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Remember if there is one thing Apple is GREAT at it's convincing people they NEED something (although I do share some of your skepticism but just playing devil's advocate). For years Apple has been requiring studios to submit 24/96 masters. Apple is likely to offer millions of tracks on day one. Content is KING and HDtracks (or Pono) just can't offer anywhere near the choice. For instance on HDtracks right now the #1 rock album is a 1987 album by Joe Satriani (fine but Apple would offer all Billboard/mainstream). Add to that if Apple is successful then in no time Google and Amazon will start offering HD tracks. While Apple will likely hold the line on pricing (record companies dictate the price) Amazon and Google often offer subsided music to compete with Apple. It would be next to impossible for a mom and pop like HDtracks of Pono to compete with the big 3.

It would be in HDtracks best interest if Apple fails at promoting or better yet does't offer HD music. HDtracks and Pono can only be successful in a niche market.
The biggest issue with HDTracks is that the source\provenance of a lot of their content is unknown until someone downloads it and discovers it's an upsample.
As posted above Apple requires that iTunes downloads be the original source 24/88 or 24/96 from what I've read plus they have a ton of stuff that no one else has.
I for one would make iTunes my go to source along with Super-Hirez or any other place where I know what I'm paying for.
Why wouldn't I?
It doesn't necessarily have to be hi-res but paying a premium for upsampled content has a tendency to piss people off.

Plus the so-called search function on HDTracks is less than worthless.

 

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I doubt that, the primary iTunes users are not hirez fans and users and vice versa. The only way HD track would suffer if the price would be way lower. Knowing Apple that's not gonna happen.
This isn't altogether true. Since there is no real hi rez content available on itunes anyone looking for hi rez that is a itunes user has to look elsewhere. They wouldn't need to come in at a lesser price necessarily. Just matching what HD Tracks sells for would do the trick.
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Anyone here have one of these devices, even if it is a proto-type?
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Will the Pono player offer an analog right/left RCA connection to play on your two channel analog system?

What you got back home, little sister, to play your fuzzy warbles on? I bet you got little save pitiful, portable picnic players. Come with uncle and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are invited.
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Yes (sort of). There is a mini stereo line out socket as well as the low impedance headphone jack.

No mini stereo to 2 x RCA adapter will be provided so in my case I'll buy something on the net to go directly from mini stereo to my amps stereo RCA, probably needs about 4ft approx.
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Yes (sort of). There is a mini stereo line out socket as well as the low impedance headphone jack.

No mini stereo to 2 x RCA adapter will be provided so in my case I'll buy something on the net to go directly from mini stereo to my amps stereo RCA, probably needs about 4ft approx.

So mini stereo is a single line? like a headphone jack?

and I would simple buy this to plug into my preamp?

Or use the headphone jack to RCA stereo plug wire I already own?

Or are these the same thing?

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So mini stereo is a single line? like a headphone jack?

and I would simple buy this to plug into my preamp?

Or use the headphone jack to RCA stereo plug wire I already own?

Or are these the same thing?

Your pic is correct. It is a 3.5mm (aka: ⅛" phone plug) TRS stereo plug. This plug is also used on most port. headphones. I would go with a higher quality cable than what is in your pic since we are talking about a premium player.

Here is a Monoprice that would do the trick.
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... and I would simple buy this to plug into my preamp?

Or use the headphone jack to RCA stereo plug wire I already own?

Or are these the same thing?

Yes but use the Line-Out connection on the Pono to your preamp RCA inputs
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In the current issue of The Absoute Sound there is an interesting interview with Neil Young and John Hamm regarding Pono:

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...ceo-john-hamm/

Note: The interview is dated March but it is only now being published in print so this may be old news to some.

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Anyone hear the excellent interview with neil young in cnbc? Young was talking about steve jobs and how he only listened to vinyl in his house. I love the pono idea, hope it can survive......
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Anyone hear the excellent interview with neil young in cnbc? Young was talking about steve jobs and how he only listened to vinyl in his house. I love the pono idea, hope it can survive......


Pono has changed strayed from its original intent and is no longer a high-def environment.
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