Lafayette, Colorado, 25 March 2014 - 3beez, LLC, a company known for its innovative use of computer technology for home audio, announced the Wax Box 2 system, a new version of its Wax Music Management System for storing, cataloging, and playing music. “We have had a great response to the Wax Box 1 in the year since its introduction, but many audiophiles told us that they wanted higher storage capacity”, said 3beez president, Jeffrey Barish. “Wax Box 2 offers the same features as Wax Box 1, but we increased storage capacity to 3 TB. The higher capacity will appeal to audiophiles with many HD downloads and recordings ripped from CDs with lossless encoders like WAV or FLAC.”
A User Interface Uniquely Suited to Music Lovers
Like its predecessor, the Wax Box 2 system ships with the unique Wax software for creating, maintaining, and playing a collection of digital music. “Our software is sophisticated, but so easy to learn that even a novice can be cataloging a large collection on day one", said Barish. “Three key features account for its simplicity. First, we use genres as an organizing principle, not an afterthought. If you have a large music library, you don't want to scroll through a long list of titles or screen after screen of album cover art to find the recording you want to play. Genres make it easy to find a recording by surveying your collection without having to resort to a search. Second, each genre uses its own set of metadata keys, so you can describe recordings in the way that is most natural for you. Finally, our Wax software allows you to store as much metadata as you want for each recording.”
Andrew Quint, a senior writer for The Absolute Sound, praised the software as "the easiest to use for classical music I've yet encountered.”
More internal storage, engineered for music lovers with large music libraries
The new Wax Box system is still completely silent, with fanless cooling and a cache for sound files in a solid-state drive. The sound drive spins only long enough to transfer the sound files to the cache. The system performs backups automatically to a second internal hard disk drive. Barish added, “We kept all the features customers told us they liked about Wax Box 1: an optical disc drive for ripping CDs, support for a USB DAC, an analog output with support for HD audio, and support for all major codecs."
Although its capabilities are designed to meet the needs of audiophiles, its ease-of-use is designed for music lovers who are more interested in music than technology. It is a turnkey solution that connects to a hifi system with the same simplicity as a CD player – plus one wire for a network connection. Its user interface is straightforward and intuitive. Despite its simplicity, the Wax Box system is also flexible, giving technophiles the ability to configure the system in the manner best suited to their situation.
Barish concluded, “Users have told us that they enjoy archiving and playing their music with Wax. We preserved the unique user experience while expanding storage capacity to better suit the system to audiophiles.”
The Wax Music Management System Box 2 is available immediately from the 3beez website (www.3beez.com) for $5400.
About 3beez, LLC
3beez, LLC, headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado develops innovative audio products for music lovers. The founder and president is Jeffrey Barish, a PhD engineer and entrepreneur responsible for several successful startups. Most recently, he was founder and president of EuPhonics, a software development company that licensed software for audio and music applications of computers to manufacturers in the semiconductor and computer industries.