Image: Hugh Threlfall
September 05 2009
I don’t mean to be ageist or sexist about this, but if you’re looking for a way of turbo-boosting your parents or non-resident female significant other into the digital audio age, this great-looking and ergonomically superb British system is it.
It’s not iPod compatible (in the sense of not being able to play iTunes files), doesn’t do anything complicated involving streaming and doesn’t need to connect in any arcane way to your computer unless you want it to. But what the tiny (4.8cm x 16cm x 22cm) Brennan JB7 does in as unobtrusive, decluttering, faff-free a way as you’re ever likely to see is eat and digest copious quantities of CDs – up to 3,200 of them, depending on the model you go for – and then play them randomly, or by artist, whichever way you prefer.
Have a look at the company’s site and you’ll soon think of an ideal non-techie someone to buy it for. It’s perfect for a living room, bedroom, den, boat, almost anywhere. And although it’s annoying that you can’t transfer your iTunes library onto the Brennan, this is unlikely to be an issue for the typical buyer.