With the release of Pono, quite a few journalists have decided to destroy it. I think this bad, Pono is quite a unique product in the market and I would like that it has every chance of success.
Personally, I have no intention of buying a portable high definition audio player. To be honest, I source most of my music from iTunes. Sure it’s only 44.1kHz, 16bit with 256kbps MPEG2 compression added. Sometimes I get music from other channels which use 44.1/16/320kbps MPEG1. I love it that sites like bandcamp give me the option of downloading FLAC or uncompressed at 44.1/16. This is good enough for most cases, plus I get the advantages of portability. I’m speaking as an audio engineer and a pragmatist.
The purpose of this article is to point out that there are some checks, balances and common-sense in this equation. My perspective on this issue is that of an audio engineer, (repressed) hi-fi dude, musician and DJ.