Time for an update on three crowd-funding projects I happen to be invested in. Yep, that’s me. A sucker for novelty and slick marketing. Oh well.
That latter still seems something of a mystery. Where’s the content coming from? Will it be better, worse, or the same as what’s currently on offer from other services? And why are those high-res albums so expensive? And will Apple eat this entire market for lunch? All TBD at this point. As for the player, there are all those odd oversights — no DSD support and an oddly-high output impedance which will make pairing with modern headphones actually capable of taking advantage of the high-res files and high-quality playback rather problematic.
Questions, questions. But now, the Pono team can actually start with the business of getting to business. That’s probably a good thing. I’ll have more after talking with CEO John Hamm at AXPONA.
Which brings me to a larger point: I see this as an excellent case study in how to run your one-man biz in today’s high-end. Low risk, high reward, what’s not to like? Small shops take note.
Instead of replacing your iPhone or Android phone, the new Geek Wave is a piggy-back device. It provides local storage and playback via a version of the Geek engine found in the other two products, but also allows playback and control from the connected smart phone — and charges it at the same time. Not sure what phone you’re going to have in 6 months (hello, iPhone 6)? No worries — the connector is swappable.
Unlike the previous two LH Labs campaigns, Geek Wave seems a bit slow off the blocks. Not that 65% of goal in the first week is anything to sneeze at and given the trajectory, it’s fairly clear that this project will move into fully-funded status well in advance of the deadline, but I had expected this to fly off the shelf (as it were). Too many dips in the well? Unclear! But I signed up for mine, and I’ll be writing about it when it shows up.