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Friday, December 30, 2011

What is the #1 Portable PA System Mistake? Not Charging Rechargeable Battery Long Enough

The #1 Customer troubleshooting phone call we receive deals with the rechargeable batteries on the following products.  When a customer first receives the PA system, they should plug it in and charge it overnight so it is at full strength to start its career in projecting your voice.

Each of the following products feature built in rechargeable batteries that need to be charged overnight for a minimum of 7 hours before primary use.

It is also recommended to not let the battery drain before you charge it, it is better to keep it charged for each use.  After each time of use, it should be recharged to prolong the life of the PA System.

The Mity-Vox PA System should be charged overnight before use.

The iPod Portable PA System needs to be charged at least 7-10 hours before first use.

The Titan Wireless PA System should be charged at least 6-8 hours before its first use.


The Digital Audio Travel Partner should be charged overnight and should be charged after each use to maximize the battery life.  Recharging the unit only when the battery status light is yellow or red will shorten the useful life of the batteries.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

Here are AmpliVox's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011:

1. Church Pulpits

2. Can Your Cheerleaders Be Heard Above the Noise?

3. Multi-Purpose Lecterns: Restaurant | 8 Restaurant Hostess Tips

4. Dangers of Flash Mobs

5. Master Guide to AmpliVox YouTube Videos

6. YouTube Star Edbassmaster Uses AmpliVox Sound Cruiser PA System

7. AmpliVox Supports North Suburban YMCA

8. 10 Reasons to Use Technology in the Classroom

9. NFL Commissioner Uses Contemporary Aluminum Acrylic LecternAcrylic Lecterns and Pulpits

10. Custom Mountable Horn Speaker Systems from AmpliVox

Presidential Podium used at School Assembly

Recently, Amplivox Sound Systems had the privilege of supporting local award winning school by supplying a Wireless Presidential Plus Sound Lectern for their celebratory assembly.

The local school was celebrating the award for being one of the top 350 schools in the entire nation (almost 140,000 schools).  That is really quite an achievement!

Related Posts:
AmpliVox YouTube Channel
Amplivox Portable Sound Systems Home Page
Teacher feedback on Amplified Classrooms
Amplivox Supports Local Career Assistance Non-Profit Fresh Start
All Blogs Tagged "Amplivox Cares"
Do you have the Winter Blues? Blog on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 7 Reasons You Need Your PA System to Be Portable | Sound Tips

Why a Portable Sound System?

  1. Flexibility. A PA system that is permanent is a pain to uninstall and reinstall.
  2. Outdoor Use Is Easy
  3. Indoor Use is Easy
  4. You don't need to be searching for an electrical outlet.
  5. No more extension cords.
  6. Use the PA system for a variety of events.  A Portable PA system will not confine you to a small space or specific application.  Many of our portable PA systems are iPod and smart phone compatible
  7. Long Battery Life.  The Voice Projector PA System's battery life is an incredible 200 hours.  That is no typo we really mean up to 200 hours of battery life with 10 D-Cell batteries.
The Digital Audio Travel Partner is called a travel partner because this 250 watt system is portable.  You can also connect anything you want to project sound like a computer, iPod, or instrument like a guitar.

The Wireless Audio Portable Buddy is a 50 watt system great for presenters on the go.  It runs up to 200 hours on a single set of 10-D Cell batteries!

Related Links:
-Get this Lady An Adjustable Height Lectern!
-Video: Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology In Education
-Webpage: Portable Sound Systems

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Is AmpliVox's CEO Camera Shy?

A few weeks ago AmpliVox had some reporters come for a photoshoot on our Pink Podium Cause Marketing Campaign.  Needless to say he is not very camera shy...

The song he sings is "Young at Heart" by Frank Sinatra.

Related Links:
Video: The Pink Podium Story on YouTube
Pinnacle Podium Product Page
Video: AmpliVox Featured in Video at Craftsman Experience
 Blog:  Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

Monday, December 19, 2011

Blind Skiers Prefer the Beltblaster: AmpliVox Mentions

Did you read our old post on how the AmpliVox Beltblaster is used by blind skiers?

Here are a couple links from around the web that give more info about blind skiers and mention the AmpliVox Beltblaster Personal PA System:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays from AmpliVox Sound Systems!

We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. 
We value our relationship with you and thank you for being our customer.  We look forward to serving you in the coming year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We will be closed for the holidays on the following days:
Friday afternoon, December 23rd
Monday, December 26th
Friday afternoon, December 30th
Monday, January 2nd

Popular Blog Posts from this year:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Alternative to a DJ: AmpliVox Portable PA Systems | Disc Jockey Hire

In these tough economic times, people are looking to cut expenses any way they can to stay within their budget.

Events like weddings, dinners at a banquet hall, and high school dances need music and sound system options for the master of ceremonies but do not want to spend outrageous amounts of money for DJ staff, equipment, insurance, gas money...etc.

A simple solution for a DJ would be finding a DJ alternative, or doing it yourself.  One excellent way to do it yourself is to use an AmpliVox Portable Sound System.

