There are a wide variety of sound systems available to auctioneers. Most lower-priced or entry level models are wired, where a cord is used to connect from the microphone to the speaker. We have advocated auctioneers always using a microphone when bid-calling. We also recently compared 3 wireless auctioneer sound systems.
From our survey of the marketplace at this time, it appears most auctioneers utilize one of two companies for their wired sound system needs:
- Anchor Audio, Inc. in Torrance, California
- AmpliVox Sound Systems in Northbrook, Illinois
Both of these systems come in other flavors, such as a wireless model; however, we’ll keep our comparison here between the base models:
- Anchor Audio, Inc. MegaVox PRO Mega-6000
- Wider frequency response
- Built-In Rechargeable Battery
- More expensive
- AmpliVox Half-Mile Hailer S610A
- Narrower frequency response
- (10) 1.5V Replaceable Dry Cell Batteries
- Less Expensive
Both 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 considering a back-up 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.