dspp wrote:As a result of this thread I am considering buying my GF a Brennan B2 for Christmas. Ill probably her a couple of bookcase speakers as well as an interim solution because that will provide a pathway independent of her 15-yr old TV that she currently listens to music through. The TV itself will likely be consigned to the dustbin in a few years time, certainly it is never used as a TV. Internet out here is iffy and not great.
To put things in perspective, she has a couple of grand pianos in her pile which she plays quite well as well as various other instruments, so she is quite musical. We host a lot of concerts and have built up a collection of CDs from the various musicians over the years. I on my side have a mixture of old kit (Tannoy/Dennon/Marantz/Nakamichi). Quite relevant is that I have an old yacht and the solution must be capable of going off-grid/off-net which kills the streaming services even if I were that way inclined (which I am not).
So .... we are thinking of using the Brennan to rip our mingled collection to FLAC based at my GF's. Maybe we will one day end up with three Brennan or equivalents spread around my little house, her big pile, or my old decrepit yacht.
>>>> So .... question/advice welcome from any Brennan owners. In particular:
1) Any advice on managing multiple Brennans;
2) I wish I'd known that .....
3) Using Brennans in old piles with a rabbit warren of rooms and etc ...
The Brennan B2 will work on 12V DC power supply, if you have this on your yacht. The display will be dimmer and the power output lower, but I doubt this is important unless it is a very large yacht.
The B2 is good for ripping CDs to Flac. However, the built-in drive is slow and if you are going to rip of a lot of CDs it is worth getting a faster external drive. I certainly found worthwhile and have now ripped hundreds of CDs.
I would suggest powered speakers with B2 for the best sound and value for money.
It has already been suggested that a USB drive can be used to move file between B2s. This works but can be a bit tedious if you keep having to do it. It can also be used as a backup.
The B2 is not really intended to be a multi-room system, however it does integrate well with Sonos which was designed for this purpose.
I like the B2 very much and find it works well. The worst thing about it is the indexing system it uses to store music, the well known Artist/Album/Track model. This is fine for popular music, but not so good for classical. Ther kludges to try to work round this, but it is not ideal. I take from the description above that your tastes are more towards classical than the top ten. So I thought you ought to be aware of it. Unfortunately, I do not know of any ready built systems that cater properly for classical music.
Grumpisimus, Servodude, fisher,
Thank you all for those pieces of info.
Rest assured my yacht is small, old, and pleading for TLC (which I am giving her), but 12V is possible. Putting music into her is in the future, but I am trying to think ahead. For the size of our combined collection USB drives will probably be OK.
Regarding multiroom, again I'll leave that for the future, but the hints are nice to know to think about in advance.
Regarding speakers, again good to know. I think we'll take one step at a time.
Regarding contacting Brennan, thanks, we may do that in due course.
Regarding Spotify, thank you, but we really are trying to avoid subscription stuff.
Our tastes vary from modern pop through jazz to classical. I must admit I'd never really given any thought to the importance of the indexing system (Artist/Album/Track ) when it comes to handling classical but now you mention it I can see the problem. What are the pros and cons of the different kludges and is there an article about this issue I can read somewhere.
Once again thank you all.