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A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER


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A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER


 

The heart of music needed a kickstart.

You stood up for sound. When you joined us on Kickstarter, you helped us give music a voice.  

 
 

Thank You

Pono means righteous. It is a Hawaiian word, the one, the pureness. On behalf of Pono, we thank you for helping us give music a voice. You have helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening. Finally, quality enters the listening space so that we can all hear and feel what the artists created, the way they heard and felt it.

This is done when the artist makes the best available, wanting to share it with you. It happens when the artist lets you hear and feel more than what is on your CD or MP3 of any song. CDs and MP3s are derived from the original masters, and now, with the PonoPlayer, you can finally feel the master in all its glory, in its native resolution, CD quality or higher, the way the artist made it, exactly. That’s the beauty of Pono.

It’s been a long time coming. It was not easy getting this far, but you made it happen by supporting Pono’s vision for better listening. We have been working with the labels, with the artists and producers, and we will continue to do that. We go to the source to find the best and bring it to you. Pono wants to preserve the history of music, in all of its beauty and expression, for all time. Forever.

There is a way to do this right, and we are going to do it. We will be sharing how we will do this with you over the next few months, while we build your first ever PonoPlayers. We are going to do some revolutionary things. We will make music available in a way that has never been done, a way that allows for constantly attaining the best listening experience.

Thank you to the artists, the recording companies, big and small, and most of all, thanks to you music lovers for making this happen with your amazing support.

Thanks for listening,

 

Neil Young

and the PonoMusic Team

 
 
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Your Soul Rediscovers Music


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Your Soul Rediscovers Music


WANT TO BE PART OF THE PONO MOVEMENT?


PonoMusic is working with Crowdfunder.com to raise equity capital from accredited investors to help us further our mission to make high quality music a reality for the masses.

Neil Young Signing Certificates


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Neil Young Signing Certificates


Place Your PonoPlayer Preorder by December 15, 2014 to Get Your Certificate by Christmas

Any PonoPlayer preorders placed on the Pono Store in 2014 will ship in first quarter of 2015.

Neil Young will personally sign Pono Ownership Certificates for the preorders placed by December 15, 2014, in time for delivery by Christmas.

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WE’RE NOT CHANGING MUSIC.

WE’RE LETTING MUSIC CHANGE YOU.


PonoMusic takes all the musical goodness of an artist’s studio master recordings and liberates it right into your soul. Nothing is lost, but everything is gained, with resolutions up to thirty times that of an MP3, depending on just how great the recording quality of the artist's original master is. Hear and feel it all with PonoMusic.

 

 

 

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WE’RE NOT CHANGING MUSIC.

WE’RE LETTING MUSIC CHANGE YOU.


PonoMusic takes all the musical goodness of an artist’s studio master recordings and liberates it right into your soul. Nothing is lost, but everything is gained, with resolutions up to thirty times that of an MP3, depending on just how great the recording quality of the artist's original master is. Hear and feel it all with PonoMusic.

 

 

 

About


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About


Testimonials


These Music Lovers and Artists Listened to PonoMusic: Now Listen to Them.

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Testimonials


These Music Lovers and Artists Listened to PonoMusic: Now Listen to Them.

 

Pono Backer Irvin Owens Jr:


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Pono Backer Irvin Owens Jr:


Coming into the listening party, I really didn't expect to be so deeply moved by the experience of listening to music on the Pono. When I got into the headphone room, and put on the headphones, the first few seconds I didn't really catch the difference from my Nexus 5 playing HD Tracks content. Certainly, the analog stage of the Pono was better, but I didn't notice the improvement right away... That would change. 

After about the tenth second, enough to become adjusted to the music, I realized. There were huge amounts of detail that I hadn't heard in the recordings before, which was now asserting itself; the sound stage was deep and stable. The temporal distortion to which I had grown accustomed, listening to compressed audio, wasn't there. I could sink into the content and let it wash over me.

The device had a completely intuitive interface and navigation was easy. The team didn't try to guide us or limit us in our interaction with the devices and I encountered no glitches, stuttering, or any of the bugs that normally accompany playing high quality music back at that bitrate. The vibe was super comfortable and everyone participating was fun and accessible.

The next track that I tried, I knew would not be worthy of the device, though I love the album, the master wasn't great. Metallica's Metallica is really difficult, it is highly compressed, and noisy. Even at nearly full volume, however the Pono delivered. Finally, I wanted to get into something where the master was audiophile grade, so I chose Michael Jackson's Human Nature. IMO Human Nature contains a lot of out of phase, and off phase content that drives AAC and MP3 encoders crazy. In almost all cases the compressed versions are unlistenable. Even if you have a device that can play 192/24 content, and you have the remastered edition, the amplifier stage typically falls down and you end up with something of an unstable sound stage. The Pono delivered again, this was not even with the super high-end headphones, that would come later. The Pono had the sound quality of a separates system, external DAC, tube headphone amp, all in a tidy package. Simply amazing.

