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AMI Unveils Freestanding Rowe NGX Grand With Built-In Speakers; Teams Up With Apple For Modular Face Place Extension

Posted On: 4/6/2012

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AMI Entertainment, jukebox BRISTOL, PA -- AMI Entertainment is extending its Rowe digital jukebox line with the addition of a floor model to the NGX series. The new NGX Grand retains the flexibility of its wall-mounted stablemate, the original NGX, while adding a base that houses a powerful speaker system.

Also new for NGX jukeboxes is a photobooth add-on, developed in conjunction with Apple Industries (Greenvale, NY) and incorporating Apple's Face Place technology. This option makes use of the extensive modularity of the NGX design to add a graphic dimension to Rowe jukeboxes' social networking capabilities in suitable locations.

The NGX Grand is constructed around the same easily serviceable core computer control package as the wall-mounted NGX, and incorporates the same 32" monitor. It can store as many as 300 albums locally to address the preferences of any location or audience, and it provides instantaneous access through a broadband connection to AMI's music library and its more than 735,000 titles. The controller and monitor assembly can be removed from its speaker-enclosure base and mounted to a wall in the same manner as the original NGX. | SEE STORY

AMI Entertainment, jukebox, Apple photo booth NGX Face Place integrates Apple's Smile 2.0 technology into the modular jukebox system. It combines the fun and engagement of a photobooth with the listening pleasure afforded by a digital jukebox.

The NGX Face Place makes full use of Apple's software, including built-in face detection that responds to patrons' proximity by inviting them to take a picture. If they accept the invitation, they not only can print the resulting photo in a variety of formats, but also share the image with friends on a variety of social media or by email. A Face Place skin informs patrons of the jukebox's additional capabilities.

The system incorporates the Face Place printer, manufactured by Mitsubishi, which can deliver color or monochrome prints. Face Place automatic picture technology is capable of producing classic photo strips as well as 4x6 or postcard-size prints. And it can personalize the prints with a location logotype or other graphic design that can help drive traffic to the operator's jukebox accounts.

The NGX system made its debut at the 2011 Amusement Expo. The design philosophy called for a streamlined, economically priced next-generation jukebox with interchangeable "skins" that operators can use to quickly transform the box's look and shape on location, when necessary. In its standard configuration, it is supplied with the core computer package incorporating the motherboard, power supply, 320GB serial ATA hard drive and I/O controller; a 4-channel preamplifier and a 500W. Bang & Olufsen power amplifier; and 6-button wired and infrared wireless remotes.

The standard "currency module" provides a bill validator from Coin Acceptors with 700-note stacker, an Imonex coin mechanism and a credit card reader. Purchasing options include a dual Coin Acceptors bill validator with coin acceptor and credit card reader, an MEI bill validator with coin mechanism and credit card reader, and a dual MEI bill validator with coin mech and card reader.

Available kits include an output transformer, a money meter, a special-event switch, an RF remote control, an infrared transmitter and a range of interconnection options including a 56K modem and wireless kits from Verizon and Sprint. And, of course, operators can choose from a range of styling skins.

Like all AMI jukeboxes, the NGX can be interfaced with Megatouch countertop game units that double as remote song selectors. And the extensively programmable jukebox display can be enhanced with location photos by synchronizing with a Flickr account.