APRIL 24-26, 2015
THE WESTIN O'HARE | CHICAGO, IL
APRIL 24-26, 2015
THE WESTIN O'HARE | CHICAGO, IL
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New Products, Show Specials, Demos, Giveaways...

North America’s Premier Event
for Audiophiles and Music Lovers

New Products...

The new Esoteric Grandioso P1 transport. Esoteric's new flagship SACD/CD transport, features the industry leading Esoteric VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S transport for absolute maximum data retrieval from the disc, Esoteric's new proprietary ES-Link4, and dual chassis design for optimum isolation and stability. Visit Esoteric in Room 408 at AXPONA!

 

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Acoustic Sounds will be featuring their new Super HiRez service at this year's AXPONA show. Launched in September 2013, this marks the first time Super HiRez will be on display in Chicago. Stop by the Acoustic Sounds booth in the Audiophile Marketplace to hear live listening stations. They'll have hundreds of titles to demo in DSD and hi-res PCM. Hear for yourself what all of the hi-res buzz is about. And, as always, Acoustic Sounds will have a huge assortment of vinyl and SACDs. You'll find most everything from Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings.
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The new Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier 
The new Benchmark SMS1 Speaker
Visit Benchmark Media Systems in Room 1220 at AXPONA! 
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BlueSmoke Black Box II Windows Server 384/32 Digital Output USB Converter
Visit Blue Smoke Entertainment Systems in Room 1214 at AXPONA!  
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"Recital 2" bookshelf speaker. It's a small 15" tall two-way speaker.
Visit Sonist Audio in Room 1238!

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JansZen has something new, and another first of its kind: a 17" tall, stand mount electrostatic hybrid called the zA1.1. This speaker has much of the performance of the widely acclaimed floorstanding zA2.1 at about half the price -- the sweetest midrange that only an electrostatic can provide, flat in room response from 30 Hz - 40 kHz, easy placement at the front wall, controlled dispersion for minimal room contribution, and seamless integration of its two 7" woofers in a sealed cabinet that's beautifully finished in figured hardwoods, and made in the USA. The response below 50 Hz is adjustable in three steps to allow flat, deep bass at various wall distances. The electrostatic panel output is adjustable to taste. The woofers are counter-firing, practically eliminating cabinet shake in spite of the moderate 35 pound (16 kg] weight, and thus improving the performance of the ESL panel as well as bass palpability. Sensitivity is just under 85 dB, and a 120W/ch/8 Ohm amp will drive it to its steady state limits. It's basically a pretty speaker that's just gorgeous sounding and on display in Room 454.

 

 

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Pure Vinyl v.4 - Major Upgrade (more than 5 dozen new features and performance enhancements)
Pure Music v.2
- Major Upgrade 
Visit Channel D Pure Music on the Lower Level in the Wabash room!
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Anniversary Interconnects
Speaker Cables
Power Cables

Visit Silnote Audio in Room 352!
  
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Tyler Acousitcs Highland H4 Speakers
Tyler Acoustics Insight

Visit Tyler Acoustics on the Lower Level in the Sherman room! 
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VPI will be launching the $995.00 Nomad vinyl playback system at AXPONA in the Music Direct room. The Nomad features a VPI turntable, 10-inch aluminum gimballed tonearm, pre-installed Ortofon 2M Red MM cartridge, and an internal phono stage and headphone amplifier.
Visit VPI Industries in Room 446 and Music Direct in Rosemont 3 and 336!
 