I was also surprised by how much fun it was to share music with the two headphone jacks. The social experience only amplified the experience. It is always fun to see what music other people enjoy. I went over to the headphone station where there was a player with an assortment of headphones available and plugged in my Grado 225i cans. I really love those cans, but I had never heard them sound so good. At home I use an older FIIO e7/e9 combo which puts out 3W and can really drive the Grados, but it still doesn't sound like it did on the Pono. We tried Daft Punk, and Pearl Jam; It was like hearing them both again for the first time. You could actually hear that Pharrell was in a booth because the echo was damped differently than the rest of the track. That has never been accessible in those cans prior.

When I got around to listening to the Audeze LCD-3, we played an Eagles track. The world disappeared and I was standing in front of the band many years ago, experiencing what they were experiencing. My turn with the Audeze LCD-3 over, I moved back over to a station with the [Sennheiser] Momentum. When I played "What's Goin' On" by Marvin Gaye, I was completely sold. I felt mournful, as though I had lost something in the past and was just discovering that it was gone. I don't know when I accepted 'good enough', but listening to that I realized that I had and that it was time for it to stop.

Finally we went into a room where they had a Ayer Acoustics AX-5 being driven by the Pono in it's balanced output configuration. The speakers looked like Sony's SS-NA2ES speakers, but I'm not entirely certain. So the setup was high quality but not Ferrari audio quality ( still way out of my league though ;-) ). 

From the first notes of Adele's Skyfall, my heart lept. I was deeply moved by the music and had the same experience as with the LCD-3, everything disappeared. We went through a few other tracks, including Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". Everything was mind blowing. I am ruined for anything else, and can't wait to get the player into my hands, loaded up with quality masters. Nothing I have experienced sonically compares to the Pono at the price.

Once, I had the opportunity to listen to Igor Stravinsky on Vinyl in a small audio shop off of the Akihabara in Japan. The speakers were the Classic Infinity towers with a great tube amplifier and a Thorens turntable ( this was a while ago ). I remember thinking that nothing could ever sound as good, perhaps that is when I gave up, I knew that I would never own anything like that so I might as well settle. I believe that the Pono / AX-5 / Sony setup is probably 80% of the way there for 1/5 the money. If you are a head-phile, then you can probably get there for way less, all you need is the Pono and a pair of mid-grade cans.
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NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE...

GET LOST IN MUSIC!


 

 

 

 

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NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE...

GET LOST IN MUSIC!


 

 

 

 

The Company


Neil Young had the vision. Our team made it possible.

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The Company


Neil Young had the vision. Our team made it possible.

NEIL YOUNG

Neil Young is our founder and the vision, force, energy, and voice of PonoMusic.

ELLIOT ROBERTS

Elliot Roberts is our SVP of Artist Relations.  He is the legendary music manager and record executive.

BRUCE BOTNICK

Bruce Botnick, our VP of Content Acquisition, leads our relationship with the music labels. Bruce's storied career includes producing and recording work with the Doors and the Beach Boys – as well as a partnership with film composer Jerry Goldsmith for over 100 movies. 

RICK COHEN

Rick Cohen, who is responsible for the operational side of the business, has been PonoMusic’s outside general counsel since its inception – and a special advisor to Neil for over a decade.  He is an attorney with a deep business experience, having been the Chief Executive Officer of the California Teacher’s Retirement System, which at the time was the eighth largest pension fund in the U.S., with assets over $12 billion.

PEDRAM ABRARI

Pedram Abrari is our EVP of Technology. He is a top executive and technology leader in Silicon Valley, with involvement at companies such as Progress, Corticon, Western Asset, and PeopleMover. He has expertise in enterprise, cloud, and mobile computing. He is a strong advocate for online social communities to promote a cause for the greater good, such as the revival of high fidelity digital music. He is also experienced in scaling a technology company from founding through successive phases of growth. Pedram is a hobbyist musician and an avid golfer.

PHIL BAKER

Phil Baker is our VP of Product Development & Operations. He is one of the most respected leaders in the consumer electronics space – very much in tune with trends and innovations. He’s led the development of over 80 tech products, including the Apple Newton and PowerBook laptops, e-readers, headphones, cameras, printers, appliances, and accessories such as the Stowaway keyboard. He's worked on products for Seiko, Polaroid, Barnes & Noble, Etymotic, and others. He has also authored a book on product development entitled "From Concept to Consumer," and writes a weekly newspaper technology column.