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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. is well known for their MegaVox Pro PA System; AmpliVox Sound Systems is equally well known for their Half-Mile Hailer Sound System. We compared their material features below:

Company Anchor Audio AmpliVox
Model MegaVox PRO
Half-Mile Hailer
Audio Power Output 22 Watts 50 Watts
Weight 15 Pounds 15 Pounds
Battery Built-In Rechargeable (10) D-cell Batteries
Max Audio Output 126 dB 112 dB
AC/DC Operation Yes No
Connect Other Speakers Yes Yes
Approx Base Price $ 699 $ 489

Both of these systems come in other flavors, such as a wireless model; however, we’ll keep our comparison here between the base models:

    • Wider frequency response
    • Built-In Rechargeable Battery
    • More expensive
    • 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.