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Monday, January 25, 2016

AmpliVox Named Business of the Year




The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce has named AmpliVox Sound Systems as its Business of the Year for 2016, in recognition of the company’s business success. Don Roth, AmpliVox’s owner-CEO, will be presented with the award at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Meeting on Feb. 22.

In business since the 1950s, AmpliVox designs, manufactures, and markets a diverse array of products used in public speaking, multimedia presentations, education, and public safety. Under Roth’s leadership for the past 20 years, AmpliVox has grown into an established industry leader with revenues exceeding $6 million.

AmpliVox’s design team anticipates new technology applications and creates furniture and amplifiers that will work seamlessly today, and adapt for changes tomorrow. By keeping pace with customer needs, the company’s revenue grew by 60 percent over the last five years, compounded.

AmpliVox also plays an active role in the community through its support of a wide variety of non-profits, including:



Special Olympics Illinois

North Suburban YMCA




Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Illinois Small Business Development Center



AmpliVox has received national recognition for its Pink Podium Promise cause marketing campaign, which donates versatile podiums and megaphones to breast cancer fundraising events around the country.


“We are very honored to be recognized by the Northbrook Chamber with this award,” noted Roth.

“We have deep roots in this community and have the greatest respect for the Chamber’s members. The award validates the hard work and commitment that all our employees deliver everyday.”


The Northbrook Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Renaissance Hotel, 933 Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook. In addition to the awards presentation, the event will include a keynote speech by Mark Hoppe, CEO of MB Financial.

For ticket information, contact the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce at (847) 498-5555.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Multipurpose Safety Wand Megaphone from AmpliVox Enhances Crowd Control



When directing large groups of people in motion, effective communication is essential to ensure safety.

AmpliVox Sound Systems’ S606 Safety Wand Megaphone gives police officers, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders the tools to communicate quickly and clearly.

This all-in-one crowd control baton with a built-in megaphone is also an excellent choice for parking attendants and security officers at sporting events, concerts. And other large venues.

The AmpliVox S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines the features of an LED safety wand with a loudspeaker megaphone, increasing the user’s visibility and voice range in a single lightweight, durable, and water-resistant unit.

The wand includes five ultra-bright red LEDs for a continuous or flashing flare and a white LED strobe light at the tip of the wand, providing visibility from 3,000 yards.

A detachable 20-watt Piezo microphone connects to the wand’s handle via a 5’ coil cord.

A rotary volume control on the side of the handle adjusts the megaphone’s volume level with a whistle function as loud as 105 decibels.

The baton’s handle includes easy-to-use control buttons to activate different functions.

The unit is powered by an integrated rechargeable battery pack that can be plugged into AC outlets or vehicle chargers, with a run time of up to 100 hours per charge.


"AmpliVox’s Safety Wand Megaphone makes crowd management more powerful in all kinds of settings," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"It combines clear vocal amplification with enhanced visibility. Better communication delivers improved safety in situations ranging from concerts and sporting events to emergency evacuations.”

Monday, January 04, 2016

Looking Back at AmpliVox 2015: Milestones


As the new year begins, it's a good time to look back and reflect on all that has been accomplished at AmpliVox and recount the milestones of 2015 as we move forward into 2016.


January 2015
AmpliVox Sound Systems CEO Selected for National Church Goods Association

AmpliVox was selected in recognition of its wide variety of products for religious settings, including attractive acrylic lecterns, wired-in speakers for sanctuaries and narthexes, and portable sound systems for fellowship halls, outdoor activities, and other spaces.

NCGA brings together suppliers and dealers for religious settings, facilitating innovative solutions to serve the needs of churches and other institutions.


AmpliVox is the Technology Sponsor for Lecterns at the FETC 2015

AmpliVox was the Technology Sponsor for LECTERNS at the upcoming Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando Florida. Nine of AmpliVox's SN3250 Pinnacle Multimedia Lectern were used in the exhibit halls, show floor, theater, lobby and meeting rooms during the 4 days of FETC.



February 2015
ABC-7 Chicago Creates a Dignified Setting for Televised Chicago Mayoral Debate with AmpliVox Lecterns

The five main candidates for Mayor of Chicago joined in their first formal televised debate on February 6, and lecterns from AmpliVox Sound Systems were front and center for this landmark election event.

AmpliVox’s SN3100 Contemporary Lectern was chosen by the design team at WLS-TV, the host of the debate, to establish an elegant tone for the staging of the event.

