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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Power of Music: Senior Music Therapy is Medicine for the Mind

Music has the ability to take us back in time, evoking memories and feelings from the past. When used as therapy, music can be beneficial for seniors as medicine for the mind.

Clinical studies can vouch for the health benefits of a medically approved music therapy regimen. Listening to music can elevate a persons mood and get them in a better mind frame for the rest of the day.

Not only is music uplifting and a great way for people to connect but it also helps those suffering from memory loss and social isolation.

With diseases like dementia, seniors may lose different memory aspects like short-term memory, speech or hearing but since music is stored in almost all areas of the brain its much easier to retain.

In extreme cases seniors are inert, possibly depressed, unresponsive and almost unalive.

Listening to their favorite songs energizes them, singing and dancing along, easily becoming animated by the music.

In some sense, the power of music restores and helps seniors remember who they are and reacquire their identity.

Surprisingly, some senior residences do not have a quality sound PA system. Music therapists may struggle singing or playing music to small groups using the in house sound equipment that is often unreliable or of poor quality.

AmpliVox Sound Systems offers lightweight portable public address systems to support music therapy programs for senior residents, enabling retirement communities to play music and participate in sing-alongs, in addition to hosting live musicians and small performances.

Recommended Small PA Systems for Senior Music Therapy

Dual Audio Pal

Built-in dual channel wireless microphone system featuring two person simultaneous usage. One person can be using the wireless handheld microphone while another uses the headset or lapel microphone. Streams music with Bluetooth®.

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.

Audio Portable Buddy

An easy-to-carry sound system in a briefcase-style design for indoor or outdoor use, powerful enough to reach larger audiences. Stream audio from any Bluetooth® equipped smartphone or tablet.

A proven "Road Warrior", specially tooled and molded plastic enclosure for exceptional durability and portability. Great for tour guiding and field trips.

AirVox PA System

Our new portable system that combines a powerful central PA with supplementary wireless speakers for wide area coverage without cords or complicated set-up.

The AmpliVox AirVox Mobile PA System is the ideal battery powered, all-in-one wireless compact portable PA solution with Bluetooth® connectivity.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Visit Booth #211 at W.B. Mason's Premiere Consumer Show 2019

From office supplies to food service essentials, it's a whole new ballgame with W.B. Mason.

Every year, W.B. Mason employees and their beloved vendors take to the casino in Ledyard, CT for an amazing two-day tradeshow. With over 2,000 customers in attendance, and at least 270 vendors, there is so much to see and enjoy.

Come one, come all. Browse the best office products in the world, take a tour of one of the W.B. Mason trucks, talk to your favorite AmpliVox sales representative, and meet W.B. Mason himself.

Join us at Booth #211 on Wednesday, October the 16th -18th at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and check out all that we have to offer.

We will showcase our wide array of lecterns and podiums, introduce the newest in portable sound systems and present techniques that will increase your productivity in the work space.

Delivering fast and at a great price, W.B. Mason prides themselves on being the one source solution for all work space needs.

This event is guaranteed to be a home run, so you won't want to miss it.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

AmpliVox Equipping the Hope Chapel at the Graham Correctional Center with Lectern Donations

Millions of men and women are caught in a destructive cycle of lawlessness and incarceration. Without knowing God's hope or experiencing a faithful love for God, the story repeats itself over and over, shattering families and harming communities.

There are fewer places darker than a prison cell.

Separated from all that they ever knew convicts cope with feelings of despair and misery.

As they search for some sense of meaning and purpose for their lives, they wonder if anyone outside the walls of the prison knows or cares about their struggles.

Senior Chaplain Daniel Shreve of the Hope Chapel at the Graham Correctional Center has dedicated his life to breaking the cycle of crime.

Through his biblical anchored programs such as: Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, Choir, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, Stress/Anger Management and Parenting Classes, Chaplain Daniel Shreve helps restore a prisoner's hope with the promise of a future.

AmpliVox Sound Systems has equipped the Hope Chapel by donating lecterns as resources to make a difference in the lives of prisoners and their families.

"We here are the Hope Chapel in Graham Correctional Center just wanted to take this opportunity to express our extreme gratitude to you for your very generous donation of the three lecterns.

We just want you to know that they are going to be used in the process of transforming hundreds if not thousands of lives here, and are being put to good use for great causes.

Know that every gift that we receive is a blessing to our ministry and greatly appreciated. Please don't hesitate to call me anytime.

Thank you and God Bless!

Daniel Shreve, Senior Chaplain

AmpliVox donated the lecterns to the Hope Chapel to be used for their scripture readings, lectures, and sermons.

W450 Presidential Plus Lectern

The Presidential Plus Lectern is an elegant wood lectern with radius corners perfect for bible studies and prayer groups.

Easy to move on four casters, superior quality and a traditional sleek design makes this wood lectern an excellent choice for a wide variety of needs.

