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I do not have one but have seen it in action at a friend's. I am seriously underwhelmed by its capabilities and specifications. However I admire its concept of keeping things simple. One alternative, that keeps this concept of simplicity may be the Cocktail Audio X10 which I saw in an ad:
I don't have one so I cannot comment on the audio or build qualities, but looking at the specifications it has virtually all the features of the Brennan plus many more, e.g. internet connection, music streaming, support of file formats in addition to MP3 and WAV, and more importantly, the hard drive can be replaced very easily. I however don't intend to get one myself as I have already all I need with a Squeezebox system.
I have no relation with this company.
I've had one for over a year, but it's been back twice for repair. The collection and delivery is trouble-free, (except I can't understand why, in these mobile phone days you have to maybe wait in all day for the courier to call). Repair charges can be up to £75 but it includes the latest software being installed.
As I'm elderly the highest of fi is no longer a necessity. That lives on in my memory!
I solved the lengthy Search problem by assigning a 3 digit code to each CD (more for multi composer ones) - e.g., Z01 - Z99, each being added at the end of the title. Letters Z, Q, X, J etc were favoured to avoid any clashes with embedded text. (Larger collections would need a 4 digit code).This makes finding an item takes only a few seconds.
Of course it needs a printed index (unless you rely entirely on your computer), but when you are up into the hundreds of CDs some kind of finding aid is wanted anyway.
What I don't like is the bother of renaming embedded track names and the huge amount of time needed to backup.
Maybe the biggest benefit - as advertised - is rediscovering music I'd probably not bother to seek out from my collection.
I've had a Brennan for over a year, and I'm afraid that I don't recommend it. The ergonomics are poor, and will soon be very outdated, as alternative equipment will have wireless controls.
If you ever need to speak to their technical support, they are awful.
Somebody above mentioned the Cocktail X10 as a possible alternative. I've not examined this in depth, but they are now getting them at Richer Sounds if you want to have a look. They seem much more flexible, and can also do internet radio.
My father in law has one and he loves it. He’s too old and a technophobeto use a any of the apple products. He was able to rip his CD collection to itwithout a computer and was all cds were tagged something he could never havedone on a pc.
I agree that if you have your music on a pc or a comfortable withripping on pc an ipod and a good dock offers more flexibility than the brennanjb7 but I don’t think its aimed at that market, so if its for your granddad I suggestyou get it for him, my father in law feels so up to the times now that he’s gotthe brennan and does not have to ask for help anymore. He had it for 2years andhas not complained once so I think it is something worth buying.
Sam just want to say thank you for your input on the jb7, i got for grandad and he said it made him feel like a little kid again, he feels like hes up to the times now where tecnology is concerned!!!
thanks for the help mike
Can i use the the brennan as an amplifier??? anyone who has please let me know
The JB7 can be used as an amplifier. Any audio devices with a headphone jack can be connected with a 3.5mm audio cable into brennan's AUX (axillary) port on the back of the device. The unit can be set to the AUX mode and the attached device will then use the brennan JB7 as an amp unit. Hope this helped
Official website - http://www.brennan.co.uk/
Brennan Customer Service Team
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The Brennan ads in there are truly cringeing.
The latest: "MP3 player or a Brennan? I'll have both thanks" says Jools Holland.
This heading is followed by two columns of misleading, innacurate nonsense promoting the 'virtues' of the Brennan.
Very sad that a musician with the talents of Jools Holland needs to endorse a very poor, overpriced product.
With other new products on the market with far more flexibility and functionality on the market, I predict the Brennan will be dead and forgotten within a year.
He's probably being paid a considerable fee to endorse the product. What he thinks of it privately will be another thing altogether I expect.
i just bought the jb7 and im i dont know how to play music from my external hard drive does any one know how to do this??? your assistence will be appreciated
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