Steve Guttenberg, writing at CNet, makes an interesting point: Most people listen to music in their cars, portable players, or $10 computer speakers. Audiophiles are the 1 percent still listening at home over a hi-fi. Yes, most people listen on portable devices or cheap speakers. I raised that question recently when I suggested that rather […]
Noise-canceling headphones are a great invention. Instead of walking down the street of a hectic city, being overwhelmed by the sounds of the million-footed beast, you can shut out much of din of traffic and conversation while listening to your favorite tunes. Another common use of noise-canceling headphones is plane trips; the constant sounds of […]
I’ve disagreed with a lot of what Neil Young says about digital music, but he’s made a statement that I agree with. Young discussed vinyl records on a California radio show, and his comments have been reported by the New Musical Express: “A lot of people that buy vinyl today don’t realise that they’re listening […]
It was with a bit of trepidation that I first listened to this new album, Shadows in the Night. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) I’m a huge Dylan fan, but Bob’s last “non-standard” release, his Christmas album, just didn’t work for me. I was afraid that Bob would do something similar on this record. But, no, he’s […]
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…