SAN FRANCISCO -- Ecast Inc. has introduced a compact companion to its popular EQ wall-mounted digital downloading jukebox. The new Revo is designed to make the advanced features of the EQ available to a wider market by shrinking the dimensions -- and the price, which is less than $3,000.
Fitted with a 27" Samsung vertical touchscreen LCD monitor, the Revo is only 7.5" deep and measures 21.125" wide x 38.25" high, so it can fit into nearly any location with two feet of wall space available. It is supplied with an 1100W. Crown XLS amplifier and an updated preamplifier with automatic volume control; a bill validator and credit card reader are standard equipment. (The EQ box has a 40" LCD.)
Supporting the new Revo is Ecast's Juke 4 Enhanced software and social media bundle developed for the EQ, which includes a "recommendation engine" that analyzes the patron's selections and suggests new ones likely to please. Like all Ecast jukeboxes, the Revo accesses the company's central database of half a million musical selections and its out-of-home advertising network. The Revo also supports custom credit pricing.
Engineered for one-man installation and fast, easy maintenance, the new jukebox features a swing-open door below the video display that affords unobstructed access to the cashbox, the motherboard, the hard drive and the audio electronics; modular design speeds and simplifies troubleshooting and replacement.
"Sub-$3K is a price point that brings volume to the manufacturing process," said Vijay Raghavan, Ecast's new marketing director. "We understand that a lot of units will replace existing Ecast connections, which have older hardware, and that was intentional. We fully expect to see significant growth of our network because of the Revo's unbeatable price point combined with all the features and functionality of the EQ. We are really excited with the response of new operators who have preordered Revo units."
Juke 4 Enhanced, or 4.1, an update to Juke 4 software, is designed to drive user engagement by providing a personalized interactive interface. The Revo's software also is integrated with popular social media services. Locations can update their Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare pages to make use of the jukebox for special offers and weekly promotions, publicizing coming events, making Facebook Wall posts, and displaying artist and location-based photos as well as Twitter feeds.
The large monitor screen is organized in the same manner as the EQ's, with three zones stacked vertically. The topmost, visible throughout the location, is the "beacon," where in-house promotional advertising, video and photographic content and interactive social applications are displayed, as well as information about the current, last and next song in the queue. The "belt" runs across the center of the screen, displaying such available applications as Foursquare, Facebook photos, coming events, a cab finder, and others. The user interface proper occupies the "base," giving easy intuitive access to the search and selection functions. The music library is searchable by artist, album and song.
Raghavan said Ecast will be releasing a new EQ model in 2012. EQ-V2 will launch with Juke 4 Enhanced and several engineering improvements. Minor software and design bugs in the EQ, Ecast's first fully integrated jukebox device, have resolved, he reported.
Also designed to extend the availability of Ecast's novel interface and wide-spectrum interoperability is the Boost, an all-in-one jukebox kit designed for older jukeboxes. The Boost module supports the latest Juke 4 software. It provides 4GB of memory plus onboard graphics acceleration and a new integrated preamplifier and coin operation interface module (COIM). The Boost is said to run 10 times faster than existing hardware.