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Thursday, July 17, 2014

AmpliVox Cares: Community Outreach

AmpliVox works to strengthen and improve the communities we serve, through innovative programs that channel financial support as well as product and expertise assistance to public service organizations.

We care about the world around us, so we have invested in products, people, and services that exemplify that concern. In addition to our hands-on efforts, we also show our dedication to providing care by supporting many causes, events and charities.

Do you have a cause that needs assistance? AmpliVox provides product related services to organizations who might not otherwise have access to those services, public and non-profit organizations that has an educational role, raising awareness to better their community.

We are currently expanding our Community Outreach efforts and accepting new requests from non-commercial organizations for AmpliVox support. If you would like to see if you qualify, please Contact Us with your story and let us know how we can help?

“Pink Podium Promise” Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

All over the country, breast cancer fundraisers and educational events have featured lecterns in the signature pink color of breast cancer awareness. These podiums are made available by a cause marketing donation program from AmpliVox Sound Systems, which delivers durable all-weather lecterns free of charge to local breast cancer organizations.

The Pink Podium Promise, launched in 2010, has placed lecterns with well over 200 groups, including national fundraising and research groups, American Cancer Society chapters, foundations, hospitals, and local governments.

Pink Megaphones Turn Up the Volume at Breast Cancer Race

At the starting gun in Central Park for the 2012 Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, race participants were guided by staffers armed with bright pink megaphones, delivering instructions and encouragement along their route.

"We’re delighted to supply our pink power megaphones” commented AmpliVox CEO Don Roth. “This event exemplifies the power of people coming together in a big way to accomplish great things, and AmpliVox’s megaphones will improve communication every step of the way."

A Commitment to “Made in America” Quality
Keeping our manufacturing process close to home has ensured the character of our products, created American jobs, and inspired our employees’ pride in the results of their work. Our committed team of designers, engineers, technicians, and customer service representatives stand behind every AmpliVox product to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Sound Systems Donation Supports Special Olympics Events
AmpliVox supplied Half-Mile Hailer sound systems valued at $35,000 MSRP to the eighteen Area Offices of Special Olympics Illinois, for use in crowd management, awards ceremonies, and communication during a variety of events including the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull, and Summer Games.

Recognizing Excellence at the North Suburban YMCA
AmpliVox has also actively supported local community organizations including the North Suburban YMCA, in the firm belief that a strong community enhances both our personal and business lives in the short and long term.

Environmental Policies that Promote Green Standards
The quality of our products and the protection of our environment go hand in hand. We continually improve environmental management policies, programs and performance, based on the results of our periodic reviews and taking into account regularity developments, customer needs, technical developments, scientific understanding and community expectations.

AmpliVox Partners with the NAIA National Track Meets
AmpliVox supports the NAIA as they pursue the development of character-driven athletics, giving students the chance to share their interests and talents in an atmosphere that builds on those values. To ensure that all members on the field and in the crowd can clearly hear the officiating announcements, AmpliVox provided the SW662 Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit to assist the NAIA's public address needs.

Half Mile Hailer Making a Difference in Africa
Every once in a while, we hear from a customer whose experience with their AmpliVox product really made a difference in their life. We recently heard from one such customer, Barry Webb, who purchased two of our Half Mile Hailer sound systems before traveling to Africa on a mission trip.

Mikana July 4th Parade Committee Installs the Radio Hailer
"For the first time in over 30 years of the event, everyone could hear and NO one complained. I would like to thank Dan Kreusch and his team at AmpliVox for helping choose the right sound system for our event." - Duncan McCannel, Co-Chair, Mikana Parade Committee

National Preparedness Month Highlights Need for MNEC
The national spotlight raises the question on what types of equipment are needed by businesses, schools, and communities to cope with emergencies, including Mass Notification and Emergency Communication systems (“MNEC”).

AmpliVox Sound Systems commends these initiatives, and offers a variety of sound system products to meet the demands of emergency situations.

