I took the leap of faith and order a Pono back in March of 2014. It arrived just before Christmas. I don’t like the hype around it, the software or the website but I do love the player itself.
I hear a level of sound quality and musical performance, from CD resolution and hi-res files, that I’ve not heard before from portable devices.
Here’s a link to a piece I wrote for Hifi Critic magazine when I was feeling particularly irritated at what I felt were far too many writers using Pono as clickbait. Many having not even bothered to try one.
Here is a link to Hifi Critic’s website