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Monday, October 05, 2015

NAA Hall of Fame 2015 Inductee: AmpliVox Dealer Kurt Kiefer

Kurt Kiefer, an AmpliVox dealer from Kiefer Auction Supply, was inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at the NAA 2015 Conference and Show by 2013 inductee Tommy Williams, CAI.

When Williams was elected president of the NAA in 2008, he brought Keifer back to the executive board. Kiefer had served a term as treasurer beginning in 1990 and Williams wanted him back to handle the organization's finances.

"No one has been more important to the overall financial integrity of the NAA than Kurt Kiefer", Williams said.

"Kurt has the ability to look at financial situations and prioritize things as well as anybody I've ever met".

Kiefer and his company perform live real estate auctions and has taken the majority of his auction business online.

He's specialized in inventory for the last 15 years and is a big fan of the AmpliVox Half-Mile Hailer PA System.

"The half mile hailer has been the auctioneers best friend for nearly half a century", Kiefer said.

"It was my first sound system I bought in 1980 as I started as an auctioneer in Ft. Lauderdale. We started selling "the Hailer" in the mid-1980s to other auctioneers.

In more than 30 years of selling "Hailers" we know it's still #1 in the auction industry with the best warranty and support in professional sound."

"Today's Hailer is a much improved sound system than 30 years ago but still carries the auctioneers voice half a mile and give you command of the crowd at any size auction.

You can spend a lot more and still not be anywhere nearly as good as a "hailer". I still have my original Hailer from 35 years ago, and it still works fine. Investing in quality always makes sense.

AmpliVox congratulates Kurt Kiefer for his accomplishments and commends him for his efforts and support of the auctioneering community.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Eagle Scout Ceremony at NSYMCA

Daniel Silver always enjoyed helping his mother raise vegetables in their backyard garden. His early passion grew into a service project at the North Suburban YMCA that inspires children to learn about gardening, and earned him the status of Eagle Scout from Boy Scouts of America.

His accomplishments were honored in a Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Our Victoria Lectern and speaker system offered a dignified touch to the event, and helped troop leaders and speakers share Daniel's accomplishments without raising their voices.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Juliana: The Original Chicago Bears Fan

Football is back! Juliana Roth Fiuza, granddaughter of AmpliVox Sound Systems CEO Don Roth, is hoping for a big season from the Chicago Bears in 2015!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Florida Corvette Club Autocross Events

The Florida Corvette Club in central Florida brings together Corvette enthusiasts, providing fellowship among Corvette owners through their events.

Club activities include:
  • Car Cruise shows
  • Autocross events
  • Club Social nights
  • Road Trips
  • and monthly club meetings

At their latest autocross event last weekend, an AmpliVox S602R Megaphone was used to direct the crowd, make announcements and call the cars to the starting line.

An autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface, racing against the clock. It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. It also allows the Corvette owners to put their cars and their driving skills to the test.

AmpliVox S602R Megaphone being used to call cars to the starting line

Autocross courses are typically one to two kilometres long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones or be permanent tracks with approval by a motorsport body.

"It worked great!", said Don Hershiser, President of the Florida Corvette Club.

The sponsoring club did not have a megaphone so we let them use it to call cars to the starting line. We do multiple car shows and Autocross events each month, and will always be bringing the AmpliVox megaphone along."

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

2nd Annual Hike 4 Better Hearing - Making A Difference With AmpliVox

The Fisher Foundation held its 2nd Annual Hike 4 Better Hearing walk on August 29 2015, where AmpliVox had donated a S602R Megaphone to help the announcers address the crowd. The 5K walk helps to further the public’s awareness of the importance and benefits of hearing better.

The first Hike 4 Better Hearing walk last September raised $15,000 and enabled 6 people and their extended families to be reunited once again. In addition, they brought hearing health awareness to dozens of communities, facilities, and health care professionals. They want to help 12 families this year and continue to raise hearing health awareness in communities.

The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life through better hearing.

Dr. Ronna Fisher, Au.D., founded Hearing Health Center in 1984 because of her personal experience with her father who had significant hearing problems. It affected his life and the lives of his spouse, children, friends and co-workers.

Dr. Fisher established The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care in 2008 to provide hearing health care to those who cannot afford treatment.

Since then, the Fisher Foundation has been providing hearing aids, as well as our professional time and services to patients, conducting community seminars to promote hearing awareness, and donating ear protection to our troops.

They provide educational seminars, counseling, and research in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs in order to raise public awareness of the acute importance of protection, detection, and treatment of hearing disorders to creating overall good health.

They are a resource that others may turn to for assistance when they have no other access or funding for hearing health care.

Research has proven that the ability to hear directly affects physical, emotional, social and cognitive well being. Unfortunately, people are often unaware of the devastating consequences of untreated hearing problems. Therefore, it is essential to raise awareness about the importance of regular hearing checkups. Like cholesterol, blood pressure and colonoscopies, early detection and treatment are critical and can be lifesaving.

AmpliVox will continue to support The Fisher Foundation and their efforts.

For more information and pictures from the Hike 4 Better Hearing please visit:

Monday, August 24, 2015

AmpliVox Gets Moment in the Spotlight on America’s Got Talent

For Don Roth, CEO of Northbrook-based AmpliVox, it is always a treat to see his company’s products pop up in unexpected places.

A few months ago, his phone started ringing when friends saw an AmpliVox megaphone being used to guide daredevil Nick Wallenda on his blindfolded tightrope walk between Chicago’s Marina Towers.

