The Brennan JB7

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I bought a JB7, not only for copying CDs, but mainly for copying my vinyl collection.  It appears to be faulty in that, although it has a setting for copying losslessly, when I select this it still copies at 320 kbps.  I have been trying to get this sorted with their technical support, but I am unimpressed with their after sales service.  There have been other instances where they clearly don't know what they're talking about, and the help documentation is very incomplete.

Another problem I had is that I wanted to copy my backup from a small drive to a new one.  However, after I had done this, it wouldn't make incremental backups to the new drive.  I had to delete and start again. And it takes 24 hours just to back up 30GB!

I've got a good AR record deck, so I didn't want to buy a much inferior ION deck, or find that my audio card is poor quality, which is why I went for the Brennan.  I must admit that, even at 320 kbps, the sound from a copied vinyl is very good, and possibly superior to a CD.  I had my ears syringed yesterday though, and I should have another listening session to confirm this.  You have to jump up to stop recording as soon as the side ends, because editing the recording is probably a pain.

To answer some other questions above, renaming albums and tracks is much easier with a USB keyboard, which simply plugs into the USB socket.  The creditcard-size remote with 32 buttons is hopeless.

In summary, I'm waiting to hear if Brennan can fix the problem of no lossless recording.  It's not a perfect bit of kit by any means, and the after sales service is poor, but I'm still hopeful that it will do what I bought it for, eventually.

 

 

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oh dear. It sounds as if it really should still be in development...at least for vinyl. But then, does it really matter if it does copy at 320 kbps? What are the implications?

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Ricky3d wrote:

OK, I'd like to follow this thread too but I'm very very dense. I don't even know how to add a thread to follow (I arrived at this page

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/forum/audio-and-video-equipment/the-brennan-jb7?page=3

via Google). I found a help page that says "To start watching a post, click the link you see by the post on the site. The post is now added to your list of watched posts" but none of the links I see seems to be related to starting to watch a post. I haven't managed to find any proper online help, and sending an email to the Contact Us link gets me an autoreply saying there's too much correspondence to reply to. Offputting, much. I'll be back tomorrow to see if there's any replies.

R

 

The helpful people at Gramophone online pointed out that there's a link UNDERNEATH the first post which says You are not watching this post, click to start watching. Well, I knew I was due for an eye test. Sorry everyone. 

R.

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SRF wrote:

I've got a Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 320Gb which works perfectly on my PC.  It's formatted in FAT32 but will not work with my 160Gb JB7.  All it does is beep!

I currently back up to a Trekstor external hard drive, so I know that the USB on the JB7 works.

Are there any solutions out there?

SRF

 

If you haven't already, you might try reformatting the drive (using FORMAT from the command line, not Disk Management).

I bought the cheapest drive I could find in my local Maplin (Amazon failed to deliver my order for a Freecom 33575) which was a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 250Gb at £34.99. It came bundled with some bloatware and was originally NTFS, but after reformatting for FAT32 it worked fine with the Brennan. After formatting it, format said it was too large for FAT32, but format lied - I can see 232GB on my computer and the JB7 is quite happy.

R.

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I joined this forum because of my concern with reliability, & see most of the discussion is with the quality, compression etc. Maybe I'm just unlucky. I bought a 320G for Christmas, and within an hour of powering it on, I kept getting Disk Error. I ran a "Map Disk" which took some 18 hours, but still no good. Brennan sent me a firmware fix, but this stopped it even powering on. They sent me a replacement (in fact a free upgrade to the 500G). I managed to load approx 25 CDs to it, and all was working perfectly, when suddenly the sound went. I can see that it is "playing" but nothing coming out. I've had it plugged through my amp (a TEAC), I've tried it on its own, with the speakers plugged in, and also with just headphones - absolutely nothing. Brennan are now going to send me another replacement. I do hope my 3rd JB7 in 3 weeks will actually work more than 24 hours. I'll return to the forum and let you know!

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Reply to comment number 76. If you would care to look at my posts number 62 & 72. I have used the Brennan for vinly copying with some success using an Ion turntable in the usb socket. If the input is bad ask brennan for the fix. All their fixes seem to be numbered JB1.

 

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Thanks, yes I think I misunderstood your Ion comment. Anyway, the damn thing still seems rather faulty and I continue to ponder the wiseness of buying it. But thanks everyone.

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hi not techy at all.

I had problems with mine and so I acted quickly and sent it back.

The company were very reasonable about it and I feel much better.

I'm still looking for a solution to having lots of cds.

I may have to spend more than I'd thought, not a problem

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I have recently been casting about for a turnkey solution to digital streaming and storage, with an eye to eventually eliminating the CD library.  Just noticed the Brennan, but it seems terribly limited.  Has anyone compared it to the somewhat more expensive Olive 3HD?  For a tad more, it seems to me the Olive unit has a lot more to offer.

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I bought a JB7 320Gb in December. Initial thoughts: very nicely made, love the small, compact size, good sound quality (most compressed, some not - I can just hear the difference, especially classical piano music) through a pair of 33 year-old LEAK speakers and Bose headphones. Cheap and fiddly remote control, totally at odds with the elegant and well-executed design of the JB7unit - text too small, poor buttons.

Database is very hit-and-miss, it has music listed which I thought was quite obscure, and plenty of omissions of what is pretty well-known. Essentially I am referring to jazz, world and classical music, can't speak for a lot of pop and rock titles. The Gracenote database used by iTunes, while also lacking in some areas, seems to be better. Also the way some CDs are labelled after the ingesting process is a bit random. Often you'll get the performer first and not the album title without waiting for the scrolling display to reveal all  - very annoying when looking for classical pieces for example. I'm not entirely convinced by the slow and laborious scrolling needed to find titles.

Loading MP3 files from an iTunes library is easy enough using the front USB port, though apparently some iTunes files need converting. I had no problems. Any memory stick devices need to be FAT32 formatted or the JB7 can't read them.

So as far as it being an all-round "CD & clutter reducing" tool is concerned, the jury is out. Nice as far as it goes, good sound, small and elegant, but possibly not quite as clever as it could be. On balance, my iPod Classic 160Gb hooked up to our Denon system would probably do the job just as well.

However, all this has been rendered meaningless since the left speaker connection packed up just before New Year. I did all the usual checks with other speakers. The headphone socket was fine. I suspect an assembly and/or component fault. I contacted their technical support by 'phone, was sent a software patch to load into the JB7, this has made no difference. I'm now waiting for them to collect the machine. I'll keep you posted as to how good they are in dealing with problems and faulty items. They have some favourable testimonials on their website, here's hoping they can live up to the praise.

RichO

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