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Buzzer System Companies
The following information comes from: The Academic Competition Newsletter, Volume VIII, Issue , Sept. 2001 Editors: Jay Anderson, Willie Chen, Gaius Stern
For this issue I have assembled a list of the 8 cheapest buzzer systems I could come across on the Web. I do not necessarily recommend these products, but they cost less than most of the other systems on the market. Basically all of them are no thrills units, meaning they lack individual player lights and other spiffy features. They cost $300 or less for 8 player units. Nota bene: many companies distribute more than one type of system, so you might find more deluxe units are available. Next month I will run a list of intermediate units which start at $325 (8 players) and run up to $500. Many of those units have some special features. Much of this information has been copied out of the ACF newsletter 6.1 two years back, which in turn was reprinted from earlier ACF West newsletters. The systems listed below are in alphabetical order, not order of preference.
"Power Play System IV" UTAH
This system can be ordered in sizes of 8 or 16 players. Each player signals by striking a small 2.5 inch wide disk (very durable, they say) to ring in. The system is able to tell who slapped second in case the first player gives a wrong answer. The system also keeps score of each team throughout and of each player. Currently the webpage says they are out of stock, but are about to
market a new system called "Responder 2000."
Major advantages: durability
Special features: uses disks instead of buttons to signal.
Price: $299.00 for 8 players
21 East 1575 North
Orem, UT 84057
(801) 765-1980 toll free (888-386-8766)
Fax (801) 765-1981
Lit'l Buzz System VIRGINIA
This is a no frills system. It is 7 inches by 5 by 1.5. Pretty small and it has small lights on the console to identify the players.
The buzzer is a 2 person system, but it can be connected to up to 3 other like systems so that up to 32 players could compete if one had multiple systems. It runs on batteries or with a plug to the wall. Major advantages: easy to carry
Special features: can run on batteries, can expand for more players
Price: $285 for 8 player Millenium Buzzer; $425 for 10 players
(3) Jem Designs "BRZ 200" Ontario, CANADA
This buzzer company models a
fairly deluxe system at a low price. Each plater has a little box
with a button and a light which will
*** Patricks Press (see Specialty Design Corp.)
(4) Quizsystems "Model 2000" Pomona, CALIFORNIA
This is the "no frills system."
UC Irvine had one of these. It requires some assembly. Moderators
panel has small lights which show which team rang in. Players have
a box connected by cable to moderators box. Each player has a small
light bulb on his box which locks out other players once you press the
button to ring in.
"Quiztime Box" MICHIGAN
This company has several different models, the 250, the AJ 350 and the AJ 450. Instead of boxes or hand signals it uses "seat pads" which are big floppy pads which you pound to signal. There is less danger of them falling and breaking as with other indicators. The seat pads come in strings of 5 and attach to the console which has small lights on it to tell who was first.
Major advantages: battery powered so electricity not needed
Special features: seat pads
Price: $175 + shipping for 10 players; $220 + shipping for 15; $270 + for 20.
P.O. Box 551
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49023
616-925-1357 or toll free 888-925-9255
(6) Shelty Systems "The Buzz Box" Ontario, CANADA
This system is a a no frills basic
kit. Its price is pretty low, even if you are in the US and must
pay extra shipping charges from
21 Maida Vale Avenue
Web site: http://www.shelty.ca/
|(7) Specialty Design Corp. "basic
Each player presses a thumb activated, hand held buzzer which runs to the moderators console. The lights on the console will tell who rang in first. The people who run this company are very nice and will give a discount (10% I think) for people who say Gaius Stern referred them. Specialty Design Corporation is an ASCA sponsor. The deluxe system is more elaborate. Each players hand held buzzer is connected to a fire siren-type light in front of him/her. This makes it easy for the audience to see who rang in. Berkeley has this system so contact them if you have questions.
THIS IS THE SAME SYSTEM as Patrick's Press
Major advantage: very portable.
Special features: None
Price: (Basic only) x8 players = $289 with shipping x10 players = $399
2 teams of 6 or 3 teams of 4 = $428.
Specialty Design Corp. ALSO Patrick's Press (John Campbell)
715 N. 19th Street
PO Box 5189
Bessemer, Alabamas 35020
Columbus GA, 31906
Phone 205-428-1224 or 428-1223
800-654-1052; Fax 706-322-5806
(8) Triple Q "Show Me Smart" ILLINOIS
Two players share a bar with two lights
on it. Each player has their own hand held joystick with thumb pressed
button. Automatically resets after 2 seconds. Expands indefinitely
to allow as Many players as needed. One year manufacturer's warranty on defects in material and workmanship,
assuming normal use.