Event Schedule

Friday, April 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/13/2018  |  9:00 AM - 6:30 PM  |  Separate Registration Required

Gold Pass Lounge Open

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

4/13/2018  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, Expo Hall

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  11:00 AM - 11:45 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Room EQ Wizard: The Best Free Tweak You Will Ever Buy!

“Matthew J. Poes, staff writer, and Sonnie Parker, senior partner, from AV NIRVANA will discuss the use of Room EQ Wizard (REW) for analyzing and optimizing a 2-channel or home theater system. Room EQ Wizard is a freely distributed acoustic measurement software developed by John Mulcahy; AV NIRVANA hosts the official support forum for REW and is the exclusive download site for beta releases of the software. Attendees will be presented with an overview of REW’s capabilities, the type of measurement equipment needed, and the software's use in optimizing a system. Following the presentation, attendees are welcome to ask questions about REW, Acoustics, and system optimization. All lucky attendees will receive a free copy of REW – because it’s free!”

Two lucky attendees will win a free MiniDSP umik-1 USB measurement microphone!

SEMINARS

4/13/2018  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Vinyl Industry Update

MODERATOR
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
SPEAKERS
Josh Bizar
Vice President, Music Direct
Jeffrey Smith
Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships, Discogs
Bill Voss
Business Development Manager, Technics
Mat Weisfeld
President, VPI Industries

Get a look behind the scenes at the LP’s amazing renaissance and discuss all things vinyl. Whether you're already into vinyl, thinking about buying your first turntable or getting back into it, the panel of experts will have answers to all of your questions.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Silence Amplified

Audiophiles appreciate depth of silence in the finest equipment. But did you know you can increase the depth of silence and calm internally? Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, profound procedure to allow the mind to reach a state of deep peace and tranquility. Coming out of meditation one is refreshed, revitalized, but the inner silence has been amplified. This allows us to enjoy everything so much more. Come here an introductory talk on this proven technology.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

SEMINARS

4/13/2018  |  12:15 PM - 1:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Music Matters: Why Quality Recordings Are A Sound Investment

SPEAKER
 
Lyn Stanley
, International Recording Artist

International Recording Artist and Audiophile's Sultry Songbird, Jazz Vocalist Lyn Stanley, will take you through the journey of how quality sound recordings are made at the top studios around the country and why/how they are made to make your system sing to its top performance level.  

Lyn Stanley records at the top studios in Hollywood and New York and uses the master of master engineering team of Al Schmitt and Bernie Grundman to mastermind the engineering of her high caliber recordings.  There is a lot of pre-planning and thoughtful management of her recording sessions to achieve the highest level of quality she her recordings have been known and described as "stupendous sound" and "the perfect blend of air and music reproduction dynamics."

Learn the behind the scenes stories on how some artists take their recordings to a level and stop short of making them hit the audiophile quality mark.  You will leave this seminar with a greater level of knowledge of what goes into quality recordings and pressings and the pro forma needed to make even a modest system sound better just by knowing what kind of quality recordings are the best investment.

Lyn will cover analog, digital and reel to reel formats and what goes into her production practices that give her recordings the highest marks on sound by reviewers worldwide.  You won't want to miss this seminar to expand your purchasing knowledge and help you make the right choices and spend your music investment money wisely.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Record Care for Maximum Sonic Enjoyment

Steve Evans, founder of Perfect Vinyl Forever, will share record cleaning and handling strategies which yield maximum sonic benefits. Steve will review the pros and cons of consumer record cleaning strategies and offer tips to get the best out of each approach. He will also introduce a new option - professional record cleaning service utilizing commercial record cleaning equipment.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

SEMINARS

4/13/2018  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Cartridge Clinic & The Extender

Based on 43 years of cartridge design and repair, A.J. van den Hul will present a catridge clinic.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Analog Magik

Join Norm Steinke with Rutherford Audio Inc. to learn about AnalogMagik, a Windows based turntable cartridge calibration software designed by Richard H. Mak and a team of engineers.  It offers a scientific and repeatable method of calibrating every cartridge setup parameter, including:

  1. Turntable Speed
  2. Azimuth
  3. Vertical Tracking Angle / Stylus Raking Angle
  4. Anti-Skating
  5. Optimizing Phono Stage Loading
  6. Optimizing Phono Stage Gain Setting
  7. Vertical Tracking Force
  8. Measuring Vibrations
  9. Determining Resonance Frequencies
  10. AES Wow & Flutter

After you have performed a basic alignment on your turntable's cartridge using an appropriate alignment tractor, our software and Test LPs will attempt to optimize and fine-tune all the above setup parameters to achieve a more accurate analog cartridge setup.​

Simply follow the onscreen instructions, and the program will guide you through all the test functions.  It will also tell you what "optimal" numbers to look for, and what cartridge adjustments you need to make to get there.