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Emerald Physics will be showing the PS Audio Direct Stream Digital DAC at the first show since introduction. Paul McGowan, owner of PS Audio, will be here to answer questions. It upsamples all inputs whether PCM or DSD to 10 times DSD and uses a field programmable gate array (FPGA) as its DAC. Retail $5999.00. Stop by Room 434!  
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New Elite Grand Reference Line of Cables.
The Elite Grand Reference series incorporate a unique design and the best of the best termination. Top of the line Furutech connectors are the only ones offered as well as completely separate positive and negative internal runs for near zero inductance and capacitance. This results in uncanny realism that exacts a live performance in your listening room. Visit Morrow Audio in the Audiophile Marketplace!
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Visit Audio Art Cable in the Audiophile Marketplace to view many new products:
Power 1 Classic evo AC Cord
IC-3SE Purist Interconnect w/ Xhadow RCA
iC-3SE iPod / iPhone Cable w/ Oyaide mini plugs

PDC-4X power distribution center featuring GTX-D outlets with carbon-fiber top and aluminum body construction
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Sadurni Acoustics introduces the Staccato Horn Speaker System, a 4-way system, using compression drivers for both the high- and upper mid-frequencies.  It is one of the first horn systems using a front-firing (i.e., not folded), wooden bass horn, which extends down to 120 Hz. Frequencies below 120 Hz to 25 Hz are delivered via a proprietary bass unit. It is certain to take on legendary status in the world of audio reproduction. For More Information...
Visit Sadurni Acoustics on the Lower Level in the Burton room!

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Stop by room 430 to hear about Daedalus Audio model: Muse ($6450)
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Visit Lawrence Audio in Room 310 to see their new Double Bass Speaker which won the CES Design and Engineer Innovation Award.
Double Bass is a six driver 4-way vented design floorstanding loudspeaker. For more Information...
Read a Review...
 
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ZMF Headphones will be releasing their new flagship headphone, the wooden cupped ZMF x Vibro. Through teaming up with Vibro Labs, ZMF has combined state of the art CNC manufacturing with the hand tuning process of ZMF headphones. Among the key features are dual mini xlr inputs, adjustable bass, custom stains and finishes, and incredible audiophile level orthodynamic sound. We are also proud to announce that the ZMF x Vibro will be sold for the first time at AXPONA, marking the official release of the headphone. Online sales won't be available until mid-may, so be sure to get to ZMF Headphones booth in the Ear Gear Expo early! For more info check out:  http://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-x-vibro-labs/

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Diamond Reference Speaker Cables and Interconnects
Power Max
Power Force
Source Clarifier Power Cords
 
Visit DanaCable in the Audiophile Marketplace!
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King Sound Emperor Electrostatic Headphone Systems.

The line consists of:

H-3 ESL headphones + M-10 Solid State Amplifier = $1250 MSRP

H-3 ESL headphones + M-20 OTL Tube amplifier = $2150 MSRP
Visit King Sound / Performance Devices on the Lower Level in Wells.

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Bob’s Devices new products include the SKY 30 Step-Up transformer. The SKY 30 is the same quality as the 1131 but with a lower set of step up ratios.  Where the 1131 had ratios of 1:20 and 1:40, the SKY 30 has ratios of 1:15 and 1:30.  1:30 hits the sweet spot of many phono cartridges including the Miyajima cartridges. The SKY 30 combined with either the SHILABE or the ZERO is nothing short of wonderful.
The VPI SUT is a new product that replaces the VPI interface box on many VPI turntables.  The SUTs are built into the box which saves having to use a second set of interconnects.  The VPI SUT is available with either the SKY 30 or the 1131.
Bob’s Devices is a VPI, Ortofon, and Miyajima Dealer. Bob’s Devices also carries ZU DL-103R phono cartridges. Visit Bob's Devices in the Audiophile Marketplace!
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This year ModWright Instruments, Inc. will be featuring 3 new products including the Sony HAP-Z1ES 'Truth' Modification, PH-150 Phono Stage and Elyse DAC.

- Sony HAP-Z1ES 'Truth' Modification: Tube Modification with external tube-rectified power supply and reference umbilical. (Shipping NOW!).  

