Our design philosophy

Three principles guided our design of the Wax Box.

Turnkey. We designed the Wax Box to be a completely functional system with competitive features without requiring any other audio or computer components. Like a CD player, you connect the Wax Box to your audio system with one wire and you connect the power cord. A network connection is the only departure from that ideal of simplicity. Users need make no other purchase decisions. The only configuration required is in connecting your tablet to the Wax Box over your LAN. We made the system turnkey to reach music lovers who value convenience and ease of use but who shun technical complexity.

Flexible. At the same time, we made the system flexible to reach audiophiles with unique objectives. Thus, there is an internal DAC for music lovers who are satisfied with very good sound quality, but we made it possible to connect an external DAC for audiophiles who demand the best in sound quality and upgradability. An external DAC connects either with TOSLINK or USB, and Wax Box 4 SE adds connections for AES-3id (BNC) or S/PDIF (RCA). The user interface can be either remote or connected. If you want to be able to operate the system from its location, you have a choice of displays (computer monitor or TV) and interfaces (DVI-D, D-Sub, or HDMI). Your pointing device and keyboard can connect either by USB or PS/2. If you want to interact with your Wax Box using a “10-foot experience”, connect your projection TV using the HDMI output and grab your hand-held trackball. For remote operation, connect using either VNC or RDP from a platform running any OS and of any size (smart phone actually works). You can even have both a connected and a remote interface at the same time. Flexibility makes it possible for technophiles to configure the system to meet their exact needs.

Transparent, unintimidating user interface. There is a well-known principal in user interface design: Simple things should be simple and difficult things should be possible. As much as possible, we designed the GUI to be straightforward and intuitive. We kept controls for unusual operations out of sight so that they do not needlessly clutter the GUI. We designed the GUI to guide you to do the right thing rather than scold you for doing the wrong thing. Common operations are intuitive and require few gestures. Operation is consistent with the way music lovers think: first choose the genre, then choose the recording, then click play. Entries in your catalog represent complete works, not just albums. We do not waste screen space with useless duplication of metadata. Wax displays more useful information than any other program, and it does so in less space. Powerful does not have to mean recondite.

Don't forget to consider the user experience as well as objective features when comparing products. A GUI that is pleasant to use, that is not difficult to learn, that makes it easy to catalog your collection with the metadata that you need to find and appreciate your recordings – in short, a GUI that enhances your enjoyment of your music collection – has value. Be sure to consider that value when you make your purchase decision.