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Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking Back at AmpliVox 2016: Milestones


As the new year begins, it's a good time to look back and reflect on all that has been accomplished at AmpliVox and recount the milestones of 2016 as we move forward into 2017.


January 2016
AmpliVox Named Business of the Year

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce named AmpliVox Sound Systems as its Business of the Year for 2016, in recognition of the company’s business success. Don Roth was presented with the award at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Meeting.

"We are very honored to be recognized by the Northbrook Chamber with this award," noted Roth. "We have deep roots in this community and have the greatest respect for the Chamber’s members. The award validates the hard work and commitment that all our employees deliver everyday."


Multipurpose Safety Wand Megaphone from AmpliVox Enhances Crowd Control

When directing large groups of people in motion, effective communication is essential to ensure safety.

AmpliVox Sound Systems’ S606 Safety Wand Megaphone gives police officers, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders the tools to communicate quickly and clearly.

The AmpliVox S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines the features of an LED safety wand with a loudspeaker megaphone, increasing the user’s visibility and voice range in a single lightweight, durable, and water-resistant unit.

This all-in-one crowd control baton with a built-in megaphone is also an excellent choice for parking attendants and security officers at sporting events, concerts. And other large venues



February 2016
Jen From The Little Couple On TLC Extends Her Voice With An AmpliVox Megaphone

What a great surprise to see The Little Couple's Jennifer Arnold, MD extend her voice with help from our megaphone!

The AmpliVox model 601R Mity-Meg 15 Watt Megaphone used by Jen can go anywhere you need to extend your voice. It is ideal for crowd control, announcements in noisy environments, or emergency services.


Acrylic Steel Column Arc Lectern Series

Get the lectern that seems to float above the floor, the AmpliVox Acrylic Steel Column Arc Lectern has a sweeping arc design that makes your presentation seem momentous and memorable.

Its beautiful acrylic table and brushed stainless steel base and column provide contemporary elegance.



March 2016
Juliana's Secret To Success - Waking Up Early

It's definitely no secret that the most productive people always wake up early. Tapping into the power of the morning gives you the opportunity to set a positive tone for the day.

Thankfully for Juliana, AmpliVox's Quality Assurance Intern Superstar, waking up early is a skill she did not have to learn because she is a natural early bird.

Her early morning routine consists of:
  • Tea Time With Grandma
  • Digesting the Daily News
  • Playing With Her Favorite Building Blocks
  • Being the First To Arrive At AmpliVox



AmpliVox Honored For Company Values

AmpliVox Sound Systems was recognized as 2016 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in Northbrook, Illinois.

The award was based on AmpliVox’s exceptional business success, as well as our deep commitment to community involvement.

"We at AmpliVox are proud to be part of a vibrant business community in the town where we’ve been based for the last 20 years.", said Don Roth. This award reflects our fundamental mission: to create the highest quality sound and presentation furniture products.



April 2016
AmpliVox Gift to American Red Cross Provides Megaphones for Disaster Teams

To enhance communication at disaster scenes and other vital operations, AmpliVox Sound Systems provided its signature Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphones to the American Red Cross. AmpliVox has donated twelve of the versatile portable sound systems for disaster relief teams and for Red Cross events sponsored by its Communications Department.


Six Communication Tips for School Safety and Educational Success

How do you put forth a clear voice and strong image when communicating in and around schools?

Here are six proven tips.



May 2016
Enhance Religious Services and Education with Multimedia Furniture

Today’s religious leaders use multimedia in a variety of ways to engage with their congregations. Manufacturers like AmpliVox offer options that range from strictly utilitarian to traditionally elegant.

Maintain the integrity and dignity of your presentations by investing in multimedia furniture that fits the setting in which it will be used.


AmpliVox Supports the Yellowstone National Park to Protect, Promote, and Enhance Its Natural and Cultural Resources

Karen Bates Kress, President of the Yellowstone Park Foundation wrote to acknowledge and thank AmpliVox for the contribution of the Mity-Meg Megaphone and BeltBlaster Pro Sound System to the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s 3rd Annual Old Faithful Open Golf Scramble.

The generous gift ensures Yellowstone National Park will continue to receive funding for both priority needs and long-term objectives that protect, promote, and enhance Yellowstone’s natural and cultural resources.

