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Here’s Why Neil Young Is a Charlatan

You know, I saw that Pono video too, with all the musicians saying how great it sounded. And I knew it couldn’t be true, because, you know, science. But it turns out that Neil Young was lying all the time. David Pogue has an excellent article about Pono on the Yahoo website, where he explains […]

Neil Young’s PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes

David Pogue on Pono:

You’ve got to admit it: The argument for the Pono Player sure is appealing — that we don’t know what we’ve been missing in our music.

Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

He did a blind test with 15 volunteers. And they didn’t hear a difference.

So I wrote to Pono — and heard back from Neil Young himself.

“Of approximately 100 top-seed artists who compared Pono to low resolution MP3s,” he wrote, “all of them heard and felt the Pono difference, rewarding to the human senses, and is what Pono thinks you deserve to hear.”

Aha — there’s a key phrase in there: low-resolution MP3s.


Clearly, if Pono’s testing involved a remastered, high-resolution audio file going head-to-head with an original, crummy MP3 of the same song, you’d hear a difference.


My advice: If you want a better, richer, better balanced, less tiring, more comfortable listening experience, you don’t have to spend $400 on a new player and throw away your existing music collection.

Just spend a couple of hundred bucks on a nice pair of headphones.

Thank you David.

BTW, I think that Neil Young is a charlatan. Just saying…

via Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes.

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Archimago’s Musings: ‘Last’ Words on PONO – Mastering Analysis & General Comments

No surprise, Pono prefers bit-depth and samplerate numbers over more important matters (IMO) like dynamic range. Realize folks that LOUD, compressed masterings like those DR7’s from Pono do not deserve to be 24-bit files! Just because it’s 24-bit doesn’t make it sound any better – you’ve just wasted another 33% of your disk space.

Archimago bursts the bubble about Pono-mania.

via Archimago's Musings: 'Last' Words on PONO – Mastering Analysis & General Comments.

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Why Do Some CDs Rip More Slowly than Others?

I’m ripping some CDs today. I got a set of eight CDs by Bill Nelson, The Practice of Everyday Life (, Amazon UK). I’m using a brand new CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive, the Pioneer BDR-XD05. (, Amazon UK) The first CD started ripping at about 5x, and ended around 10x. (The first CD drives could read data […]

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