• B&W Society of Sound Free Subscription Contest!

    B&W Society of Sound Giveaway

    The B&W Society of Sound, formerly known as the B&W Music Club, has been very popular with Computer Audiophile readers who've signed up for memberships. I was hooked from the moment I signed up. In fact a rather funny series of posts about the experience can be read here. The forum post details my reluctance to join followed by my exuberance after joining and realizing how special it is. My exact words were, "This really is a complete experience with the video interviews etc... It feels like luxury music purchasing." Read more for information about the Society of Sound and a chance to win a free membership courtesy of B&W!


    Music lovers like myself are always searching for different artists to listen to and places to purchase music. One great place is the B&W Society of Sound. The SoS offers one album per month for subscribing members. The downloads are available in Apple Lossless, 16-bit FLAC, and 24-bit FLAC. In addition to the great sonic quality of the downloads is the great quality of the musical performances. This is not your standard Audiophile music where great quality and great music are polar opposites.

    In the last several months the Society of Sound opened up the back catalog of previous releases for all members to download. This worked out fabulous for me and a couple other Computer Audiophile readers. We joined the club after the first few releases and at that time only the current month's release was available for downloading. When the flood gates opened I had my high speed Internet connection maxed out while I downloaded all the releases I had missed. New readers thinking about joining should consider this, subscribing now allows you access to many albums all at once and all in lossless quality. It really is a cool concept. Completing the whole luxary music purchasing experience is all the videos involving the artists and those involved in the recording of each album etc... This is really how all music should be released in my opinion. Lossless downloads and tons of extra content online. A music lovers paradise if you ask me.

    Now the details everyone has been reading the article for. B&W is giving away Society of Sound memberships to five lucky Computer Audiophile readers. To enter the contest you must answer the following question and send an email to bwsos@computeraudiophile.com with BWSOS in the subject line.

    Question:
    Which pop legend curates B&W Society of Sound?

    (Hint - He once called MTV asking them to stop playing one of his videos. The video was aired so much it holds the record for most played music video of all time.

    Here is a link to the Society of Sound for those who need to do a little research before entering the contest. Five winners will be picked randomly based on a computer generated series of numbers. One entry per contestant please. Th winners will be drawn Sunday July 12th, 2009 at 12 noon CDT and notified soon thereafter.

    Note: B&W is not paying to run this contest on Computer Audiophile as an advertisement. Rather, I think CA readers will enjoy what the Society of Sound has to offer so I partnered with B&W to make this happen for the benefit of the readers.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Hayabusa's Avatar
      Hayabusa -
      Just joined CA and now B&W Society of Sound and I am very impressed with the content on both sites. I am especially appreciative of the Audiophile Academy... <br />
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      Thank you
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Hayabusa - You're very welcome. Readers like you make it really easy and enjoyable to do all of this :~)
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Jeff - Here are a few others I like from the Society of Sound.<br />
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      Charlie Winston<br />
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      Portico Quartet<br />
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      Gwyneth Herbert<br />
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      Benjamin Grosvenor<br />
    1. danny71's Avatar
      danny71 -
      This is good stuff, I've been with'em since almost a year.<br />
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      I'm specially happy with the 24/48 initiative. I was a bit dissapointed when I found out that some of those releases were upsampled afterwards though..<br />
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      Overall, this is one of the places you'd want to check out if you're looking for high resolution music.<br />
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      Especially, this is a site you'd want to check out if you're looking for new and sometimes a bit uniqe music!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      <i>"I'm specially happy with the 24/48 initiative. I was a bit disappointed when I found out that some of those releases were upsampled afterward though.."</i><br />
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      Hi Danny - I agree, I was a bit disappointed as well. However, I was very happy to read the following statement that was included with the download in a document called sample-rate notes.rtf<br />
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      "These 48k files have been created from 44.1k masters using Pro Tools Tweakhead conversion'<br />
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      I'm not a fan of this, but I love that B&W tells the listener what is going on. Who knows, maybe I'll become a fan of this kind of stuff since I know what's going. I love the honesty and transparency of the Society of Sound. Most labels would hie this info.
    1. silverlight's Avatar
      silverlight -
      Chris, Curious question - <br />
      Thanks for the great suggestion! I signed up for the SoS and looks like a great program. Downloaded the available albums and look forward to listening to them when I get back to my system from travel! I was able to download about 12 albums. As you mentioned when the "floodgates opened" were you able to download more at that time or does it appear they have limited the access? (one could understand that full access to years of monthly downloads might cause server issues).<br />
      Thanks!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Silverlight - I believe some albums come and go from the list of available downloads. Nonetheless it's still so much better than having one album available like it used to be.
    1. silverlight's Avatar
      silverlight -
      absolutely! it's a fantastic music source, and look forward to their future selections as well.<br />
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      Also just downloaded the latest blue coast records which sound great as well.<br />
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      Best,<br />
      Geoff