There are times when a convergence device does not really work as well as it should if you were to break down the different functions into various devices that have extremely specific functions. However, this does not mean that a dedicated device would always have better performance than a convergence device. Case in point, the iPhone that does seem to come with just about any app to cater for seemingly every situation, going up against the $400 Pono, a high definition music player, only to come out from this head-on collision as the winner in a blind audio test.
Apparently, this new Pono music player which was just announced earlier this year, did not see audiophiles rate it better than the audio playback on an iPhone from Apple. Talk about a high profile Kickstarter project that turned reality not really living up to expectations! The hardware on the Pono will arrive with a couple of 3.5mm audio jacks which will see action in a “balanced mode,” where it claims to separate left and right channel outputs across both jacks in order to be used alongside high-impedance headphones, high-end home stereo systems, or professional equipment
Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue, who happens to be a professional musician, discovered that sound quality between the Pono and the iPhone did not have any major difference, and neither could he tell the difference in a blind audio test. Not the most auspicious of starts for Pono, don’t you think so?