Brennan JB7 Digital Jukebox - Brennan JB7

By Jonathan Bray



Our Score:


Given all of its features, I almost don't care about how the JB7 performs - it's that good at what it does elsewhere. But to complete the picture, I can report that it's a very capable little player. In fact, given all the electronics and amplifier built into such a small box, it's surprisingly good.

I wouldn't go so far as to call it outstanding, though. I hooked up a pair of Sonus Faber Concertino speakers to the spring clips, played the Killers' excellent album Sam's Town through it, and though the JB7 picked out all the detail in the complex tracks, it lacked a little dynamic range - there wasn't quite as much punch to the music as I'd like. The same applies to the bass output: shove a bit of Jamiroquai through it and the normal squidgy bottom-end fails to come through with as much control as it could.

But that's probably just me being picky. After a few hours of listening, I hardly cared about that at all - there's plenty of volume and the Brennan never gets too muddled whether you hit it with complex classical, such as Mahler's 6th Symphony, Metallica's classic 'black' album or Ulf Wakenius' cool Swedish electric guitar-based jazz. The Brennan manages to sound crystal clear and unstrained throughout. As I said earlier, despite the niggles, this is remarkable in such a tiny all-in-one box, and it's worth sacrificing a little storage for quality: the JB7 loses some of its musical depth when you rip at 128Kbit/sec, so it's a good idea to rip at higher bitrates.


As a compact, stylish digital music system, the Brennan JB7 is hard to beat, but it offers so much more than that: USB input, backup and file transfer, recording from external sources and CD ripping that really couldn't get any easier.

There are niggles, of course, such as the horrid remote, and sound quality could be better for the cash, but these are small in the face of what is a highly successful overall package. If you're in the market for a decent iPod music system, you might want to consider one of these instead.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Features 8

Adrian Bevan

April 16, 2009, 7:02 pm

A great review for a great piece of kit. However there are a couple inaccuracies which I would like raise. First of all it is a simple process to name and edit individual track titles. The second point is that the composer and artist name, by convention,forms a part of the album title (up to 64 characters). This means that by entering the first 3 or 4 letters of a composer/artist in 'Album Search' will find your artist - beet will take you to Beethoven.

Adrian Bevan

3GA Ltd

michael beason

July 16, 2012, 6:41 pm

I purchased the Jb7 2 years ago, and i can say its a very good product and i would suggest it to anyone. A bit on the expensive side but for what it does its definitely worth every penny.


August 17, 2012, 9:10 pm

The Brennan JB7 is a great piece of kit. In fact I have two 500G models. Unfortunately the service offered is dire and seems over automated, it's either find out what to do yourself from their online database or send it back for repair. No human touch allowed. I have asked two questions, one wasn't responded to for 2 weeks and said to ask for help again, by which time I'd sorted it out the second was responded to inside a minute saying send it back for repair. This isn't good enough and will eventually be enough to cripple sales to the point where they couldn't afford to provide a genuinely helpful technical support service. I have been recommending the Brennan to friends etc. No more I'm afraid, I'd have to say I will do so no longer.


March 4, 2014, 5:14 pm

I've had mine for three years, I don't find it at all user friendly (particularly if you want to find a specific track) and have had to have it repaired twice, once for sound then a disc error. It's a great idea, but I just don't think the product is quite there yet, it feels like it needs fine tuning so to speak.

Dave K

May 27, 2014, 3:54 am

After I load the discs, it somehow inserts 'you' before the track name and after the disc name. For example the song South City Midnight Lady reads as (you - South City Midnight Lady). Any advice? Thanks

Dave Oliver

July 24, 2014, 9:58 am

I agree. I would no longer recommend.
In the early days Martin Brennan appeared to have a passion for the unit. Mind is 5 years old
I cannot get a response from their technical support to repair a fault.

Dave Oliver

July 24, 2014, 10:08 am

I do not recommend you purchase this unit. It is a specialized peace of kit and as such can only be repaired by Brennan UK
In the early days Martin Brennan appeared to have a passion for the unit. Mine is 5 years old
I cannot get a response from their technical support to repair a fault. I note below another user is finding the same issue

Bob howell

July 26, 2014, 6:40 pm

I wouldn't recommend one of these units to anyone. I bought one just over three years ago and it has just broken down for the fourth time. Brennan are happy to repair them at a cost of about £50 a time which will make them a very expensive system over a few years. Thankfully, I kept my CD collection and have decided now that the Brennan unit is of such poor quality that it just isn't worth spending any more time or money on and I have gone back to a CD player. The sound quality is much better and I'm sure it will be a great deal more reliable. If you have, or are considering buying one of these units DO NOT GET RID OF YOUR CD COLLECTION. you WILL eventually want to go back to them.

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