AmpliVox takes pleasure in assisting the world’s first national park in maintaining a margin of excellence that visitors have come to expect. We hope your travels take you to Yellowstone this year as YPF looks forward to showing you the impacts of their programs such as their: Wildlife and Visitor Safety Program, Junior Ranger, Youth Scientist and Wildlife Olympics.



June 2016
AmpliVox Sound Systems Recognized by U.S. Congress

AmpliVox Sound Systems was honored with special recognition on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, applauded for its success as a small business and its commitment to community involvement.

Bob Dold, representative for the 10th District of Illinois, commended AmpliVox on February 29, 2016 during a public session and his remarks were entered into the Congressional Record.


AmpliVox Showcases New Products and Accolades at InfoComm16

AmpliVox Sound Systems returns to infoComm, the largest professional AV conference in the United States, with exciting new sound system and presentation furniture products for 2016.

AmpliVox’s product innovations range from super-durable megaphones to elegant lecterns to tech-savvy furniture that supports collaboration.



July 2016
AmpliVox Sound Systems Donation Sends Healing Support to Sandy Hook Community

As part of its ongoing Community Connection Donation Program, AmpliVox Sound Systems donated a variety of its top-rated products to the Healing Newtown program in Newtown, Connecticut.


Hospitality Valet Podium Series Complements Your Business Decor And Image

Enhance your Valet Services with a versatile selection of hosting and valet podiums, featuring locking cabinets and optional custom logo.

The right equipment enables your hospitality team to smoothly manage traffic flow, store and protect valuable items, and communicate easily with customers in the hotel and restaurant industry.



August 2016
Communication Cuts Through Chaos for Better Public Safety

When emergencies arise in crowded areas, the first priority of first responders is to quickly move civilians to places of safety.

Whether the emergency is related to accidents, natural causes, criminal activity, or terrorist violence, panic and confusion in the crowd can greatly increase the risk of casualties.


SW245 Power Pod PA With Digital Media Player and FM Radio

The AmpliVox SW245 Power Pod PA packs 50 watts of power into a unit weighing less than six pounds, yet it is loaded with features such as the ability to play recorded audio from an SD card or a thumb drive.

Loaded with a media player that gives you the ability to play recorded audio from a SD card or a USB thumb drive and includes FM radio with remote control.



September 2016
Fisher Foundation 3rd Annual Hike 4 Better Hearing

The Fisher Foundation held its 3rd Annual Hike 4 Better Hearing walk on September 17 2016, where AmpliVox had donated a S602R Megaphone to help the announcers address the crowd. The 5K walk helps to further the public’s awareness of the importance and benefits of hearing better.

The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care rekindles relationships where loved voices have been missing, giving hearing aids to over 30 families who can now truly share and laugh and enjoy the special moments of their lives.


9/11 Interfaith Service of Healing, Hope and Love

The Deerfield and Highland Park Clergy Association held an Interfaith Service of Healing, Hope and Love to honor those lost in September 11 terrorist attack on our country.

AmpliVox CEO Don Roth participated in the ceremony and provided the SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner for the events sound system. The SW915 was used for leading prayers, singing songs and allowing members to speak to the attendees, sharing their stories of 9/11.



October 2016
Responsible Budget Coalition Members Show Unity At Wrigley Field

As the Chicago Cubs make baseball history with their first World Series appearance since 1945, members of the Responsible Budget Coalition held a unity demonstration on Monday at Wrigley Field, putting aside historic team rivalries to stand together, celebrate the Cubs’ victory, and make a united call for a fully funded, yearlong state budget.

The participants wore Cubs, White Sox, and Cardinals jerseys and t-shirts to show support for their favorite teams even as they stressed their unity in demanding a fully funded state budget that meets the needs of the people who live in Illinois.


AmpliVox Attends National Parking Association Convention and Expo 2016

AmpliVox Sound Systems attended the sold out NPA 2016 Convention & Expo that was held in Atlanta Georgia on September 19th through the 22nd.

NPA's Annual Convention & Expo brings together more than 1,200 parking and transportation thought leaders to discuss global trends, best practices and innovative parking industry advancements.



November 2016
XPOGO Stunt Team Thrills Audience At School Performance and Fundraising Event

When Rob Holder from Great American Opportunities was hosting a fundraising program featuring the Xpogo Stunt Team as their special performance, they choose AmpliVox Sound Systems to reinforce the emcee and live event.

