Some very good news for the hi-res digital files enthusiasts out there, and I am one of them.
Whether or not this will translate into mass produced products, and we would all welcome Apple for instance to join the flow and invent a high-res iPod or iPhone and iPad, or an entirely new product all together.
Obviously you can spend big money today on a Astell & Kern, the Rolls Royce of the hi-res portable player, or wait for a Pono if you cannot afford the A&K...
An agreement to formally define high-resolution audio technology has been reached by the Consumer Electronics Association, The Digital Entertainment Group, The Recording Academy, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. "The contributions made by our Audio Division Board will help consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers alike in their efforts to market the latest compatible devices and help provide more clarity about HRA for consumers," CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said
We told you so!
A while back, we share with you the project that Neil Young had to design a Super iPod that would store and play hi-res definition audio files. It is now almost a reality as you can now preorder a unit via Neil's Kirkstarter campaign.
I am reflagging below an article from Audiogon for your information. This is BIG news, as it fits with Sony and others trying to set up a new standard for Blu-Ray Audio only disc which would support this resolution.
I have personally bought a few of these discs and they are a delight on my OPPO player. Now, I could travel with them if I wished! Enjoy with no moderation!
03.12.14 UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Neil Young’s Pono startup, which wants to build a high-resolution digital music player by the same name, shot past its $800,000 funding goal on day one of its Kickstarter campaign. Pono launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of its player Tuesday morning, and at 10pm, it already had raised more than $925,000. (via Gigaom)
NEIL YOUNG LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR PONOMUSICWE ARE NOW LIVE ON KICKSTARTER!DIRECT LINK to Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/1g5xVf3
Long-Awaited Product Features Full Ecosystem, Major Label Agreements, and Access to Studio Masters To Deliver Transformative Listening Experience
March 11, 2014 – (Santa Monica, CA.) – PonoMusic, a revolutionary movement conceived and founded by Neil Young with a mission to restore the soul of music, announced today that it is officially moving out of the R&D phase and is “open for business” with the launch of its Kickstarter campaign for the PonoPlayer.
The Kickstarter campaign features testimonials from some of the most notable musicians, including Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Norah Jones, discussing their experience with the PonoPlayer.
Read more at http://hub.audiogon.com/blog/2014/03/11/neil-young-pono-kickstarter/#oQAHUl00q8qBstU2.99
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