Is high-resolution audio really as good as it sounds?
Ian Paul |
April 3, 2014
Singer-songwriter Neil Young is on a crusade to save recorded music with a new digital audio player called Pono aimed at offering so-called high-resolution digital audio. PonoMusic, the company behind the player, recently started a Kickstarter campaign, with the promise that a finished version will start shipping in October.
As for your music files, FLAC recordings (whether 24/192 or CD quality 16/44.1) may well be worth it, and the Pono music store won't require you to own a Pono device to purchase music.
But there's no guarantee those high-priced digital tracks will be worth your time. Especially when you can often get the same quality at home by purchasing an audio CD and ripping it into a lossless format like the Apple Lossless Codec (ALAC) using iTunes.