SCHOOLSin Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Contest
SCHOOLSin ran a Turkey Coloring Contest for grade school classrooms across the country. Teachers were encouraged to let students unleash their design prowess for a chance to win several prizes. AmpliVox Sound Systems served as a sponsor of the contest where the 3rd grade class of the Zion Lutheran Elementary School won an Personal Waistband Amplifier in the SchoolsIn Turkey Coloring Contest.

Motivational Speaker Inspires Safety and Leadership
Dennis Mitchell’s son was killed years ago by an impaired driver and since then he has made it his life’s mission to teach others about the dangers of drinking and driving. For years Mitchell has been a motivational speaker, sharing his own experience in hopes of inspiring others to think before they get behind the wheel.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mity-Meg Video: 602R Series Rechargeable Megaphones

Extend your voice in large open spaces with the AmpliVox Mity-Meg Megaphones. They are ideal for crowd control, announcements in noisy environments or emergency services.

Mity-Megs 25 Watt power lets you reach even far away audiences. Use Mity-Meg Plus not only to talk, but sound emergency signals.

The Mity-Meg Plus model has an adjustable shoulder strap and detachable mic with its own volume control, makes it easy to be heard loud and clear.

Mity-Megs are powered by either conventional batteries or rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can be reused hundreds of times.

Conventional Batteries

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery

A battery strength indicator shows you when it is time to recharge or replace the batteries.

You can switch battery type anytime, so you are never out of power. There is an optional carry bag that protects the unit.

602R Series - Models Available:

SB602MR: Mity-Meg Plus
with detachable mic shipped with rechargeable battery

S602MR : Mity-Meg Plus
with detachable mic and no batteries

SB602R: Mity-Meg
shipped with rechargeable battery

S602R: Mity-Meg
shipped with no batteries

S1405: Optional Carrying Bag

For more information on our 602R Series rechargeable megaphones, please visit:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Aviation Career Enrichment Academy Reaches out to AmpliVox with Project 310

Aviation Career Enrichment (ACE) is a non-profit organization established in 1980 that uses the vehicle of flight training to inspire young people to sharpen their academic skills and remain in school.

The ACE academy exposes its participants to the many career opportunities available in the airline/aerospace industry. In addition to offering pilot flight training, ACE continues to offer aerospace career exploration programs that provide exposure to other aviation careers through guest speakers, hands on experience, and field trips.

ACE utilizes a 100% all-volunteer staff for the ACE flight school. A dedicated corps of FAA certified pilots and instructors volunteer to operate the ACE Weekend Academy.

As a result of 30+ years of operation, scores of former ACE students and volunteers are now successful aviation professionals and are among the very small percentage of African Americans and other minority groups working in the airline industry. Graduates of The ACE Academy have gone on to become aerospace engineers, military, corporate and airline pilots, as well as flight instructors and other professionals in the aerospace industry.

ACE graduates stand proudly in front of the new
paint scheme of one of the programs’ “birds”

To better associate the name of ACE with the goals of the organization, the youth focused program recently changed its name from “ACE” to the “The ACE Academy” to represent a school of higher learning for youth.

Less than a year ago, a Twin Cessna 310 was donated to The ACE Academy. Preliminary inspection revealed that the aircraft was well worth accepting, however, it is not airworthy at this time. The Twin Cessna 310 needs an annual inspection, engine/prop overhauls, and a fuel bladder. A lot of restoration questions regarding the 310 have not been answered yet due to lack of capital.

Once The ACE Academy has reached its goal, the program’s vision will be even clearer in determining where the aircraft will receive it’s prop and engine overhauls, interior and exterior work, and instrument panel labor. The program has begun the Aircraft Restoration process by asking 100 Aviators to donate $100.00 to reach an initial capital campaign goal of $10,000. ACE has set a total capital campaign goal amount of $55,000 with a hopeful timeframe of two years to complete “Project 310”.

Up until this point ACE has lacked the ability to offer an option for students to obtain their multi-engine ratings. Once ACE has reached its ultimate goal of donations and the aircraft is airworthy, the C-310 will be used to help ACE students obtain their multi-engine and ATP certifications.

