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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Audio Society

The Pacific Northwest Audio Society has been dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine music and electronics since its founding in 1978. We're audiophiles and music lovers with diverse backgrounds and a range of interests in music and audio reproduction. Although the Society is based in the Seattle area we serve the entire Northwest region and draw enthusiasts from as far as Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, for new and exciting audio adventures.

Our membership network includes a number of top audio experts from the Northwest and around the world. Check out our Membership page to learn how you can become a member. For about the price of a latte each month you'll support the Audio Society's ongoing efforts and gain a plethora of benefits for yourself in the process. If you’re in the area, drop in for a meeting and see for yourself what the club is all about.

Saturday August 22nd 12pm-4pm at Doc Bottlehead

Bottlehead August Event Announcement – Save the Date The August meeting of the Pacific Northwest Audio Society will be a special event that takes place at the Bainbridge Island home of Bottlehead. Most of you are no strangers to Bottlehead, as Dan Schmalle (aka Doc B) and his dedicated group of audio fanatics have presented very interesting products at PNWAS events in the past, and are also prominent in the DIY, and Head Fi communities. Dan is also one of the principles in the Tape Project, whose products have been demonstrated at club events and at numerous audio shows around the world. Dan has indicated that the entire Tape Project catalog will be available for our listening pleasure.


 Meeting will include some short presentations by Dan, headphone listening stations (also featuring the new “Neothoriator” headphone amp using 845 tubes driving AKG K 1000 ear speakers!!!), and a lot of great music from the custom multi-amped audio system in Bottlehead’s main listening room. Bring your significant others for a beautiful road trip to hear some great music on Bainbridge Island. Soft drinks and snacks will be provided, with stronger beverages available a few steps from the venue. Because of the location for this meeting, the meeting will be held on Saturday August 22nd, 2015, from 12-4pm. Bottlehead is located at 9415 Coppertop Loop NE, Suite 101, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. It is approximately three miles from the Bainbridge Island Ferry dock. Most of you will be taking the ferry from Seattle, or as the locals say “the boat” to Bainbridge Island. We will discuss this at upcoming meetings, but think about carpooling, ridesharing, or even renting a van or two if there is enough interest. This event will constitute the regular August meeting for PNWAS – there will be NO meeting on Tuesday August 11 (our normal meeting day).

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 7:30 PM - Meeting Location - Kirkland Woman's Club

407 1st Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

3beez Presentation Update:
To all members of the Pacific Northwest Audio Society:

From Jeffrey Barish, founder and president of 3beez:

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the meeting on 9 June. The
first part of my presentation will be based on the article that I wrote for The
Absolute Sound called “Understanding Digital Audio Systems”. It appears in
the current issue (TAS253). I will discuss the terminology that I proposed
for eliminating the confusion about the functions performed by products in
this market segment. Everyone knows what a power amplifier does, but a “music
server” means different things depending on which company makes it. I will be
prepared to continue with some discussion about FAQs, but I will open the floor
to questions from the audience. If you have been considering the purchase of
a digital audio system, this is your opportunity to ask about any issues or
concerns that you might have.

The second part of my presentation will be a demonstration of the product that
I designed, the Wax Music Management System. I originally designed the system
for my own use, but people kept telling me that they wanted one too. It has
developed far beyond anything I considered when I started the project. The
presentation to your society will be the official unveiling of the latest
version of the product, although I just posted a little information about it
at the web site. The new product is based on the same custom Wax software,
but I have added several interesting new features. It is now possible to
import DSD downloads; you can include liner notes with your recordings; and
the Wax Box supports streaming from services such as Tidal and Spotify. I
have also upgraded the hardware for even better sound quality.

I hope that you will plan to be at the meeting next Tuesday evening. See you

Jeff Barish

Jeffrey Barish, founder and president of 3beez, will give a two-part presentation to PNWAS. The first part will be based on his article in the current issue of The Absolute Sound (issue 253) called “Understanding Digital Music Systems”. This portion of the presentation will address issues that confuse and intimidate many newcomers to computer audio, particularly the inaccurate and inconsistent terminology used to describe products in this category (including the term “computer audio”). A simple set of terms accurately describes all digital music systems. The presentation will continue with an open discussion of other issues related to digital music systems. Bring questions.

The second part of the presentation will be a demonstration of the Wax Music Management System (winner of a 2015 TAS Editors' Choice Award), the product that Jeff originally designed to rip, organize, and play his own music collection. You will see and hear Wax Box 3, the latest version of the product, which has not even been announced yet. Many users comment that the Wax software is the first to solve the "classical music problem", but lovers of music of all genres appreciate the ease of use and flexibility of the software. 3beez's custom software makes it easy to catalog by work (rather than track), to survey a music collection (rather than search), and to preserve information that used to appear on the record jacket or in the liner notes — even by users who lack degrees in computer science. Ripping a CD collection is usually a big project, but with a system like Wax, the end result amply rewards the effort.

Dr. Jeffrey Barish is founder and president of 3beez. Prior to 3beez, he was founder and president of EuPhonics, a software firm specializing in audio and music synthesis products for the computer and professional audio industries. At EuPhonics, he invented many signal processing and system architecture innovations, including a fundamentally new music synthesis technique based on spectral modeling which produces very realistic instrument sounds. During this period, he was also a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. When 3Com acquired EuPhonics, Dr. Barish became Director of audio technologies for 3Com. Prior to establishing EuPhonics, Dr. Barish was founder of Sonic Solutions, which introduced his NoNoise system for eliminating noise from audio recordings. Earlier in his career he was hardware manager at Lucasfilm/The Droid Works of the team developing SoundDroid, a programmable system for processing digital audio. Dr. Barish has a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an SB from MIT. His doctoral dissertation on concert hall design established design principles that have been applied in concert halls around the world, including Symphony Hall Birmingham, England and Harris Concert Hall Aspen, Colorado. Dr. Barish was awarded a Fellowship by the Audio Engineering Society for this work. He also served on the review board for the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society for many years.