TORRANCE, CA — Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. introduced two home jukeboxes at the recent International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo, held in Charlotte, NC.
The Q is a compact slimline tabletop model that joins Rock-Ola’s popular Nostalgic Music Center line. The cabinet, crafted of rare wood and chrome-plated diecast metal, measures 26 ins. wide x 22 ins. high x 11 ins. deep. The side-pilaster illumination changes color, further enhancing the classic jukebox effect, and the user interface is a 15-in. touchscreen.
The companion Mystic is a compact, versatile wall-mount music center with metal cabinet and blue illumination to complement contemporary minimalist home decor. Fitted with a 19-in. touchscreen, it measures only 19 ins. high x 26 ins. wide x 7 ins. deep, and is designed to be hung from a wall with a standard television mount. The Mystic also can reside on a countertop, resting securely on two integral feet.
Both new machines feature digital amplifiers, and each is supplied with two speakers. Either model can be connected into an audio system, and can power outside speakers if desired. Both bring Qsonix technology to the home market.
Rock-Ola president John Schultz reported that the billiard and home recreation expo did not draw a tremendous crowd, but it did attract the right people. “The show was successful for Rock-Ola because we got to exhibit two truly new and exciting products, and take orders for delivery in September – just in time for the holiday season,” he enthused.
“Since the first Music Centers caught on, the market has been waiting for a Music Center model for folks who may not have the space for a full-sized jukebox,” said Rock-Ola chief executive officer Glenn Streeter.
All Rock-Ola Music Center home jukeboxes incorporate a hard drive that can store music equivalent to 2,800 compact audio discs. The proprietary touchscreen user interface, designed by home theater market leader Qsonix, permits browsing, sampling and playing selections with the touch of a fingertip. Playlists are easy to assemble manually, or can be generated automatically on the basis of genre, artist and year.
Rock-Ola Music Centers are designed to synchronize with portable MP3 players, record compact discs and interface with a home computer network for additional music-file sharing. Automatic updates during regular maintenance cycles keep the system current as new features are added.
The first Nostalgic Music Center was introduced by Rock-Ola late in 2006. Its combination of the revolutionary Qsonix touchscreen interface and classic hand-crafted “Bubbler” cabinet won it recognition by CE Pro magazine as 2007’s High-Impact Product of the Year.
While the Rock-Ola Music Centers cannot be used commercially, Rock-Ola distributors increasingly are creating additional income opportunities by strengthening their home sales efforts, in some cases exhibiting the Music Center line in their showrooms.
Information on Rock-Ola home and commercial equipment is available at rock-ola.com, or may be had by calling Andrea Kowalski at (310) 328-1306. Rock-Ola Mfg. Corp. is based at 2335 W. 208th St., Torrance, CA 90591.