Who wants to stream vinyl playback to other rooms? Well, if you’re in a live situation where multiple listeners are constantly involved in the decisions behind what’s played and where, it’s something you need to consider, regardless of your own individual listening preferences. Juke Audio understands the inclusivity tendencies of modern multi-member household scenarios, which is why the burgeoning company now offers the Juke-6, a multi-room streaming amplifier seen as a possible gateway device to get other listeners involved and interested in what we analog lovers are listening to .
This is the point where bigger-picture thinking comes into play, so hear me out. Remember that we are always looking to become more inclusive in our analog-planetary-based listening tendencies, rather than exclusionary and/or purely elitist. My view on this is simple – if we can collectively find more ways to give newer, younger and not-yet-initiated analog listeners the opportunity to at least be exposed to analog playback in any form as their starter kit-cum-entry point, then I’m all for getting them in the door for us to then highlight the wonders of our own analog lives and the joys of vinyl listening in general.
Those of you who followed and/or participated in the comments section of my last Analog Gear News post about Andover Audio’s SpinBase MAX turntable system know exact what I’m talking about here. (And if you Do not do it know, go here to view and participate in that thread.)
All of this therefore brings us back to Juke Audio and the Juke-6 multi-room streaming amplifier, and what it can do for us all. First, the economic statistics. SRP for the Juke-6 is listed at $1,349, with a rack-mounted option adding $19 to the cost. If you want to upgrade to a Juke-8 for eight zones instead of six, it will cost you $1,499 (with the same $19 rack-mount price). An extended warranty for both devices will set you back $99. (You can find out all the Juke combinations and options here.)
Still on guard? Fair enough. Let’s ask Juke Audio President Colton Forth to speak to the analog elephant in the (multi)room. To do just that, Forth and I got on a video call together late last week to discuss all the Juke inputs, and here’s how it went.
My first Q was straightforward enough, when I asked Forth, based on the analog preferences I just outlined, did he really think the Juke-6 could fit the bill? “Yes, the device can support up to two [line-level] analogue inputs”, he clarifies. “You can then use your Wi-Fi devices – phones, tablets, etc. – to wirelessly control which zones the vinyl stream or any analog connection is routed to, as well as adjust the volume without having to go back to the vinyl unit or the Juke itself. ”
Tell me more about the ‘sharing’ process and who benefits from it. “Offering a combination of both analog and wireless inputs, the Juke Audio system caters to any member of a household, regardless of listening preferences,” outlines Forth. “With the system capable of supporting four inputs simultaneously, one user can listen to an audio stream in one area, while another listener is in another area of the home listening to a completely different audio source.”
How does the Juke-6 fit into existing system-oriented housing designs? “Our multi-room amplifier can serve as an easy retrofit to architecturally based systems built into homes from the ’90s and early 2000s,” continues Forth, “enabling full wireless control of individual zone volumes and input-to-output routing without had to go back to the stereo receiver/amplifier every time a change needed to be made.”
With all that in mind now, do it you Do you think a Juke-6 (and/or a Juke-8) might work for your household? Check out all the specs below and feel free to add any comments you wish in the section that follows below.
JUKE-6 MULTI-ROOM STREAMING AMPLIFIER
Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 3 inches (w/d/h)
Weight: about 6 lbs
Available with optional rack ears to allow mounting in 19-inch equipment racks
Maximum ambient temperature: 40 degrees C
Internal power supply
– Input voltage range: 90 to 264 VAC, 127 to 370 VDC
– Safety standards: UL60950-1, TUV EN60950-1, CCC GB4943, EAC TP TC 004 approved
– Efficiency: up to 95% efficient
– Surge resistance: 300 Vac for 5 seconds
External power requirement: 600W max
– Speaker impedance: 2 ohms to 8 ohms
–Multiple speakers can be connected in parallel as long as the effective impedance is greater than 2 ohms (eg one zone can have 3 left speakers and 3 right speakers if each speaker is 8 ohms)
– Accepts 12 to 22 gauge wire
– Stripping length: approximately 0.25 inches to 0.3 inches
– Secure by tightening the screws
–4 pluggable 8-position terminal blocks 0.2 inch apart
– Degree of flammability according to UL 94 V0
V(ESD) Electrostatic discharge
– Human Body Model (HBM), according to AEC Q100–002: ±3000V
– Charged Device Model (CDM), according to AEC Q100-011: ±500V
– Output current limitation, output short circuit protection, over temperature, under voltage and over voltage
Output power for the amplifier
–40 W peak per channel (80 W peak per zone). RMS power: 20W per channel (40W per zone)
–Aggregated output power for zones operated simultaneously: ~400W peak
–Ethernet via an RJ-45 connector, or
– Wi-Fi using WPA2. Note: The Juke should be within 10 to 15 feet of an access point, otherwise we recommend using a TP-Link N300 and connecting the Juke to the Ethernet port.
– Lots of horsepower for future additions to firmware features
–Processor: Quad Core, 1.2 GHz
– 1GB of RAM
– Upgrades are delivered OTA (over the air)