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Issue Date: Vol. 47, No. 7, July 2007, Posted On: 7/14/2007


Rock-Ola Unveils Home CD Jukebox With Qsonix Management Software

TORRANCE, CA (July 2007) — Now available for the fast-growing home entertainment market is the Rock-Ola Nostalgic Music Center, a full-sized jukebox with state-of-the-art music management capability.

Holding up to 2,800 compact audio discs, the Nostalgic Music Center features an advanced touchscreen-based search and selection program that allows users to organize and catalogue their music collections, and to find any desired selection quickly and easily. The company negotiated an exclusive license with industry leader Qsonix for use of that company’s industry-leading music management software.

The Nostalgic Music Center is offered in four models: Bubbler (QB-8); Peacock (QB-6); Gazelle (QB-4); and Harley-Davidson (QB-4HD). All are fitted with a 15-in. ELO touchscreen monitor, which serves as the user interface, and a 160-GB hard disk for storage and fast retrieval of the owner’s music collection (up to about 40,000 songs).

A dual stereo amplifier from Rock-Ola technology partner Peavey delivers 360W. (RMS) of audio power, and a three-way five-speaker system offers “live performance” sound. External speaker connections are provided, and a five-band graphic equalizer can be accessed from the touchscreen.

Several amplifier configurations are available to the enthusiast, including a two-zone acoustic environment in which the onboard Peavey amplifier supplies the sound to stereo zone 1 and another amp handles stereo zone 2, as well as an arrangement in which the Peavey amp’s output is split to deliver sound to a monaural zone 1 and a monaural zone 2.

It’s also equipped with a USB port that allows attachment of a conventional computer keyboard or other peripherals. These can include digital music sources; the system permits transfer of unencrypted files in MP3, EMA and CD-A formats. Album cover art also can be scanned for storage and display.

The Nostalgic Music Center allows the user to “burn” music onto recordable/rewriteable CDs. It features password protection options to restrict access to volume and other settings as well as playlists. The jukebox  runs on 115V., 50- or 60-Hz. power, and a 230V. model is available.

The Qsonix software platform allows the jukebox owner to transfer music from CDs to hard disk with drag-and-drop ease, and offers an Internet connection that speeds and simplifies online searches for album information, including cover art. It can support broadband cable and digital subscriber line service, and can be connected to a wireless local area network. It also can use a traditional dialup modem.

Crafted from solid hardwood and veneer, the Nostalgic Music Center stands 60 ins. high and measures 33 ins. wide x 27 ins. deep. It is fitted with distinctive four-color spectrum bubble tubes and diecast metal appointments, and weighs 300 lbs.

According to Rock-Ola chief executive officer Glenn Streeter, “Qsonix’s revolutionary software was designed for the home market, and it’s a natural for our products.”

Qsonix president Mike Weaver said, “Our company has always been about offering high-quality, entertaining and friendly-to-use music products. The QB-8 is a sight to see and a wonder to hear, and represents a great combination of leading hardware/software technology and classic design in a package that is a perfect addition to the home recreation or game room.”

Rock-Ola and Qsonix are presently exploring additional product offerings that can be marketed jointly through both companies’ dealer channels.

Information may be had by calling Rock-Ola at (310) 328-1306, or emailing the company at sales@rock-ola.com.


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