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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Neil Young's Facebook Post on PONO: To everyone who loves music

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Neil Young's quest for impeccable sound quality has been quixotic, to say the least.

But just as with the star crossed LincVolt project, the PONO journey has had many twists, turns and forks in the road.

Now Neil Young himself has made a posting to Facebook | PONO - To everyone who loves music – I’m very happy to bring you...:
To everyone who loves music –

I’m very happy to bring you some good news. All of us at Team PONO have been focused on getting everything right for our early 2014 launch of Pono.

The simplest way to describe what we’ve accomplished is that we’ve liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality - as it was in the studio. So it has primal power.

Hearing PONO for the first time is like that first blast of daylight when you leave a movie theater on a sun-filled day. It takes you a second to adjust. Then you enter a bright reality, of wonderfully rendered detail.

This music moves you. So you can feel. That’s why so many musicians are behind PonoMusic – this is important work that honors their art. This is the way they wanted you to hear their music.

PONO starts at the source: artist-approved studio masters we’ve been given special access to. Then we work with our brilliant partners at Meridian to unlock the richness of the artist’s music to you. There is nothing like hearing this music - and we are working hard to make that experience available to all music lovers, soon.

Our mission is also to make PONO just as accessible as any music you buy and listen to today. So we’ll be launching both the PONO portable player – an updated version of the one I showed on David Letterman’s program – and an online library, with all your favorite music available in PonoMusic quality. Everything you need to feel music anew.

Stay tuned for more updates. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. We hope you’ll try PONO when it comes your way, and that it brings you the soul of music.

Yours, for PonoMusic –
Neil Young
2014. Here's hoping...

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At 9/04/2013 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok let's begin the debate about how high resolution audio is a myth - a placebo. It isn't by the way.

Or let's begin arguing about the costs of re-purchasing music that you've "owned" for decades.

Blah blah blah...

God bless Neil's passion.

When I really want high resolution audio I pick up my guitar and begin playing it.

At 9/04/2013 04:53:00 PM, Blogger timothy fontenot said...

I agree with you anon.I've invested thousands of dollars over the years on music in particular NY's whole catalog on vinyl,CD and the Archives 1 on bluray. I can't afford Pono and I assume Archives 2 will go that route. So all you people out there with the bucks enjoy but for me on a retiree's income what I have will have to do.

At 9/04/2013 08:54:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm sure it's a great experience, but I spend all my audio money on guitars and amps, etc. I play CDs through a laptop hooked up to some decent speakers. I have an antique turntable, amp, and ancient speakers as well, but they're gathering dust.

He's pushing a high end audio device- all well and good, but I have a long way to go to catch up, IE I never will. I frankly don't see how his hearing is all so sensitive after all these decades of audio bludgeoning.

I first heard EKTIN when it came out in 1969, on a crummy mono record player. It sounded great.

At 9/04/2013 11:53:00 PM, Blogger mrtew said...

I'll probably buy it because I love his music so much but you have to admit that it's ironic that sound quality is being pushed so hard by someone most people consider to have a voice and a guitar that sound like crap. ;-] On the other hand I've never heard his music sound so good as the one time I saw him live about a year ago so maybe he's right about CD's not capturing the quality. On the Beach sounds pretty freaking great on vinyl though. Can PONO possibly make it sound better? Has he ever claimed that it sounds better than vinyl or just digital formats? Maybe I can skip it if I have all his good stuff on real records.

At 9/05/2013 01:35:00 PM, Blogger Paul Dionne said...

Weighing in on Neil's auditory abilities: the revelation of what is possible is captured by the resolution offered on NY Archives V1, and I have never even heard the BR version of the Archives, just the CD. There is a depth of warmth and clarity of the room(s) recordings were captured in, on those tracks. Neil's point with PONO offerings will not be so much the clarity of highs and lows, though of course those will be there, but it is the depth of ambience as you listen. That was always the value of high end audio, whether 1950's, 60's and 70's, or even today.

That will be the worth of PONO, not whether Neil is out of his mind because of volume-damaged hearing. However, on the other hand I do believe offering PONO out there to the world will be like don quixote thrusting at windmills....paul dionne

At 9/07/2013 09:14:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Hi-Rez are still expensive. $25 in average for single album.I don't see many people paying these prices.

So Tired.


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