• Come Hear Pono And Talk Computer Audio At The Audio Salon




    You've heard all about it, now come hear it for yourself. Wednesday May 7, 2014 The Audio Salon in Los Angeles, CA will host Pono CEO John Hamm for a presentation about PonoMusic and the PonoPlayer, and a Q&A. John will bring a couple PonoPlayers for people to see and hear. Everyone in attendance will have a chance to judge Pono for themselves.


    In addition, I'll be there to talk computer audio until the doors close. I look forward to seeing Computer Audiophile readers from the LA area. Have questions about your specific system, any system in general, software, hardware, high resolution, low resolution, disk storage, or whatever? Stop by The Audio Salon for the event and I'll be happy to help answer every question to which I know the answer.

    This free event is scheduled for 5-10 PM. check out The Audio Salon for the location and contact information. In the interest of accommodating all guests please RSVP to maier@theaudiosalon.com or (310) 863-0863.
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Jud's Avatar
      Jud -
      Best of luck in LA, hopefully soon to be followed up by an event in NY!
    1. bobflood's Avatar
      bobflood -
      Hi Chris, Tell John Hamm that if they (Pono) really want to reach a broader audience that they need to have a 48/24 streaming service. It will drive people to buy hi-res downloads from the Pono store once they hear for themselves how good they can sound. The mainstream hasn't been interested in hi-res music for a very simple reason: they don't know what it is. We are a hobby within a hobby when it comes to hi-res music. We need a way to get more people exposed to it if it is ever to go mainstream. Some will say that you can't stream 48/24 or higher but that is no longer true. I am listening to a 48/24 stream right now. Have fun in LA, this whole Pono thing is great as it is adding some energy to the hobby.
    1. NOMBEDES's Avatar
      NOMBEDES -
      I would think the THE Show in Newport Beach (30 May) would be a great place to see the device.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by NOMBEDES View Post
      I would think the THE Show in Newport Beach (30 May) would be a great place to see the device.
      Or, come to The Audio Salon where there won't be thousands if people and you can talk computer audio. I love meeting readers and helping people :~)
    1. russtafarian's Avatar
      russtafarian -
      Thanks for the heads up. I'll try to get there. I may bring a few different headphones to try on the Pono player.

      Russ
    1. flatmap's Avatar
      flatmap -
      Quote Originally Posted by russtafarian View Post
      Thanks for the heads up. I'll try to get there. I may bring a few different headphones to try on the Pono player.

      Russ
      Very keen to hear anything you learn about the headphone amp capabilities!!!
    1. Bones13's Avatar
      Bones13 -
      Looking forward to some hands on reviews. Is the hardware even finalized yet? I know the store is not selling the pono hirez files yet.
    1. Audio_ELF's Avatar
      Audio_ELF -
      Nearly five and a half thousand miles is a little too far for me to walk (and swim) but could you perhaps ask about this statement Neil Young made...
      "We provide the best it can be and if the best it can be gets better, Pono will supply the new track for nothing. You get it. You already bought the best it can be, the best it can be just got better, so you don't have to pay a penalty." - From the article Hello Mr. Soul: My Interview with Neil Young by Michael Lavorgna

      Would be interesting how they envisage this working? A 24/192 version to replace the 24/96 version they originally made available? How about if a new remaster of a recording I already purchased is made available?

      Does the query make sense?

      Eloise
    1. Wildgift's Avatar
      Wildgift -
      I cannot wait to check this out!!
    1. Wildgift's Avatar
      Wildgift -
      Chris, I RSVP'd and will be there after work. For once, the Los Angeles traffic will work in my favor; I live in nearby Pacific Palisades and this is on my way home from my office.

      I really look forward to meeting you and Mr. Hamm, and I hope you can answer some questions that I, as a longtime audio enthusiast with a beer budget, have about computer based audio. I am especially interested in your thoughts as to how one can improve on using itunes as the hub of my audio system. I have over 16,000 songs, mostly cd rips, and am readying for the pono release in October. I have bought a couple sets of headphones and put together a nice little office system (Topping Vxr amp with Polk Monitor 30 speakers). I'm using my MacBook Pro usb out into the DAC in the amp and it really sounds sweet. I'm sure the pono will sound better, and as an early adopter (kickstarter backer 510) I'm very excited about what I hope will be a real paradgm shift in the way we access and play music. So, see you there.

      Peter
    1. cgiammona's Avatar
      cgiammona -
      I will be there as well.
    1. DaQi's Avatar
      DaQi -
      Decided to make the trek up from behind the Orange curtain and check this out. As a backer look forward to hearing what Mr. Hamm has to say about Pono and also look forward to meeting Chris in person.
    1. Dr. AIX's Avatar
      Dr. AIX -
      I wrote to the Audio Salon on Monday and received a response on Tuesday from the owner that I he couldn't add me to the guest list...very curious. No reason was given. I was really looking forward to coming by to check out the place, the Pono and say hello...especially as this is only 5 minutes away from my studio.
    1. One and a half's Avatar
      One and a half -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr. AIX View Post
      I wrote to the Audio Salon on Monday and received a response on Tuesday from the owner that I he couldn't add me to the guest list...very curious. No reason was given. I was really looking forward to coming by to check out the place, the Pono and say hello...especially as this is only 5 minutes away from my studio.
      Maybe you left the reply too late and the event is full.
    1. DaQi's Avatar
      DaQi -
      Great event tonight! John Hamm from Pono was there with a couple prototype Pono players and there was a very casual chat with him at the Audio Salon. Everyone there got to see and listen to the prototype Ponos (pretty awesome I might add) while John answered questions and discussed a lot of the background to the company, how he got into it and what the future might hold. After seeing and listening to the prototype I am happy with my $400 contribution on Kickstarter. John also confirmed that he was very confident about the October delivery of the first players.
    1. warrenpchi's Avatar
      warrenpchi -
      Agreed, it was fun getting a chance to take a quick break from work in the middle of the week. Anyone want to guess what The Audio Salon handed out as treats?
    1. Wildgift's Avatar
      Wildgift -
      What a wonderful event. Chris, thanks. The Pono is going to be a major hit I think.
    1. Boris75's Avatar
      Boris75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
      Anyone want to guess what The Audio Salon handed out as treats?
      Toblerone chocolate bars?
    1. warrenpchi's Avatar
      warrenpchi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boris75 View Post
      Toblerone chocolate bars?
      Exactamundo! I thought it was terrifically tongue-in-cheek. Thanks Maier!
    1. firedog's Avatar
      firedog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boris75 View Post
      Toblerone chocolate bars?
      that's funny. Good to know they have a sense of humor.