B2 is here!
Update 5th August - First batch of production sold out in three hours!. Second two month's production sold in advance. Mass production has landed in UK see shop page for back order progress. Now taking orders for mid September delivery.
B2 delivers all the functionality of JB7 and a lot more. B2 is physically smaller than JB7 but with a 2Tb hard disk it can store 4400 CDs losslessly - its a bit of a mouthful but it means perfect unadulterated copies of your CDs forever.
(You don’t need an expensive hard disk though - there will be lower price SD only models that will hold 100’s of CDs).
I put an Optical SPDIF output on the back so you can deliver the music to a high end DAC or high end audio equipment for uncompromised audio quality.
B2 also has its own 15W+15W RMS power amplifier with chunky 4mm plugs if you want a simple one box music system. (30W RMS means uncomfortably loud in my office).
B2 is internet connected so that means you can control it remotely with a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. It means it has access to the latest album and track names and album art online. B2 plays internet radio stations - so you can listen to BBC Radio Four in Tahiti.
B2 has Bluetooth. So if you have Spotify or another music streaming service on your phone or tablet - play it through the B2.
I’ve remembered to keep it simple though. You don’t need the internet. You don’t need the gadgets to make it work. Same as the JB7 just press the next button and it plays your entire music collection. Press the knob on the front and scroll through albums - dead easy.
B2 is machined from solid aluminium and has either a black or stained brushed aluminium front. Its impressively solid and can take a 70kg load (me).
One of the most exciting things about B2 - and this may prove me to be mad or a genius - is that it contains a Raspberry Pi and the entire operating system can be swapped by replacing the SD card at the rear right. Think of it as a brain transplant.
If you are unfamiliar with Raspberry Pi you can skip this part. But for Raspberry Pi owners it means you will be able to build B2 using your own Pi and customise what the B2 does - the Pi has a HDMI output and B2 has a CD/DVD combo drive - so you could build a photo or video jukebox for instance. Or write a program to record vinyl or cassettes and split tracks. Or sync B2s in many rooms…
Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Place an advance order on the shop page now or leave your email address here
and you will get priority if you plan to buy later in the year. The second (July) batch of production is almost sold out already so it looks like B2 will be oversubscribed for many months.
Martin has been working on a comprehensive new web user interface that lets you organise and enjoy your B2 using a laptop or tablet - from the sofa.
Got a misspelled track name that always annoys you? - just double click - and put it right.
Want to add an album to a playlist? - just drag it into the playlist.
I did this quick and dirty Youtube to show the Web UI in action.
I didn't double click fast enough at 3:42 - I'll do another take when I get time - Martin
Upgrade your B2 here
Brennan on TV
Watch the old Brennan JB7 TV commercial here
Brennan on Brennan
Martin Brennan answers questions about the JB7
Massive CD database
B2 can obtain album and track names from the internet. But it also has a huge internal database (like JB7) so it can work without an internet connection. The chart shows how the 3.2 million CD database divides into ten broad categories. The classical genre alone contains 300,000 CDs - that's 1.8 miles of different CDs side by side.