Testimonials comparing Wax with Roon

Coincidentally, two Wax users recently submitted testimonials in which they compared their experiences using Wax and Roon. Wax wins in both cases, especially for classical music. Roon gets raves from most reviewers, but the flaws become clear when you have a chance to try software that works better. Read the reviews here and here.

3beez granted a patent on "flexible metadata"

The US Patent Office just granted us a patent on one of the key features of our Wax software. The flexible metadata feature is one of the primary reasons that Wax is so easy to use. With flexible metadata, users can specify the metadata fields that make the most sense for recordings on a per-genre basis. For example, you can specify a "conductor" field for classical music, where it makes sense, but not for pop music, where it does not. There are many other features that are unique to Wax. Read about them at the Features link.

Are you a music lover?

  • Would you like more information about the recording you are playing?
  • Would it be more natural for you to deal with complete works or albums rather than individual tracks?

Do you have a large music collection?

  • Do you have trouble distinguishing multiple versions of recordings like the Mozart Requiem, Time Out, Layla, or Sweeney Todd?
  • Are you forced to search for recordings because your music manager did not file them sensibly?

Are you frustrated with your media player application?

  • Do you employ cumbersome "workarounds" to force recordings of classical music, jazz, shows, or other genres into an organizational scheme designed for pop music?
  • Does the software do a better job of finding music to purchase than it does of finding music you already own?
  • Does the software think that it knows better than you do how to organize your collection and what metadata you want to include? Are you content with renting your metadata?

Do you want to spend more time listening to music and less talking to technical support?

  • Do you have trouble getting multiple components working together using UPnP?
  • Do you have to use your desktop computer to perform operations such as ripping CDs, editing metadata, or performing backups?
  • Do you need a degree in programming to use the software?

Wax is the music management system for you!


Wax is custom software for ripping, cataloging, and playing a collection of digital music. It provides the core functionality of the Wax Box, a singular audio component for enjoying a digital music collection. In addition to the Wax software, the Wax Box contains custom hardware developed entirely by 3beez for audiophile sound quality. The Wax Box is manufactured in Colorado and sold only through the 3beez website.

A very impressive piece of digital electronics.

Alan Sircom, Editor-in-Chief, Hi-Fi+, a magazine written by and for those who share a passion for superior sound quality and great music.

There are certainly people who want more than Roon offers in terms of extended metadata. For these people, 3beez has you covered. I spent some very enjoyable time listening to this very good sounding yet relatively modest system. Very nice!

Michael Lavorgna, Editor, Audiostream

I showed Wax to some of my friends who use JRiver/Amarra/Roon, etc. and they couldn’t believe it could be done so elegantly and so beautifully, and yet remain so simple. It revolutionizes classical music metadata input.

Dr. Jonathan Yung, Writer, HiFi Review

The most sophisticated music management software on the planet. Navigating this thankfully un-cluttered main user interface is thoroughly intuitive for even the most tentative computer client. The integration of a streaming source was seamless. Moreover, the system does sound terrific — no question as to its high end creds.

Andrew Quint, Senior Writer, The Absolute Sound

Recent updates

  • It is now possible to view all the images stored in a recording in Play mode, and the image viewer supports images with any aspect ratio.
  • A new screencast shows how easy it is to import a recording that you purchase from a website into Wax. Wax is usually able to extract the information it needs from tags in the sound files automatically, so users rarely have to make more than a few minor adjustments to create a beautiful catalog entry.
  • Wax now learns how to assign names that it obtains from sources on the internet or from tags to metadata fields. If it sees "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" in the raw metadata, it knows to assign it to the "composer" field, if there is one in the genre that you selected. Wax also recognizes alternative spellings, but replaces them with the preferred spelling when populating metadata fields automatically.
  • Wax now supports Boolean search (AND together multiple terms).
  • Interview by recording engineer (AIX Records) and blogger Dr. Mark Waldrep at Real HD-audio. Topics include: our new BitScrubber digital interface board; high-resolution metadata as a complement to high-resolution audio for enhancing the listening experience; and the argument for a self-contained music management system with custom software and a unified user interface for collectors who want complete control over the cataloging and metadata handling for their music collection.
  • HiFi Review , the premier audiophile magazine in Hong Kong, published a two-part article starting in July 2016 about music management systems. In it, the author discusses his experience with many systems, including Digibit Aria, Weiss MAN301, Sooloos Music Server, Request The Beast, and Roon. In part two, he explains how easy it was to catalog his collection using Wax. Be sure to read it if you are still making up your mind about which system to buy.
  • It is now possible to store multiple documents (liner notes, etc.) and multiple images (front cover, back cover, etc.) for individual recordings.
  • Worried about obsolescence? It is now possible to export all metadata to an Excel spreadsheet. Read how in the user manual. You can import metadata from the spreadsheet to JRiver Media Center, and possibly to other media software as well. Also, serious collectors might like to view their entire catalog in one document.
  • A new discussion about how digital sound sources can impact sound quality even when using an external DAC
  • A screencast from RMAF 2015 shows how even a complicated rip still takes only 3.5 minutes and 7 key strokes
  • Interview with Jeffrey Barish from Fanfare Magazine, May/June 2015, titled "The 3beez Wax Box: New and Improved" by Andrew Quint
  • Wax Box 3 and Wax Box 4 act as an AP for remote control using your tablet
  • Article by Jeffrey Barish from The Absolute Sound, May/June 2015, titled "Understanding Digital Music Systems" with general information about digital music systems and a companion table of products
  • Support in Wax for multichannel FLAC
  • Support in Wax for DSD
  • Support in Wax for streaming services
  • Slides from a presentation to the Pacific Northwest Audio Society titled Digital Music Systems for Music Lovers