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Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking Back at AmpliVox 2013: Milestones


As the year comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on all that has been accomplished at AmpliVox and recount the milestones of 2013 as we move forward into the New Year.



January 2013
AmpliVox Offers Custom Logos For Lecterns and Podiums

AmpliVox was happy to offer custom logos in conjunction with their different lines of lecterns and podiums. A custom logo brings immediate originality to your lectern, and serves as a subtle, but lasting symbol of your brand that will stay with audiences long after your event.


Multimedia Lectern with built-in LCD Monitor and Stereo Speakers

AmpliVox’s Visionary Lectern offers a 17” monitor built-in to the front of the lectern which can be used to display a PowerPoint presentation, a company brand or logo, or a full motion video to reinforce your presentation. The top reading surface of the lectern has a one touch flip up data port, that allows connectivity to a laptop with a VGA input, a 3.5 mm audio input as well as a AC power jack.


AmpliVox Releases New Version of Digital Audio Travel Partner

We doubled the number of UHF channels in the wireless receiver of the SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner, from eight to 16, so you’ll have an even easier time connecting to your lapel, handheld, or headset microphone—up to 200 feet away.

We also added a new battery monitor that shows the status of the device’s built-in rechargeable battery, which lasts up to ten hours on a single charge.




February 2013
iPhone / iPad Portable PA and Sound System

AmpliVox Sound Systems was proud to unveil its newly updated SW720 Wireless PA system, the most versatile PA package to support all types of external media.

The SW720 PA allows for audio or video to be played from MP3s, CDs, DVDs, or any iDevice from Apple (iPhones, iPads, or iPods), complemented by a wireless handheld mic for crystal-clear voice amplification.


Acrylic Lecterns Captivate with Elegant, Customizable Style

Expanded our popular line of Acrylic Lecterns with 14 different styles to fit any setting. These lecterns are part of AmpliVox’s broad and deep collection of lectern products, featuring the widest range of materials and styles in the industry.

Additionally, AmpliVox now offers an elegant customizable logo option to many of its lecterns, including a number of its Acrylic and Euro-Contemporary models. The new option allows any logo or image to appear on the front panel of these attractive lecterns, enhancing brand recognition with subtlety and style.


Church Pulpits and Custom Ministry Lecterns

Offered a large selection of acrylic lecterns and wooden podiums to meet the needs of nearly all congregations. An acrylic lectern makes a perfect church pulpit, with its wide reading surface area and elegant see-through appearance will look great on any altar.

Its clear acrylic enhances the overall stage appearance, and its beauty through its clarity will surely capture your audience’s attention. Create a unique and personalized pulpit with etching and vinyl options for your customized logo.




March 2013
Northbrook Chamber Honors North Suburban YMCA at 58th Annual Dinner

AmpliVox Sound Systems has been an integral part in supporting the North Suburban YMCA. In addition to financial support, AmpliVox has supplied portable audio systems and presentation equipment to meet its every need, whether it's group fitness, sporting events, corporate presentations or day camp.


AmpliVox provides product training at W.B. Mason Brockton, MA offices

The W.B. Mason office in Brockton, MA was the scene for AmpliVox Sound Systems to present and educate Mason account representatives on how to effectively prospect and sell portable sound systems and lecterns. The team of over 45 account executives met with Bill Gamber, Director of Sales, for AmpliVox.




April 2013
AmpliVox Partners With Bretford to Bring Line Array Speakers

AmpliVox Sound Systems was very excited to announce a new partnership, joining with Bretford Manufacturing Inc. to offer a custom version of their popular EXPLORE Interactive Whiteboard that comes with our Line Array Speaker system. Our Line Array Speakers will be offered as an accessory to the unit, so audiences can enjoy crystal clear accompanying sound.


Strategic Component Design Smooths the Path for Successful Integration

Partnering with compatible companies around the country, AmpliVox has had its sound systems integrated into lecterns manufactured by Da-Lite Screen Company, Inc.; connected its line array sound bars to interactive Mastervision white boards from Bi-Silque; supplied speakers for computer/AV carts from the Bretford Company and MooreCo.; and mounted its line arrays to teleconferencing media carts from AVTEQ, Inc.


