Today, Sony is expanding its high-resolution audio push with a no-frills Walkman. The slight little music player weighs just 65g, making Neil Young’s chunky Pono player look like a brick. High-resolution audio might be a little suspect, but there’s no doubt this petite music player is a beauty.
Neil Young is a lover of music, and so he has embarked on a well-intentioned quest to improve the quality of digital music. His Pono player is based on a good understanding of the problems with digital music — but its prescription for a solution only half-way makes sense.