AnalogMagik contains proprietary complex algorithms built into the programming and specific settings to account for the following:​

  • a proper sampling rate
  • a proper sampling period
  • complex filtering for noise, clicks & pops, and statics
  • complex mathematical averaging
  • incorporate the effects of warp records
  • mathematical standard deviation
  • eliminate the detrimental effects of line electric noise
  • eliminate the effects of hum​

The complex programming will greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of the results, which an ordinary distortion analyzer will not do for you. Most importantly there are free videos available online that walk you through each function of the tools.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  3:00 PM - 3:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound

Mark Waldrep, founder and Chief Engineer at AIX Records, just completed a comprehensive book on music, audio, and record production. At almost 900 pages and filled with 300 illustrations, the new book has already been described as the "Gold Standard" by reviewers and readers. AXPONA marks the launch of this important, no-nonsense book. You won't want to miss Dr. Waldrep as he introduces the new book, talks about the myth of high-res audio, reflects on the interviews conducted with Bob Stuart (of MQA and Meridian), Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac producer/engineer),and others. Attendees will be given a coupon for 25% off the price of the book and accompanying Blu-ray disc. A rare event not to missed.

SEMINARS

4/13/2018  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Meet the Editors

MODERATOR
 
Dr. David W. Robinson
Editor-in-Chief, Positive Feedback
SPEAKERS
 
Myles B. Astor
Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback, Founder, www.audionirvana.org
 
Carol Clark
Managing Editor, Positive Feedback
 
Julie Mullins
Managing Editor, The Absolute Sound
 
Greg Weaver
the audio analyst, Senior Writer, The Absolute Sound, Senior Editor, Enjoy the Music.com, Senior Editor, Positive Feedback Online
Join in a lively Q&A session with your favorite magazine editors and writers.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  4:00 PM - 4:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Subwoofer Integration for music

Frank Urban will explain the unknown problems (like phase shift and time delay) that are inherent in all powered subwoofers and will show how to eliminate them.

Frank studied acoustics at Eastern Illinois University and physics at Roosevelt University. He was a member of the sound crew for Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago. Now an engineer at US Soundlabs.

Two lucky attendees will win our SW2 - signal conditioner for subwoofers!

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/13/2018  |  5:00 PM - 5:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Virtual Reality Binaural Audio Demonstrations

Bob Schulein, founding partner of ImmersAV Technology, and past president of the Audio Engineering Society, will present a wide selection of Binaural audio demonstrations with corresponding video. All recordings are of live music produced for various forms of virtual reality playback. Playback will be by means of a custom wireless headphone system with HD video. Several demonstrations will feature 3D Video. One lucky attendee of each session will win a copy of the latest ImmersAV Technology production: “The Wandering Boys Chicago Bluegrass VR Special”. For more details visit: https://www.immersav.com

 

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC

4/13/2018  |  8:00 PM - 10:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

An Evening With(out) David Bowie

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/14/2018  |  9:00 AM - 7:00 PM  |  Separate Registration Required

Gold Pass Lounge Open

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

4/14/2018  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, Expo Hall

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  10:15 AM - 10:30 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Silence Amplified

Audiophiles appreciate depth of silence in the finest equipment. But did you know you can increase the depth of silence and calm internally? Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, profound procedure to allow the mind to reach a state of deep peace and tranquility. Coming out of meditation one is refreshed, revitalized, but the inner silence has been amplified. This allows us to enjoy everything so much more. Come here an introductory talk on this proven technology.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

SEMINARS

4/14/2018  |  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Going from wax to the max: Everything YOU need to know about Vinyl Ripping

SPEAKER
 
Dr. Rob Robinson
Director of Engineering, Channel D
Linking analog vinyl playback with digital audio has never been easier, and the combination delivers the convenience of computer audio coupled with stunning, transparent playback quality. Featuring a live, step by step hands-on demonstration this seminar will cover everything you need (and want) to know about transferring vinyl LPs to high resolution digital audio files: hardware, digital recording, ripping and storage strategies, editing, and much, much more.
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  11:00 AM - 11:45 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The marriage/evolution of musical instrument amplification and high-end audio

Tim will discuss the engineering of his full spectrum sound boutique guitar amplifiers and Rick Toone Guitars that he is showing in his booth at AXPONA. Schroeder amplifiers are used by famous musicians and bands including Jeff Beck, Wilco, Umphrey’s Magee, Modest Mouse and many others.

