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Neil Young's Pono: is it the future of sound?

 

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The Pono music player. Photograph: Franz Krachtus/AP
 
 

Fans have pledged in their droves for the new soundsystem, masterminded by Neil Young, which aims to improve audio quality in the digital age. Eamonn Forde is one of the first to try it.

 
The device is being sold on its loftier audio quality and, for the most part, it delivers on its promises. Too often “improved audio quality” has been a euphemism for “more bass”, with the lower end swamping and pawing over everything else, but here there were intricate audio checks and balances to ensure that each part sounded right in relation to everything else. It was genuinely impressive.

 

 

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