AUDIO ADDENDUM

For those who are interested or commented on the previous post, this is a picture of the audio inputs inside the jukebox. If I can find some way to run a line in here, then the jukebox could act as an amplifier and I could simply run through the house speakers. It appears to be old speaker wire-style inputs. Click to embiggen.

jukebox

Thanks again for the help.

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21 Responses to “AUDIO ADDENDUM”

  1. kf7lze Says:

    The labels on that board, make me think it's the amplifier output distribution board. It will accommodate low-impedance (i.e. normal) speakers, or constant-voltage speakers with a distribution transformer. I don't see anything resembling an input on that board, though. Follow that connector that says "To Amplifier" and post some photos of that end; the inputs are likely on the other end somewhere.

  2. Oscar T. Grouch Says:

    Concur.

  3. wmd Says:

    Yup, the picture shows the outputs and power supply. Look for an RCA jack or phone jack type connection elsewhere. RCA jacks are cylinders with a center hole (female) or center post with multipart cylindrical metal connector surrounding post. Phone (or phono) jacks are single hole/post – same kind of jack as used on iPod (1/8") or electric guitar (1/4").

  4. Middle Seaman Says:

    Was the picture taken in 1991?

  5. LazyMonkey Says:

    Here be dragons.

  6. chris Says:

    Yup. You need to find where the inputs go. Though, tbh, I dunno why we are so sure a jukebox has inputs. This is why I still think it's best to bypass the jukebox and use any old hifi amp. Surely craigslist must be crawling with "free to good home" pioneers..? Just try to get _at least_ 100w worth of amp for a medium sized bar room.

  7. chris Says:

    btw the user manuals can be found here: http://www.rock-ola.com/Pages/Manuals.aspx
    I don't think this route will be easier, as you pretty clearly have an older amplifier in there without the phono inputs builtin but…

  8. darbywithers Says:

    My advice: Abandon jukebox! The last thing you want to do is blow the house speakers the first night dicking around. Garage sale/pawn up something that looks like this:

    http://www.governmentauctions.org/uploaded_images/stereo-756179.jpg

    Make absolutely sure it has RCA (red/white/yellow plugs) ins, or some other digital in you are familiar with/think you can find a cable for.

  9. Robertaitch Says:

    So this bar only uses a jukebox—nothing for when the customers aren't selecting and paying for tracks? I've done bar trivia games for a dozen years now and plug a $50 2-channel Boerhrenger (sp?) mixer (1 mic input, one rca input to receive the audio jack output of either a laptop or iPod) into the bar's stereo receiver. So if the answer is no, they don't have such a setup, I join the chorus of hit-the-thrift store for a cheap receiver and speakers. Then let the bar pay for those. Then you need the $50 mixer, an inexpensive mic, an inexpensive 20 ft or so set if interconnects like you hook up your CD player or tape deck at home with and an equally cheap rca-to-mini plug cable for the laptop or iPod (guitar center or local instrument store). No need for any software beyond iTunes. Read a question, hit play. Song's over, hit pause and speak again. If you're interested, email me for a suggestion I'm unwilling to share with the masses.

  10. Hazy Davy Says:

    Concurring with kf7lze and generally, with darbywithers.

  11. Andrew Laurence Says:

    Last night in Berkeley, our trivia guy just belted out the questions in his natural voice, no megaphone, microphone, or Sousaphone. It was pretty awesome, and we tied for second but missed the tiebreaker question and came in third (two beers each).

  12. Leann Says:

    First thought….. Give these guys a call. They may be able to simply advise you over the phone. They fix old stereo equipment and recently repaired my 1972 GE portable turn table that hasn't worked since around 1979. The inside of their shop is a trip down memory lane.

    Magnetic Tape Recorder & Stereo Center
    (502) 587-1848
    601 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

    I need to dig for the info on my second suggestion. Will check back in later. Good luck.

  13. fcc Says:

    I suggest you put these questions up at AudioKarma.org. I host their NE fest's and there is a lot of expertise there. They are helpful folks.

    fcc

  14. Nunya Says:

    Do you have the model name/number for this jukebox perchance?

  15. Nunya Says:

    Instructions for how to install a paging microphone can be found here:

    http://www.rock-ola.com/Documents/Master_60761-02_2009.pdf

    Check page 21. This assumes that a paging kit is in place which it may or may not be.

    Good luck.

  16. Paul Says:

    Before RCA jacks were commonplace, speaker cable was simply two strands of plastic covered copper cable stripped bare at each end – which you inserted, or wired to the input post/terminal at the speaker and the amp. That's what looks like you are dealing with here. I don't think you're going to find a traditional "input" jack of any sort on this sucker.

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