B2 is here!B2 is a hard disk music player that can store your entire CD collection.
B2 is simple - if you want you can use it like a CD player - just insert a CD and press Play. But it takes just one button click and a few minutes to load (or rip) the CD onto the hard disk.
Track, Album and Artist names are assigned from the internet as you load so you can find music by name later. (By the way - you don’t need an internet connection - B2 has an internal database of 3.5 million CDs).
Store all your CDs on the hard disk and you can declutter your living room, get instant access to any track and play unbroken music at the touch of a button.
B2 uses FLAC compression that's a lossless compression technique so B2 stores an exact copy of what is on the CD.
2Tb model can store 4400 CDs as FLAC - perfect unadulterated copies of your CDs forever.
You don’t need an expensive hard disk though - there is a lower price 64G SD model that will hold 100’s of CDs. You can increase the storage yourself later when bigger SD cards become available.
Find music quickly - just a few seconds to search for a track. Or simply scroll through albums using the volume knob.
You can operate B2 from the front panel or with a remote control or using the fantastic new web UI.
The web user interface lets you control the B2 from your sofa with a laptop, tablet or smartphone and will transform the way you enjoy your music.
But if you want utter simplicity - the Next button turns B2 on and plays your music at random - don’t like what it plays just press again - music as simple as an electric kettle.
Listen to your favourite radio station - via the internet - currently over 750 UK radio stations - so you can listen to Radio Belfast in Cambridge or BBC Radio Four in Spain.
There is 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 has Bluetooth so you can play music from Spotify or iTunes etc. on your mobile phone or tablet through the B2.
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).
Transfer music into B2 from your Brennan JB7 or Apple iTunes or PC using a USB hard disk.
Backup to an external hard disk so your music is safe in the event of a breakdown.
B2 has a Raspberry Pi Linux computer inside that you can login to and program yourself.
Big bright display that you can read from across a room.
New features - like web upload featured in the Youtube above left - are being added every month. Upgrade the software in seconds over the internet
First month’s production sold out in three hours. First three months production sold in advance.
Order before 2:00pm weekdays will ship same day.
7th OctoberExciting new feature lets you buy music online and transfer to the B2 - so simple - watch the video and see.
"I cannot wait to download the next software ... its like Christmas every week" - Tony.
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.
"The new web interface is fantastic - JM"
I did this Youtube to show the Web UI in action - click on the imge above.
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
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.