Something else about Pono: you know, I've got various studio gear where sometimes I need to feed it audio. I can drive a stereo guitar amp into speakers in my drum room to simulate other musicians, and I've been thinking about getting an old Akai sampler for triggering sounds because some of the old Akai samplers have incredibly tight, jitter-free MIDI performance and I can use that even now.
A lot of that stuff, I can't integrate into a modern DAW environment very easily. But I can hook a Pono's output jack to the inputs of the Akai… and pipe any digital audio at 192/24 if I like, right into the sampler as if it was a live mic. If I have a drum or hi-hat and I want it to be as if I had a digital in, that's the closest thing. Optimal.
I have a car now (an exciting purchase! a car payment!) which has an aux jack into the stereo. I'm already plotting to upgrade the speakers to Infinity Kappas, and possibly find some booster-stage amplifier, to make an audio 'sleeper', that looks normal but can wow people with the sonics. Same thing. I could patch a Pono into the aux, and bypass the normal CD player and radio, and it'd scale up to the equivalent of full-vinyl-analog but without the clicks and pops.
If anybody is anxious to sell off their audio toblerone wedges for pennies because Pono is soooo dead, please drop me a line. Or if you know people who are literally throwing them away. I'll take those things off your hands, quite happy to ;) having a really really high performance audio generator that can take many DAW audio formats is just plain useful.
Hell, you could DJ off a few of them instead of CD players. Might not be as convenient for actively operating them, but the sound would be better on huge club systems. If you're the 'wave your arms and pretend to move knobs' type it would be absolutely perfect :D