Stream Music Wirelessly with the S1360 Bluetooth® Audio Receiver

AmpliVox introduced the S1360 Universal Bluetooth® Audio Receiver to wirelessly stream music from your computer, smartphone, or tablet to any of the AmpliVox speaker systems with an auxiliary input jack.


Delivering the Message: New Options for Your House of Worship

More than any other presentation setting, religious houses of worship require furniture and equipment that complement the tone of the message being delivered.




May 2013
AmpliVox Attends IMCE Spring 2013 Vendor Expo and Golf Outing

AmpliVox Sound Systems was one of over 100 manufacturers and B2B resellers to attend the Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Vendor Expo (IMCE) in Scottsdale, Arizona. The annual vendor expo and charity golf outing brought together consumer electronics and technology manufacturers from across the country for a series of breakout sessions and seminars on topics related to the consumer electronics industry.


New Spec Sheets Highlight AmpliVox - AVTEQ Partnership

We designed the Line Array Speakers to function as both a standalone speaker system that provides stationary sound support, or as an audio compliment to today’s mobile videoconferencing and smart board systems. In the case of our partnership with AVTEQ, the result is a comprehensive audio-visual solution for your business or organization.

Our partnership has proven fruitful so far, as our speakers and AVTEQ’s LCD/Plasma videoconferencing carts look like a match made in audio-visual heaven.




June 2013
A Moment to Celebrate

AmpliVox Sounds Systems congratulated Carolyn Roth and Pedro de Oliveira Fiuza on getting married and celebrated their wedding at the University Club in Chicago. Carolyn is the daughter of Don Roth, AmpliVox’s founder and CEO. Carolyn and Pedro have traveled the world with each other and look forward to many more adventures to come.


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.




July 2013
rAVe Chooses AmpliVox PA Systems to Broadcast Announcements

This year Rave Pubs detailed all aspects of InfoComm13 by deploying an army of videographers onto the show floor to shoot videos on every single new product and creating a catalog of what was presented at InfoComm13.




Illinois PGA Bronze Level Partner - PA Systems for Golf Courses

AmpliVox is a Bronze Level partner of the Illinois PGA Section and the recommended choice for public address systems preferred by the PGA pro's.




August 2013
Mikana Parade Committee Installs the Radio Hailer for their July 4th Parade

"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


Pink Megaphone Donation Turns Up the Volume at Breast Cancer Race

AmpliVox Sound Systems was proud to announce that they will once again supply distinctive pink megaphones to the staff of the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, that was held on Sunday, September 8 in Central Park.

AmpliVox donated 50 of its “Pink Power” megaphones to the race as part of its established program of donating lecterns and megaphones to support breast cancer fundraising, advocacy, and education events around the nation.


Great Moments in Historic Speeches

AmpliVox ran a series of blog posts "Great Moments in Historic Speeches" covering famous speeches of historical figures and outlining the content and delivery style that made it memorable. Historic speeches analyzed to gain insight on its effectiveness:




September 2013
AmpliVox CEO Don Roth featured in Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Chicago Business article "Small firms finally see upside to hiring again" covered local small businesses and their projections on hiring. Don Roth was quoted "We're likely to end up with six new hires this year, that will be the most people we've hired since 2004."


National Preparedness Month Highlights Need for MNEC Systems

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.




October 2013
Free Shipping On Selected Items to the Contiguous United States

AmpliVox offered FREE ground shipping on selected items to the contiguous United States, referring to the 48 adjoining U.S. states.

Free Shipping was available for: S207 BeltBlaster Pro, SW212 Mity-Vox, Audio Portable Buddy, SW300 Mity-Lite, EZ Speak Folding Lecterns and the S602 Mity-Meg 25-Watt Megaphone.


Customize Megaphone With Your Company Logo

AmpliVox now offers a Custom Megaphone Logo Program, customizing the S602 megaphone with your company logo. Our custom logo solutions allows your brand to stand out at your next event, setting your organization apart while enhancing your professional presence.