- PH 150: Reference tube phono stage with external SS power supply. (Scheduled Release - Late May 2014). 
- Elyse: Tube DAC, transformer coupled in and out, RCA, BNC, AES/EBU and USB (24/192 fully asynchronous). (Scheduled Release - June 2014).
Visit ModWright Instruments, Inc. in Room 430!
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TriangleART will be at AXPONA show to introduce the NEW TriangleART Zeus MC Cartridge and TriangleART Concerto Turntable. Visit TriangleArt in Room 404!
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exaSound Audio Design will be showing for the first time the newest member of its award-winning line of D/A converters - the e22 DAC. The exaSound e22 is a third generation DSD256 DAC that brings fine audio to a higher level. It offers the highest resolution native DSD support, including the exclusive DSD256+ mode at a sampling rate of 12.288 MHz. Read More...
http://www.exasound.com/e22/Overview.aspx
Visit exaSound  in Room 454 at AXPONA!
 
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Bricasti Design M28 Monoblock Amplifiers
Visit Bricasti Design, Ltd. in Room 406!
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Visit Stymax International in the Ear Gear Expo to see their multiple countries patented, innovative Ribbon tweeter equipped, over ear headphone, HRIB-1. It’s frequency response range will be at 10Hz~35KHz, Sensitivity is 102dB.
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Noble Audio will have the Chord Hugo, Chord Electronics' first foray into portable audio, for demo and purchase in the Ear Gear Expo! The Chord Hugo is the world's finest DAC/AMP and is sold out everywhere BUT Noble Audio will have some units available for immediate purchase at AXPONA at 10% off retail price ($2395 > $2,155). This is a very unique opportunity as not only will attendees have the chance to walk away with something that is sold out everywhere, but they will also be able to purchase Hugo at an unbeatable price.

           

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Saturday Audio will have the world premiere of a GREAT speaker, the Vienna Imperial Series Liszt’s, the latest addition to a great series. $15,000pr.
Saturday Audio will be demoing the NAD/PSB desktop computer audio system, including the new D3020 digital amp, featured on the cover of Stereophile recently.
Saturday Audio will be showing the exciting new amplifiers and other great products from a great British company, Cyrus!!!!! Come to room 348 for an audition.
Visit Saturday Audio Exchange on the 3rd floor in Rosemont 2, 332 & 348!
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Essential Audio is proud to introduce to the Chicago market:
- Aurender reference music servers, including the W20 and X100L
- Bricasti Design M1 DAC and M28 monoblock amplifiers. The Bricasti amplifiers are on demonstration in room 406.
- Kuzma phono cartridges
- Teo Audio cables and equipment racks
- Clarity Cable cabling and new power distributors
Essential Audio is showcasing its range of tools used for optimal turntable alignment along with results and is happy to answer questions. Stop by Rosemont 4 on the 3rd floor!
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Musical Artisans to premiere Constellation Audio Argo at AXPONA in Rooms 1210, 1215 & 1218!
Musical Artisans will be premiering the new Argo integrated amplifier along with a full array of Constellation Audio components. AXPONA will be the public debut of this powerful amplifier which combines the virtues of Constellation Audio’s renowned Virgo II preamplifier and Centaur power amplifier on a single chassis. Read More...
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MA Recordings custom Made in Japan NEW Innersleeves for Vinyl records, available only from MA Recordings at AXPONA. Visit MA Recordings on the Lower Level in Clark!
 
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-Acoustic Signature Triple X turntable (115 lbs. $7-12K) with Funk FXR-II 12" arm and Van den Hul Colibri XGW cartridge - never shown at a trade show in North America.
-Audio Physic Avantera Plus speakers ($30K) - First time at Axpona. Read more...
-Creaktiv Systems Midi Reference equipment rack ($5500.00) - USA premiere.
-Grandinote Celio phono stage ($8750.00) - First time at Axpona.
Visit Goerner Communication in Room 302!

Triple X Turntable                          Celio phone stage            Midi Reference
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Source Systems has new products just for you! Visit them in Room 315!

M2Tech Italy present the Young DSD
First USA Operational Introduction

M2Tech Young DSD Stereo Pre]amp/DAC: PCM up to 32 bit/384kHz, DSD64/DSD128 (DoP)

 

 

 

 

 

M2Tech Italy introduces the Marley Headphone Amp/Pre-amp
First USA Operational Introduction

Dual Drive Class-A Headphone Amplifier and System Pre-amp 4- pure class-A power amplifiers, dual stereo layout to drive two headphones with independent volume setting, bridging feature to drive one headphone set in balanced mode, preamplifier output to drive power amplifiers, two inputs with tape output, auxiliary input for high current, low noise power supply.

