Top 10 Things to Experience at AXPONA, April 21-23

April 10 2017, 04:00
Now in its 8th year AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) continues to entice audiophiles, music lovers, musicians and seasoned audio experts looking to enhance their Listening Room, Media Room, and Office with the latest technology from stereo systems, home audio speakers, headphones, turntables and much more. The show, which returns to the Westin Hotel in Rosemont, April 21-23, will feature 400 exhibitors and offers attendees the enviable opportunity to touch, test, and shop the newest gadgets in high-end consumer audio products.

Featuring 140 interactive listening rooms, an Ear Gear Expo, Live Concerts, seminars and much more, AXPONA 2017 will encompass 8 floors of the hotel. Add these 10 “must-do’s” to your agenda to experience the best of AXPONA:

1. What’s BIG in the Audio World in 2017?
Friday, April 21, 10:15-11:15am
It is an exciting time for audio! Record pressing plants are opening, even more artists are issuing albums on vinyl, and Millennials are heading back to the record store. The world is streaming and high fidelity playback is making even more headway this year. Four top media pro’s in the audio and tech industry from, CNET, Enjoy The Music and Stereophile share the insider scoop on trends and products making waves in 2017.

2. Live Evening Concerts
Ticketholders are treated to entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings and offer music lovers the enviable opportunity to experience top performers in an intimate venue. AXPONA attendees will enjoy an all-star line-up for its weekend live concert series including Jazz and Blues artists’ the Frank Catalano Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch and Mud Morganfield. After a jam-packed day of visiting Listening Rooms and testing the best audio equipment on the market, attendees can sit back, relax, reset their ears and enjoy live music.

3. Audio Adventure Scavenger Hunt
The Scavenger Hunt at AXPONA is a great way to explore the show and discover companies and products you may not be familiar with! When you finish, you will be entered to win an AMEX giftcard prize! It’s simple, pick up a scavenger hunt guide when you arrive at the show, visit all of the companies indicated to receive a stamp at each, and return your completed guide to the box at AXPONA registration.

4. Ear Gear Expo
An expanded expo dedicated entirely to the art of the headphone. See the world's top brands reveal their latest and greatest gear including noise-cancelling, bluetooth wireless headphones from top manufacturers including HiFiMan, Sennheiser, Shure Incorporated, Cleer Inc, and Empire Ears.

5. “High-Resolution Audio Perception”
Have you ever wondered what high-resolution audio actually sounds like? What it could mean to you? And how it might help many of your entertainment experiences feel so real? Visit the “High-Resolution Audio Perception” exhibit presented by ImmersAV Technology. It’s free of charge to all show attendees!

6. Listening Rooms
See and touch superbly designed, high-performance systems in over 140 dedicated listening rooms crafted by the best in the business. Experience sound like never before in room settings, perfect to inspire sound systems for your media room, man cave or home office! Must see rooms include Auralic, Burwell & Sons, Dan D’Agostino, GamuT, Horch House, Magico, MoFi Distribution, Paragon Sight & Sound, Quintessence Audio, Saturday Audio, THIEL Audio, and Von Schweikert Audio.

7. Product Debuts from World-Renowned Manufacturers
Be the first to shop the latest product debuts from top brands who will be introducing headphones, speakers, cables, turntables and amplifiers at AXPONA. Experience the newest technology in audio gear and add these newbies to your wish list! Daedalus Audio Apollo Floorstanding Speaker, Magico S3 Mk II, Mojo Audio Déjà Vu Music Server, Vanatoo Transparent Zero, Wyred 4 Sound Statement Amplifier, Thiel Audio 40th Anniversary 40.3 Speaker, Legacy Calibre, TIDAL Audio Akira Loudspeaker, plus many more.

8. Marketplace
Discover and shop thousands of parts, components, gear, accessories, vinyl, portable speakers and turntables all in one place from manufacturers like Holm Audio, Elusive Disc, Morrow Audio, Music Direct, Nordost, and Red Dragon Audio.

9. Stream The Studio Exhibit
Stream The Studio, an exhibit sponsored by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, will highlight some of the next generation studio-quality subscription music services that can support both Hi-Res Audio and advanced user features. The exhibit also includes demonstrations of some of the latest hi-res compatible devices, along with a variety of music clips in various genres.

10. Reviewer’s View Live and Raffle presented by AVShowrooms
It’s a wrap! Join AVShowrooms for a sneak preview of their favorite highlights from the show and be entered to win over $2,200 of equipment including (2) FOZ XTRs, (2) FOZ SSX, from Jolida and a Core Power Technologies EQUI=CORE 300! AVShowrooms will also announce the winner of the $8,000 Von Schweikert E-3 MkII loudspeaker raffle. Tickets are available at registration and must be validated at the Von Schweikert Endeavor exhibit- Lobby Dearborn Room.

AXPONA will be open Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Westin O’Hare is located at 6100 North River Road. Parking is available at the Westin’s self-parking lot for a discounted rate of $10/day for AXPONA attendees and exhibitors. A discount ticket is needed in order to get the discounted rate. Discount tickets can be picked up at AXPONA registration during AXPONA event hours.

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