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There are a wide variety of sound systems available to auctioneers. Most current models are wireless, or provide for optional wireless operation. We have advocated auctioneers always using a microphone when bid-calling.

From our survey of the marketplace at this time, it appears most auctioneers utilize one of three companies for their sound system needs:

From each of these company websites, we took what appeared to be the “high end” or premium model of their offerings, and compared their material features below:

Company Anchor Audio Lectrosonics AmpliVox
Model Liberty Platinum
Long Ranger 4 Digital Audio
Travel Partner
Audio Power Output 125 Watts 33 Watts 132 Watts
Frequency Response 60 Hz – 15 kHz 200 Hz – 3 kHz 40 Hz – 20 kHz
Weight 38 Pounds 17 Pounds 35 Pounds
Max Audio Output 110 dB 120 dB 117 dB
Wireless Operating Time 6 Hours 12 Hours 10 Hours
Battery Charging Time 7 Hours 3 Hours 7 Hours
AC/DC Operation Yes Yes Yes
Operating Frequency UHF Selectable VHF Fixed UHF Selectable
Connect Other Speakers Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Range 300 Feet 750 Feet 200 Feet
Max Channels 2 2 5
Approx Base Price $2,319 $1,618 $2,503
Approx Price w 2 Channel & Tripod $2,819 $2,407 $2,725+

It is fair to say that both the Anchor Audio and AmpliVox systems, generally, also have features such as CD players, MP3 connections, USB Ports, Remote Controls, etc. The Lectrosonics system does not have such features built-in, but does have a 1/4″ jack, Mini-jack and RCA jack for optional inputs, as do the other systems noted here.

The other major difference between these systems is that the Anchor Audio and AmpliVox systems utilize direct radiating electro-dynamic drivers mounted in an enclosure, similar to home stereo speakers, car stereo speakers, and the like. Lectrosonics utilizes a horn type loudspeaker system.

When comparing these systems, the Anchor Audio and AmpliVox systems are somewhat similar, in contrast to the Lectrosonics system. Here are the more material differences in these systems:

    • Narrower frequency response
    • Lighter in weight
    • Quicker battery charging time
    • Fixed, VHF frequency
    • Longer wireless range
    • Less expensive
    • Wider frequency response
    • Heavier in weight
    • Slower battery charging time
    • Variable, UHF frequency
    • Shorter wireless range
    • More expensive

Lastly, all three of these companies appear to be on solid financial ground. This is important as once a system is purchased, it is meaningful to have both support for questions and factory repair/upgrade services available.

Quality auctioneer sound systems are not inexpensive. For auctioneers selecting their first system, or upgrading an existing system, this guide is intended to help with that decision.

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. His Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mbauctioneer. He is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.