During an extreme pogo school demo, the emcee relied on the SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner with a S1297 Satellite Wireless Powered Dual Speaker for sound support, keeping the audience pumped during the performance.


The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series

AmpliVox CEO and longtime Cubs fan Don Roth rejoices in World Series win after a lifetime of waiting.

Chicago Cubs finally coming home carrying the 2016 trophy.
Their victory endend a 108-year "curse".

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the Cubs' President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein for getting the job done. See you again next year! Go Cubs!



December 2016
AmpliVox Wins Top Honors For Disaster Communication System

AmpliVox Sound Systems has been honored as a Platinum Award Winner in the Homeland Security Awards sponsored by American Security Today magazine.

AmpliVox’s Radio Hailer received the ASTOR Award as the Best Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Recovery System.




Midwest Clinic 70th Annual Conference

2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the very first clinic and conference back in 1947, and AmpliVox's very own Dan Kreusch was at Booth #116 showcasing portable PA systems for all outdoor sound needs.

Improve your practices efficiency and enhance your performances with loud, clear announcements and facilitate added instrumentation for accompaniment; bigger sound.


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 2017 as we continue to grow our role in our community and make a difference in the causes we believe in.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas from AmpliVox - 2016


AmpliVox CEO Don Roth’s Festive Holiday Home

Christmas means love, peace, giving, kindness, sharing and joy towards all people.

Treasure this time, this season of happiness.

Rejoice in the spirit of Christmas with family, friends and coworkers.

May you and all those who you hold in your hearts enjoy Christmas and have a blast on New Years Eve too!


Our offices will be closed at noon (CST) Friday, December 23rd & December 30th;
and all day Monday, December 26th & January 2nd.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Midwest Clinic 70th Annual Conference




2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the very first clinic and conference back in 1947.

The Midwest Clinic is gearing up to celebrate the last seven decades of leading the music and music education industry with an array of new clinics and rehearsal labs.

Whether you’re a music educator that’s been in the business for decades or a college student who’s just getting started, these presentations offer a wealth of knowledge and insight that can’t be found at any other music conference in the world.


The Midwest Clinic began on Dec. 7, 1946, when approximately 120 directors from the Chicago area assembled in a YMCA gymnasium on Chicago’s West Side for a six-hour clinic and new music reading session.

In the earliest years of the "Midwest Clinic," the organizers invited outstanding bands to perform, based upon the reputations of the organization and its director.

In addition to giving a formal concert, the bands were also expected to provide a sight-reading session, with the selections being requested by audience members on the spur of the moment.

Today, The Midwest Clinic continues to feature performances by outstanding organizations, but now every group that desires to perform at the international music conference must first apply to do so.




AmpliVox's very own Dan Kreusch is at Booth #116 showcasing portable PA systems for all outdoor sound needs.






The AmpliVox Mega Hailer Mobile PA System
is a 50-watt lightweight battery powered loudspeaker system for general PA applications in areas that are not equipped with a PA.

The horizontally aligned horn broadcasts highly intelligible voice announcements and reinforces sound to make it louder to people over large wide areas.






When you need to project clear sound up to a half mile away, use the PA system that lives up to its name, the AmpliVox Half-Mile Hailer.

Half-Mile Hailer Kits provide additional components such as horn speakers, adjustable compact tripods, and nylon carry case with luggage handle and wheels.



Visit our Booth #116 to enter a drawing for a FREE megaphone and pickup your FREE Gift.



"Be Brave, be bold and forget the cold", says Dan Kreusch from AmpliVox.

"Come to Booth #116 and hear powerful PA systems that will improve your practices efficiency and enhance your performances with loud, clear announcements and facilitate added instrumentation for accompaniment; bigger sound."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

January 2017 Trade Show Calendar





FASTSIGNS Annual Convention : Jan 12th - 13th


Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Booth #248

An international event offering one-on-one time with the largest gathering of FASTSIGNS franchisees.

Networking opportunities with 500+ FASTSIGNS franchise attendees. Build exposure for your organization and enhance your brand awareness by exhibiting your value proposition.



IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights : Jan 19th - 20th

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

Booth #809

As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference brings together more than 4,400 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.



FETC Future of Education Technology Conference : Jan 24th - 27th

Orange County Convention Center
9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Booth #1145

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), the largest, national, independent education technology conference, annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders from around the world.