Presented by:  Tim Schroeder, President, Chief Engineer & Master Luthier, Schroeder Amplification, Inc.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Subwoofer Integration for music

Frank Urban will explain the unknown problems (like phase shift and time delay) that are inherent in all powered subwoofers and will show how to eliminate them.

Frank studied acoustics at Eastern Illinois University and physics at Roosevelt University. He was a member of the sound crew for Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago. Now an engineer at US Soundlabs.

Two lucky attendees will win our SW2 - signal conditioner for subwoofers!

SEMINARS

4/14/2018  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

SPEAKER
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
In this one hour "hands on" seminar you will learn how to correctly set-up a turntable, install a cartridge and optimize its performance. A question and answer period follows, time permitting.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SEMINARS

4/14/2018  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Keynote: A Life in Audio

SPEAKER
 
John Atkinson
Editor-in-Chief, Stereophile

Stereophile editor-in-chief John Atkinson put together his first audio system 50 years ago. In this talk, he discusses both how his system and his tastes in audio have evolved over the years, finishing up with an examination of the high-end audio market in 2018.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Virtual Reality Binaural Audio Demonstrations

Bob Schulein, founding partner of ImmersAV Technology, and past president of the Audio Engineering Society, will present a wide selection of Binaural audio demonstrations with corresponding video. All recordings are of live music produced for various forms of virtual reality playback. Playback will be by means of a custom wireless headphone system with HD video. Several demonstrations will feature 3D Video. One lucky attendee of each session will win a copy of the latest ImmersAV Technology production: “The Wandering Boys Chicago Bluegrass VR Special”. For more details visit: https://www.immersav.com

 

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  3:00 PM - 3:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Analog Magik

Join Norm Steinke with Rutherford Audio Inc. to learn about AnalogMagik, a Windows based turntable cartridge calibration software designed by Richard H. Mak and a team of engineers.  It offers a scientific and repeatable method of calibrating every cartridge setup parameter, including:

  1. Turntable Speed
  2. Azimuth
  3. Vertical Tracking Angle / Stylus Raking Angle
  4. Anti-Skating
  5. Optimizing Phono Stage Loading
  6. Optimizing Phono Stage Gain Setting
  7. Vertical Tracking Force
  8. Measuring Vibrations
  9. Determining Resonance Frequencies
  10. AES Wow & Flutter

After you have performed a basic alignment on your turntable's cartridge using an appropriate alignment tractor, our software and Test LPs will attempt to optimize and fine-tune all the above setup parameters to achieve a more accurate analog cartridge setup.​

Simply follow the onscreen instructions, and the program will guide you through all the test functions.  It will also tell you what "optimal" numbers to look for, and what cartridge adjustments you need to make to get there.

AnalogMagik contains proprietary complex algorithms built into the programming and specific settings to account for the following:​

  • a proper sampling rate
  • a proper sampling period
  • complex filtering for noise, clicks & pops, and statics
  • complex mathematical averaging
  • incorporate the effects of warp records
  • mathematical standard deviation
  • eliminate the detrimental effects of line electric noise
  • eliminate the effects of hum​

The complex programming will greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of the results, which an ordinary distortion analyzer will not do for you. Most importantly there are free videos available online that walk you through each function of the tools.

SEMINARS

4/14/2018  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Designing a Listening Room, Sound Advice from The Pros

MODERATOR
David Blumenstein
Reviewer/International Correspondent, Dagogo
SPEAKERS
 
Chad Esslinger
, Chad Esslinger Design
 
Frank Fontana
, Fontana Real Estate & Design Group
 
Glenn Kuras
Owner & Founder, GIK Acoustics
 
Kenneth Walter
, Gray | Walter

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. The Listening Room plays a large part in the sound that you hear from your system and there are steps you can take to improve your room's performance. From Lighting to Flooring to Furniture Arrangement to Soundproofing and everything in between. Learn the Do’s and Don’ts from experts in Interior Design and Wall Panels!

