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Thursday, April 27, 2017

AmpliVox Portable Systems Deliver Maximum Sound Coverage for YMCA Gala Charity Event




Sometimes, success creates its own challenges. For the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook, Illinois, a booming turnout for its 2016 annual fundraising dinner in a cavernous banquet space meant that guests had a difficult time hearing presentations, announcements, and auction calls.

The venue’s in-house system, while well-suited for background music, could not deliver the clarity of sound needed to reach an audience of hundreds of guests in a 27,800 square foot facility. Event organizers were determined to do better for the 2017 gala.


"The live auction is one of the most crucial elements of our Strong Kids Fundraising Dinner," noted Howard Schultz, NSYMCA President and CEO.

"We have wonderful donated items for sale in the auction that bring in a significant portion of our fundraising totals. If guests can’t hear well, it’s impossible to engage them in the auction and our fundraising suffers as a result."


Fortunately, the YMCA had a local hero with expert advice and the right equipment to meet the challenge.

Northbrook-based AmpliVox Sound Systems partnered with the Y to supply specialized portable units that would cover each of the venue spaces.

AmpliVox technicians designed connected coverage zones that included powerful yet unobtrusive units.

In the main event area, with towering 20 foot high ceilings and seating for almost 500 guests, AmpliVox placed two SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner units at the front of the house projecting toward the audience.




These 250-watt comprehensive PA systems were augmented by S1297 Wireless Powered Dual Speakers positioned at the rear of the room, as well as an SC800 Titan Wireless Powered Companion Speaker projecting toward a smaller seating area behind the main presentation stage.





Wireless AmpliVox microphones were used by the event’s emcee and auctioneer, allowing them to move freely through the audience.


AmpliVox design specialists also used the venue’s open mezzanine space as an opportunity to enhance sound coverage.

An S1297 placed on this upper level provided coverage for the busy bar and lobby spaces below it, keeping guests engaged with the event from all areas of the venue.

When the plan was put to the test at the March 9 gala, AmpliVox products exceeded expectations.

Over 475 attendees were connected, engaged, and enthusiastic thanks to the clarity of sound provided throughout the event. The live auction raised more than $225,000, funds that will enable families in need to participate in Y camps, swim lessons, and other life-changing programs.





"We were happy to answer the call when the Y asked for our assistance," noted Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"This venue posed challenges for our team, but we were confident that we had the right equipment to fulfill the mission. With careful planning and top-quality systems, we can provide comprehensive sound coverage for any situation."


Monday, April 10, 2017

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Uses AmpliVox Patriot Lectern In Trump Parody


President Donald Trump had announced that he will not attend this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, a move that comes amid increasingly hostile relations between the media and the White House.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ran a parody sketch on the decision to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner, using the AmpliVox Patriot Lectern as the president delivers his speech.





3040 Patriot Lectern

Crafted from rich hardwood veneer with solid hardwood details, this imposing lectern creates an impressive look in boardroom or auditorium. The classic style has a presidential elegance and sophistication.

Multiple coats of durable clear lacquer preserve the natural wood and enhance the grain.

With large storage and high quality woods and veneers this lectern will impress those in the press, customers or clients.

Used by heads of state and in business conference rooms across the country this high quality wood lectern is perfect for professionals.



Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field National Championships




AmpliVox Sound Systems was a proud sponsor of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2017 Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

The 52nd Annual Men's and 37th Annual Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships was held at Gentry Field in Johnson City, Tenn on March 2nd - 4th. This is the second-consecutive season the national championships have been held in Johnson City.


"AmpliVox is happy to partner with the NAIA again this year," noted Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

“"NAIA brings the power of intercollegiate competition to students at smaller schools throughout the nation. We admire the association’s emphasis on building character through athletics, especially through its Champions of Character program".


Over 140 programs competed in the 2017 National Championship. The action started featuring 16 athletes in the women’s pentathlon, followed by the men’s heptathlon. The national championships continued through Saturday, with the preliminary track events wrapping up on Friday. Saturday featured the finals in all of the track and field events.



The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a governing body of small athletics programs that is dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

Founded in 1937, they have a long and illustrious history of promoting opportunities to play while pursuing a college education.

Each year more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.