AmpliVox Partners with AVTEQ to Deliver Presentation Lecterns

AmpliVox has been selected as the exclusive supplier of lecterns to AVTEQ’s product line. AVTEQ, which is the largest manufacturer of videoconferencing carts in the AV furniture industry, will offer four different AmpliVox lecterns to its international customer base.

The lecterns distributed by AVTEQ offer a range of style and function options to meet the needs of individual customers.


AmpliVox “Speaks Up for America” with Donation to Local YMCA

AmpliVox has delivered a cash donation to the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook, Illinois, as part of its “Speak Up for America!” public service initiative. The donation will support the Y’s local youth programming and services.




November 2013
AmpliVox Sponsors 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.

Mrs. Michele Santini's 3rd grade class from Zion Lutheran Elementary School were winners of an AmpliVox Personal Waistband Amplifier.


AmpliVox Introduces Customized Military Multimedia Lecterns

AmpliVox proudly announced that its popular Pinnacle multimedia lectern was available with customized logos and colors for the five branches of the US Armed Services. These high-performance presentation lecterns combine elegant style with durable construction to fit any setting, indoors or out.


Bridging the Gap Between Old and New with the AmpliVox Boombox

When it comes to the evolution of sound, everything seems to be going digital, many enjoy the innovation and capability that today’s gadgets like iPhones and computer software provide, but there is undoubtedly a need still to bridge the gap between older and newer technologies. For this reason, we are proud to introduce our SL1010 Boombox and SL1014 Listening Center / Boombox Combo, an all-in-one multimedia player and recorder system.


Hostess Stands and Podiums for Restaurants and Hospitality

The host stand, used effectively, acts as the nerve center for your dining room. The right equipment enables your team to smoothly manage flow, store and protect valuable items, and communicate easily with customers in the restaurant and on the telephone.




December 2013
Safety Wand Megaphone for Traffic Control – Traffic Baton

AmpliVox has recently introduced the S606 Safety Wand Megaphone, the newest offering in emergency communication systems. The S606 Safety Wand Megaphone is a traffic control baton that combines the features of a LED safety wand with a loudspeaker megaphone, increasing your visibility and amplifying your voice within the same unit. Perfect for law enforcement, fire fighters, and EMTs for traffic marshalling.


Rechargeable Megaphone Battery Pack Leads Industry for Battery Life

AmpliVox Sound Systems announced that its exclusive internal Rechargeable Megaphone Battery Pack has been confirmed to maintain a full charge for over a year of idle time. The revolutionary lithium-ion battery pack, will now be available in the company’s S602 and S602M megaphone products.


AmpliVox Stands Behind Special Olympics

AmpliVox Sound Systems was proud to announce that it had signed on as a sponsor for the Special Olympics Illinois Sixth Annual Inspire Greatness Gala. The fundraising dinner supported the wide variety of athletic competitions and programs offered by Special Olympics for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Portable PA Equipment for Auctioneers Keeps the Audience Fully Engaged

Our sound equipment enables auctioneers to keep the audience fully engaged without voice fatigue. Auctioneer PA systems provide great voice amplification and saves your voice from hoarseness or strain that can be caused by talking above the background noise and voices of the crowd for long periods of time.

Additionally, wireless systems allow the auctioneer to move freely around the room for a personalized interactive experience. Our selection of portable sound systems allow auctions to host various crowd sizes in different environments, indoors or outdoors. All PA systems are battery powered allowing for greater mobility.


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 2014 as we continue to grow our role in our community and make a difference in the causes we believe in.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from AmpliVox!



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On behalf of everyone at AmpliVox Sound Systems, we would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

We have enjoyed another busy and exciting 2013.

We introduced new products, and improved upon our most recognized technology.

We strengthened our friendships and forged new partnerships to bring you the best service.

We reveled in stories of people extending their voices, from small town parades in Wisconsin, to America's Cup, to mission work in Africa

And we continued to grow our role in our community, making a difference in causes we believe in.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support we have received from our dealers, suppliers, customers and friends. We will see you in 2014! Happy holidays!