Our systems have integrated sound and easy connectivity options for a CD, MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, smartphone or other audio devices.  You can also plug in instruments into these PA systems (guitar, bass, and anything else that has corresponding cords).

In addition to that, the two pictured products have The Voice Priority Feature which dulls down the music when the presenter speaks into the mic.  Many of our systems have the capability of using several microphones at the same time, and all have wireless microphone options available.

Make a playlist with your favorite songs and control your music with the remote control that several of our products offer.

How to Set Up a PA System

Monday, December 12, 2011

Yet ANOTHER Positive Half-Mile Hailer Customer Review

Review of the AmpliVox Half-Mile Hailer:
"We bought one of these Amplivox units about a year ago for our nonprofit organization to use at public educational demonstrations. As an electrical engineer, I had spent quite a bit of time reviewing specifications and prices, and finally settled on this one. It isn't the cheapest on the market, but you get what you pay for.

The cone speaker is fairly directional, allowing you to control the direction in which it projects sound. In particular, you can stand to one side to avoid feedback. Surprisingly, however, the unit is not prone to feedback even if you are standing in front of the speaker, as long as you are not too close. I found that I can stand 10 meters or so in front of the speaker, with volume at reasonable levels, and still not have a feedback problem. Ideally, you are off to the side, but that's not always feasible in all locations.

Sound quality is in my opinion quite good for a public address system, but you should understand that this is a *public address system* and not a music system. You can certainly play music through the amplifier, but it is optimized for human speech and lacks the frequency response and dynamic range for high-fidelity music reproduction. In engineering design, there are always tradeoffs, and the designers were able to make this device work better for speech by intentionally limiting its response range. I have also been very pleased that the speaker has plenty of headroom, and I have not heard any clipping or overdrive.

One very nice feature of this model is that it has inputs for an extra wireless or wired microphone as well as a line-level input for connection to an external source such as an MP3 player for sound effects or background music. This feature is hard to find on equipment in this price range.

The battery life of the unit is surprisingly good. I was skeptical of the manufacturer's claim of how long it can run on "D" cells, but I have to admit it really does run a long time. We bought the 12 volt adapter (and I recommend this if you're going to run it all day), but for most short presentations (up to 3 or 4 hours) I just use the inboard "D" cells.

The manufacturer calls this a "half mile hailer". I haven't tested it at that range, but I would believe the claim based on what I have observed. With the volume at about 40% to 50%, we are able to give educational presentations in very crowded outdoor venues such as a town festival.

The wireless microphones are of very high quality, with no discernible difference in fidelity between wired and wireless in my tests. They operate on different radio frequencies and have so far been immune to crossover in our usage. These are expensive microphones, but as with the amplifier you get what you pay for. My only caveat is that using the wireless microphones properly does require some training. Anyone can learn it, but audio novices may need some practice to get the mic placement right.

My overall opinion is that this PA system does exactly what its manufacturer claims, and does it very well..."
~Review Courtesy of Amazon

Other Half-Mile Hailer Reviews:
Blog: Bull Stomps on Half-Mile Hailer, Still Works!
Blog: Beach Lifeguard Review of Half-Mile Hailer
Blog: Street Preachers Love the Half-Mile Hailer!
VIDEO: Customer Reviews AmpliVox Half-Mile Hailer
Blog: NCAA Track Starter's Review of the Half-Mile Hailer

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

ImprovEverywhere Uses Megaphone and Lectern in Flash Mob Type Video

The internet is a weird thing... it connects people all over the world, revolutionizes the way business is done, and also brings about some interesting ideas.

Our friends over at ImprovEverywhere specialize in doing flash mobs that gather random people to do random things.  The latest one, called "Say Something Nice" and involves two things that are near and dear to the heart of AmpliVox, a lectern and a megaphone.

Although the lectern is not an AmpliVox one (it is similar to our Elite Solid Hard Wood Lectern Stand), we think the megaphone could be ours!

Monday, December 05, 2011

12 Awesome Sports Photos You Have to See

Source: Flickr/cutglassdecanter
AmpliVox Portable Sound Systems has compiled some cool sports photos over the last few weeks.

AmpliVox has supported youth sports in a variety of ways in recent years, click on the following links to read more and view videos:
-AmpliVox Amplifies Football Coaches' Voices
-AmpliVox Supports the YMCA 3-On-3 Tournament
-Gymnastics Class Testimonial/Review on Digital Audio Travel Partner
-Cheerleader PA Systems

Like the pictures?  Tell us which one is your favorite in a comment!

Courtesy: AZAdam on Flickr
Courtesy: Flickr User Foxypar4

Courtesy PhotoDu.de on Flickr

Courtesy: Flickr user Vramak

Courtesy: Avcosihub on Flickr

Courtesy Flicker User DVIDSHUB

Courtesy Greg L on Flickr
Courtesy CDEPaz on Flickr
Courtesy: Joe S. on Flickr

Courtesy: ElbertBarnes on Flickr
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