W141 Speak & Go Speech Mate Folding Tabletop Lectern

Portable and compact tabletop lectern that sets up in seconds, compact folded design makes storage easy.

Built-in convenient handle and light weight (only 9 lbs!) makes for smooth transport.

W355 Elite Lectern

Made in a scratch resistant melamine laminate finish with an elegant, slim construction and radius corners providing beautiful styling and durability that will stand the test of time.

Present your materials on the slanted reading table with paper stop. This lightweight lectern moves easily, with 2 tilt and roll casters.

Friday, October 04, 2019

AmpliVox Exhibiting at Stampede's US Vendor Summit 2019

Stampede, the world's leading value-added distributor of integrated AV/IT technology solutions, is ready to unveil a whole new world of exciting business opportunities at this year's 2019 Stampede United States Vendor Summit being held October 7th and 8th in Buffalo, NY.

AmpliVox Sound Systems will be returning to the vendor summit this year to meet with senior leadership from Stampede and DCC, hear details on the amazing new programs that are now available, and participate in industry-leading 1:1 meetings with their sales team.

Bill Gamber, Director of Sales at AmpliVox, will be at the event showcasing our Made in the USA outdoor portable PA systems and introducing a 96 channel receiver in AmpliVox signature sound systems.

  • 96 Channel UHF wireless
  • Up to THREE wireless mics
  • Bluetooth receiver
  • Includes rechargeable SLA batteries
  • Proudly Made in the USA
  • Download 925 Series Spec Sheet

  • 96 Channel UHF wireless
  • Up to THREE wireless mics
  • Bluetooth receiver
  • Includes rechargeable SLA batteries
  • Proudly Made in the USA by Jan 1, 2020
  • Download 800 Series Spec Sheet


AirVox / Mega Hailer

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

AmpliVox Sound Systems Proudly Joins Argentum as a Supporting Industry Partner

Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve.

Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults.

AmpliVox Sound Systems recognizes the importance of senior care and joins Argentum as a Supporting Industry Partner to shape the collective voice advancing excellence in senior living.

Senior Living Works: Attract and Engage the Future Senior Living Workforce

Argentum strives to develop a robust workforce of caring, committed employees who choose the senior living industry as a career path.

Their Senior Living Works initiative seeks to activate and increase the awareness of the senior living career field and the number of job applicants, while supporting the retention and advancement of employees currently working in the industry.

Argentum's strategy focuses on job creation, investing in training and development, and tracking metrics to ensure employee engagement and opportunity.

Training is a foundational element of business, instructors and training materials need to communicate effectively what the companies' goals are and how their employees are to achieve those goals.

But did you know that the environment in which the meeting or presentation takes place can be a hindrance to effective communication?

Communication is hindered when the facilitator cannot be heard because of poor sound system configuration, too little amplification or inability to connect multimedia devices to proper sound equipment.

AmpliVox Sound Systems are designed to combat these problems, and to help with room and audio setup.

Multimedia Lecterns: Integrating Multimedia Presentations with Options and Accessories

AmpliVox Sound Systems can ensure any speaking venue can experience powerful sound coverage and clarity with its wireless sound technology configured for lecterns, remote speakers, and house PA systems.

Give powerful presentations using today’s technology with AmpliVox multimedia options and accessories.

As an example, AmpliVox recently helped a retirement home in Glenview, IL, whose residents needed to be able to hear presentations and demonstrations clearly.

This was achieved by wirelessly connecting an AmpliVox lectern’s integrated sound system to the retirement home’s existing house PA system.

The solution included a panel-mounted wireless speaker transmitter inside an AmpliVox SW3020-WT Victoria Lectern.

This connected the lectern’s sound to the facility’s existing ceiling speakers and wireless Shure microphones.

With this configuration, the retirement home not only assures great sound for all residents in the room, but audience members can easily pass around multiple wireless microphones for Q&A sessions.

And, there is no need for laying cabling and taping it to the floor, thus saving labor and material cost and avoiding safety issues.

Another benefit to AmpliVox’s technology is that the retirement home’s yoga instructor is now able to play music from her iPhone playlist wirelessly through both the lectern and house sound system by utilizing the lectern’s Bluetooth connectivity.

Save the Date: 2020 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference

Connect, Discover and Advance with AmpliVox Sound Systems when will be exhibiting at the 2020 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference May 18-20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.

Argentum’s conference connects forward-thinking leaders to discover opportunities and improve business operations while tackle industry challenges. The Expo serves as an education & technology hub, featuring 300+ exhibitors with an expanded knowledge base across the communities they serve.

Engaging in events like this helps advance the overall mission of providing optimal care for aging adults and peace of mind for families. Stop by our booth at the expo to learn how AmpliVox Portable PA Systems and Lecterns help attendees be heard.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion

Train enthusiasts gather to see the world's largest steam engine. Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary.

