Maybe we're focusing on the wrong thing, i.e. an overpriced media player into which people will still plug crappy headphones and claim they can hear the 192 kHz 24 bit difference.
If this helps persuade the global corporate behemoths who own the masters to get them in the right series of hands to make them available to us in a format which isn't limited in any way which compromises the potential sound, and in doing so puts an end to the scammers who peddle upsampled recordings, lackluster mixes, mastering with all the dynamic range of a commercial radio DJ, etc., then we should support the effort.
Even more so if the mixing step includes surround as well as stereo, since up to eight channels are supported by FLAC
Since we're not buying the player, what we need is a good purchase and download service free of of DRM and unnecessary software. I don't see one on www.ponomusic.com
. I don't even see a mention of one beyond reference to a "PonoMusic.com Store
"... Found it, despite the poor web design. If you click the arrow and scroll through a few slides on the "About
" page and manage to read it before the slide flips, it says
When the Kickstarter campaign is complete, this website will transform into the PonoMusic Store. You will be able to purchase PonoPlayers and PonoMusic to your heart’s, and ears’, content.
So we have
Y High sample and bit rate
? Surround mixes
? No DRM (None in the file format)
? No software
N Reasonable prices ($14.99 -$24.99 per album
)**[Compared to DVD-A and SACD which include effectively all of the above]