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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby JoeE SP9 » 13 Aug 2017 00:16

I use a laptop running Windows 10 with an external 1TB USB HDD that has all my music files (FLAC) on it. The laptop is connected to an Emotiva XDA-2 (DAC) which is connected to my main system. I can stream anything I want from any source available on the internet.

The laptop and USB HDD were less than $300.

FWIW: I use Music Bee in WASAPI mode to play any of my FLAC files which include a few hi-definition files.
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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby Hanuman » 16 Aug 2017 02:14

You know, we're getting to the point where the dilemma of using a proprietary compression like Apple Lossless is moot, because storage costs are dropping to the point where simply going with uncompressed files like AIFF or WAV (both de facto standards) is feasible.
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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby ChrisfromRI » 13 Jul 2018 01:55

Does anyone have anything good or bad to say about the Brennan B2? It looks really interesting to me, and I would appreciate hearing from an actual owner of one.
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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby JDJX » 14 Jul 2018 20:24

Forgive my ignorance but, what the purpose of that?
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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby ChrisfromRI » 15 Jul 2018 08:00

JDJX wrote:Forgive my ignorance but, what the purpose of that?


It's an all-in-one Internet linked CD "jukebox" that you rip all your CDs into using lossless FLAC, that takes around 1 minute per CD for ripping with its own internal drive. It has an internal 2 TB hard drive and holds 5000 CDs using FLAC.

You then connect it to a DAC input on your audio system, and use any Internet capable device to access and play any of your ripped CDs, songs, playlists, via their web based GUI which being Internet based doesn't require some special app that will not stay current with the OS version of your Internet capable device (typically a Smartphone or Tablet).

It also avoids dedicating a computer, server (NAS), etc. as it does everything in one small box that you can take with you to the office to play your CD collection there, or anywhere else you have another system to play your CDs on. You periodically back up its hard drive via USB to an external backup drive to avoid loss of your files or even to shadow a second unit from.

I don't have one yet but it is very compelling to me as it is an all-in-one way to access your whole CD collection without any fancy dedicated computing stuff. It costs around $700 and is small self-contained approach, and requires zero IT knowledge or favors from friends with such knowledge. I am wanting to get one to bring order to the hundreds and hundreds of CDs I have all over the place in various stacks and racks.

The website is listed earlier in this thread, and I am hoping to hear from someone actually using one, and to hear how they like it and if it is doing the job for them. I am totally uninterested in hearing how to use computers and other apps, etc. as alternatives to buying this specific device and simply would like to hear from an actual Brennan B2 user.
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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby Marvk » 15 Jul 2018 21:46

I own a 2Tb Brennan and can say that I enjoy it. It is a “jukebox” as Chris said. The unit itself has a footprint about half again the size of a cd case. Once the cd is ripped, it is converted from wav, to the lossless flac format. Comes with a WiFi and Bluetooth dongle. It can hold up to 5000 cds in lossless format. MP3’s can hold much much more.

Has a web ui that can be accessed from a pc, tablet, or phone. The wife and I love it. As you build your library, you can back it up to a usb external hd.

I use mine with the spdf optical output to a Schitt modi dac and Magni headphone amp. It’s also connected to a pair of Edifer 1280 bookshelf speakers.

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Re: Thinking About a Brennan

Postby ChrisfromRI » 16 Jul 2018 01:51

Thank You So Much Marv! I really appreciate hearing that the B2 has been a good experience for you, and I truly thank you for taking the time to respond!! Chris
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