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gjkendall
28-08-2009, 15:04
The answer to my problems could be here...I was flicking through the latest Mojo mag (I bought it for the Beatles article) when I saw a feature for the Breenan JB7:notworthy

It's essentially a CD player with a hard-drive to store upto 5000 CD's.:notworthy

It records the CD's in super quick time, and has a very quick search facility in it!

Anyone have one of these and can care to coment on it?

http://www.brennan.co.uk/

I am thinking about buying one of these in the next few weeks, i'm going to trawl the net for further reviews, but I wondered what the forumites thought of this.

bumfrog
28-08-2009, 15:15
bloody expensive for what it is, and it's not exactly new technology is it!

cheaper to get a small pc and it would be more flexible.....

NicolaUK
28-08-2009, 15:24
I guess it's good for a complete technophobe but in all honesty there are better solutions available.

You have to buy their database too which is a rip IMO.

gjkendall
28-08-2009, 15:31
I guess it's good for a complete technophobe but in all honesty there are better solutions available.

You have to buy their database too which is a rip IMO.

Can you not just download free from Freedb to a cdr, and chuck the cdr into the lb7 and update that way?

I am not too keen on connecting to my PC, I am under orders from the wife to clear my "crap":shrug: out of the living room!:lol:

NicolaUK
28-08-2009, 15:47
Can you not just download free from Freedb to a cdr, and chuck the cdr into the lb7 and update that way?

I am not too keen on connecting to my PC, I am under orders from the wife to clear my "crap":shrug: out of the living room!:lol:

Without knowing what format they use then :shrug:

Can you update the album database?
We update the album database monthly and you can order a copy on CD from us. Update the database from the settings menu. You are free to share the database with other JB7 owners.

Any CDs that you loaded but weren't found in the old database can be looked up in the new database. Use relabel in the album menu.



Why do you need to update the album database?
If you bought JB7 today then it would know about almost all the CDs published before 1st May 2009. So if you inserted a popular CD that was published in December 2007 then JB7 would almost certainly know the album and track names. (Its hard to believe but this information is not actually stored on the CD).

If a band like the Hoosiers was to release a new CD next week and you bought the CD then JB7 would not recognize it. You would then have to give the album a temporary name – say “Hoosiers” – when you load it onto JB7.

In a few months you could purchase the latest album database CD from us and load it onto JB7.

You can then use JB7 to re-label this album from the new album database. Its in the manual - but you select the Hoosiers album either by scrolling through the albums or doing a text search then select “Re-label Album” from the menu. JB7 will then rename the album and all the tracks from the newly loaded database.

If you have a large pre-existing CD collection and its not growing that fast then you may never choose to update the album database. If there are particular tracks on new CDs that you want to find easily then you can edit the name on an individual track.

The remote is fugly too :D

Personally I have an AppleTV that does all I want it to, or look at something like http://www.consumer.philips.com:80/c/wireless-audio-products/19831/cat/gb/

gjkendall
28-08-2009, 15:56
Without knowing what format they use then :shrug:

I read a review that stated they used FreeDb!

Not sure about that Philips, it looks pretty chunky and I would need something larger (I think the Philips is only 80Gig)

RobinL
28-08-2009, 16:02
I'm amazed they're only 320gb. For that money I'd have expected 1tb!

gjkendall
28-08-2009, 16:05
I'm amazed they're only 320gb. For that money I'd have expected 1tb!

:lol: So not quite the revelation I thought it was then!

So what do people recommend, I like the added cd drive to load the music into it, saves me having to connect the PC up. I hardly store music on my PC, I tend to rip what I want as I go, put it on my mp3 player and then delete the tracks on my PC.

gjkendall
28-08-2009, 16:08
Oooops, could this be moved to the Hardware forum please?

mbuckhurst
28-08-2009, 16:14
I read a review that stated they used FreeDb!

Not sure about that Philips, it looks pretty chunky and I would need something larger (I think the Philips is only 80Gig)

I've got a philips streamium, and it wins the accepted by the other half award and seems to offer a lot more value for money than this device.

Pros:

1) The base station has a slot load CD player, and a built-in CD database that can be updated.
2) Streaming really works, I had no problems getting mine setup
3) You can get an Ipod dock for the base
4) UPnP compatibility works with Twonky, so my entire collection of MP3s is available via an always on Atom PC.
5) Mine was very very cheap, paying £99 for the base+satellite x2, £99 for a satellite and £99 for a midi hifi version with 80GB disk :lol: I then sold one of the bases+satellites, thus covering the cost.
6) USB memory chip playback
7) For an all in one package pretty good sound quality.
8) Ebay price is a lot lower than RRP
9) Broadcast and follow me functionality works well.

Cons:

1) Internet radio needs to go via philips servers, so not all channels are available, plus sometimes it doesn't work
2) If you pay RRP you probably wouldn't be happy
3) Broadcast and follow me only work for MP3s installed on internal drive
4) Upload software is flaky, so you end up using a third party package on your PC
5) Base station remote has rather pointless LCD screen where the base station sends information to it, but the timeout on the back light generally means you can't read it.

mike

danielsesay
28-08-2009, 16:14
I have one. It's called a PC. :D

splobber
28-08-2009, 17:56
moving to hardware