM »
Looks interesting. Nothing I'd buy, but if I had a job where I was travelling all the time I'd consider it. $1200 is sort of steep, but probably worthwhile if you'd use it daily.

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 03:33:51 PM »
I was reading about that earlier. Pricey! Also not overly taken with the use of their (proprietary?) "LDAC" format. If not a typo, that would surely be a crap idea unless it plays all the regular formats, no?
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2015, 03:38:32 PM »
It apparently plays just about any kind of file it sounds like. DSD (of course), wav, flac, aiff, ALAC

Seems awful expensive with the Fiio devices out there.
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2015, 07:19:12 PM »
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2015, 09:06:12 PM »
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2015, 07:24:08 PM »
15 years late!
My 10 year old ipod still plays ALAC lossless files no probs.  i guess if you really needed flac support this might be somewhat worthwhile but for 1200, i dont see it.
I already bit the bullet to be in the apple ecosystem so my entire music collection is in apple lossless...easy to convert from flac to alac these days...handles 24-bit no problem and plays nice wherever i want to listen (home server, car, phone, etc).  Alac isn't perfect, but close enough and was the most practical for my setup/life

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2015, 11:08:23 PM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono? I may vote Pono, if only for the awful form factor. Both are products designed by idiots.
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2015, 10:30:56 AM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono? I may vote Pono, if only for the awful form factor. Both are products designed by idiots.

At least the Pono is 1/3 the price. It's also got internals from Ayre -- they are not garbage. I haven't heard the Pono, but at least the Ayre involvement makes me curious what it sounds like

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2015, 11:25:38 AM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono? I may vote Pono, if only for the awful form factor. Both are products designed by idiots.

At least the Pono is 1/3 the price. It's also got internals from Ayre -- they are not garbage. I haven't heard the Pono, but at least the Ayre involvement makes me curious what it sounds like

agree.  I doubt Ayre would put their weight behind something that doesn't meet their standards.  Looking forward to hearing the Pono myself.

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2015, 02:03:05 PM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono? I may vote Pono, if only for the awful form factor. Both are products designed by idiots.

At least the Pono is 1/3 the price. It's also got internals from Ayre -- they are not garbage. I haven't heard the Pono, but at least the Ayre involvement makes me curious what it sounds like

I'm sure it sounds fine, it's just kind of conceptually ridiculous, with a very limited use case. On the go, there are already streaming lossless services, as well as external A/Ds of high quality that are still smaller than carrying a separate weird-shaped device (and I'll admit, I'm not totally convinced of the use case for ultra-hi-res in portables to begin with). At home, there are many more convenient ways, and cheaper ways, to stream FLAC from a computer than using a high-end portable player.
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2015, 09:14:40 PM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono?.............................Both are products designed by idiots.

I agree.  The emperor has no clothes....

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2015, 09:28:55 PM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono? I may vote Pono, if only for the awful form factor. Both are products designed by idiots.

At least the Pono is 1/3 the price. It's also got internals from Ayre -- they are not garbage. I haven't heard the Pono, but at least the Ayre involvement makes me curious what it sounds like

I'm sure it sounds fine, it's just kind of conceptually ridiculous, with a very limited use case. On the go, there are already streaming lossless services, as well as external A/Ds of high quality that are still smaller than carrying a separate weird-shaped device (and I'll admit, I'm not totally convinced of the use case for ultra-hi-res in portables to begin with). At home, there are many more convenient ways, and cheaper ways, to stream FLAC from a computer than using a high-end portable player.

only real major benefit to pono over ipod is the higher quality 'guts' and the balanced outputs.  plus it takes sd cards and those prices are droppping.

i still havent gone there, but a buddy has one locally and has been blown away the playback, but his is mostly in a vehicle (as opposed to home)

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2015, 05:55:03 AM »
For portable bang for the buck....my vote goes to fiio x3.. it's a buck fifty and plays everything. Including dsd. It can operate as a usb dac, dsd dac and has spdif outs. It is nicely built and has fantastic tech support. 128 gig cards are coming down and can be had for less than 50 bucks, too. Oh, and it has been available for 3 years.

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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2015, 12:02:32 PM »
Which is more shockingly garbage -- this or Pono? I may vote Pono, if only for the awful form factor. Both are products designed by idiots.

At least the Pono is 1/3 the price. It's also got internals from Ayre -- they are not garbage. I haven't heard the Pono, but at least the Ayre involvement makes me curious what it sounds like

I'm sure it sounds fine, it's just kind of conceptually ridiculous, with a very limited use case. On the go, there are already streaming lossless services, as well as external A/Ds of high quality that are still smaller than carrying a separate weird-shaped device (and I'll admit, I'm not totally convinced of the use case for ultra-hi-res in portables to begin with). At home, there are many more convenient ways, and cheaper ways, to stream FLAC from a computer than using a high-end portable player.

only real major benefit to pono over ipod is the higher quality 'guts' and the balanced outputs.  plus it takes sd cards and those prices are droppping.

i still havent gone there, but a buddy has one locally and has been blown away the playback, but his is mostly in a vehicle (as opposed to home)

Car seems like the best use case compared to say walking around on a noisy street. But I have to think cars have simpler FLAC options  now, no? My car is 16 years old, so I wouldn't know...
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Re: Sony announces hi-res audio player at CES (only $1200)
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2015, 09:00:53 AM »
Has to be said, I couldn't be happier with my Pono. It sounds absolutely sensational to my ears, I'm listening to records I've loved for years and noticing the most subtle details that I've not clocked before... so good.

Each to their own, I suppose.
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