Then on July 22, a similar megaphone was spotted on the NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.”

In a short clip, a product staff member uses the AmpliVox Mity-Meg to deliver instructions to hundreds of contestants as they wait to audition.

That same week, a similar megaphone was pictured in a local paper being used at a community sidewalk sale.

"Our megaphones are extremely versatile, so it’s not really a surprise to see them used in so many ways," notes Roth.

"They’re lightweight, powerful, and run for hours on rechargeable batteries. It’s no wonder that they’re so popular."

For more information on AmpliVox Rechargeable Megaphones, please visit:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fallen Marines and Sailor Honored with Help from AmpliVox Sound Systems

US Marines, Naval Officers, veterans and community members gathered on July 25 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois for a somber and dignified ceremony in memory of armed forces members killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

They were joined by 10th District Congressman Bob Dold, who came to honor the four marines and one sailor who died at the Chattanooga Navy Reserve Center on July 16, 2015.

The outdoor service was enhanced by the use of a portable PA from AmpliVox Sound Systems, based in nearby Northbrook, Illinois.

The system used at the ceremony, AmpliVox’s SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner, is a convenient and versatile all-in-one system for indoor or outdoor use.

The 250-watt amplifier clearly projects voices for audiences up to 7,500 people, and its built-in Bluetooth™ module enables music streaming directly from smartphones or other devices.

The portable unit runs for up to 10 hours on its rechargeable batteries, allowing for easy set-up in outdoor venues.

“AmpliVox is honored to have been part of this important remembrance ceremony at Fort Sheridan,” noted Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

“Our products are frequently used in houses of worship and similar settings where reliability and clarity of sound are of utmost importance. We’re indebted to all members of the armed services for the many sacrifices they make, and proud to play any part we can in sharing these messages of support.”

For more information on the AmpliVox’s SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner please visits:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 - 2016 Product Catalog

Our new catalog is out, the 56 page e-book features all of our current products as well as detail shots, color information, and dimension details.

Download the 2015 - 2016 Product Catalog

The new products include upgraded lecterns and portable sound systems, many featuring powerful 150 watt amplifiers, Bluetooth® audio streaming, and other improvements.

All AmpliVox products are designed with functionality and versatility in mind to meet your specific audio requirements.

Customizable by style, color and logo, our sound systems will help you communicate with audiences from 10 to 10,000 people.

The new product features include:

Patriot Adjustable Height Lectern

AmpliVox’s dignified hardwood lectern, now equipped with a silent electronic lift that adjusts height anywhere from 36 to 56 inches

Mobile Event Booth

Ideal solution for any school, pro-team, facility or organization looking for a creative way to reach fans, customers or supporters.

Available with three different marquee types to accommodate any presentation need: computer monitor mount, TV mount or frame for graphics.

The front and sides of the base contain 3 total spaces to display your signage and graphics. Height adjustable marquee header with positions at 2 locking stops. Optional built-in PA Sound System available with your choice of wireless microphone.

AmpliVox has launched dozens of new products and systems over the last few years.

We invite you to tour our web site and Download the 2015 - 2016 Product Catalog to learn more about how AmpliVox Sound Systems can help make your voice heard.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Juliana At 10 Months Loving AmpliVox

Extend your Voice, and appetite, with Juliana

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Audio Portable Buddy is the Friendly Small PA System

Announcers and tour guides are in love with how the AmpliVox Audio Portable Buddy makes their job so much easier.

Our very own sales manager, Bill Gamber, witnessed this first hand when he was at the Encompass Championship last week, a local senior PGA tour event held at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL. The tournament had two announcers "yelling" the names of the players on the first and tenth tees as a way of introducing them to the assembled galleries.

After a quick visit back to AmpliVox, Bill returned to the Encompass Championship with two SW222 Audio Portable Buddies and went straight to the tournament office explaining who he was and the solution that he had for them. With a flip of the switch the Audio Portable Buddy's were turned on, put into place, and the announcers and crowd couldn't have been more grateful.

A casual stoll along Chicago's lakefront and through Lincoln Park for our audio technical manager, Daniel Tramposh, with his wife ended up on an unplanned visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where they came across their tour guide using an AmpliVox Audio Portable Buddy.

Extremely lightweight, the Audio Portable Buddy comes in a travel-friendly briefcase size package and can clearly project your voice or music up to 1,000 people, making it ideal for a walking tour for a guide to use at the zoo.

The 50 watt battery powered sound system is light enough to be carried around your shoulder and goes anywhere you go.

The voice amplification relieves speakers from straining their voice over the busy atmosphere and background noise of the outside environment.

Moderately improve your sound coverage and voice clarity while comfortably being heard throughout the group.

Communicate to your audience with minimal interference and without raising your voice.

Dual wireless can accommodate multiple presenters by adding a second Wireless Mic Kit (sold separately), allowing two presenters to be wireless simultaneously with the freedom to roam within a 300 ft. radius.

Record your presentation as it is happening. Line out connects to other audio devices for enhanced playback or recording.

Runs up to 200 hours on 10 "D" cell batteries (not included) , or use the optional, rechargeable AmpliVox NiCad battery pack and S1460 AC adapter / recharger.

Weatherproof and scuff-resistant molded black luggage-type plastic case holds up to abuse and protects amplifier.

Easy connection to smartphones, tablets, computers, video projectors with aux. input and separate volume and tone controls.

Just power up and speak! Simple, at-a-glance controls and inputs make the Audio Portable Buddy easy to use. A complete presentation system built into a rugged, compact carrying case.
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