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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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« 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.

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2015, 09:38:12 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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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2015, 08:32:31 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.

The only problem is...that as a portable player it just doesn't sound that good. The headphone output, imho, errs on the side of cold and well, just plain boring.  Ever listen to a Rio Karma?  Now THAT is an music player.  The headphone output on that sucker is godly.   The iPod classic?  I purchased the last generation one before Apple phased them out.  It's headphone output is...okay.  I find it a little too forward which makes it fatiguing.

The Sony mentioned in the OP...yeah, $1200 is insane, but I bet it sounds gorgeous.  Sony's DAP's are known for their sound quality. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2015, 06:35:13 PM »
considering I do pretty much all my listening on players while working, I just can't imagine carrying around a $1200 player daily and not being nervous as shit about something happening to it.... meanwhile, I've got my iPhone (that I use as an iPod) for a lot of my listening plus recently picked up a Fiio X1 for $99 for more versatility..... if that ever breaks, it's only another $99 and since all the music is actually on a microSD card, no music lost.....

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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2015, 09:32:00 PM »
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.

The only problem is...that as a portable player it just doesn't sound that good. The headphone output, imho, errs on the side of cold and well, just plain boring.  Ever listen to a Rio Karma?  Now THAT is an music player.  The headphone output on that sucker is godly.   The iPod classic?  I purchased the last generation one before Apple phased them out.  It's headphone output is...okay.  I find it a little too forward which makes it fatiguing.

The Sony mentioned in the OP...yeah, $1200 is insane, but I bet it sounds gorgeous.  Sony's DAP's are known for their sound quality.

Really? That has not been my experience. I find that the headphone amp with low impedance phones sound fine. Sure, it doesn't sound as good as my Melos, nor does it have the punch as my modded matrix m stage. Even my op amp upgraded fanmusic is a bit better but come on.....it sounds fine on its own merit. A bit dry but boring and bad? Even when using my highly modded golden tube audio se 40 to drive cans....it is not embarrassed.  Maybe my frame of reference is different, having been in this game for 40 years or so and having heard really bad sound. With my hi rez masters or cd releases it sounds honest and pleasing.

I've compared the line out to my playback system.....as well as my mastering system......and it comes up a bit short. But it demonstrates how far things have evolved over the past 15 years. Using the digital  out narrows the gap even closer.

it is only a buck fifty.....and made for portable use.....e.g.  laying on the beach.....going for walks....staring at the stars......and for that it is head and shoulders above what use to be. Now for home listening I'm not going to pretend that it is a reference killer......for that there are better options. However, one kick ars budget or dorm system can be made around it and it beats stand alone systems for home use that cost much more that were made it the 90's through 2000's.

All of this for the cost of a pair of shoes.

I haven't heard either the pono or the Sony but for what they offer and are made for I'm happy with the fiio and stand by it being an excellent value in portable playback.
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2015, 01:24:44 PM »
It didn't necessarily sound bad...just not up to par compared to an old, legacy dap (the rio karma).  It's all about synergy too, so for all I know the iem's I'm using just didn't mate that well.  However, I also tried my old stalwarts, the 7506's and Grado SR60's, and they too sounded quite sterile...which is the furthest from their sound signatures.  I'm still sitting on the bench waiting for a rio karma killer.  The sansa clip is pretty close, it's a lively little dap with a healthy headphone out that mates well with iem's. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2015, 04:22:03 PM »
It didn't necessarily sound bad...just not up to par compared to an old, legacy dap (the rio karma).  It's all about synergy too, so for all I know the iem's I'm using just didn't mate that well.  However, I also tried my old stalwarts, the 7506's and Grado SR60's, and they too sounded quite sterile...which is the furthest from their sound signatures.  I'm still sitting on the bench waiting for a rio karma killer.  The sansa clip is pretty close, it's a lively little dap with a healthy headphone out that mates well with iem's.

I have clip and agree it sounds fine but to my ears the fiio sounds better. I've been through the grado and fell they are meh. Just goes to show.....different strokes.

 

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