Available in a variety of materials, many AmpliVox lecterns can be special ordered with custom colors, logos, and sound system options.


AmpliVox Supports Celebrity Catwalk’s Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for Animal Welfare

Extreme weather and turbulent economic conditions stretch animal rescue organizations and shelters to the breaking point.

Fortunately, Celebrity Catwalk works with many of them in hopes of connecting stray pets with new owners, promoting pet adoption, and raising funds to support local shelters.

Guests attending the fundraiser enjoyed an exquisite brunch, including cocktails and desserts, in addition to a silent auction and raffles benefitting local animal welfare groups.



March 2015
Community Joins in Black History Month Event with Help from AmpliVox Sound Systems

In observance of Black History Month, the Northbrook Community Relations Commission sponsored a free public event on February 21 at the North Suburban YMCA featuring the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team.

Over 300 guests, many of them children in baseball jerseys, gathered in the Y’s large gymnasium to share in an informal lunch and a Q&A session with JRW players. AmpliVox provided technical support as well as equipment to enable multiple JRW players to participate in the Q&A.


Sound Cruisers Video: Car PA Systems

Take your message on the road with the AmpliVox Sound Cruiser. Reach audiences up to 3,000 and cover the length of a football field with strong, clear, crisp sound. The Sound Cruiser is ideal not just for cars but for all mobile communication needs.



April 2015
Juliana Roth Fiuza Baptism - 4/12/2015

AmpliVox CEO Don Roth celebrated the baptism of his granddaughter, Juliana Roth Fiuza. The baptism was performed at the same church his daughter Carolyn was baptized at which he and his wife Nancy have been a member of for the last 40 years.


Baseball Field Outdoor PA: Public Address Sound System

Bring the thrill and excitement of a Major League Park to your local baseball field by adding an outdoor PA sound system to your next Little League or High School baseball game. Enhance the enthusiasm of the crowd and the passion that our young players bring to the ballpark with the support of baseball field PA system.



May 2015
Protesters Rally Using the Mity-Meg Bullhorn

Protesters gathered to speak out against the findings of Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim, clearing a Zion police officer of a teenager's fatal shooting.

17-year-old Justus Howell of Waukegan IL was fatally wounded by a Zion police officer after a foot chase that ended with Howell being shot twice in the back.


Parkinson's Audio Voice Solutions: Voice Booster

Diagnosed with the neurological disorder in 2007, Stelzer has had to deal with a range of difficult symptoms, including problems with the volume and intelligibility of his speech.

Fortunately, as CFO of AmpliVox Sound Systems, Stelzer works for a company that designs products that can solve problems like his and has access to experts in the science of helping people’s voices be heard. AmpliVox sound technicians worked with Stelzer to adapt the company’s S207 BeltBlaster Pro with an on / off handheld button that helps him mute his voice when he does not want to be heard.



June 2015
infoComm15: AmpliVox Product Demo Videos with rAVe Publications

We had the pleasure of having rAVe stop by our booth and shoot a few product demo videos which they have posted on their site and YouTube channel. rAVe [Publications] is a news organization that provides coverage of the commercial and residential audiovisual trade industries via e-newsletters, blogs, video, and social media.


AmpliVox Provides Free Megaphones to Summer Festivals and Art Fairs Through Nationwide Donation Program

The AmpliVox Nationwide Megaphone Donation program offered a free S602R Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphone for organizers of concerts, community festivals, art fairs, and more to demonstrate the effectiveness and convenience of one of our most popular products.



July 2015
2015 - 2016 Product Catalog

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

Download the 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.


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.

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.

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



August 2015
AmpliVox Gets Moment in the Spotlight on America’s Got Talent

On July 22nd, our Mity-Meg was spotted on the NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” In a short clip, a product staff member uses the megaphone to deliver instructions to hundreds of contestants as they wait to audition.


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. The system used at the ceremony was the all-in-one AmpliVox’s SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner.



September 2015
Florida Corvette Club Autocross Events

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


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.



October 2015
AmpliVox Showcases Sound Products at W.B. Mason’s 2015 Annual National Sales Convention & Trade Show

W.B. Mason held its 11th annual National Sales Convention & Trade Show in October, and just as in years past, AmpliVox Sound Systems’ presence was felt in the exhibit hall.

The event marked an opportunity for members of AmpliVox to meet interpersonally with W.B. Mason’s 1,200 sales and product representatives, showcasing how AmpliVox portable sound products can best serve their audio needs and the needs of their customers.


