Neil Young made a big splash at CES showing off his Hi-Res Audio PonoPlayer. Harman also announced an alliance with Pono with hints that it may wind up in a car. But a blind test by Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue (who was also a long time tech reviewer for The New York Times) found that most people think the Apple iPhone sounds better.
The PonoPlayer can playback music files that use up to 20 times more data than MP3 files.
But Pogue couldn’t hear any difference; so he found 15 volunteers and did a blind test with an iPhone. The subjects listened on both good quality headphones and then earbuds. Most preferred the iPhone. You can see the results here.
The article mentions that some feel the Pono delivers “more emotion” in the music. So the debate continues on the value of Hi-Res Audio.
Source: Yahoo Tech