The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy locomotive.

Union Pacific 4014 engineer Ed Dickens During an Open House
For the final time this year, the Big Boy No. 4014 will ride the rails on the Union Pacific system, taking it through "The Great Race Across the Southwest".

Union Pacific steam locomotive specialist and Union Pacific 4014 engineer Ed Dickens describes the effort required to maintain Big Boy 4014 in running order.

Ed also confirmed that they intend to run 4014 through Colorado on the Moffat Line next year, traversing some of the most amazing scenery in the US as it winds its way through the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

If you thought running to Utah was special, wait until the world's photos travel to Colorado to catch 4014 navigating the 31 tunnels between Plainview and Winter park, including the 6.2 mile long Moffat Tunnel.

The canyon and river shots will be incredible as the Big Boy runs past the various Colorado cities such as Kremmling, Glenwood Springs, Granby and Frasier on its way over the Continental Divide.

It will certainly be a special run.

Mr. Dickens' job has to be one of the dream jobs of railroaders world-wide, shown in the image above using the AmpliVox S602M Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphone during an open house of their steam facility.

The 602M Mity-Meg is ideal for crowd control, announcements in noisy environments or emergency services.

It's power lets you reach even far away audiences, use Mity-Meg not only to talk, but sound emergency signals.

Mity-Meg Plus powered by either conventional batteries or rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can be reused hundreds of times.

A battery strength indicator shows you when it is time to recharge or replace the batteries.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

AmpliVox Exhibiting at Stampede's Big Book of AV Tour 2019 - Chicago

Stampede's Big Book of AV Global Dealer Show is coming to Chicago on October 24th 2019, featuring an enhanced ProAV conference style technology showcase including leading industry manufacturers from every product category.

The daylong conference provides industry insights, technology updates and training forums presenting the latest technologies for audio and video.

This year presenters and speakers will cover topics of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), video walls and other digital signage and displays.

Drone/UAS Industry and Business Potential
Interactive Artificial Intelligence Digital Advertisement

At AmpliVox, we love visiting with our distributors at events. The Big Book of AV Tour gives us a great opportunity to interact with people and other companies in the audio/visual market.

Stampede distributes AmpliVox products across the country. We are thankful for our partnership with Stampede and were very happy to participate this year in Chicago.

AmpliVox is listed on Stampede's US Line Card as a manufacturer in several product categories:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

#PreparedNotScared: National Preparedness Month 2019

Ready.gov is a National public service designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

Their National Preparedness Month is recognized each September, with a 2019 "Prepared, Not Scared" theme to promote families and communities to teach the youth what to do when a crisis occurs, and how to take preparedness actions as a family.

Emergencies can strike at any time, make sure your business, organization, school, or community is prepared with a portable sound system.

In an emergency every second counts, shouting over the noise could waist precious seconds. You need to make sure you are heard, a lightweight portable sound system is a great way to make sure that everyone hears your message clearly and quickly.

Outdoor portable sound systems such as the Half-Mile Hailer can help your emergency planning responders effectively communicate during the first critical moments.

Override the noise, commotion, and sense of panic that can impair an organized emergency plan.

Long range weather proof sound systems are ideal for directing emergency crews and crowd control in larger areas.

For situations that require moving personnel from indoor facilities to an inclement outdoor environment, weatherproof sound systems can direct the crowd where the outdoor elements may add to the complexity of the emergency.

Many people think there's just one simple drill and that's the "Get out of Town" drill associated with fires but actually there are many different types of drills that need to take place in large facilities.

Often drills require evacuation from the building or relocating to a safer place, such as when there is a tornado. Other times it's important to get the word out that you need to lock down or shelter in place.

All emergencies require different procedures and different ways of handling it throughout your organization and all of them require clear communications to the people that are impacted.

Business: Emergency Preparedness Planning

There is much that a business leader can do to prepare his or her organization for the most likely hazards.
  • Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes
  • Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like the flu
  • Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence
  • Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure

Campus: Get Informed and Ready

In times of disasters, colleges and universities serve as key emergency management partners to federal, state, local, tribal, territory and private sector organizations.

Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education introduces new approaches to planning, that includes walking through different emergency scenarios to create a course of action for each objective the team is trying to accomplish.

Colleges and universities are encouraged to review, update and exercise their emergency plans several times per year.

In order to build disaster resistant and resilient communities a broad range of college students and professionals need courses that introduce them to hazards, risk, vulnerability, disasters, and what to do about them.

The Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education provides recommendations in the development of plans not only to respond to an emergency, but also outlines how Institutions of Higher Education can plan for preventing, protecting against, mitigating the impact of and recovering from these emergencies.

Seniors: Creating a Support Network

Creating a support network of family, friends and others who can assist seniors during an emergency, and share your disaster plans with them.

Practice your plan with them. Make sure they have an extra key to your home, know where you keep your emergency supplies and how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine.