Since the 1800s and the phonograph, through the advent of LPs in the 30s, the cassette in the 60s, CD players in the 80s to mp3s in the 90s, humankind has historically found a way to make our music-listening experience more and more bland.
So much so, that ardent audiophiles are turning back to vinyl LPs, citing the lack of dynamic range in modern digital recording (and playback).
Neil Young shows Letterman his Pono: A new high-fidelity music player and iTunes-style music service that will sell 192kHz/24-bit audio files — much higher sound quality than CDs or MP3s.
How important is audio fidelity? Will you buy a Pono?
Timeline of music players