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Pono Music – Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music

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4.7?
Discovered on 2015-03-26

Pono’s mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music. The PonoPlayer transports you to a sublime musical experience, from the most delicate passages of a string quartet to the thunderous power of a heavy metal band. This portable audio player uses circuitry taken straight from Ayre’s own top-of-the-line products, costing tens of thousands of dollars, for unparalleled sound quality and unrivaled listening pleasure. Pono supports playback of high-fidelity audio of up to 192kHz/24 bit resolution.

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Siltech
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My Pono player is SOLD. I loved it while I had it. Mine you, I rarely used it. I moved on to higher fidelity. Long Live Audio SILTECH
Siltech
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For Sale, Pono Neil Young & Crazy Horse. I'm including Cardas Parsec mini jack to XLR interconnect cable. Any reasonable offer. Time to move on.
TravisStyle
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PONO 4 sale [ mint ] unwrapped Know When To Fold em...
Siltech
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FOR SALE NEW MAG LEV TURNTABLE
MY COST $1090 USD
SELL PRICE $1000 USD TURNTABLE IS ALL BLACK WITH GOLD FEET. To buyer, I'll have Indigo mail it to you direct. Siltech
Siltech
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Thanks Rocky and Doug.
Rocky Mountain Way
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Hey Siltech. What happened? So close to the end. Just a small delay in delivery. Everything else is sweet. Hang in and chill.
Remember Mag Lev is about cool and fun. It's going to be just great.
Spare a thought for start up companies. Kickstarter is a way of raising capital. Too much growth too quickly creates cashflow & resource issues. These guys are doing a great job.
While Pono is a fantastic product those that 'invested' by giving money via Crowdfunder and lost it all may have a different view.
I drove my friend's Tesla the other week. Read the reviews - Crap company, delays in production, not meeting deadlines etc etc. Nice drive though. In fact awesome drive. The product is brilliant. It's not about he journey.
Just saying...
Siltech
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Let's say I lost my Mag Lev turntable desire. Not worried
Doug Adams
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@Siltech what has you so worried about the Mag Lev? Thought things were going well?
Siltech
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I pre ordered awhile back from Indigo. It's a black with gold feet, Mag Lev Levitating Turntable. I pre paid $1090.00 USD. I think there going to sell it between $2500 and $3000 CND. The turn table is suppose to be ship to me, within the next month or two. I thinking of selling my now at my cost of $1090.00 USD. If anyone wants to buy it, I can switch shipping from Indigo directly to you. LONG LIVE PONO
Siltech
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I here you Rock, but l have near zero confidence in this project. It's totally unorganized. Your the best Rocky. SILTECH
Rocky Mountain Way
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Hey Siltech - Re: MagLev .Breathe man breathe...
That 'review' is not What Hi Fi or Absolute Sound - just some random local jocks who probably set it to fail to improve their ratings. It is not in MagLev's interest to have a substandard product. Fake news?
There are 3 options:1. Wait and see.
2. Put it straight on e-bay - probably double your money.
3. Set it up but do not connect to sound system. Play the Pono while it is spinning - Music as art. When your guests ask just say ' Norwegian wood - isn't it good !'
Because it has taken so long everyone is a bit trigger happy.
I hope this helps.
Cheers & best wishes.
I just bought Jack White Acoustic from HD Tracks - Great album & great to connect with the next generation. I use HOLA VPN to access site. It wouldn't accept my credit card as from NZ, but when I used PayPal no problem.
Just waiting for the FBI to call...
TravisStyle
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Anyone want to buy my mint Kenny Rodgers ?
Siltech
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From Doug Doug Adams (Member) sent you, Tossa (Member), Russell (Member), Cheri C (Member), J (Member), Gary (Member), Alejandro (Member), Trond (Member), and Robert (Member) a message.

