Thanks, Howie!For me the main downside is the slot loading disc player. I just don't like those but it's use is temporary so there's that. And it looks like "banana plugs" for the speaker connections. That's an interesting choice.
The Brennan people also encourage use of external CD drives for ripping. That seems really strange to me since "why wouldn't they just put the best drive they could find in the unit?" But here's their thinking. For those people (like me) who are going to be doing a TON of ripping because of a large collection--they say it takes a lot of strain off the internal player. Once the bulk of collection ripping is done, I'll be able to feel comfortable then using the internal B2 drive as I add to my collection.
They also say that an external optical drive--for some reason--rips much quicker than their internal drive.
From their site:
Using an External CD Drive
You can rip CDs using an external USB CD/DVD drive. You just need to plug an external USB drive into USB C and use it as you would the internal drive.
There are a couple of reasons why you might do this.
1) You can rip more quickly with an external drive
2) If you plan to rip a lot of CDs it will save wear and tear on the internal drive
Again, I am left to wonder why they don't include a faster, sturdier optical drive in the unit (considering the price). But I haven't even gotten my hands on it yet!