Vince Lombardi’s Top 5 Principles To Winning

Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi took his team to three successive and five NFL championship titles, many view him as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. Lombardi’s fundamentals of winning were strength, speed, and self-discipline. One could argue the fundamentals of a successful life are much the same.



November 2015
New Portable Valet Podium from AmpliVox Enhances Curb Appeal and Security

For many businesses, the first customer point of contact happens outside the front door when drivers pull up to the valet stand.

To make that first impression inspire confidence, AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces its all-new Portable Valet Podium, a mobile stand that provides an attractive, secure, and durable center for valet services.

Constructed of welded steel with zinc hardware and a durable, scratch-resistant textured black powder coat finish, the customizable Valet Podium raises the bar for restaurants, hotels, country clubs, offices, and other venues that rely on valet service for customers.


Introducing Our Newest Quality Assurance Intern - Juliana

We would like to offer a warm welcome to our latest addition to the AmpliVox family, Juliana Roth Fiuza.

Juliana is our newest Quality Assurance Intern.

Under the general supervision of the QA Lead, the QA Intern is responsible for helping ensure that AmpliVox quality standards are maintained. QA Intern conducts direct line audits and warehouse audits and tests samples to be certain that quality standards are met.



December 2015
AmpliVox Introduces its First Waterproof Made in USA Megaphone

For powerful sound coverage that stands up to water, dust, heat, and cold, AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces the new Made in the USA Pro Marine Megaphone, model WP609R.

This unique megaphone, the only product of its kind made in America, can go anywhere on land or water with its rechargeable battery pack and state-of-the-art design that makes it completely waterproof and dustproof.


AmpliVox Donation Raises Awareness and Support for Children of Fallen Heroes


The “Double Dog” Jeep Project, created by the non-profit America’s Children of Fallen Heroes, sent a one-of-a-kind customized Jeep to auto shows and special events across the US to collect expressions of appreciation and raise awareness of the challenges faced by survivor families.

AmpliVox proudly donated its SW312 Wireless Sound Cruiser to equip the Double Dog Jeep with sound broadcast capability wherever it goes.


We would like to thank all of our dealers, suppliers, customers and friends for none of this would of been possible without their support. We are looking forward to 2016 as we continue to grow our role in our community and make a difference in the causes we believe in.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas from AmpliVox - 2015



On behalf of everyone at AmpliVox Sound Systems, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We value our relationship with you and thank you for being our customer.

We’ve enjoyed an exciting and successful 2015, which would not have been possible without the support we have received from our dealers, suppliers, customers and friends.

As a special holiday treat, we’ve included a photo of AmpliVox CEO Don Roth’s festive holiday home.

We look forward to serving you in 2016!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2015

AmpliVox Donation Raises Awareness and Support for Children of Fallen Heroes



AmpliVox Sound Systems will send its top-quality sound equipment across the country with a unique project that supports the children of fallen military, fire department, and law enforcement personnel.

The “Double Dog” Jeep Project, created by the non-profit America’s Children of Fallen Heroes, will send a one-of-a-kind customized Jeep to auto shows and special events across the US to collect expressions of appreciation and raise awareness of the challenges faced by survivor families.

AmpliVox will proudly donate its SW312 Wireless Sound Cruiser to equip the Double Dog Jeep with sound broadcast capability wherever it goes.

America’s Children of Fallen Heroes focuses on the needs of children who have lost a parent in public service.

Formed in October 2000 as Children of Fallen Soldiers, the organization expanded its name and mission to serve children of firefighters and law enforcement officers as well as military families.

Support efforts include the Dream Development Project, a 10-year commitment to these young people to empower them to clarify, build, live, and create a legacy from their dreams. The organization also collects written and videotaped Expressions of Appreciation from eventgoers, short messages of encouragement and thanks for the sacrifice made by their loved ones. These statements will be published in a book entitled On Behalf of a Grateful Nation, and will be included in a formal memorial.





The Double Dog Jeep Project will take to the road in 2016 with a schedule that will reach over a quarter million event participants. Outfitted with inspiring patriotic graphics, the Double Dog Jeep will have a roof-mounted SW312 Sound Cruiser system donated by AmpliVox.

The Sound Cruiser’s 50-watt amplifier and dual horn speakers can cover venues the size of a football field and audiences of up to 3000 people. The system includes a 16-channel UHF receiver, wireless headset and lapel microphones, and a body pack transmitter. The unit is powered via an included DC car adapter.



