JB7 production has ended!
Martin is working on a new product - register your interest and views here
Quick update 17th March
First batch of B2s were delivered last month. We’re currently testing the software. Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing to customers who have registered their interest.
It is likely that the B2 will be significantly oversubscribed for many months and I will prioritise customers who have registered. If you think you might want a B2 this year you should consider registering your interest now.
Thanks again for all your comments and suggestions please keep them coming - I read your comments every day - it makes the programming hard slog a lot more relevant - and bearable.
Have a good holiday and if you have the time listen to "I'm New Here" by Gil Scott-Heron - my favourite musical discovery of 2014.
p.s. I'd be particularly happy to hear from any Raspbery Pi folk who can help me get the Pi to boot quicker.
What follows is the old JB7 website...
JB7 - simple as a light switch.
The JB7 is essentially a CD player with a hard disk that can store and play your entire music collection.
- The JB7 gives you instant access to any of your music and plays unbroken music for as long as you want.
- Choose and play an album or track without getting out of your chair.
- See what is playing from across the room.
- One button plays your entire music collection at random - another turns it off - its just what you need when you want to unwind - as simple as a kettle.
Photo shows the Brennan JB7 with a Pure Digital iPod dock - you can just use the iPod USB cable - you don't need a dock but it looks nice.
Amazing things happen when you listen to your music on JB7
I re-discovered that I loved Van Morrison. I mean how did that happen? I'd somehow forgotten that I loved Van Morrison. I have a handful of his CDs but somehow when I saw the words on the side of a CD on a shelf it did nothing to me.
Once I had my JB7 I was just scrolling through the albums from the sofa and I thought I haven't heard Van for a while so I pressed play. It was like discovering a twenty pound note in an old pair of jeans or having a cup of tea made by a friend.
The next thing you know I'm on Amazon browsing for more CDs.
JB7 packs a 60W amp in a package the size of a book. It has a vibrant blue soft scrolling display and big inviting buttons. Get your friends round - show off!
The JB7 is not just great in the home - JB7 has been picked up by restaurant, bar and shop owners because it delivers fuss free non-stop music. No computer no network.
Your CD collection probably cost you thousands, it can make you cry or make you sing and dance but its doing nothing for you on the shelf.
On a practical note - if you want to brighten up your living room - the Brennan lets you enjoy your music and create some space. Even 100 CDs can make a room look cluttered.
iPodNow Martin Brennan has designed clever new software that lets the JB7 play music on your iPod* as if the iPod was an extension to the JB7 hard disk.
The iPod is a fabulous product but it was designed for handheld use not the living room. That means things like finding a particular track or changing shuffle to normal play can be a bit fiddly. And if you are playing the iPod at home through a typical iPod dock you are probably going to have to get up and walk over to the iPod to do it.
The Brennan was designed for the living room and because the Brennan treats the iPod as an extension to its own hard disk - you can find and play music - whether its is in the iPod or in the Brennan - in seconds and see what’s playing all without leaving your armchair.
You can even transfer the iPod music collection into the Brennan.
3.1x Faster than Sony
If you are going to load your CD collection onto a hard disk you really need the loading process to be as quick and simple as possible. If it takes too long its no fun and its too easy to give up.
The Brennan has a high performance CD mechanism, a powerful Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and streamlined software to slash loading times.
In a test we loaded a CD album by David Gray onto a Sony Gigajuke and the Brennan JB7. The Sony took 11 minutes and 27 seconds. The Brennan 3 minutes 39 seconds.
Brennan v Goliath - the JB7 is one fifth the size yet three times faster!
Revitalize your Vinyl
JB7 lets you transfer your collection of Vinyl (or cassettes for that matter) onto hard disk so that you can save precious recordings and play them just as easily as tracks loaded from CDs. Find out more
The future of music
You can now choose from a million CDs from the likes of Amazon and Play.com at half the price they used to be.
Its hard to believe but Napster - the original peer to peer music sharing network at the start of the MP3 revolution - is now almost ten years old - and we are all still coming to terms with the change.
After years of illegal file sharing new legal ways to download MP3s are emerging. You can now buy MP3s from Amazon and from Sainsbury's.
To play MP3s on the Brennan just copy them from your computer onto a USB memory stick and plug it into the Brennan. You can play the music directly from the USB or copy the files onto the Brennan hard disk. The Brennan text search will find the track just the same.
We think CDs are going to be around for a lot longer than often predicted but it makes sense to have a player that works as well with CDs as MP3s.
Brennan on TV
Brennan on Brennan
Martin Brennan answers questions about the JB7
Watch the videos!
OK we're not going to win any Oscars but these early videos we did with a prototype JB7 give you an idea just how radical, quick and simple the Brennan really is.
Check the status of your order
"After sales support like you've never experienced in the digital world. When you have a problem with Windows does Bill Gates get back to you and offer to talk you through it? I don't think so."
Henry, Sydney Australia
"I bought one of your JB7's the other day, which is not like me to buy something from a company I do not know, but saw the ad on facebook, checked out your website and I just had to have one.
Delivered very quickly, and I must say what a fantastic bit of kit it is.
The sound quality from the speakers, which I also bought from you, is amazing...
...Again, may I say how brilliant the system is, as they say, it does everything it says on the label....fantastic.
Phil, Milton Keynes
Massive CD database
The chart shows how the 2.4 million CD database divides into ten broad categories. The classical genre alone contains 250,000 CDs - that's 1.5 miles of different CDs side by side.
"I had the boys round on Sunday and they were all, to a man, like kids in a sweet shop jostling for a turn."
The law is changing!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey. We had 98.5% in support of a change in the Copyright Law.
In his independent review of copyright law Prof. Hargreaves recommended that format shifting should be legalised – citing Brennan as an example of why the law needs changing.
The government has announced that it accepts the recommendation and the law will be changed.