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Monday, November 29, 2010

Everything You Need to Know about the Half-Mile Hailer: Our Long-Range Portable PA System: Videos and Reviews

One of our most popular products at Amplivox is the Half-Mile Hailer Loudspeaker PA System, it can be heard an entire half mile away!

Below is a list of blog posts and other links that will tell you everything you need to know about the Half-Mile Hailer, our popular wide-range portable audio system:

Amplivox Sound Systems also sells a car-mountable version of the Half-Mile Hailer, called the Sound Cruiser Car PA System

Here are some links about the Sound Cruiser:
Enjoy the following four videos featuring the Half-Mile Hailer and Sound Cruiser!

The Hailer is a great PA Loudspeaker for your outdoor PA system needs. For information regarding the PA System design or if you want to see PA system reviews, please visit Amplivox Portable Sound Systems website or call us at (800)267-5486.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Potpourri Post: Some links you may Enjoy

Periodically, we here at Amplivox want to share some interesting links, videos, and articles with you relating to portable sound systems, social media, current events, or something we thought was cool. If you keep up with our Twitter page, you may notice that some of these are repeats, but they are all links we found to be very interesting.
What are some links that you find interesting? Leave a comment!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Earthquake Preparation Drill: The Great Central US Shake Out

Natural disasters have been a major headline in 2010 with huge earthquakes taking place in both Haiti and Chile. One interesting thing about both of those earthquakes, is that even though the Chilean earthquake was of bigger magnitude, the devastation was much worse in Haiti.

The reason for this is that Chile was a lot more prepared for the earthquake (due in large part to economic reasons). They were more prepared in a many ways including having better infrastructure, builds built to withstand quakes, and emergency planning.

Words cannot describe how tragic the Haitian earthquake was: it killed over 200,000 people. In comparison, even though Chile's earthquake was much stronger, preparation helped limit the fatalities to being in the hundreds instead of hundreds of thousands.

States like Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois (Amplivox Sound Systems is located in Northbrook, IL) lie on a major fault line and are at a greater risk than many realize.

The Great Central U.S. Shake Out's mission is to be as prepared as possible to be prepared for disaster and save lives. A drill will be held on April 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM CDT to prepare for potential disaster.

A scary thing for organizations like schools, corporations, and religious institutions is communicating to panicked people during such emergencies. Directing panicked people in a noisy environment is nearly impossible without a way to extend your voice like using a portable PA system.

Broadcasting emergency instructions by using portable sound systems in your emergency preparation is a great way to direct scared people towards safety.

Click on the following links for more information:

Related Posts:
-BLOG:The Tale of the Chilean Miners and Brilliant Marketing
-BLOG: Meet No Child Left Behind Safety Requirements with Amplivox Hailers
-BLOG: Everything you need to know about the Half-Mile Hailer Wide-Range PA System
-VIDEO: How to Plan an Evacuation Drill
-VIDEO: How to Plan for an Emergency Situation with Portable Sound Systems
-VIDEO: How to Choose the Right PA System for my size audience?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Blog Preview: Getting to Know Amplivox Employees

This blog is a sneak preview of the soon to come blog entry about Amplivox employees.

Most popular things at Amplivox:
  • Sports Team: Chicago Cubs (honorable mention the Stanley Cup Winning Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Time of Year: Autumn
We are working on a series of follow-up blog posts highlighting specific individuals at Amplivox, check back!

Video Demonstrations of Amplivox Lecterns/Podiums

Here are several new videos from the Amplivox Sound Systems Youtube Channel giving a quick video overview several of our popular podiums and lecterns. Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Future is Bright, and Should Include Coffee Pots Wired for Sound

At Amplivox, we daydream from time to time about new products we could put together that would make the lives of our customers easier. As we sit and put our brains to work, we come up with the strangest things. Here are two products we dreamed up for future use. Keep in mind that these products are not in production and are simply daydreamed ideas.

