This thing merits it's own topic independent of the AMPLIFi gear, where I had originally posted it. The actual hardware is now "real"; the photos of it actually look really cool. What excites me most is the HIGH DEFINITION AUDIO that it will allow us to hear.
There are folks who will always say that iTunes and MP3's are acceptable, and that they can't hear the difference between 24 bit .wav files and uber-compressed .mp3 audio. And I am not here to rebuke or refute them - to each their own.
I personally hear a WORLD of difference when I listen - using the same speakers - to high definition, 24 bit/48k and up audio vs. iTunes .mp3's. The difference is there, it's actual, it's real. We already know that vinyl contains far more musical / audio 'depth' that CD's, which are 16bit / 44.1k, and those are substantially higher quality than .mp3's, which max out at 320kbps. The problem with vinyl, is it's not 'convenient'. I personally have a ton of music in .mp3 format, and I rarely listen to CD's anymore; they haven't held up well over time, that and my CD player in my car doesn't really work well anymore. I don't even have a CD player connected at home, other than the drive in my computer.
On the “low end” of higher resolution music (CD lossless, 16 bit/44.1kHz), PonoMusic files have about 6 times more musical information than a typical mp3. With ultra-high quality resolution recordings (24 bit/192kHz), the difference between a PonoMusic digital file and an mp3 is about 30 times more data from which your player reconstructs the “song”.
So, yeah, I also gravitated toward the easily downloaded, shared, compiled, and organized iTunes format for the last several years. The file sizes are manageable, the shuffle options are great, playlists, etc.
Why I believe in PONO, is because it offers that same ease of use. And let's face it, storage sizes have increased exponentially, and cost has steadily dropped or stayed the same as drive sizes increased. Terrabytes and more!
• Ultra-high resolution recordings (192 kHz/24 bit): About 800 tracks.
Anyway, I will definitely invest the $$ in this device when I am able to buy one, I will actually BUY the music I like in this format, and I personally cannot WAIT to pump the PONO through my StageScape speakers. The future is bright, and music is the light that leads the way.
Cheers everyone, and HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!