Geek Wave Hi-Fi Audio Player Raises $1,300,000…

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Geek Wave, a hi-fi audio player that hasn’t received much press, has raised $1,323,073 on Indiegogo. Their original funding goal was $38,000.

This player is a competitor to the Pono Player. Pono raised over $6.2 million on Kickstarter, but has recently made some concerning executive shuffles.

Geek Wave offers “the highest resolution audio available”, supporting up to 32 bit / 384 kHz plus DSD 128. It also features ten processor cores and interchangeable batteries.

The minimum amount of internal storage available in a Geek Wave is 32 GB. This can be upgraded to 128 GB. The device also includes an SDXC port, supporting up to 2 TB of additional storage.

The Geek Wave device also offers smartphone and tablet control via bluetooth.


Geek Wave was available at the starting price of $167 for 32 GB, but now that the campaign has ended only 64 GB and 128 GB models will be sold.


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10 Responses

  1. Willis

    A music player? How new and exciting! Zzzzz. Investors are pissing away money on technology that very few people want/need if they already have a phone.

    • Nina Ulloa

      yeah, the customer base contributed $1.3 million to this… but obviously no one wants this. zzzz

    • Versus

      There are certainly people who want hi-fidelity audio.

      …and perhaps many more who will want it when they can hear the difference.

  2. Hoodgrown

    Looks sleeker than the Pono, the name kinda sucks for the average person.

    • jw

      I don’t think the Pono player is trying to be an iPhone. This device obviously is. But regardless of what you think of the Pono’s shape, the Pono looks like a modern product. This thing looks very pre-2009, with the big cheesy bevel, and those buttons look like they came off of a Creative Zen. I’m sure it functions well, but it looks very dated. I don’t think it’s any sleeker than the Pono (I don’t think it even comes close), it’s just *iPhone-shaped*. Then again, I think the Pono player looks great, which seems to be the minority opinion.

      What’s interesting to me is that their indiegogo page doesn’t seem to mention anything about acquiring content for this device. Regardless of arguments about whether the human ear can detect a difference in sound files beyond 16/44.1khz or 24/96khz or 24/192khz or wherever you want to draw the line, I’ve never even seen a commercially available 32-bit audio file. Unless you have access to actual session files, or unless you have the time to convert all of your vinyl to Ultra HD digital audio one-by-one, what’s the point in supporting all of these formats?

      I’ve been told that’s offering aren’t always up to snuff, & it doesn’t offer very much, to begin with. I realize that this is a chicken/egg scenario, but I don’t believe enough demand is being demonstrated here to convince a third party to open up a credible store.

      Pono, on the other hand, is touting its store as a critical part of the ecosystem, and the source of the player’s content. It could be that Geek Wave owners are going to be lining up at Pono’s storefront for content, assuming Pono opens their store to owners of competing devices, which isn’t guaranteed.

      I’m sure it sounds great. I’m sure the Pono player sounds great, too. I just think that a lot of folks are going to feel gipped when they get their player & can’t find any content in the advertised formats.

      Also, I agree that Geek Wave is a horrible name.

      • Hoodgrown

        You’ve made some really great points that I hadn’t considered, especially regarding the acquiring of content.

  3. DK

    No word about the DAC or amplifier layout. Resolution and bitrate count for a bit, but not a whole lot compared to the digital to analog conversion.

  4. Versus

    I strongly support higher fidelity audio, but I would never buy anything with the word “Geek” in its name.

    • Gordon

      I don’t give a shit what they call it as long it’s intuitive to use and and has fantastic audio I’m all for it.

  5. Michael

    If it outputs sound quality at par with the Geek GOs (USB dongle DACs) WITHOUT getting as hot. I’m all over this product.