Delivering strategies and best practices for student success and schoolwide advancement, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier education technology events



Thursday, December 08, 2016

Scales Mound High School Wins AmpliVox Megaphone Through SchoolsIn Turkey Coloring Contest




Last month we wrote about education and technology furniture dealer SchoolsIn’s fifth annual Turkey Coloring Contest, which challenged classrooms around the country to color their best turkey in celebration of Thanksgiving and for the chance to win big prizes.

After receiving and judging more than 12,000 colorful entries, SchoolsIn announced the winning designs on December 2. Among them was a turkey colored by Mrs. Wentz’s class from Scales Mound High School in Scales Mound, Illinois, which was named the best the High School Runner-up Classroom.







In recognition of their win, Mrs. Wentz and her students will receive the dependable and powerful Mity-Meg Megaphone with microphone courtesy of AmpliVox Sound Systems.

We congratulate Mrs. Wentz’s classroom and hope Scales Mound High School enjoys their new Mity-Meg. We look forward to next year’s contest!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

AmpliVox Wins Top Honors For Disaster Communication System


AmpliVox Sound Systems has been honored as a Platinum Award Winner in the Homeland Security Awards sponsored by American Security Today magazine.

American Security Today’s comprehensive Homeland Security Awards Program was organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

AmpliVox’s Radio Hailer received the ASTOR Award as the Best Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Recovery System.

The award was presented on November 16 at the 2016 ISC East Show in New York City.




The innovative AmpliVox Radio Hailer is a vital tool for response teams, especially in large emergencies that demand quick, clear communication from response personnel to operation leaders, team members, and civilians.

It provides a portable, battery-operated system that brings “grab and go” voice coverage to widespread areas, even when disaster has knocked out communication. The Radio Hailer connects to two MURS radios with one acting as the receiver, the other as the transmitter.

Users can establish multiple zone sites, broadcasting from up to one mile away. The system includes a 50-watt amplifier, an 11” horn speaker that delivers 108 dB of clear sound, and a 120dB warning siren.


In a disaster situation, administrators and public safety personnel can coordinate efforts from a secure location without the need for telephone or electric service.

Centralized decision-making saves crucial time and eliminates potentially dangerous confusion.

The audio coverage of the Radio Hailer’s amplifier and speaker is powerful enough to deliver instructions either indoors or out, enabling emergency crews to manage crowds consistently and safely.


"We appreciate this recognition of the Radio Hailer as an outstanding disaster response communication system," said Don Roth, CEO of AmpliVox.

"Its versatility, power, and durability make it an excellent system for all types of emergency situations, including public safety, education, industrial, and corporate settings."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

XPOGO Stunt Team Thrills Audience At School Performance and Fundraising Event




When Rob Holder from Great American Opportunities was hosting a fundraising program featuring the Xpogo Stunt Team as their special performance, they choose AmpliVox Sound Systems to reinforce the emcee and live event.



The Xpogo Stunt Team is a collection of some of the best Pro Riders on the planet, who have come together to provide the thrill of extreme pogo in a show-based format to audiences worldwide.

Flying over 10 feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Stunt Team has performed in 17 countries, holds 13 Guinness World Records, and has appeared in 100+ media features.

Xpogo Stunt Team provides a blend of entertainment and athleticism that is incredible to witness live.

During an extreme pogo school demo, the emcee relied on the SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner with a S1297 Satellite Wireless Powered Dual Speaker for sound support, keeping the audience pumped during the performance.






The AmpliVox Digital Audio Travel Partner is a PA system you can take anywhere, indoors or out to reach up to 10,000 people with crystal clear voice or music.

Its powerful 250 watt amp can project sound to rooms as large as 25,000 square feet yet it weighs only 35 lbs.

With the embedded BlueTooth connectivity, you can play music remotely from your iPod or iPad. You can even plug in a musical instrument or an audio mixer to support your band practices and competitions.


For more information on the AmpliVox SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner please visit:
http://www.ampli.com/portable-pa-system/915-Digital-Audio-Travel-Partner.aspx

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 AmpliVox Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway




One of our favorite annual traditions, the team at AmpliVox takes a step back from their busy lives to give thanks for the many gifts that we often take for granted and to focus on what truly is important... our friends, family and each other.

AmpliVox CEO Don Roth gives thanks to his crew by hosting an annual turkey giveaway in the spirit of Thanksgiving, offering the staff their choice of a turkey or ham to take home for the holidays.