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  4:00 PM - 4:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Dispelling the Direct to Disc and One Step Vinyl Myths

International Recording Artist, Lyn Stanley, will take you on her journey of creating her Moonlight Sessions Volumes One and Two One Step Vinyl and also a preview into her new Julie London Tribute project scheduled to be a Direct to Disc project. When you leave this seminar you will clearly know the difference between these two vinyl product origins and their different production techniques and costs. You will also leave knowing more about the costs to press a record and ensuing distribution channels and costs. This is a class that will remain in your information log to help you make wise music choices.
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/14/2018  |  5:00 PM - 5:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Today's Headphones Offer Amazing Performance and Value. How to Find the Best One for You.

Headphones have made tremendous strides in recent years with advanced features, greater comfort, value and amazing sound. However they come in a variety of styles, for different applications, so how is a music lover to choose? Paul Barton, the founder of PSB Speakers, is a renowned speaker designer who is also recognized world’s top headphone designers, too.

Headphone companies have really raised the bar but have to overcome design and engineering challenges. Mr. Barton will explain how he has investigated the many challenges and how he creates award-winning headphones based on his 45 years of successful loudspeaker design. He will offer pro tips on what to look for to find the best headphone for you and your budget and answer any questions you might have.

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/15/2018  |  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM  |  Separate Registration Required

Gold Pass Lounge Open

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

4/15/2018  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, Expo Hall

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SEMINARS

4/15/2018  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Cartridge Building Live with AJ Van Den Hul

SPEAKER
 
A.J. van den Hul
Founder, Van Den Hul
Based on 43 years of cartridge design and repair, A.J. van den Hul will present a clinic and demonstration where cartridges will be evaluated live! Cartridge design, evaluation and performance will be discussed. A question and answer period will be included.

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/15/2018  |  11:00 AM - 11:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Silence Amplified

Audiophiles appreciate depth of silence in the finest equipment. But did you know you can increase the depth of silence and calm internally? Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, profound procedure to allow the mind to reach a state of deep peace and tranquility. Coming out of meditation one is refreshed, revitalized, but the inner silence has been amplified. This allows us to enjoy everything so much more. Come here an introductory talk on this proven technology.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/15/2018  |  12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Behind The Album: Start to Finish-How Top Studio Quality Albums Are Made

Learn from a producer's perspective what is required to make Audiophile quality albums using the top studios in Los Angeles and New York. Let International Recording Artist, Lyn Stanley, give you a step by step insight to the making of her Top Studio albums all the way through use of audiophile quality pressing plants, high resolution downloads and reel to reel product concerns and expectations. You will walk away knowing what to look for in your music collection investments and likely leave with a greater appreciation for all that goes into creating state of the art sound production. This is a class you won't want to miss.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/15/2018  |  1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The marriage/evolution of musical instrument amplification and high-end audio

Tim will discuss the engineering of his full spectrum sound boutique guitar amplifiers and Rick Toone Guitars that he is showing in his booth at AXPONA. Schroeder amplifiers are used by famous musicians and bands including Jeff Beck, Wilco, Umphrey’s Magee, Modest Mouse and many others.

Presented by:  Tim Schroeder, President, Chief Engineer & Master Luthier, Schroeder Amplification, Inc.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

4/15/2018  |  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Virtual Reality Binaural Audio Demonstrations

Bob Schulein, founding partner of ImmersAV Technology, and past president of the Audio Engineering Society, will present a wide selection of Binaural audio demonstrations with corresponding video. All recordings are of live music produced for various forms of virtual reality playback. Playback will be by means of a custom wireless headphone system with HD video. Several demonstrations will feature 3D Video. One lucky attendee of each session will win a copy of the latest ImmersAV Technology production: “The Wandering Boys Chicago Bluegrass VR Special”. For more details visit: https://www.immersav.com

 

SEMINARS

4/15/2018  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Classic Album Sundays presents Daft Punk Discovery

SPEAKER
 
Terry Hunter
, DJ

Classic Album Sundays the world’s most popular album listening club is delighted to have been asked to join this year’s AXPONA. We will be paying homage to the long-lasting influence of Chicago house music as we 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 have long been influencers on the dance music scene. Discovery build 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 we will feature a full album playback on a world class audiophile sound system supplied by our partners at AXPONA.

Join us to hear this album as never before.

View the Classic Album Sundays' blog post here.

Our extended blog post on Daft Punk’s Discovery can be found here: http://classicalbumsundays.com/album-of-the-month-daft-punk-discovery/

Our Daft Punk Discovery Musical Lead-Up Playlist can be heard here: http://classicalbumsundays.com/daft-punk-discovery-musical-lead-up-playlist/

Our Daft Punk Discovery Legacy Playlist can be heard here: http://classicalbumsundays.com/daft-punk-discovery-legacy-playlist/