We will be closed for Christmas and New Year's on the following days, 

but we are always open at Ampli.com:
December 24th
December 25th
December 31st
January 1st

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Portable Sound Equipment for Auctioneers Keeps the Audience Fully Engaged



Professional auctioneer Ron Bernardi relies on AmpliVox Sound System products to maximize sales in a wide variety of auction settings.
Auctions take place in perhaps the most diverse range of settings possible. From hushed art galleries to elegant charity diners to dusty cattleyards, auctioneers orchestrate the sale of goods for the highest possible price through their power to generate interest and enthusiasm amongst potential bidders.

To help accomplish that goal, AmpliVox Sound Systems offers a variety of portable PA products to ensure that the auctioneer's voice carries loud and clear to every buyer at the event.

Auctioneers face an exhausting list of vocal responsibilities during a sale. The announcement, description, and bidding of a parade of items, along with the general management of the event, all need to be fully audible over the buzz of conversation and other background noises.

AmpliVox sound equipment enables the auctioneer to keep the audience fully engaged without voice fatigue. Auctioneer PA systems provide great voice amplification and saves your voice from hoarseness or strain that can be caused by talking above the background noise and voices of the crowd for long periods of time.

Additionally, wireless systems allow the auctioneer to move freely around the room for a personalized interactive experience.

Our selection of portable sound systems allow auctions to host various crowd sizes in different environments, indoors or outdoors. All PA systems are battery powered allowing for greater mobility.

AmpliVox's line of portable sound systems includes options for any auction setting, such as:

Half-Mile Hailer System

A powerful, durable 50-watt system with a weatherproof, wireless horn speaker that clearly projects sound for up to a half mile.

Voice Projector PA System Bundle

A sophisticated wireless system with speakers that can be positioned up to 500 feet apart for maximum sound coverage.

Digital Audio Travel Partner

The most versatile system, with options for multiple wireless mic users, connectivity with iPhones and iPads, a built-in CD player, and more.

Tital Wireless Portable PA

A powerful all-in-one package with a 100-watt amp.

Sound Cruiser Car PA

a roof-mounted 50-watt speaker system that turns the auctioneer's car or truck into an outdoor staging area.

Professional auctioneer Ron Bernardi uses AmpliVox Sound Systems for all his indoor and outdoor auctions, noting that, "The main thing auctioneers need is a sound system that gets people's attention. AmpliVox sound is so clear, crisp, and engaging that it makes the charity events I do very profitable."

"Auctioneers around the country are having great success using AmpliVox products," noted Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO. "They know they can depend on our portable sound systems to deliver perfect sound quality in any setting. That clarity translates into better communication with bidders and higher sale prices."

For details about AmpliVox's line of auctioneering products, visit http://www.ampli.com/pa-systems/auctioneers.aspx.

Friday, December 13, 2013

AmpliVox Stands Behind Special Olympics


AmpliVox Sound Systems was proud to announce that it had signed on as a sponsor for the Special Olympics Illinois Sixth Annual Inspire Greatness Gala. This fundraising dinner, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago on October 26, supported the wide variety of athletic competitions and programs offered by Special Olympics for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics endeavors to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

The Illinois branch of Special Olympics provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide. In 2012, the Inspire Greatness Gala raised approximately $650,000 to support those programs.


Don & Nancy c.1968
Special Olympics has been close to the heart of AmpliVox CEO Don Roth for decades. In fact, he and his wife Nancy were present at the first International Games of Special Olympics, which took place at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July 1968. Originally envisioned as a one-time event, over 1000 athletes from all over the US and Canada competed.

“It is a thrill to see how far Special Olympics has come in the decades since those first games at Soldier Field,” reflects Roth.

“This organization has inspired hope and provided encouragement for young people around the world, and made all of us appreciate the strength and determination of individuals with disabilities.

AmpliVox is very proud to support Special Olympics Illinois in all their endeavors, including the Inspire Greatness fundraiser.”

For more information on the 2013 Gala, please visit: http://www.soill.org/event/inspire-greatness-gala/

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Safety Wand Megaphone for Crowd Control – Traffic Baton


AmpliVox has recently introduced the S606 Safety Wand Megaphone, the newest offering in emergency communication systems. The S606 Safety Wand Megaphone is a traffic control baton that combines the features of a LED safety wand with a loudspeaker megaphone, increasing your visibility and amplifying your voice within the same unit.

