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Does anyone on this forum have a Pono Player? I am considering getting a Pono Player as my very first high-resolution music "vehicle". It will be strictly used in my home for headphone listening.

 

I'm curious: to those who have a Pono and use it as I plan to, how do you like the AQ (both PCM and DSD), functionality, etc. I have heard Pono is really really really best heard through a headphone with a balanced line. Also, I have read something about some people using Kimber Cable with Pono (perhaps the headphone cable itself)......please clarify.

 

Otherwise, at this time, all of my lossless music (AIFF, WAV, ALAC, and DSD files) are in my MacBook Pro with A+ as my music player. Remember, I do not have a DAC nor ever had one, but I am, again, considering Pono as my first adventure into hi-res computer music. Would like to know if I may be able to transfer my files in my MacBook Pro into Pono......most of my files are in my iTunes library, but all of my files are in my A+.

 

Comments, suggestions, any help or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

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I like mine. Transferring files is a cinch, as long as you bypass the slow, overcomplicated recommended method (the Mac software for the Pono, a version of JRiver) and just use good ol' drag-'n'-drop.

 

I'm very happy with the sound through my IEMs (Etymotic 4P), which won't take a balanced cord, but it's possible Pono sounds mo' betta with balanced; I don't know.

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The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

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PONO sounds really great through my Grado 225s with all my high res music and even with some lower res stuff. I've heard it through a balanced pair of phones, however, and it was definitely a step up. I even sometimes use it through my main system and it fits in perfectly.

 

Be warned though, the UI/UX is terrible. You'll definitely need to avoid the desktop software if possible and just drag and drop as Jud said. The screen is low res and and I often mis-tap on selections. It's not good for traveling because the battery is so-so and the buttons are easily pushed, which wakes up the device and wears down the juice.

 

But if you're mainly using it at home with a nice pair of headphones it is well worth the price. The SQ is very nice.

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It's not good for traveling because the battery is so-so and the buttons are easily pushed, which wakes up the device and wears down the juice.

 

You can take care of that in settings. Go to "Sleep and Lock," and choose Lock on Sleep.

One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> optical to EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> ISO Regen -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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PONO sounds really great through my Grado 225s with all my high res music and even with some lower res stuff. I've heard it through a balanced pair of phones, however, and it was definitely a step up. I even sometimes use it through my main system and it fits in perfectly.

 

Be warned though, the UI/UX is terrible. You'll definitely need to avoid the desktop software if possible and just drag and drop as Jud said. The screen is low res and and I often mis-tap on selections. It's not good for traveling because the battery is so-so and the buttons are easily pushed, which wakes up the device and wears down the juice.

 

But if you're mainly using it at home with a nice pair of headphones it is well worth the price. The SQ is very nice.

 

OK, here's a good question: Should I "drag and drop" files from either my iTunes "library/list" (where most of my PCM/DSD files are) or from my Audirvana Plus 1.5.12 "library/list" (where all of my PCM/DSD files are)?

 

Thanks for your responses so far....keep em' up!

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Purely up to you where you pull files from. iTunes uses non-standard metadata, so personally I'd avoid directories where such non-standard data may exist. Also note that if you want more than the 128GB or so of included storage you'll have to buy more.

One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> optical to EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> ISO Regen -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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I'm very happy with the sound through my IEMs (Etymotic 4P), which won't take a balanced cord, but it's possible Pono sounds mo' betta with balanced; I don't know.

 

I'm using the Pono with the Etymotic ER4S myself in balanced mode and I like the combination a lot. I tried the standard single ended cable and to my ears the sound was a tiny bit muddier, noticeable in the bass. Besides, for some classical albums the volume range was not enough when using them out in the wild. :)

 

Cheers

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I like mine. Transferring files is a cinch, as long as you bypass the slow, overcomplicated recommended method (the Mac software for the Pono, a version of JRiver) and just use good ol' drag-'n'-drop.

