The music player sets itself apart from other portable players by bringing in audio fidelity worthy of its price tag: US$399 for a 128GB portable device. The player will use natural-sounding digital filtering from Ayre Acoustics, the most advanced digital-to-analog converter from ESS and “perfectly flat” frequency response that works with all headphones. To sum it up, this is as close as audiophiles will get to a master recording of a song. “It’s about the music, real music,” Young said, “We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does that.”
As to how it’s used, the device uses a simple touch-screen LCD interface. Additionally, it will store 1000 to 2000 songs and PonoMusic will open up its own digital music store to sell these high-resolution tunes. The Kickstarter page will launch on March 15. So far, there isn’t a date of the player’s release. We do hope that it’s available worldwide for us Southeast Asians to live the dream of hearing the crispiest-sounding version of “Heart of Gold”.