Perfect for law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and individuals concerned with traffic marshalling, the illuminated LED baton is lightweight, durable, and water resistant. The S606 Safety Wand Megaphone is a versatile, multi-use device ideal for:
  • Directing Traffic, day or night
  • Directing Patrons for Sporting events, Concerts and Parking
  • Roadside Protection / Marker
  • Crowd Control
  • Police and Fire Departments
User friendly controls have sealed buttons that operates the multifunctional LED baton and PA speaker, offering up to 4 different modes of operation: Red Light, Flash light, Talk and Whistle. A rotary volume control is also found on the side of the handle used to adjust the megaphones’ volume level with the whistle function as loud as 105 decibels when measured at 1 meter away.

5 ultra-bright red LEDs light continuously or flashing while the 1 white LED at the tip of the wand is used as a flashlight. The S606 Safety Wand Megaphone has a visibility of 3000 yards with a 100,000 hour lamp life.

The textured grip, ABS plastic handle detaches at the bottom into a 20 watts Piezo microphone wired to the wand by a 5’ coil cord. The handle also contains the built-in rechargeable battery that’s charged by the accompanying AC Charger Adapter or Vehicle Charger Adapter for 100 hours of run time.

The S606 Safety Wand Megaphone is 2.25” in diameter and 21.25” in total length. It has a belt clip for easy storage and in addition it has a wrist strap that slides onto your hand so if you drop it while you using it won’t hit the pavement. The S606 Safety Wand Megaphone is an effective tool to indicate to motorists what you want them to do.

For more information on the S606 Safety Wand Megaphone or any of our emergency communication systems please visit: http://www.ampli.com/pa-systems/emergency-communication-systems.aspx

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Rechargeable Megaphone Battery Pack Leads Industry for Battery Life


AmpliVox Sound Systems announces that its exclusive internal Rechargeable Megaphone Battery Pack has been confirmed to maintain a full charge for over a year of idle time. AmpliVox’s revolutionary lithium-ion battery pack, the first of its kind in a megaphone, will now be available in the company’s S602 and S602M megaphone products.



AmpliVox’s lithium-ion battery heralds a new generation of handheld bullhorns with talk/sirens and whistles that weigh less and deliver far longer battery life than traditional models. The AmpliVox lithium-battery powers the megaphone for up to 40 hours of typical use, and holds its charge for over a year in storage.

The rechargeable battery also cuts the weight of the megaphone unit by 30% compared to competing products that require multiple D-cell alkaline batteries and external recharge trays. Rechargeable batteries also eliminate the need to constantly replace alkaline batteries, and are far safer for the environment than toxic disposable batteries.

AmpliVox megaphones offer a host of features to support a wide range of uses.





  • An effective range of up to one mile
  • Includes multi-function talk/siren/whistle modes
  • Volume and gain controls
  • Battery power indicator lights
  • A comfortable pistol grip handle
  • And attached carry strap




  • Lightweight and powerful
  • Comfortable pistol grip and 3 modes: talk/siren/whistle
  • effective range up to one mile (1760 yards).
  • Weatherproof high impact plastic
  • Steel battery indicator light shows power status (low, med, hi) on the outer housing
  • Includes detachable corded mic and shoulder strap for all day use

All AmpliVox megaphones feature weatherproof, shockproof construction and incorporate top-rated Piezo microphone technology. They are widely used by law enforcement, EMS, fire safety, education, sports, rallies, and other settings that require clear communication to large groups of people.

“The lithium-ion battery pack is a game changer for this product line,” noted Don Roth, CEO of AmpliVox.

“This technology ensures that AmpliVox megaphones are always ready to go at a moment’s notice. We are proud to offer the most lightweight, dependable megaphones in the industry.”

For more information on the S602 Mity-Meg 25-Watt Megaphone or S602M - Mity-Meg Plus Megaphone please visit: http://www.ampli.com/megaphones/