AmpliVox supports the NAIA as they pursue the development of character-driven athletics, giving students the chance to share their interests and talents in an atmosphere that builds on those values.


To ensure that all members on the field and in the crowd can clearly hear the officiating announcements, AmpliVox provided the SW662 Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit to assist the NAIA's public address needs.


SW662 - Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit
AmpliVox’s Quad Horn Half Mile Hailer broadcasts clear track announcements for athletes and spectators at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

Easily be heard over a half mile away with the Half Mile Hailer loudspeaker pa system. Your audience can hear loud and clear over noisy crowds and large open spaces while you direct the action.

Its simple straightforward controls and lightweight design make it the most practical and portable indoor or outdoor speaker sound system. This powerful, portable system effortless projects messages with great clarity, even in large arenas with noisy crowds.


The SW662 Half-Mile Hailer Kit includes:


SW805A 50-watt Amplifier on Compact Tripod
Two S1264 Horn Speakers with Top Tripod Mount
Two S1265 Add-on Horn Speakers for the S1264

S1601 Wireless Lapel Mic and Headset Mic

Three S1080
Heavy-Duty Tripods

S1960 Universal
Carrying Case

S1920 Tripod & Mic Stand Traveling Bag

  • Includes SW610A, 3 extra horn speakers with 40 ft. cables (total 4 speakers), 3 tripods, rugged nylon carrying case with wheels and retractable luggage handle
  • 16 Channel UHF wireless receiver from 584MHz - 608MHz
  • Weatherproof reverberant horn speaker carries sound across several youth sports athletic fields
  • 50 watt multimedia stereo amplifier with built in wireless receiver
  • Wireless lapel mic and headset mic with body pack transmitter
  • Emergency Siren Button
  • Dual Wireless Capability: 2 presenters can be wireless with optional 2nd wireless mic kit
  • Power up to 200 hours with 10 D-cell alkaline batteries

For more information on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the SW662 Deluxe Wireless Quad Horn Half-Mile Hailer Kit please visit: http://www.ampli.com/portable-pa-system/Half-Mile-Hailer-Kits.aspx

Monday, March 20, 2017

AmpliVox Proudly Supports North Suburban YMCA’s Strong Kids Dinner




The North Suburban YMCA’s 11th Annual Strong Kids Dinner was held on March 9, 2017, bringing the community together for an exciting evening of fun, food, and socializing to benefit the Y’s Strong Kids Financial Assistance Fund. The popular event, held at Pinstripes Bocce & Bowling in Northbrook, Illinois, netted $225,000, critical funding that enables the Y to keep its lifechanging programs and services available to all, regardless of financial need.

More than one out of five individuals at the Y – over 2,500 people – receive financial assistance through the Strong Kids Fund for afterschool programs, summer camp, lifesaving swim lessons, and other wellness activities for all ages. Since its inception, the Strong Kids Dinner has raised over $2.2 million to help the community live well.

The event featured a superhero theme, encouraging guests to be everyday heroes for children in the community.






Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald and his wife Stacy Fitzgerald (shown left), president of the North Shore Griffins Youth Football League, were awarded the Y's Thiel Award for Social Responsibility.

In support of their coach, members of the NU Football Team attended in full superhero regalia, taking photos with guests and assisting with auctions and games.

AmpliVox is proud to be a longtime supporter of the North Suburban YMCA, including CEO Don Roth’s past tenure on the Y’s Board of Directors.

For this year’s Strong Kids Dinner, AmpliVox provided an SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner and an SW800 Titan Wireless Portable PA system with satellite speakers, delivering outstanding sound to a recordbreaking crowd of over 475 in the large Pinstripes venue.

In addition, AmpliVox supplied a customized Pinnacle Multimedia Lectern featuring Northwestern’s school colors and logo.





Lead sponsors for the event included:



















To donate to the NSYMCA Strong Kids Fund, visit http://nsymca.org/strong-kids.


Friday, March 03, 2017

Stylish Lecterns For Every Speaking Need Enhance Meaningful Funeral Services




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When planning funerals, clergy and family members spend long hours finding the perfect words to express their feelings. Sharing memories and tributes is a significant part of the healing process for the family, bringing comfort to them and all who attend the service.