THE COMMUNITY IS MOVING! With PonoMusic gone, this SalesForce site is winding down. A new site is up and running and is now ready for the community to join. The new Social Engine platform will let us do things that weren't possible here.
The community will continue to cover Hi Res music, the environment, and all the familiar topics. Click on the link below and it will take you to the sign up page. Enter your email and create a password. Ask for an invite. One of the 6 moderators or 3 administrators will approve you. It is also easy to join via either Facebook or Twitter profile. Can't wait to see you there. http://ponotrial.onsocialengine.com

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Siltech
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@Rocker
We should no one way or another this month.
I ordered a pair of the new Magico A3 speakers, three months ago. They just started shipping them out. My pair were shipped from California two days ago. I should receive them by end of next week. I talked to Peter McKay of Magico, and he said I get first pair in Canada. Siltech
Rocky Mountain Way
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Hey Siltech
It sure is a long wait for this MagLev.
My son delights in telling me 'It's not coming dad - they've got the turntable to turn - they just can't make it levitate!'
One day....One day...
Siltech
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Rocker, I was wondering why you weren't posting. Now Me Get It, Mon.
Long Live The Lev Siltech
Rocky Mountain Way
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Hey Siltech
No MagLev survey for me. For some reason Indiegogo does not recognize me as a backer (which is why I can't post) so I e-mailed them and sure enough I was not on the list. I added my order number & Paypal number with address details & they assure me I'm back on.
More delays.
It is worth waiting for the testing to reveal any flaws - as has happened with the feet.
It could be the dream job - a MagLev Tester.
After 8 hours in a sound room- My verdict - I think we need some more Jimi....
Hang in there & cheers.
Doug Adams
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Hello Siltech. Appears the Mag - Lev is getting close. Interested in hearing what you guys think about it. Exciting time.
Siltech
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Hi Doug
Siltech
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YourS
Siltech
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Mr Rock
I ordered the black/gold. You should get your survey very soon. Long Live Mag Lev. SILTECH
Rocky Mountain Way
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Still waiting...I ordered the imitation wood. I'll let you know.
I'm keen to do the Pono challenge.
Will a 50yr old Beatles album sound better than a 44/16 Flac on Pono from a post 2007 remastered CD?
There are no Hi Res Beatles available & the remasters were poor so we shall see.
I've been collecting some rare gems over the last year so it will be great to finally give them a spin.
There's something about sitting in a room & listening to real music.
It all started to go downhill when it became portable.
If you get a chance to see Roger Waters latest show it is a must see. Our 10,000 seater stadium was divided down the middle by a huge screen & we got a 180 degree video light show. Flying pig, huge laser prism.
As they used to say in the 60's Real trippy man.
Siltech
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Hi Rocker
My Indiegogo survey came in today. GET YOUR VINYL READY
Rocky Mountain Way
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I just checked with the manufacturer. They can make the dust cover in 1-week so I think I will wait. Then I can get the cutout perfect.
I drove my friend's Tesla model S the other day. Great power but the sound system with Spotify very underwhelming. Super flat. I will have to do the Pono Challenge next trip.
Cheers
Rocky Mountain Way
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I'm ordering mine.
Check out : http://www.therealinsta.com/user/6212054983 . The only image I could find of the placement of the rear cables.
I'm using their sizes L 510mm x W 400mm X H 230mm
Rear slot LHS . Start 30mm, then 750mm high x 120mm long.
Side - For hands - I'm using centred 25mm high x 150mm long - not critical.
I did a life size cutout and tried to get the proportions from the photos. I accounted for the cover missing the cables on both sides with the extra size.
I hope I'm right !
We have a plastic manufacturer about 10km from us. I have used them before. They do custom shop displays etc so no problem.
We have to pay taxes & customs duty on imported goods so it is better to save that for the things that matter.
Cheers
Siltech
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The cover is apparently $200 on Indiegogo. I may order my own custom cover and base. COOL
Rocky Mountain Way
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@Siltech
I'm Indiegogo and have not received a survey yet.
However, our delivery time was originally 2 month's behind Kickstarter. They may be able to push that forward a little but we will still be later.
I'm OK with that. It gives the first adopters a chance to have the turntable and notify of any glitches before we receive ours.
It looks like the dust cover is now $150 for kickstarters. It may not be us.
Hang in there...
Siltech
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Thanks Doug @Rocky
Today, Mag Lev supporters received there surveys. Are you a supporter on Indiegogo, as I am. I didn't receive a survey from Mag Lev. I'm wondering, did you? Siltech