Introducing the Amplivox Coffee Pot/PA System.
This PA system is a great addition to any kitchen where busy mom's and dad's need to get the attention of the entire family for announcements during the hustle and bustle of the morning. This would also be great for announcing dinner and getting the attention of guests when food is prepared. This system comes with 30 watt speakers and the great microphone options that Amplivox has been known for. It has a 'Line Out' option to hook your Ipod or MP3 player and play your favorite music in the kitchen in the morning or while you cook. It also includes an AM/FM radio so you can listen to your favorite station in the morning. It also brews a great pot of coffee with a timer setting so you can set it up at night and wake up in the morning to a fresh pot of coffee. The timer can also be set to the radio so you smell the coffee, hear the radio, and boom you are awake!

Amplivox's "Get on Your Soapbox" Portable Podium
Are you tired of being told to 'get off your soapbox'? Amplivox now makes it possible to get on your soapbox and be heard loud and clear with the 'Get on Your Soapbox' Portable Podium. This podium comes with a soapbox built into the podium. All you have to do is get the soapbox out of its hidden compartment right before you speak and presto...you can speak and stand on your soapbox.

This podium is made of durable plastic and can easily be carried around. It has several wiring options and can even come with a wireless mic. The podium has the same options as all of our other podiums plus the 'soapbox'. It is a taller model to include your height while you are on your soapbox. When you are finished, you simply get off your soapbox and put it back in the hidden compartment until you are ready to jump back on at a later date.

A New Feature for our Hardwood Lecterns: The Laptop/Ipad Hider
This new feature offered by Amplivox hides your laptop or your Ipad inside the top of the lectern. You send us the dimensions of the hole you need and we well craft the top of the lectern just the way you want. No one wants to see your laptop during your presentation and with the Laptop Hider option, they don't have to. The Ipad hider is a nice option too. You can simply drop your Ipad into the lectern and have your Ipad hidden in the top of the lectern. No fumbling with notes, no dropped papers, a simple, organized solution so you can give your best presentation.

Now remember, these are just daydreams and not actual products. You will not find any of these products on our website. However, you will find some of these great products on our website: the Half-Mile Hailer, the Presidential Plus Lectern, and the Mity-Meg Megaphones. To order any of these great products, visit us at Ampli.com.

Monday, November 15, 2010

How to Choose the Right SoundSystem for Your Audience Size

Amplivox Portable Sound Systems has a whole range of sound systems to fit any situation. That may make it hard for someone to find what they are looking for in terms of size. For example, you are not going to need our Half-Mile Hailer Loudspeaker PA to use as a tour guide personal PA system.

In optimal conditions, this guide will show about how many people and how many square feet our sound systems can cover.
Use the graphic on the left as a guide and this video below to help you choose the right size.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Social Media, Mid-Term Elections and Observations

As the mid-term elections wrap up around the country, one cannot help but notice that social media played some role in the elections. Although a candidates tweets and Facebook posts may or may not have driven up votes for he or she, the fact that candidates and their teams across the county opened Twitter accounts and started Facebook pages shows that candidates realized they needed to get in the social media game.

Being a Chicago based company in the 10th District, we had the privilege of having newly elected Congressman Robert Dold visit the office and warehouse in Northbrook, IL.

An article on Mashable was titled "Did Facebook Popularity Predict Election Results?" was very interesting showing a real correlation to the number of fans to who got elected.

If you didn't know, Amplivox has had some interesting relationships with politicians like Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk and Bob Dold. Click on this link to see how Amplivox is the company of choice for portable sound systems and lecterns to politicians. Below are some videos of Politicians using Amplivox products.

At least one thing can have Bipartisan support!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The EZ Speak Folding Lectern is a Great Option for the Busy Presenter.

If you are a busy executive, making presentation after presentation with no guarantee of what your next lectern will look like, we have your solution at Amplivox Sound Systems. The Amplivox EZ Speak Folding Lectern is a great for you. It is a lightweight portable podium that folds up nicely into a briefcase sized package for easy transport.

The EZ Speak Folding Lectern can come equipped with a 50 Watt sound system capable of handling wired or wireless microphones. The lectern also fits very nicely on our Mulitmedia Cart Base and can become a full height podium quickly. If you order a EZ Speak Folding Lectern with a wired or wireless system in it, we include a great carrying case with wheels and extending handle for easy transport.

