Upcoming review in TAS
A review of Wax Box 4 SE will appear in the December issue of TAS (available early November). The review is generally favorable, but many irregularities undermine its validity. We were given the opportunity to address only one of them in the pages of the next issue (in the "Manufacturer's comments"), so please review our comments here before reaching any conclusions. We are not allowed to disclose the review until its publication, but we will address problems prior to that time that are not specific to the content of the review. The first problem that we address is that the reviewer discussed the review with a competitor of ours while he was working on the review. Be sure to check back for updates.
3beez/Benchmark bundle available at discounted price
We were so pleased with the sound of the system that we demonstrated at RMAF that we made arrangements with Benchmark Media to make the same system available at a discount of 10%. The bundle includes our Wax Box 4 SE system, the Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier, and the Benchmark DAC2 DX. We find the sound quality – the imaging in particular – of this system stunning and we think that you will too. The total price for the package is only $10,000. More information here.
Report on Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 in Denver
Thanks to everyone who visited our room at RMAF. The consensus seemed to be that the show was a bit slower this year, but we had close to 450 visitors! Many people complimented us on the sound quality of our demonstration, and several told us that they found the sound in our room to be among the best they heard at the show! Michael Lavorgna spent 25 minutes in our room enjoying music. Read about the custom hardware that produced the great sound here. We even took a few orders. The DAC2 DX digital-to-analog converter and AHB2 power amplifier from Benchmark Media Systems and the PSB Imagine T2 Tower loudspeakers worked beautifully with our Wax Box 4 SE. There were speaker cables at the show that cost more than our entire system (under $15,000).
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.
Wax is far more flexible than iTunes. Users can add metadata of any kind to best organize their collections according to the type of music. Its many customization features make it great for users with large music libraries, and especially for classical music fans.
Kirk McElhearn is senior contributor at MacWorld where he writes The iTunes Guy. He is the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ. He writes about music and technology at his website, Kirkville, and reviews classical CDs for Music Web.
Revolutionizes classical music metadata input … deceptively simple.
Dr. Jonathan Yung, Writer, HiFi Review
Stellar sonic result.
Andrew Quint, Senior Writer, The Absolute Sound
- 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