Doug Adams
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Impressive Siltech. Beryllium, graphene, and titanium. Wow. These are going to be spectacular. Didn't know titanium voice coils were even possible. Great candidate for speaker of the year.
Siltech
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Siltech
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Hi Doug
I didn't order the Magico S3Mkll. I ordered the Magico A3, which is being shipped end of March. I pre-ordered mine 2 months ago. Apparently, mine was 2nd pair in Canada ordered. The retail is $9800 USD. I got a feeling they'll be named Speaker of The Year, in there category. Siltech http://magico.net/Marketing/Press_Release_A3.php
Siltech
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Rock, COOL 😎
Rocky Mountain Way
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I'm picking another 3 month's for the MagLev.
Pono had a much greater critical mass so they could manufacture in China.
MagLev is all hand assembled.
The extra Pono's I bought 2 years later seemed to be from the same batch.
The real reason Pono was discontinued was that the size of another production run would've been prohibitive.
Worst scenario would be to send out faulty products.
Good things come .. etc
Rocky Mountain Way
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Hey Siltech
The MagLev is going to be a while.
Spare a thought for them - it's a small company and ultimately it is about the quality.
It's going to take 4 people some time to assemble over 1000 once all the pieces have arrived.
While I am waiting I have picked up the ukulele - I have yet to make the ' quantum leap to proficiency' as mentioned in Al Kooper's autobiography 'Back stage passes & back stabbing bastards ' a great read.
Cheers
Doug Adams
Review from Kickstarter
@Siltech that is a lot of isolation! Vibration won't be a problem in your system. Enjoy the music.
Siltech
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Doug, MY THIRD TRY
I just bought a solid 4" thick maple platform by Mapleshade. I also bought a Symposium Ultra platform. I'm putting the 4" thick maple platform, through carpet on concrete using spikes. I'm then placing Symposium Ultra platform directly on maple platform. I'm then placing my Vitus SIA025 MKll on Symposium Ultra platform. Extra, extra component vibration control. SILTECH
Siltech
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Hi Doug,
I just bought a solid 4" thick maple platform by Mapleshade. I also bought a Symposium Ultra platform. I'm putting the 4" thick maple platform, through carpet on carpet using spikes. I'm then placing Symposium Ultra platform directly on maple platform. I'm then placing my Vitus SIA025 MKll on Symposium Ultra platform. Extra, extra component vibration control. SILTECH
Siltech
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Hi Doug,
I just bought a solid 4" thick maple platform by Mapleshade. I also bought a Symposium Ultra platform. I putting the 4" think maple platform, through carpet on carpet using spikes. I'm them placing Symposium Ultra platform directly on maple platform. I then placing my Vitus SIA025 MKll on Symposium Ultra platform. Extra, extra component vibration control. SILTECH
Doug Adams
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Happy New Year Siltech.
Siltech
Review from Kickstarter
Happy New Year - all
Doug Adams
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Merry Christmas @Siltech. So you are speakerless for Christmas? Imagine you can't wait for the Magico to arrive. Long Live Pono! Merry Christmas everyone.
Siltech
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Just sold my Wilsons, and waiting for my new Magico speakers.
Merry Christmas ALL LONG LIVE PONO MAG LEV TURNTABLE ?????
Doug Adams
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Great concert Rocky Mountain Way! Happy holidays to everyone. Have fun, but be safe.
Rocky Mountain Way
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Yes - Happy holidays.
My head is still spinning from seeing Paul McCartney 2 days ago. What a concert! 40 songs over 3 hours. It was a baby boomers delight.
Plus I spotted Neil Finn at my local supermarket - maybe he is moving into the neighbourhood ( this is really how we spell it). Now that would be a street party!
Doug Adams
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Wow @Siltech. Magico are excellent speakers. Let us know what you think after they are set up. On the Mag Lev front, I wouldn't worry. Think it will show up next year. It is a complicated project. Takes time to design and build. Happy holidays everyone.
Siltech
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@Doug
I trying to get a little more resolution out of my speakers. I'm now buying the new Magico S3 MKII speakers. Chow man
Siltech
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Rock
Being optimistic is one thing, but I hope we really get one. Take Care. Siltech
Rocky Mountain Way
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Condolences to the Hansen family. Very sad. Hey Siltech
It's a long wait for the MagLev. I'm expecting end of March at the earliest.
Do the math - I'm about #1000 so if they can make 25 per day from 20th Jan= 125 per week = 8 weeks plus delivery . 25 is an ambitious guess for a small company.
We are not little kid's waiting for Christmas so we just have to breathe in..
It's been a lot of fun checking out the vinyl stores & finding a few gems. They just need to be played.
Siltech
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Siltech
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