The donation and restoration news of this multi-engine aircraft has brought great enthusiasm and eagerness to The ACE Academy students. Majority of students have even been involved in preliminary washing and cleaning of the aircraft.

The aviation activist behind the restoration process is Fleet Maintenance Manager, Patrick Alexander.

Patrick Alexander, son of Julius Alexander (Founder of ACE) has donated his time to maintaining the rest of the ACE training fleet consisting of two C-172's, and a Piper Comanche 180 for the past three years.

Patrick, a graduate of The ACE Academy and now a Delta Airlines Captain, has helped ACE professionally standardized the ACE fleet with new paint schemes consisting of the organization’s ACE logo on the tails of each aircraft.

Part of the restoration process of the C-310 will eventually unite the same ACE paint scheme/colors with the logo on its tail once organization’s capital has been met.

ACE students flock around Cessna 310 after receiving news of donation and restoration of aircraft

ACE students wash Cessna 310 with
excitement for restoration of aircraft

The ACE Academy is a part of the education industry that sincerely encourages positive values in the lives of youth. AmpliVox is even more inspired by the story behind the ACE organization, Julius Alexander. Julius Alexander began the organization thirty-four years ago at Atlanta’s Price high school to give disadvantaged youth an outlet to their aviation dreams.

In 1970, Alexander wrote a major article for Science Activities Magazine, entitled, “Wings for the Black Ghetto.” The article conveyed the success he experienced in using the aviation class and flying as a tool for academic improvement and self-esteem for the inner city economically deprived students at Atlanta’s Price High School.

Alexander also formed a Civil Air Patrol cadet squadron at Price High School so that younger students who could not participate in the 11th and 12th grade aviation course could learn the disciplines of aviation.

During his tenure as a high school aviation teacher Alexander earned FAA certifications as a ground instructor, commercial pilot, multi-engine pilot, and flight instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes.

On Saturdays, he provided flying lessons for his students who sold candy bars to raise money to pay for the rental of a Cessna 150. Today, two of his former Price High School students from the Carver Homes public housing projects are now captains with US Airways.

Alexander was the first civilian African American flight instructor to train students at Atlanta’s Fulton County Airport (Brown Field). This would later lead to a contract with the National Alliance of Business to design an Aviation Enrichment Program for youths. Alexander led a team that designed Aviation Career Education (ACE) which is widely in use today in ACE camps throughout the U.S. In 1980, he founded Aviation career Enrichment, Inc., a youth motivation program that operates a Weekend Flight Academy for youngsters between the ages of 9 and 18.

CEO & Founder of ACE, Julius Alexander with youth at
Miles Intermediate School Aviation Club in Atlanta.

Thirty-four years later his legacy has been eternally engraved on a pedestal in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, and this major milestone has not slackened this aviation pioneer’s initial motives at all. At 77 years old Julius Alexander has recorded over 10,000+ hours of flight and instructing time. Having soloed more than 170 student pilots to date, illustrates his dedication to the field of Aviation.

Julius Alexander with AmpliVox team member and grandson Patrick Alexander, Jr.
who soloed a Cessna 172 on his 16th birthday in 2008.
(Marks 3 generations of pilots for Alexander Family)

It is stories like these that AmpliVox ideally wants to stand behind for the achievement and enrichment of youth in education. Amplivox has been a reputable organization for providing inspiration and encouragement for young people around the world. Aviation Career Enrichments’ restoration “Project 310” is another sensational opportunity for Amplivox to make a difference in the lives of youth. Amplivox is pleased to be identified with such a rare experience and looks forward to joining respectable corporations such as Delta Airlines, NASA, AirTran Airways and Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation in support of ACE’s total capital campaign goal.

We encourage others that view the value of youth education just as much as AmpliVox does to support ACE. Students between the ages of 9 and 18 who are fascinated by airplanes and spaceships, curious about overcoming the natural force of gravity, always wanted to fly into the atmosphere, or want to learn about the extraordinary number of aerospace career fields, AmpliVox encourages you to look into The ACE Academy at flyace.org.