Don with Technical Development Manager Charley Rummel

Don with Account Manager
Tony Gatz

Don with Technical Audio Specialist Manny Canchola




Don with Plant Manager Dave Blecha and Customer Service Associate Joan Roehl





Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rack Mount Line Array Speakers Enable Integrators To Solve End-User Audio Needs



Multimedia equipment options come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations to meet an infinite variety of needs. That abundance of gadgetry, along with customized support furniture and accessories, can overwhelm purchasers — and their budgets.

It’s refreshing in this environment of extreme specificity to find products that have the versatility to work with many different applications. By keeping it universal, these adaptable products enhance the technologies they support and maintain their value as devices evolve.

AmpliVox Sound Systems follows that philosophy with its Rack Mount Line Array Speakers (S/SS/SW1234 and SSB/ SWB1240).

Built in the U.S., these compact speaker systems are specifically designed to be easily compatible with video equipment and other interactive devices, integrating top-quality sound amplification with seamless application.


With its efficient size and convenient mounting options, the Rack Mount Line Array Speaker has been adopted by a number of multimedia equipment manufacturers as their preferred audio accessory. The following case studies detail the successful integration of the Rack Mount Line Array to specific tech applications.






User-Friendly Design Adds Sound to Marvel Group Presentation Furniture
The Marvel Group, a manufacturer of versatile office and education furniture, wanted to offer integrated, rack-mounted sound equipment with its Vizion line of presentation furniture.

Marvel approached AmpliVox about adapting the Rack Mount Line Array Speaker to fit a variety of furniture options, with a focus on making the equipment easy for users to access and adjust. AmpliVox met the challenge by developing the Duo Tandem Line Array, a two-piece configuration that places the controls for the sound system conveniently at the presenter’s fingertips while the speaker directs sound toward the audience.

In this unique design, the enclosed Duo Tandem system includes separate speaker and amplifier modules, with the speaker unit facing toward the audience and the amp’s control panel facing toward the presenter.

Installed in Marvel products including the Benchmark Four-Shelf Presentation Cart, the Mobile Multimedia Cart, the Multimedia Lectern, and more, the Duo Tandem Line Array makes it easy for the presenter to see and operate the amplifier’s controls in action.





The system is available with AmpiVox’s 16-channel UHR wireless receiver for perfect sound clarity without interference from competing frequencies.




The Duo Tandem Line Array has also been used to great effect with the Presenter’s Assistant for Learning (PAL) multimedia cart from Bretford Manufacturing.

This mobile cart, equipped with the Duo Tandem system, was selected by IT solution provider Emtec during a major technology upgrade for the Duval County Public School District in Jacksonville, Fla., the 19th largest school district in the nation.


Teleconferencing Sounds as Good as It Looks with Line Array Speakers

AVTEQ manufactures high-end media support furniture for teleconferencing equipment, used in settings ranging from intimate conference rooms to massive lecture halls.

AVTEQ chose to AmpliVox Rack Mount Line Array Speakers to provide the audio complement to the advanced video technology used by customers.

The universal rack mount design of AmpliVox’s system made it a natural choice to complement AVTEQ’s furniture. It was made available with a number of AVTEQ products, including the RPS line of LCD/plasma carts.

"AVTEQ was very happy to find a true rack mounted speaker solution in a 2RU form," said Aaron Rubner, AVTEQ director of sales.

"The AmpliVox Line Array performs perfectly in the videoconferencing cart solutions we offer.

This will continue to allow our dealer base to provide their customers with a complete solution."



Versatile Installation Options Add to Interactive Whiteboards
Interactive whiteboards are another common presentation tool that can be enhanced with AmpliVox’s Line Array Speaker. With its compact size and ability to be mounted horizontally or vertically, the Line Array fits seamlessly with a variety of whiteboard products.

Whiteboard manufacturer MasterVision offered AmpliVox Line Arrays in a paired, vertical configuration to its wall-mounted products, while Bretford Manufacturing added a horizontally-mounted Line Array atop its EXPLORE line of interactive whiteboard carts.

These are just a few examples of the function and utility offered by AmpliVox’s Line Array Soundbar systems. Forward-thinking design and a focus on adaptability make it an easy audio-equipment choice for furniture manufacturers, dealers, and customers.

Engineered and manufactured to achieve outstanding performance, these speakers greatly enhance the effectiveness of presentations systems in classrooms, offices, media rooms, and event venues.