More info... 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lumin Audiophile Network Music Player
First AXPONA USA showing

State of the Art network stream/renderer for PC audio, Internet radio and network system playback. PCM to 24/352.  DSD64 and DSD128, both supporting DoP. Analog output stage using Lundahl output transformers. iPad control.

More info... 

 

 

 

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AIX Records will be using the new PM-1 Oppo Headphones and headphone amplifier at their sales tables outside of the Madison Ballroom. This is the first public showing of these remarkable pieces of gear!

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Show Specials / Giveaways...

Experience Plinius with Hanson. Join us at AXPONA in Room 1204 and listen to the Hiato Integrated Amplifier, Koru Phono Preamplifier and Toko Digital Audio Player from Plinius Audio.
RECEIVE A FREE PLINIUS T-SHIRT! Simply ‘like’ Plinius and Hanson Audio on Facebook, then email your name, address and t-shirt size to pliniususa@gmail.com. Limit of one t-shirt per person. Limited numbers available so register your interest before 12 May 2014. 
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All attendees who visit Legacy Audio on the Lobby Level in the Dearborn room and register for the Legacy newsletter will be entered for a chance to win a Harmony HD Center Channel (a $2,090 value!) The drawing will take place on Sunday afternoon.


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Get a free Acrolink power cord ($399 value) with the purchase of an Auralic Vega DSD USB DAC. Visit Midwest Audio in Room 204!
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Ultrasonic Records in the Audiophile Marketplace will offer a show special price of $100 off cleaners bought at show with cash and carry. Orders for delivery get free shipping.
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Register with www.LocalHiFiShop.com for a change to win a pair of Epos Elan 10 Loudspeakers ($1000 value) sponsored by Tweek Geek! To register, visit Local Hi-Fi Shop in The Audiophile Marketplace.

For dealers, distributors and manufacturers: Claim your premium listing by May 15th and your first 6 months are free! That's a $239 value! To get help maximizing your listing as well as enhancing your online presence in the audio community, email Mike at mike@localhifishop.com to schedule a 15 minute appointment on Thursday April 24th.
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At AXPONA Emerald Physics will show a complete system that they sell as a package, Internet Direct, thru Underwood Hifi for $5999.00. System retail price: $8100.00. Save $2100.00! Stop by Room 434. For more information on the system features...
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Audio Art Cable Show Specials:
40% off Audio Art Cable products.
25% off Rein Audio products, plus FREE shipping.
10% off Lehmann Audio products, plus FREE shipping.
10% off Mytek Digital products, plus FREE shipping.
Exclusive Show Special on Furutech D-Stat II. Please stop by our table in the Audiophile Marketplace for details. 

Audio Art Cable Giveaways:
1.0m Audio Art Cable power 1 Classic AC Cord w/ Wattgate plugs, $220 value
1.0m Audio Art Cable IC-3SE interconnect pair w/ Ultimate RCA’s, $350 value. 
Furutech NANO Liquid Contact Enhancer, $180 value.
Furutech GTX-D(R) 20A, 120V High Performance Duplex Receptacle, $239 value.
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Gingko Audio/DanaCable is offering 20% off retail on all show demo cables in the Audiophile Marketplace!
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Visit Room 320 to get a complete system for under $25,000 including big Volti Audio horn speakers, Quicksilver tube mono-block amplifiers, Peachtree Audio NovaPre/DAC, Yamaha SACD, custom Volti plinths/stand and Triode Wire Labs cabling.
Purchase all or one and get free shipping from the show.

Triode Wire Labs is offering a 10% discount plus free shipping on all cable orders during the show!

One of the most musically expressive systems at this year’s show!