Friday, June 06, 2014

New Lectern Upgrades Feature 150W Amps with Easy-to-Reach Panel Controls

Many of AmpliVox’s best sound-equipped lecterns are now better than ever, with upgraded, enclosed 150W amplifiers, new A/C power plug included, and sound control dashboard panels integrated right on the reading table.

NOW WITH 150W AMP & Fingertip Control Panel
  • New 150 W AMP NOW STANDARD on our best sound lecterns means more power than ever
  • AC PLUG included with each lectern
  • CONVENIENT, FINGERTIP CONTROLS right on the reading surface
  • BLUETOOTH standard on all sound models

Lecterns and Podiums with 150W Amp and Side by Side Control Panel

Lecterns and Podiums with 150W Amp and Stacked Control Panel

Integrated Dashboard
Featured in the Pinnacle Series Lecterns and Podiums

Friday, May 30, 2014

AmpliVox 14 for 2014: New Products and Major Upgrades Will Be Showcased At InfoComm 2014

AmpliVox Sound Systems has launched a range of innovative products, enhanced features, and versatile accessory packages to its line of top quality sound systems and AV presentation furniture.

The “14 for 2014” collection will be showcased at InfoComm 2014, the world’s largest exhibition of professional AV products, in Las Vegas from June 18-20.

As part of the 14 for 2014 collection, AmpliVox now offers:

1. Ten New Lectern Upgrades Feature 150W Amps, Easy-to-Reach Panel Controls
Many of AmpliVox’s best sound-equipped lecterns are now better than ever, with upgraded, enclosed 150W amplifiers, new A/C power plug included, and sound control dashboard panels integrated right on the reading table.

Lecterns featuring these new improvements include:


Presidential Plus Lectern

Executive Column Lectern

Executive Adjustable Lectern

Multimedia Computer

Pinnacle Tabletop Lectern

Pinnacle Multimedia Lectern




2. Bluetooth® Now Standard on Three Popular AmpliVox Portable PA Systems
With new integrated Bluetooth® receivers, users can easily stream music from handheld devices to AmpliVox’s versatile SW800 Titan Wireless Portable PA, SW915 Wireless Digital Audio Travel Partner, and SW720 iPad/iPhone/iPod Wireless PA.

3. Online Video Library Ensures Systematic Preview of AmpliVox Products

AmpliVox offers an extensive online video library to assist customers with product demos, functional insights, application suggestions to maximize performance, and choice.

These videos have been fully updated and indexed for the customer’s convenience on the AmpliVox YouTube channel, accessible through www.ampli.com.

4. Updated Megaphones with Industry-Leading Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery

AmpliVox now offers four versions of its bullhorns/megaphones (the SB602MR, SB602R, SB601R, and SB600R) that include the industry’s first Li-Ion rechargeable batteries with built-in battery chargers, as well as an AmpliVox-exclusive battery power indicator light.

AmpliVox’s battery pack delivers up to eight hours of normal use on a single charge, and holds its charge while inactive for a virtually unlimited time.

5. Innovative Design for Easy Access to Line Array Soundbar Control

AmpliVox’s popular Line Array Soundbar PA is now available in a two-piece design that separates the amplifier and controls from the line array speakers, allowing numerous different mounting configurations in mobile and stationary AV furniture and carts.

The new Duo Tandem Line Array SSB1240/SWB1240 comes in two rack-mountable modules: a speaker module that can project toward the audience, and an amplifier module that can be positioned with its controls facing the presenter at the back of the lectern.

6. AmpliVox Multimedia Furniture: An Option for Every Need

To meet the growing demand for simple ways to use multimedia devices in presentations, AmpliVox’s wide selection of Multimedia Furniture makes it easy to integrate devices with lectern choices that fit every presentation technology need, d├ęcor, and budget.

AmpliVox presentation furniture provides support and connectivity for tablets, projectors, document cameras, and more.

7. Safety Products from AmpliVox Deliver Effective Crowd Communication.

AmpliVox is proud to offer unique and innovative megaphone products that enhance safety and efficiency in crowd control situations.