“The Double Dog Project takes its name from the leap of faith it takes to face challenges head-on; we “double dog dare” our youth to allow their adversities to forge the greatness that lies within them,” explains Chaplain Timothy “TIG” Heaslet II, CGSE, of America’s Children of Fallen Heroes.

“We are extremely grateful to AmpliVox and our other sponsors for helping us spread our message in this exciting project.”

“AmpliVox is honored to support the Children of Fallen Heroes through the Double Dog Jeep Project,” noted Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

“The families of our military and first responders deserve all our respect and gratitude. Our Sound Cruiser system will help this worthwhile organization raise awareness in a very effective and meaningful way.”

Friday, December 04, 2015

AmpliVox Introduces its First Waterproof Made in USA Megaphone



For powerful sound coverage that stands up to water, dust, heat, and cold, AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces the new Made in the USA Pro Marine Megaphone, model WP609R.

This unique megaphone, the only product of its kind made in America, can go anywhere on land or water with its rechargeable battery pack and state-of-the-art design that makes it completely waterproof and dustproof.

Its rugged, military-tough construction provides reliable communication for industrial, fire and rescue, law enforcement, public safety, military, boating, water sports, and outdoor recreation settings, as well as any disaster or emergency situations.

The Pro Marine Megaphone is constructed of high-impact polycarbonate material, engineered to meet IP67 (Ingress Protection Standard) for dust and water submersion.


Battery
Status
Light
On / Off Volume Control
Locking
Rechargeable
Battery Pack
Accessory
Microphone
Connector
Microphone
Shoulder
Strap
Hook
Siren
& Horn
Switch
The unit is so watertight that it will float if dropped in the water, but can still operate perfectly even when submerged for up to 30 minutes (as shown in AmpliVox’s demonstration video).

To protect against cracks and damage, the Pro Marine Megaphone includes shock-absorbing rubber cushions on the front edge and back as well as wrap-around handles.

It is drop-tested to exceed MIL STD 810F 516.5 specifications for shock. It is the first and only American-made megaphone to meet these heightened standards.

In addition to its outstanding durability, the Pro Marine Megaphone provides the high-quality sound features that are the hallmark of AmpliVox megaphone products.

Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to eight hours of use, and an integrated charge indicator light lets users know when the battery is running low.

It delivers clear and powerful sound from its Class D Digital Amplifier, with built-in horn and siren functions. The lightweight unit carries easily with its padded shoulder strap.

"The extreme durability of the Pro Marine makes it one of the most versatile megaphones available," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"It can go anywhere and be used under the most extreme conditions. We’re proud to produce this ultra-reliable megaphone here in the United States, and we’re confident that it will be an indispensable tool for first responders, athletic and aquatic facilities, and many other customers that require rugged, dependable sound equipment."

Friday, November 27, 2015

New Sentry Workstation from AmpliVox with Height-Adjustable Work Surface Creates Instant Security Checkpoint


AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces its new W480 Sentry Security Workstation, a mobile and durable lectern-style stand that establishes an impressive security checkpoint whenever and wherever needed.

It features a unique height-adjustable work surface to make it comfortable and functional for any users of any height, and can be set for either standing or sitting as needed.

Constructed of heavy-duty steel with an attractive powder coat finish, the Sentry Workstation can be set in indoor or outdoor venues for a wide variety of uses.

The unit includes two adjustable shelves to accommodate equipment.

The semi-gloss powder coated surfaces resist chipping, scratching, fading, and wear longer than any standard paint finish.

Solvent-free powder coating is the most environmentally-friendly paint technology for metal products.

The entire workstation moves easily on 4” heavy-duty casters, all four of which lock securely into position.

The clean, streamlined style of the Sentry can be enhanced with customized logos on the front panel.

All the unique features of the Sentry Workstation are showcased in AmpliVox’s product demonstration video.

In addition to supporting security functions, the Sentry can be put to use as a presentation lectern, welcome center, or other purposes.

It is a natural fit for:
  • law enforcement
  • schools
  • industrial workplaces
  • restaurants
  • hotels
  • and other demanding locations where durability is essential

"The Sentry Workstation offers a new level of versatility and rugged construction in a mobile unit," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"Whether it is used for security, instruction, or hospitality, it exceeds expectations for attractiveness and ease of use."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Introducing Our Newest Quality Assurance Intern - Juliana



Juliana with AmpliVox CEO Don Roth
We would like to offer a warm welcome to our latest addition to the AmpliVox family, Juliana Roth Fiuza.

