I’m 51 and a former professional musician. I know how to listen.
But when I bought Pono’s expensive remastered songs and compared
them with the identical songs on my phone, I couldn’t hear any
I got worried. Is the Pono story a modern-day “Emperor’s New
Clothes” fable? Were those famous rock stars just imagining
There was only one way to find out: conduct a blind trial, using
identical songs on identical headphones, comparing the Pono with a
standard audio player — an iPhone. So that’s what I did. You can
watch the process in the video above.