The new S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines the functions of a high-visibility traffic baton with a mic and loudspeaker, delivering both visual and spoken instructions from police officers, school and campus safety officers, parking lot attendants, or emergency personnel.

Similarly, the S604 Safety Strobe Megaphone adds a distinctive flashing strobe to the portable megaphone PA, improving visibility and adding functionality.

8. AmpliVox is the Pros’ Choice for Illinois PGA Golf Events and USTA Training

For golf tournaments, tennis matches and other sports events, AmpliVox products fit the bill for durable, weatherproof performance. Lecterns like the Pinnacle SN3250 deliver multi-purpose versatility as starter’s tables, trophy presentation podiums, and customer relations stations. Meanwhile, portable sound systems like the SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner project starting times and other announcements with crystal clear sound under any conditions.

Products like these have earned AmpliVox preferred vendor status with the Illinois PGA section and private golf clubs around the country. AmpliVox also has earned the loyalty of the US Tennis Association, which uses AmpliVox products in a wide range of training and competition events.

9. Pinnacle Lecterns Now Offer Weather-Resistant Sound Control and Reading Light Dashboard at Your Fingertips

New for 2014, AmpliVox’s Pinnacle SW3240 and SW3250 feature a weather-resistant integrated sound system dashboard right on the lectern’s top reading surface.

Outdoor presentations can now be delivered with perfectly amplified sound under any conditions.

The Pinnacle is available in customizable colors for any setting, including specialized collegiate and military models. It moves easily with built-in casters and embedded handles.

10. Contemporary Lecterns with New Wired or Wireless Sound Systems

These versatile furniture pieces, available in a multitude of styles and finishes, fit well in corporate, religious, and hospitality settings.

All flat panel and curved panel Contemporary Lecterns are available with wired (SS) or wireless (SW) sound systems for crystal clear sound amplification.

Wood panel inserts are integral to the lectern; no assembly required, just open the box and use.

11. New Additions to Acrylic Lecterns Provide New Options for Style and Color

AmpliVox’s line of beautiful acrylic lecterns has been expanded again for 2014, offering a stunning array of new styles and a wide selection of customizable colors. Over 25 new styles have been added, perfect as pulpits in religious settings, as well as meeting rooms, conference areas, art galleries, hotels, and other upscale venues.

12. New Portable PA Packages Add Flexibility and Power to Systems

AmpliVox’s most popular portable PA systems now come with optional accessory packages to customize your systems to the customer’s needs.

The SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner comes in basic, premium, and platinum packages, with an increasing number of speakers and microphones for larger settings.

Similarly, the SW800 Titan is available in a bundle package that includes a companion speaker, carrying case, and other accessories to enhance the Titan’s versatility.

13. Weatherproof Power Horn Speakers for Clear Sound Under Any Conditions

AmpliVox’s S1270 Sound Horn Speaker deliver far-reaching, clear sound and extreme durability under outdoor conditions.

The S1270 connects to amplifiers up to 100W, supporting an 8 Ohms impedance, with a tough ABS plastic construction.

The S1270’s mounting bracket rotates up to 90 degrees to direct sound wherever needed most.

14. Environmental Policies that Promote Green Standards

In its commitment to environmental and social responsibility, AmpliVox manufactures its PA systems and lecterns to comply with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) and WEEE (Waster Electrical and Electronic Equipment) standards.

More information about AmpliVox’s environmental standards is described in the company’s Green Statement on its website.

“AmpliVox has rapidly grown into an industry leader thanks to our focus on innovation, versatility, and ease of use for our customers,” notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO. “We strive to make the selection process simple and pleasant for our customers, to the point of creating Sound Comparison Guides in Spanish, French, German, and Italian for our international clients. We are excited to showcase our products at InfoComm, and every day on our comprehensive website.”

AmpliVox Sound Systems will be exhibiting in Booth C10023 at InfoComm 2014.

For an interview with an AmpliVox representative, contact Nancy Gerstein, Creative Marketing Associates, at nancy@cmacreative.com.