Juliana is our newest Quality Assurance Intern.

Under the general supervision of the QA Lead, the QA Intern is responsible for helping ensure that AmpliVox quality standards are maintained.

QA Intern conducts direct line audits and warehouse audits and tests samples to be certain that quality standards are met.

Intern maintains the storage area where production samples are stored and also performs other various warehouse functions as needed.

QA Intern ensures that the features being developed work as expected and that the end user experience meets expectations.


Juliana hard at work checking frequencies on the SW805A
Specific Accountabilities and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and supervise the testing and monitoring of materials, finished products, packaging, labeling, and reworks to ensure product quality.
  • Provide daily production support which includes analysis and determines adjustments to products during the manufacturing process.
  • Responsible for QA/QC product analysis, equipment standardization, Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Assist with rework of off-spec products or obsolete raw materials.
  • Work on product development projects as assigned by the QA Lead.
  • Provide feedback for product specifications.
  • Make certain paperwork is complete and accurate.
  • Conduct quality audits on product in the warehouse.
  • Any other responsibilities assigned by the QA Lead or the Plant Manager.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Portable Valet Podium from AmpliVox Enhances Curb Appeal and Security



For many businesses, the first customer point of contact happens outside the front door when drivers pull up to the valet stand.

To make that first impression inspire confidence, AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces its all-new Portable Valet Podium, a mobile stand that provides an attractive, secure, and durable center for valet services.

Constructed of welded steel with zinc hardware and a durable, scratch-resistant textured black powder coat finish, the customizable Valet Podium raises the bar for restaurants, hotels, country clubs, offices, and other venues that rely on valet service for customers.

AmpliVox’s Portable Valet Podium features a locking storage cabinet with integrated hooks for 50 or 100 sets of keys, depending on the model.

Hooks are labeled with screen-printed numbers for quick and easy reference, secured by a slam-action lock with key.

Additional storage includes a top drawer with a slam-action lock and an optional lockbox for tips.

The unit moves easily on four heavy-duty locking casters.

Other specialized valet features include an integrated tip slot and a locking umbrella holder.


The Valet Podium is designed to complement the appearance of the business as well.

The textured black powder coat finish on the weatherproof steel structure resists scratches and delivers an elegant image that stands the test of time.

That attractiveness is enhanced by zinc hardware, recessed handles, and a brushed stainless steel work surface.

The front panel is designed for easy sign mounting.

For a more permanent impact, AmpliVox can order and install a custom company logo for front viewing.


"The quality of a business’s valet service has a great impact on customers," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"Customers expect valets to provide absolute security for their keys and property, and have more confidence when the valet stand is attractive and well maintained.

The AmpliVox Portable Valet Podium makes it easy for any business or venue to deliver that sense of confidence to its customers."

Friday, November 13, 2015

Win a BeltBlaster Pro from AmpliVox Through SchoolsIn Thanksgiving Coloring Contest



Educators! Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but before you sit down for a delicious meal with friends and family, why not win some exciting classroom technology for you and your students?


The opportunity is made possible thanks to our friends at SchoolsIn.

The education technology and furniture dealer is running their annual Turkey Coloring Contest from now until November 20 for grade school classrooms across the country.

To enter, simply print out this year’s SchoolsIn turkey, let your students unleash their design skills to color the best bird, and mail in the creations for a chance to win among $7,800 worth of prizes.

As a contest sponsor, one lucky 2nd or 3rd grade class will win an AmpliVox Sound Systems BeltBlaster Pro personal waistband amplifier.

Educators swear by the BeltBlaster Pro as a proven tool to improve classroom management and student attentiveness. The easy-to-use voice amplification feature relieves teachers from straining their voice to speak over the busy atmosphere of group projects and student discussions that are commonplace in the classroom.

When ideal weather or field trips bring learning outdoors, you can communicate to your students with minimal interference and without raising your voice.

No matter the setting, the BeltBlaster Pro allows you to maintain control and clear communication, which is pivotal in creating a positive and successful learning environment. Learn more about the BeltBlaster Pro’s exciting features by checking out the demonstration video below from our YouTube channel.

For more information about the SchoolsIn Turkey Coloring Contest, you can view the contest rules at their website. And be sure to browse our blog to to learn more about how AmpliVox technology can make a difference in your classroom.

BeltBlaster Product Video: