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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amplivox offers Sound Comparison Guides in 4 languages


Amplivox is proud to offer quality products to customers all over the world. To make it easier for our international customers to find the right equipment, Amplivox is offering our Sound Comparison Guides in 4 languages, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

These Guides will help you decided what equipment you need for your gathering, meeting, party, or school function. We are excited about these guides and how they can help our international customers.

This is just another way that Amplivox helps its customers. We also offer great customer service and have a fantastic 6 year warranty on nearly all of our products. We are also a company that cares about the environment. You can contact us through our website, ampli.com, or by calling (800) 267-5486

Monday, July 26, 2010

Looking for a Wireless PA Microphone Sound System?


What good is a PA system without a convenient way to use it? Wireless microphones are the simple solution for any PA system and are great because they are effortless to use and do not tangle.

We have many wireless PA microphones to choose from to make your PA system experience a smooth and easy one. Looking for a sound system with microphones? Amplivox offers quality PA audio systems that can serve a wide variety of purposes. The best kind of products are the ones that can be used for many different things, eliminating the need to buy several products. We talk about some of our "Utility Player" sound systems in this blog post.

Another product that could fit your needs is a sound lectern. Click on the link to see all of our lecterns with sound.

Questions about Amplivox or our products? Please visit Ampli.com or check out our Top 10 Reasons Amplivox Beats the Competition.

Check out our video on choosing the right size PA system:


Friday, July 23, 2010

10 Tips to Improve Your Productivity and Get More Done at Work


"Most time is wasted, not in hours, but in minutes. A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately kicked over." -Paul J. Meyer

Productivity is such a big deal these days that companies spend millions researching how to optimize their employees’ time.

The following are tips to increase productivity and decrease wasted time.

Be smart with email. It can be easy to get distracted by checking email too often. Tip: Pick a couple of times a day (8am, 11am, and 3pm for instance) and only check your email then. Turn off the alert on your email program so you don’t get distracted by emails that can wait.

Organize your day. Set aside 5 minutes at the start of your day to map out what tasks you will do and how long you will work on them for. This is done best when you...

Prioritize. Start with the most important stuff first and then go down your list, leaving the unimportant stuff until you have already done the ‘heavy lifting’. A good way to prioritize is to put your...

Worst First
. Start with your most annoying task and work on it until you’re done. It will be nice to have that monkey off your back, because its tough working with monkeys.


Learn what makes you productive.
Some things that help me be productive: a clean desk, a good breakfast, instrumental music, exercise, and a good night's sleep.


Don't m
ultitask. Pick one task and give it your all until you're done. Cut down wasted time switching tasks and shuffling papers by finishing what you started.

Reward yourself.
When you get something done, celebrate. Whether it be 2 minutes on a website you enjoy or some food, have a prize in mind that is better than just crossing something off the to–do list.

Gimme a break. Be serious about breaks in order to clear your head and refocus. My best thinking comes when there is no pressure. Go for a walk or just stop doing what you're doing and rest a little. Sometimes just what I need for another blog idea is to take a break.

Turn off technology. How much time do you waste watching TV, deciding what station to listen to on the radio, or getting text messages? Turn off every potential distraction that can hurt “the flow” of your work. If you are a PDA user, consider the Hipster PDA.

Consolidate mini-meetings. Instead of asking questions to your higher-up each time you have one, write down a list of questions and schedule a mini-meeting with them later. You'll find that many "urgent issues" have either worked themselves out or are not as important as you had thought.

The last tip I will include is from Steve Pavlina’s blog which says,

“On the rare occasions you actually do manage to get something done, talk it up like a madman. Say “This is huge!” to everyone you meet. People will assume you’re 10x as productive as you are.”
For more effective time management and productivity tips, check out the resources I used to write this blog by clicking here, here, here, and here. We do our best to productively do our jobs here at Amplivox producing the best sound systems and lecterns money can buy.

Anything I'm missing? What helps you be productive? Leave a comment!

Too Much Technology? Your Technology Fillintheblank Answers


Technology and social media seem to be taking over the news and revolutionizing business and social life. There is so much talk about the newest smart phone and how Youtube, Twitter and Facebook are being used by marketers to target their customers.

Recently actor Richard Dreyfuss criticized technology for killing our time and our ability to think. What do you think? We offered the following on our Facebook, Twitter, and other media sites, asking users to fill it in:

"A world so driven by information and technology is:__________."

Here are a few of the answers we received:
  • "a world that is losing sight of human interaction" - Jonathan Parker (through Facebook)
  • "annoying! turn off technology for a minute and rest" - yoaaa (through Yahoo Meme)
  • "Out of touch with reality. Just kidding... Dangerously informed, way over-hyped, but with the potential for being very helpful. Negative example: 'The Summer of Lebron' Positive Example: Simplifying and revolutionizing the way business is done" - Michael Bailey, Amplivox employee
  • "Revolutionizing business and social interactions but also reall scary with all of the information available and lack of privacy." Kevin Halloran, Amplivox employee
  • "The problem's plain to see // Too much technology" Mr. Roboto by Styx
Too much technology? What are your thoughts? Don't keep them a secret secret...leave a comment.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Amplivox Portable Sound Systems on Youtube


In May of 2010, it was released that 2 billion Youtube videos are viewed each day.¹ Youtube has revolutionized how people are entertained through user-uploaded videos and have given many a platform to perform and showcase their talent.

<---Click on the image to go to our channel!

We decided to make videos for our customers:

In addition to our uploaded videos, be sure to check out our favorites which include:
Here is an example of one of our product videos. Enjoy!



VIDEO UPDATE: Recently we have uploaded the following videos:

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Sound Wireless Solutions for Wireless Sound Systems


    Convenience is what everybody desires when purchasing technology. "Is it easy to set up?" and "Is it complicated?" are questions many customers ask. Wireless technology is around to make life easier for its users and eliminate tangles and headaches.

    Amplivox Sound Systems has many different types of wireless speaker systems that can serve many purposes in your business. We have many different categories of wireless audio speakers including:
    This video was made to help you choose what size PA system is right for you and this one was made to show how to power and recharge an Amplivox Amplifier for your PA system.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by phone at (800)267-5486 if you have any questions.

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    The Top 10 Ways To Fry Your PA Speakers


    Lets get real here: buying a quality sound system does not mean you know how to work or take care of a quality sound system. A sound system is a powerful piece of equipment that can be used incorrectly, potentially damaging the system.

    An article called "The Top 10 Ways to Fry your PA Speakers" gives great tips on warning signs that could save you from making mistakes that could fry your PA speakers and lead to the need to purchase another portable sound system.

    One of the common mistakes with a PA system is "Trying to cover an outdoor gig with your indoor system" (7).

    Amplivox has four different size categories for our sound systems to help guide customers to find the perfect portable audio system for their situation. The different categories are: Small-Area, Mid-Range, Large Area, and Wide Area.

    To read the full article, click on "The Top 10 Ways to Fry your PA Speakers."

    Yahoo! Finance and MorningStar Mention Amplivox


    It is always pleasing to know your efforts are noticed. Our efforts here at Amplivox to be environmentally friendly have been noticed by Yahoo! Finance and MorningStar.

    The two Finance websites have featured our press release on Going Green, which describes our efforts to produce environmentally friendly PA systems and podiums.

    To read these articles just click on the logos.

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Forbes.com Covers Amplivox Announcement



    Amplivox is proud to announce that the we were recently included on Forbes.com. Forbes shared with the world that Amplivox has been recognized for our efforts in Going Green. The article can be read on the Forbes website.

    At Amplivox we are proud of our effort to help the environment. It is our goal to provide quality sound equipment at affordable prices while being a responsible global citizen. This quality includes going the extra mile to make sure that our products are produced by the highest standards without harming the environment.

    For all your portable sound system needs, visit Ampli.com or call (800) 267-5486

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    New Amplivox Partner: Sears Canada


    Amplivox is proud to announce a new partnership with Sears Canada.

    Sears.ca will now be offering several Amplivox products to their Canadian customers. Some of the products that Sears sells are:
    To see all of Amplivox's products featured on the Sears site, please click here.

    To better accommodate Sears and our other Canadian resellers, Amplivox has recently opened a warehouse in Toronto, Ottawa.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Amplified Classrooms: Proven to help Education and Loved by Teachers


    Never have to repeat yourself again in the classroom with Amplivox. The children in your classroom need to hear you and we can help. We provide a great selection of light-weight portable sound systems that will would be an asset in any classroom.

    One of our products that we love to share with those in the education realm is the SIR285, otherwise known as the InfraRed ComPac PA System. This great system is just under 4 lbs. and can help you be heard to the entire class. You will not have to strain your voice again to be heard. One of the wonderful aspects about the SIR285 is the InfraRed sensor that will pick up the wireless mic anywhere in the classroom.

    It is reported that 70% of educators have missed at least a day of class due to voice related problems. Studies also show that students learn much better when they do not have to guess at what the teacher is saying. For these reasons and many more, an InfraRed ComPac PA System in the classroom makes sense.

    Click here to read the studies regarding amplification in the classroom.
    Dr. Ross on Classroom Sound-field Systems
    Sound Systems and effects on ESL students
    Sound Amplification and Grade 1 Reading Levels

    Amplivox participates with GSA Government Contracts to greater assist you in getting quality products at excellent prices.

    We have updated this blog post and have a video with statistics on Amplified classrooms.

