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Don’t Buy What Neil Young is Selling

Today is the day Neil Young's "high resolution" PonoPlayer goes on sale in the US for $400 (£240 d/c, exact UK price and release to be confirmed). You shouldn't buy it. The recalcitrant rocker isn't wrong for wanting to reclaim audio quality in the digital age, but in the service of that goal he's peddling junk science, and supporting expensive gear and music files you don't need. Read More >>

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Sony Walkman A17: A Hot, Tiny Music Player For High-Resolution Audio

Today, Sony is expanding its high-resolution audio push with a no-frills Walkman. The little music player weighs just 65 grams, making Neil Young's chunky Pono player look like a brick. High-resolution audio might be a little suspect, but there's no doubt this petite music player is a beauty. Read More >>

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Ageing Audiophiles Push PonoPlayer Through £3m Kickstarter Tin-Rattling Goal

The slightly mocked Pono Music scheme with its "high resolution" audio playback claims and list of rock god endorsements has exploded through its crowd-funding aim, currently sitting at a total of $5.1m in pledges from over 15,000 people. Better get used to hearing about the Pono Store. Read More >>

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Why Neil Young’s New Pono Music Player Doesn’t Make Any Sense

Neil Young is a lover of music, and so he has embarked on a well-intentioned quest to improve the quality of digital music. His Pono player is based on a good understanding the problems with digital music—but its prescription for a solution only half-way makes sense. Read More >>

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What Is High-Resolution Audio?

This week, Sony unleashed a battery of expensive audio gear that claims to support "high-resolution audio" which, like "ultra high-definition" in the video world, sounds pretty snazzy. But what does high-resolution audio mean? And will HRA really make the music sound better? Read More >>