It is vital, then, that funeral homes and other service sites provide reliable, easy-to-use sound equipment so that messages can be shared with clarity.



Lecterns and portable sound systems deliver advanced technology, including Bluetooth® streaming, to amplify sound and allow music and other media to be controlled directly from familiar handheld devices.

An investment in the right equipment today will ensure years of meaningful services for your clients.


Many purposes in your funeral business can be fulfilled by elegant lecterns without sound systems.

They can be used effectively in smaller service spaces, and perform well in lobbies or reception areas to hold programs, guest books, and other materials.






Décor choices can include an even wider variety of lectern styles. Transparent acrylic lecterns, in crystal clear or tinted finishes, provide a distinctive focal point. Elegant contemporary styles are available in a wide range of finishes to complement any space. Many can be customized with logos or religious imagery for a unique look.





Today’s presentation lecterns combine elegant design with advanced audio technology. Materials including wood laminate finishes, veneers, and solid hardwoods provide options to complement the décor of any venue. Integrated sound systems with onboard microphones and dashboard controls make it easy to adjust volume and other settings.


Featuring Integrated Dashboard with finger tip controls (SS and SW models)
Built-in 16 Channel UHF wireless receiver,
584 MHz to 608 MHz (SW models only)
Stream audio with
wireless technology
Side-by-Side Control Panel, includes fingertip controls, Bluetooth®
(SW and SS models only) and wireless receiver (SW models only)


Height adjustability is an outstanding new development in lectern design, allowing speakers of any height to use the lectern comfortably.

Silent electric lift mechanisms make height adjustments easy and unobtrusive.

Other appealing features include built-in reading lights, spacious reading surfaces, and interior shelves for water or storage.

Concealed rolling casters make it easy to move and position the lectern without detracting from the lectern’s appearance.

Services can also be greatly enhanced with multimedia presentations, including music, video, and slideshows of treasured family photos.

Multimedia lecterns make it easy to incorporate external devices like projectors and computers, with integrated shelves, power and USB outlets, Bluetooth® connectivity, and convenient device storage.

This increased functionality can all be accomplished in elegant, traditional furniture styles to complement your funeral home setting.




Communication is particularly challenging for outdoor services, but no less meaningful for the participants. Portable sound systems solve this problem by providing powerful amplification in compact, mobile packages. These systems can also be useful in indoor settings without an established sound system or sound equipped lectern.




Portable sound systems are available in a wide variety of sizes and power ranges.

Portable systems can be remarkably compact: for gravesite settings, consider briefcase-style units that contain speakers and amplifiers, with sound coverage up to 1000 people.

More powerful systems, with expanded coverage and added features like Bluetooth® and multiple microphones, transport easily on wheels with luggage-style handles.

Many systems can be set on tripod stands to increase their coverage.



Away from the gravesite, sound systems can also create safer, more efficient operations as mourners move through the funeral events.

Funeral staff members can rely on convenient handheld megaphones to direct large groups of people and make announcements about processions and other transitions.

Today’s megaphones are lightweight and powerful, with rechargeable batteries that run for hours on a single charge.

Look for products that include a battery indicator light to ensure that the megaphone is ready to go when needed.

There are even megaphone products that combine with illuminated traffic wands to maximize visibility and safety.





Whatever sound products you select, the main goal is to make it easier for families to communicate, share stories, and support each other.

Attractive lecterns set the scene for dignified, respectful gatherings, and reliable, easy-to-operate sound equipment creates seamless experiences.

Choosing the right products will make all the difference to your clients and their guests who may rely on you for services in the future.





To find out which lectern and sound system is right for you, contact our customer care representatives at:
http://www.ampli.com/contact-us/

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March 2017 Trade Show Calendar





Ingram Micro Canada Focus Day : Mar 22nd

Ingram Micro helps businesses fully realize the promise of technology™—helping them maximize the value of the technology that they make, sell or use.

With its vast global infrastructure and focus on cloud, mobility, supply chain and technology solutions, Ingram Micro enables business partners to operate more efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve.



Mega National Convention : Mar 27th – 30th

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

MEGA Group returns to the “Big Easy”.

Join us for 4 days of interactive sessions, networking, and special offers at the MEGA Show in New Orleans, LA.