Pono Hi-Res Music Player
Pono Hi-Res Music Player

Pono Hi-Res Music Player

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  • Experience lossless high resolution playback up to 192kHz/24-bit audio
  • Multi-format playback including FLAC, ALAC, WAV, DSD, AIFF, AAC, MP3 and DSD
  • Discrete Ayre Acoustics components and DAC for unprecedented performance
  • Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time for simultaneous listening.
  • Hear your music the way the artists created it
  • Purchase hi-res FLAC music files at www.ponomusic.com
  • One year exchange warranty


The Player

The PonoPlayer is a discrete built device, designed by world-renowned audio engineers with a “no compromises” approach to sound quality. Pono meaningfully improves the listening experience with any quality of headphones, speakers or playback system.

Pono has partnered with the engineering team at Ayre Acoustics to include some of their world-class audio technology in the PonoPlayer.

The PonoPlayer can hold a total of 128 GB of storage. 64 GB of memory is built into the player and another 64 GB of memory can be added via a removable microSD card (not included).

The expansion slot can accept microSD cards of up to 64GB or SDXC microSD cards of 128 GB. The amount of songs and albums that the PonoPlayer can hold depends on the resolution of your music files:

  • 44.1 kHz/16 bit – Approximately 5000 tracks
  • 48 kHz/24 - bit Approximately 3200 tracks
  • 96 kHz/24- bit Approximately 1600 tracks
  • 192 kHz/24 -bit Approximately 800 tracks

The DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) chip being used is widely recognized in the audio and engineering community as one of the best sounding DAC chips available today. The output buffer used to drive the headphones.

Another special feature of the PonoPlayer is that it has two line out jacks. One is for headphone usage and the other can be used as a line out for sound systems, powered speakers or a car stereo. These jacks can also be used simultaneously for shared music listening with two sets of headphones.

Additionally, there is a balanced output mode that separates the left and right channel outputs across the two jacks for specially equipped headphones that have two balanced connectors or for connection to equipment with balanced XLR input connectors.

The PonoPlayer indicates, via a special blue light on the player, that you are listening to a PonoMusic track of the highest resolution. If the light is lit, then the music you are listening to is Pono-certified as the best available quality.

The Music

PonoMusic is supported by all major labels and includes their growing catalogs of high-resolution digital music. We are also working directly with the artists and with independent labels across all genres to bring a diverse selection of music to the PonoMusic Store.

The music industry is excited about making the amazing music that has been curated and made easily available to music lovers everywhere in its highest available quality.

PonoMusic is an end-to-end digital music ecosystem with the PonoMusic Store and the PonoPlayer delivering stunningly clear music, the next best thing to hearing it in the recording studio the way the artist recorded it.

PonoMusic is not a new audio file format or standard. The music in the PonoMusic Store is sold and downloaded in the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio format and the PonoPlayer can play most popular high-resolution music formats from other sources as well. PonoMusic has a quality spectrum depending on the quality of the available master recordings and will offer the best resolution available. It’s not DRM protected and can be played on most devices, although we think it sounds best on the Pono player. This includes:

  • CD lossless quality recordings: 1411 kbps (44.1 kHz/16 bit)
  • High-resolution recordings: 2304 kbps (48 kHz/24 bit)
  • Higher-resolution recordings: 4608 kbps (96 kHz/24 bit)
  • Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit)

MP3 files generally have a bit rate of 192kbps or 256kbps. These are higher compressed files and are smaller in size than higher resolution music files.

You can keep a lot of MP3 files in a small amount of storage on a portable player, mobile phone, or tablet, but they have lost a lot of the musical information that often reveals the most pleasant and satisfying aspects of the music.

CD Lossless, 16 bit/44.1kHz music files have about 6 x more musical information than a typical MP3; Ultra High Resolution Audio Files, 24bit/192kHz have about 30 times more data.

The History

"Pono" is Hawaiian for righteous. What righteous means to founder & CEO Neil Young is honouring the artist’s intention and the soul of music. This is the fundamental idea behind PonoMusic and the PonoPlayer.

Neil Young has been on a quest to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital music and has worked on the Pono player for three years. In the process of making music more convenient and easier to download, we have sacrificed the emotional impact that only higher resolution quality music can deliver.

MP3 music files contain just 5% of the data and CDs 25% of the data in the highest quality Pono files. While digital technology has led to improvements in TV, photography, and printing, it’s seriously deteriorated the quality of music.

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  • Dimensions (WxDxH)

    1.4" x 4.9" x 1.1"

  • Manufacturer Warranty

    1 year exchange warranty

  • Memory

    128 GB total capacity (64 GB internal, 64 GB on removable microSD card, not included)

  • Weight

    0.1275 kg