Schaumburg, IL (March 14, 2018) - - Now in its 9th 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, Man Cave or Home Office with the latest technology from stereo systems, home audio speakers, headphones, turntables, amplifiers, and much more. The show, which has a NEW home at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel April 13-15, 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 150+ interactive listening rooms, an expanded Exhibit Hall, Master Class Theater, Live Concerts, Seminars and much more, AXPONA 2018 will encompass nine floors of the hotel. Add these 10 “must-do’s” to your agenda to experience the best of AXPONA 2018:
1.AXPONA’s NEW Home in Schaumburg
AXPONA’s new state-of-the-art venue at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel offers free onsite parking, multiple dining options, more than 30 meeting rooms and suites, nearly 500 stylishly designed sleeping rooms, luxurious function spaces and a first-class exhibition hall - all under one roof.
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 “An Evening With(Out) David Bowie” on Friday night featuring a presentation by Thomas Mulready and live music by Vanity Crash. Blues fans will enjoy the Blues Revue with Corey Dennison Band and special guests Demetria Taylor and Jimmy Johnson. Sit back, relax, reset your ears and enjoy live music.
3. Industry Expert Talks and Seminars
Take part in interesting seminars all weekend, including a NEW session aimed at “Designing a Listening Room”. Whether you purchased your dream music system or building a room around existing equipment, designing a Listening Room or space dedicated to enjoying music is key. Learn the Do’s and Don’ts from design experts Chad Esslinger, Frank Fontana, Scott Dresner, Kenneth Walter, and Glen Kuras (GIK Acoustics). (Saturday, April 14, 3pm)
4. Shop Till you Drop
The expanded Exhibit Hall, which is home to the Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo, is a whopping 30,000 square feet and will showcase a vast array of turntables, cables, accessories, racks and stands, tonearms, cartridges and the latest headphones and associated equipment in the growing world of mobile and high-end personal listening. Top manufacturers exhibiting this year will be AudioQuest, Astell & Kern, Kimber Kable, Morrow Audio, Pro-Ject, Perfect Vinyl Forever, Sennheiser, and U-Turn Audio.
5. Record Fair for Vinyl Collectors
The NEW Record Fair, a pavilion within the Exhibit Hall is the place to shop for new and vintage vinyl, CDs, SACDs and downloads and discover new artists.
6. Listening Rooms
See and touch superbly designed, high-performance systems in over 150 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 American Sound, AXISS Audio, Cambridge Audio, Convergent Audio Technology, Dynaudio, Eikon by Gayle Martin Sanders, Emotiva, High End by Oz, High Water Sound, JTR Speakers, Pass Labs, Schiit Audio, and The Sound Organisation.
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!
8. Master Class Theater
The NEW intimate theater located in the Exhibit Hall will feature curated content presented by industry experts. Attendees will use headphones to listen to top pro’s in the audio world including Steve Evans, founder of Perfect Vinyl Forever Frank Urban of US Soundlabs, Bob Schulein with ImmersAV, Lyn Stanley, Recording Artist, and Tim Schroeder, Schroeder Amplification Inc.
9. Record-Breaking New Exhibitors
AXPONA is known for featuring world-renowned companies and manufacturers, showcasing the most innovative products and services in the high-end audio industry. A record breaking 60+ NEW and innovative exhibitors will gather at AXPONA 2018 to introduce their latest products including Fern & Roby, SOtM Stereo Haven, TRIANGLE Speakers, Pro-Ject, Elkon by Gayle Martin Sanders, among others.
10. Classic Album Sundays
Classic Album Sundays, the world’s most popular album listening club, will be paying homage to the long-lasting influence of Chicago House music during a seminar on Sunday, April 14, 2-4pm. They will be joined by Chi-Town native, Terry Hunter to discuss the impact of Chicago House on the world leading to Grammy Award Winners Daft Punk and their iconic second album Discovery.
Paying homage to Chicago House, Disco, Soul and much more, Daft Punk has long been influencers on the dance music scene. Discovery builds on the Chicago influenced house sound found on their early releases into ‘song’ led productions that were in Thomas Bangalter’s own words a way of “saying to the electronic kids, ‘Rock is cool, you know? You can like that.'” Following an interview with Terry Hunter, they will feature a full album playback on a world class audiophile sound system.
AXPONA will be open Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel is located at 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173
To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please visit www.axpona.com or call 203-371-6322.
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