Is Pono no more?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by conjotter, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. vegafleet

    vegafleet Well-Known Member

    Amazon says they have a stock of 1 left.
     
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  2. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

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    A lot of people put all their eggs in one basket with What.cd and look what happened there. And when these pirate pervayers get older and get bored or get tired of freeloaders leeching or get caught, your entire music collection could be gone in seconds.
     
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  3. 360-12

    360-12 Well-Known Member

    Contact Phil Baker ( phil@ponomusic.com ) directly at Pono. He posted, on the Pono website, refurb units for sale by Pono for $200 + shipping. Don't know if any are left, but what have you got to lose.

    FWIW, I run my Pono single ended through a Valhalla 2 and it sounds great! Also balanced using my Mac MA6300. It won't quite push the Mac to the volume I like (since it outputs around 2V and the Mac is looking for 4) but the sound is marvelous.
     
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  4. 360-12

    360-12 Well-Known Member

    Better stock up on a couple of CD players to keep in reserve. That technology will be gone in a decade and there won't be any service techs that know how to fix whatever you've got now!
     
  5. Mr Bass

    Mr Bass Forum Resident

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    It might be erased in a Windows update too. :)
     
  6. telliott

    telliott Forum Resident

    I can almost see a phone with the Pono logo. I know there have been phones that promoted their high end audio circuitry. Phones (aka pocket computers) have been the main source for portable audio for several years now.
     
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  7. Uther

    Uther Forum Resident

    That's really not how that works.
     
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  8. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Resident

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    Thanks for the help everyone.
     
  9. Gaslight

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    Not exactly. In the scope of this particular discussion, one of the advantages of a piracy site is to free your legally purchased but DRM-emcumbered media. That way if a site is eventually shutdown, and I don't mean a piracy site but a business itself, that you still have the ability to play back your old media.

    Relevant discussion recently as I believe MS finally shutdown their old WMDRM servers last week - this was the old tech behind Plays4sure. I guess now it's really "PlaysUntil2017". :)
     
  10. Gaslight

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    Doubtful. There are no license fees, AFAIK, to build a CD player (which is of primary importance here). Coupled with it being the primary way to consume music for decades and it's more likely that new CD players will likely be manufactured for many years to come. Likely will outlast me.

    I'd be more concerned about SACD as that technology needs to be licensed, I believe.
     
  11. Mr Bass

    Mr Bass Forum Resident

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    Realistically these only exist on sufferance. The intrusive OS and media download sites can easily detect non authorized computer based copies of soundfiles if they want to and the detection software increases in sophistication yearly.
     
  12. Gaslight

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    That assumes that the media you own is actually being consumed while using an Internet connection.

    No Internet connection = no detection.
     
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  13. Mr Bass

    Mr Bass Forum Resident

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    It wold be need a bit more realistically. Once you are connected to the internet the detection of pirated copies would be simple. It would have to be a computer never attached to the internet. Again I am just speaking in technical terms; I am not sure if they will get that aggressive with existing computers. They probably will include such DRM software in new computers along with the operating system.
     
  14. dbucki

    dbucki Well-Known Member

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    As far as I know Pono downloads have no DRM so....
     
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  15. Gaslight

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    It doesn't...we went off on a tangent that's my bad as well.

    Getting back on topic, I'm actually interested to see where the warranty / out-of-warranty support is headed for the device.
     
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  16. dbucki

    dbucki Well-Known Member

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    I just miss the damn store
     
  17. Yeah sure.Just like turntables no longer exist.
     
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  18. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

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    When I say your entire collection could be gone in seconds, of course I am talking about rhe streaming model and you have 1000's of albums indexed and they pull the plug.
    Streaming is what they are pushing because they get constant revenue from you as opposed to a once off download payment. Even now with Spotify, you can't choose which mastering you are getting. So a lot of the superior masterings are being lost, and eventually streaming will be the only way to get music.
     
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  19. PhilBorder

    PhilBorder Forum Resident

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    This bodes well for Linc Volt sales.
     
  20. Which is why I now have two PonoPlayers. One as a backup in case the first one dies.

    If my Pono died and I didn't have a backup I don't know what I'd replace it with. There aren't any other portables I know of that have this style of sound. There are other portables with arguably good sound, but not the PonoPlayer's style of good sound. And it's the sound style that the PonoPlayer does that I'm chasing. That's the style of headphone sound I like. That's the style of sound I've been chasing for desktop/home headphone listening. I want that same style in a portable. I've got that with the PonoPlayer.
     
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  21. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

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    That's why people keep backups. Massive hard drives are dirt cheap...there's really no excuse not to.
     
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  22. jonboy71

    jonboy71 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like my battery is nearly dead. Can someone offer some information as to how to replace it and recommend a good battery to use?
     
  23. Centurion

    Centurion Active Member

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    This was posted by Phil Baker at the Pono site;

    service for players continues to be available by contacting me at phil@ponomusic.com

    Otherwise you could probably buy a new one. I suppose you could try to replace it yourself, but i wouldn't personally know how.
     
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  24. dtuck90

    dtuck90 Forum Resident

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    My understanding is that a battery is easy enough to come by but it is custom wiring to work with the player
     
  25. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

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    If I could have looked into the future and see that Apple would buy their provider, I would have warned Neil Young, and bought all the lossless titles I could. Now, if I can't get them on 7-digital, I can't get them. The labels want to charge us an arm and a leg for redbook files, and that's why the Pono store isn't back. Neil won't allow it. I refuse to settle for lossy downloads and streaming. Period.
     

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