For more information on the EZ Speak Folding Lectern, check out the video below:

To order an EZ Speak Folding Lectern or any other of our great products, visit us at Ampli.com.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Make a Good Impression on the First day of Work.

Anytime you have a career change or move to a new job, a new journey begins. We at Amplivox recently had a new member join our team. As he was touring the warehouse and meeting his new co-workers, I began thinking about my first day at Amplivox. I met my new coworkers, my social media teammate Kevin, and learned about Amplivox products. I learned about my responsibilities in a deeper context and began to see how I would fit in on the Amplivox team. It was the beginning to a new chapter in my work experience.

Those experiences were simply the exterior facts of the things I did. What is not mentioned is the interior feelings that everyone goes through in beginning a new job. Some of the same questions I had going into elementary school arose on my first day of work. Will I be liked? Will I like this new place? What will my teacher/boss be like? How will I fit in with my classmates/coworkers? Do I have what it takes to succeed here?

As these questions well up, people begin to react differently. Some are anxious, some are scared, some are quiet, others are calm and collected. However we react, those first days are important in making first impressions on people. Here are a few tips on making a good first impression:

1) Be On Time: Get your new job started on the right foot by being on time.
2) Be Yourself: You could try to act like someone else but that's not why they hired you. Just be yourself.
3) Smile: You have a job in an economy that isn't the hottest right now so be thankful.
4) Dress the part: Appearance is important when making a first impression. If you come overdressed to work on the first day, no worries. It shows you are serious about your work and want to succeed. You will learn what the dress code is.
5) Be Open and Confident: Be honest in your abilities and confident in the reasons they hired you. Coworkers can appreciate a fellow worker who is honest and confident in their abilities. Careful not to come off arrogant in attempts to be confident.
6) Don't be afraid of small talk: Although small talk can get old after a while, when you are meeting new team members it is good to get an idea of what they like and what points of interest you share.
7) Be Positive: No one likes a 'Debbie Downer' as their new coworker. Work hard and bring energy to the team.

These are just a few tips on making a good first impression. If you need to make a good impression with your sound system, check out Ampli.com for all your sound system and presentation needs.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Amplivox Pink Podium Used by US Army in Iraq

One of our Pink Podiums donated to help support the fight against breast cancer was used recently in Baghdad by the US Army. The following excerpt is an excerpt from an article titled: "Pink, the New Army Green"

The Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The program focuses on celebrating survivors, educating people about breast cancer, and, most importantly, finding a cure...The starting line was complete with motivating music and a pink podium where Dixon gave her opening speech before the walk.

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What does the name "Amplivox" Mean?

So what does the name Amplivox mean?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary¹,
  • Amplify comes originally from Middle French and means: "to enlarge or expand" and originally was not restricted to the use of sound as it now is (due to radio technology)
  • Vox comes from Classic Latin and means: "voice"
Therefore, Ampli-Vox literally means "to enlarge or expand voice."

You are probably one step ahead of us... Amplivox's slogan is "Extend Your Voice" for this very reason. The excellent sound quality our lecterns and sound systems provide allow you to extend your voice so that your message can be heard loud and clear.

¹ http://www.etymonline.com/

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Fresh Start Fundraiser Update

Recently, we told you about Amplivox teaming up with Fresh Start of Illinois for their fundraiser. One of our employee's decided to stop by and take a look at how Amplivox was helping their cause.He took some photos and video to share with you. Here is a video highlighting the event. .

For more information on Amplivox Sound Systems products, visit us at Ampli.com

Monday, November 01, 2010

Pink Podium Finds Its Way to Maryland for Komen Race

The Pink Podium made another appearance recently at a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Hunt Valley, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. The event had more that 28,500 participants and raised over $2.4 million for Breast Cancer Awareness. The Pink Podium was used for the 18th annual event and pictures can been seen here.

Amplivox is proud to help out any Breast Cancer Awareness event by donating a Pinnacle Pink Podium. For more information on the Pink Podium, click here. For more information on any other of our great products, visit us at Ampli.com