Described as North America’s Premier Event for Audiophiles and Music Lovers, the AXPONA Chicago show is currently consolidating its position as one of the key industry events for the consumer audio industry and in particular for high-end audio. Well attended by music lovers and audiophiles, the show is also one of the nation’s largest showcases of manufacturers and retailers, with hundreds of exhibits and live demonstrations and daily seminars.
The 2014 AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) filled the entire Westin O’Hare hotel due to a significant expansion in the number of companies exhibiting, including international names – nearly 50% of attendees, from 45 states and many countries around the globe, came to AXPONA for the first time in 2014 – a trend the organization expects will continue in 2015.
AXPONA will utilize the entire Westin O’Hare Hotel and will feature well over 100 table displays, showcasing 500+ unique companies, with 125+ high fidelity listening rooms, providing the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end listening products. Notable exhibitors will include YG Acoustics, Audio Research, Pass Labs, Kef, Clearaudio, Focal, MBL, Legacy, Audeze, Sennheiser, Koss, Mobile Fidelity, Music Direct, Elusive Disc, Acoustic Sounds, Nordost, Gibson Pro Audio, Meridian Audio, Etymotic Research, and more.
Ear Gear Expo (EGX) showcases headphones and associated equipment, adding an exciting module to the show from the fast growing world of mobile and high-end personal listening.
The AXPONA Marketplace allows attendees to browse the latest in analog turntables, tonearms and cartridges as well as purchase their favorite music in a large selection of formats including CDs, vinyl, computer and hi-res mobile device downloads.
The Audiophile Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo also have hundreds of products and accessories from cables and headphones to original and remastered recordings in multiple genres and formats.
Axpona and Audio Con
Celebrating its third straight year in Chicago and its second year at The Westin O’Hare, the renowned event will return to the city known for its vibrant, eclectic music scene from April 24 – April 26, punctuated by a few harmonious surprises and appealing to the music lover in all of us, with special guest performances by jazz singer and pianist Patricia Barber and notable blues artist John Primer.
JD Events, the producers of AXPONA, recently established a partnership with LeftField Media, the co-creators behind New York Comic Con. Together they engineered Audio Con, a dazzling aural extravaganza for music lovers on all points of the spectrum. The three-day experience will feature multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live music performances.
“We are thrilled about the partnership JD Events has entered into with LeftField Media,” said AXPONA founder Steve Davis. “Music is a universal language. With the creation of Audio Con, we’re able to broaden our reach beyond the industry insiders to offer an unparalleled experience, giving music fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with the future of music.”
Along with Audio Con comes the addition of musical performances from highly-regarded Chicago musicians. On Friday night, American jazz star and Chicago local, Patricia Barber, will take the stage to share her witty, smooth and soulful sound with the crowd. From her ingenious writing to her unmatched vocals, Barber’s talent is well known throughout Chicago’s jazz scene. On Saturday evening, the audience will be graced with the musical presence of Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer. Known for his gig as the house band at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge in Chicago, Primer is, as his album title suggests, “The Real Deal.”
Beyond the live music and exhibitors, Audio Con also includes seminars that tackle the “must know” topics and issues relevant to the most discerning audiophiles, as well as give demonstrations and introductions to music lovers who are just entering the world of high-end audio. Topics include streaming, personal audio, turntable set up, hi-res audio, loudspeaker / room measurement and beyond. Some featured panelists include Michael Fremer, Analog Planet; Matt Earley, Gotta Groove Records; Jeff Merkel, University of Colorado, Denver/Merkel Acoustics; and Jim Smith, author of “Get Better Sound Through the Sound Barrier.”
Among the multiple seminars already scheduled, Acoustic Analysis specialist Bob Hodas will address the speaker/room interface and optimizing system performance. A slide presentation will demonstrate the frequency and phase response of speakers placed properly and improperly in a room, as well as integrating subwoofers with the main speaker system for both stereo and surrounds systems will be covered. There will be a discussion as to what types of acoustic treatments to use in a room and how to determine where those treatments will best serve the listener.
Full details on all scheduled seminars can be found here.
AXPONA 2015 takes place on Friday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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