 

I'm very happy with the sound through my IEMs (Etymotic 4P), which won't take a balanced cord, but it's possible Pono sounds mo' betta with balanced; I don't know.

 

my experience exactly -- great sound with the ety er4p. i use the adapter to convert make the phones into er4s -- very full rich sound this way. have to turn the pono up to between 1/2 and 2/3 on airplanes.

sources:  intel nuc8i7 (audiolinux, roon core) (server) | simaudio moon mind 2 (renderer)
headphone rig:  chord qutest > bryston bha-1 > audeze lcd-3
main rig:  chord dave > parasound jc5 > kef reference 1
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I'm using the Pono with the Etymotic ER4S myself in balanced mode and I like the combination a lot. I tried the standard single ended cable and to my ears the sound was a tiny bit muddier, noticeable in the bass. Besides, for some classical albums the volume range was not enough when using them out in the wild. :)

 

Cheers

 

what cable do you use to convert them to balanced?

sources:  intel nuc8i7 (audiolinux, roon core) (server) | simaudio moon mind 2 (renderer)
headphone rig:  chord qutest > bryston bha-1 > audeze lcd-3
main rig:  chord dave > parasound jc5 > kef reference 1
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You can take care of that in settings. Go to "Sleep and Lock," and choose Lock on Sleep.

 

Yes! Thank you. My laziness precluded me from figuring that out on my own.

 

And yeah, Sleep and Lock sounds like a hip hop dance move.

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OK, here's a good question: Should I "drag and drop" files from either my iTunes "library/list" (where most of my PCM/DSD files are) or from my Audirvana Plus 1.5.12 "library/list" (where all of my PCM/DSD files are)?

 

Thanks for your responses so far....keep em' up!

 

I can only tell you what I do, which is to pull directly from the "music" folder on my external HD.

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what cable do you use to convert them to balanced?

 

I had a Whiplash TWag cable lying around that I used with CIEMs and I got a good local DIYer to replace the jack with the pair that the Pono needed. The cabling goes: Pono ---> TWag cable with two jacks ----> P to S Ety adapters ---> Etys.

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Purely up to you where you pull files from. iTunes uses non-standard metadata, so personally I'd avoid directories where such non-standard data may exist. Also note that if you want more than the 128GB or so of included storage you'll have to buy more.

 

I did talk with Michael at Ayre Acoustics earlier today. He did suggest to drag & drop from the Audirvana+ directory.

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OK, here's another good question:

 

What brand of microSD card should I buy? Good question because I have been told that there are some "counterfeit" cards out there, and that there are even some "counterfeit" SanDisks out there. In my case, I'll be looking for a 128GB microSD card.

 

Thanks.....

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OK, here's another good question:

 

What brand of microSD card should I buy? Good question because I have been told that there are some "counterfeit" cards out there, and that there are even some "counterfeit" SanDisks out there. In my case, I'll be looking for a 128GB microSD card.

 

Thanks.....

 

SanDisk cards have consistently good quality. Fakes do exist though, so buy only from reputable vendors even it costs a few $ more.

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Oh, damn, I thought you said porno............ :)

 

Or your out in public and she asks "Is that a Pono in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

Love the shape.

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SanDisk cards have consistently good quality. Fakes do exist though, so buy only from reputable vendors even it costs a few $ more.

 

Luckily there are reputable vendors whose products cost less. Watch for sales at Amazon and Newegg on SanDisk and other reputable brands like Kingston, Patriot, etc.

One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> optical to EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> ISO Regen -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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Luckily there are reputable vendors whose products cost less. Watch for sales at Amazon and Newegg

 

Aliexpress is probably cheaper still, but there you really have no idea what you're getting.

 

on SanDisk and other reputable brands like Kingston, Patriot, etc.

 

Kingston uses 3rd party flash chips from various manufacturers so it's a bit of a gamble.

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