    To learn more about Amplivox how we can help you, please visit Ampli.com or call (800) 276-5486

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Toastmasters and Amplivox: A Winning Combination


    "Speak clearly, if you speak at all. Carve every word before you let it fall"- Oliver Wendell Homes

    And when it is your turn to speak, Amplivox has all you need to be heard. Afraid the people in the back of the room will not be able to hear you? We provide a wide range of products that will clearly project your voice to everyone in the room. Our products have been used by some of the most well known speakers and at some very important events.

    Amplivox understands the importance of being heard and saving money. That is why we are offering members of Toastmasters International a great deal on two of our products. The first is the Roving Rostrum Tabletop Lectern. This lectern includes a 50 watt portable sound system built into the lectern. This is great for crowds up to 1,000 people.

    The second product is the Wireless Audio Portable Buddy. This system is great for indoor or outdoor use and has a durable case that will last for years. Both systems would be a great addition to any Local, Regional, National, or International Toastmasters meeting.

    Amplivox goes beyond simply producing great products. We also care about the community and the environment. The Pink Podium Promise has been a great opportunity for us to give back. Amplivox has also taken the appropriate steps to help the environment in going green. We are excited about our lecterns and podiums being Green Cross certified by Tafisa.

    For more information on any of our products, please visit Ampli.com or call (800) 267-5486.

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Top 10 Reasons Amplivox Beats the Competition


    For someone who wants to buy a sound system or a lectern, it can be hard to find the right company to meet your needs. When considering a purchase, customers look for many things including ease of use, portability, sound quality, price, wireless capabilities, warranty, and customer service.

    We here at Amplivox believe that we can provide the optimal purchasing experience for customers. To illustrate this, here are the Top 10 Reasons Amplivox Beats the Competition:

    10. Amplivox’s industry-leading warranty.

    9. Heavy metal band Hed (PE) featured Amplivox in a music video.

    8. Great customer service. With many different customer service options available like LiveChat, we make service a breeze.

    7. Credible customers. Some pretty notable personalities caught using our products: Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and President Barack Obama.

    6. Amplivox provides business growing, profit increasing products. Below is a story of how a customer grew his business using an Amplivox product: "All of our staff here use the BeltBlaster Waistband Amplifier from AmpliVox. We've tried others and now - with over 30 Beltblasters being used by our staff - it's the only small group amplifier that we trust. The greatest result is that we've increased our business because we can now accommodate larger groups on our walking tours *and* everyone can hear us loud and clear." David Schargel - Portland Walking Tours - Portland, Oregon

    5. Amplivox is environmentally friendly. For more information look at our “Going Green” page.

    4. Amplivox Cares. We support great causes like the Special Olympics and help fight breast cancer with our Pink Podium Program.

    3. Quality, Award-Winning Products. In its first year of production, our Digital Audio Travel Partner made American School and University Magazine's list of Top 10 Products.

    2. We boast a long history of business and satisfied customers. We have been in the portable sound system business since the 1960s. Read a recent blog post about how a auctioneer relies on our Half-Mile Hailer for his business by clicking on the link.

    The #1 Reason that Amplivox beats the competition…

    1. Because our customers say so! Read some of our customer testimonials:

    "We are ordering fifteen S500 Sound Column Lecterns for each of our locations because we have used your sound systems before and were very satisfied." Brenda Lewis - Purchasing Supervisor, LA Dept. People Social Services

    "The SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner completely outperformed the two Sound Projection SM-4’s hands-down. The SW915 was much louder, much clearer, with much better fidelity than the TWO Sound Projections SP-4’s combined!" Roger Arendt, All Points Sound

    If you are considering buying an audio system or just want more information about Amplivox products, please visit Ampli.com or call (800)267-5486.

    Friday, July 09, 2010

    At Least Politicians Can Agree on One Thing: Amplivox Sound Systems and Lecterns


    "A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
    -Winston Churchill

    These days nothing seems to be as divisive as bringing up politics in a conversation. There are many gray issues in politics like education, universal healthcare, the environment, the role of the government, and even government involvement in large corporations.

    Even when politics can be frustrating and confusing, there is one thing that is not a gray issue: the quality of Amplivox Sound Systems and Lecterns. Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and President Barack Obama have all used various Amplivox products to communicate their messages.  (Click on the following links to watch our Youtube videos: Sarah Palin Uses Amplivox Pinnacle Lectern and Barack Obama Makes Sure His Message is Heard with Amplivox Megaphone)

    Amplivox is proud that we participate with GSA Government contracts. Click on the previous link to go to our GSA Contract page that includes price lists for the different contracts, or go to the GSA Advantage website and search for the product you want.

    For more information about our public address systems, lecterns, and presentation furniture, please visit http://www.ampli.com/ or call (800)267-5486.