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Issue Date: Vol. 48, No. 8, August 2008, Posted On: 8/16/2008


Rowe Introduces Solara 2 Digital Downloading Juke


Nick Montano
Nick@vendingtimes.net

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Rowe International has unveiled the Solara 2 jukebox, which resumes the factory’s popular freestanding, compact cabinet design and introduces new graphics and updated computer hardware. Like Rowe’s NiteHawk wall-mounting and GrandStar freestanding Internet boxes, it’s powered by AMI Entertainment.

On the jukebox’s frontal exterior, the solar flare theme evolves into a stunning pattern of blue radial bursts. Adding further style to the new eye-catching blue design is the “Solara 2” insignia, appearing subtly in the jukebox’s midsection and rendered in astral-style logotype. The slim, elegant box itself measures 61.5 ins. high by 35.2 ins. wide by 25.4 ins. deep.

Chief among the hardware enhancements are the new LCD monitor and faster processor. A 19-in. touch-sensitive LCD replaces the prior generation’s CRT touch equipment, while a 2.8 GHz CPU more than doubles the jukebox’s processing speed.

“Solara’s slender and practical form factor has been one of the most successful in Rowe’s jukebox line for a long time,” said John Margold, Rowe’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “The Solara 2 improves on this proven design by adding processing speed and state-of-the-art LCD touchscreen technology. These enhancements will allow jukebox patrons to take full advantage of AMI’s digital music services. For jukebox operators, greater processing capability will speed remote administration… We think they’ll love the new graphics, too.”

Rowe jukeboxes connected to the AMI Entertainment Network are now running Version 2.7 AMI system software, which incorporates a number of new features that improve reliability and functionality. These new capabilities include better attract-mode processing at the location level; automatic album substitution; “Do Not Disturb” scheduling; database error detection; and hard-drive cloning. The AMI network can support Rowe jukeboxes in broadband or dialup modes.

The Solara 2 features a large-capacity hard drive that can store up to 300 albums and cover art. Amenities include “My Song First,” which allows patrons to move their selection to the front of the queue at an upcharge, and a quick search function called “Any Song, Any Time,” which permits the customer to locate a desired selection by artist, album or song title.

Supplied with an MEI (Mars) “AE 2611-U7E” validator that accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes and can hold up to 700 bills, as well as a quarter coin mech, Solara 2 also can be equipped with an optional credit card reader. A wireless router enabling a connection between the jukebox and a Merit videogame is standard; a wireless remote can be purchased as an option.

The Solara 2’s sound package is built around a 1,000W. digital amplifier with 2-channel preamp, 70V. transformer kit and dual 7-band equalizer. The box is outfitted with six speakers: two 12-in. units for bass, two for midrange and two tweeters.

Information on Solara 2 and AMI Entertainment is available from Rowe International’s authorized distributors. A list of distributors and jukebox specification sheets can be downloaded from company’s website, roweinternational.com. Rowe offers a lifetime warranty on its hard drives for the life of an AMI contract.


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