Volti Audio Alura
Horn Attributes, Minus the Horn Vices
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Noble Audio will have the Chord Hugo, Chord Electronics' first foray into portable audio, for demo and purchase in the Ear Gear Expo! The Chord Hugo is the world's finest DAC/AMP and is sold out everywhere BUT Noble Audio will have some units available for immediate purchase at AXPONA at 10% off retail price ($2395 > $2,155). This is a very unique opportunity as not only will attendees have the chance to walk away with something that is sold out everywhere, but they will also be able to purchase Hugo at an unbeatable price.

             

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Stop by Room 1220 and visit Benchmark Media Systems and register for a chance to win the award winning Benchmark DAC1 stereo D/A converter ($995 value)!
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Breaking Silence - LP Ripping Session and Drawing
“No synthesizers, vocal limiters, or samples of any sort were used on this album.” So says the jacket notes on Janis Ian’s powerful Breaking Silence LP. Join Channel D and Lynx at 3 PM Sunday in the Wabash Room for a “live” vinyl playback and listening / ripping session of the stunning Analogue Productions QRP reissue of this remarkable LP. At the conclusion of the session, a drawing will be held and one lucky attendee will win the (brand new) copy of the LP used for the session, as well as a thumb drive with the resulting 192 kHz 24 bit audio files! Come early, seating is limited.
 

 

Special Events / Demos...

Visit the MBL on the Lower Level in the Banks room to find out more about their after hours Analog Tape event!
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Visit Ultrasonic Records in the Audiophile Marketplace to see 16 record sides cleaned at once in only 10 minutes!
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"Is It Live Or Is It HD-Audio?" shoot out between "new folk" musician John Gorka and the world's finest surround music playback system. The shoot out will be held on Friday, April 25 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm on the Lobby Level in the Madison Ballroom.
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Merrill Audio and Sadurni Acoustics in conjunction with International Phonograph Inc, are featuring special master tape listening sessions this year at AXPONA! These sessions will utilize the highest quality playback: direct copies of jazz and classical Master Tapes with no intervening conversion to vinyl or digital formats.
The sessions will take place on the Lower Level in the Burton Room and will last one hour. Sessions will be at 11am and 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be 11am only.
Listeners will hear direct master copies of music by such renowned musicians as Ravi Shankar and Stan Getz.
Playback will be heard through the Merrill Audio VERITAS Monoblocks driving the
Sadurni Acoustics Staccato Horn System to capture all the nuance and dynamics of direct master tape copies.
Seating will be limited so come early!
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Saturday Audio will be demoing the NAD/PSB desktop computer audio system, including the new D3020 digital amp, featured on the cover of Stereophile recently. Visit Saturday Audio Exchange on the 3rd floor in Rosemont 2, 332 & 348! 
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Noble Audio will have the Chord Hugo, Chord Electronics' first foray into portable audio, for demo and purchase in the Ear Gear Expo! The Chord Hugo is the world's finest DAC/AMP and is sold out everywhere BUT Noble Audio will have some units available for immediate purchase at AXPONA at 10% off retail price ($2395 > $2,155). This is a very unique opportunity as not only will attendees have the chance to walk away with something that is sold out everywhere, but they will also be able to purchase Hugo at an unbeatable price.

            
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Master Tape Listening Events: 
On the Lower Level in the Banks Room - MBL  
On the Lower Level in the Washington Room - United Home Audio / Jolida / Tara Labs / MBL
Friday 8:00pm till, and Saturday 7:00pm till. Come hear your favorite music from copies of the Master Tapes in a relaxed after hours atmosphere.
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Breaking Silence - LP Ripping Session and Drawing
“No synthesizers, vocal limiters, or samples of any sort were used on this album.” So says the jacket notes on Janis Ian’s powerful Breaking Silence LP. Join Channel D and Lynx at 3 PM Sunday in the Wabash Room for a “live” vinyl playback and listening / ripping session of the stunning Analogue Productions QRP reissue of this remarkable LP. At the conclusion of the session, a drawing will be held and one lucky attendee will win the (brand new) copy of the LP used for the session, as well as a thumb drive with the resulting 192 kHz 24 bit audio files! Come early, seating is limited.
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