If you are an Audiophile, you might want to be at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL from April 21 – 23 for AXPONA. Audio Expo North America is the largest high-end consumer audio show in the United States. For three days, you can experience multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a new comer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, visit www.axpona.com or call 203-371-6322.

The event features over 140 high fidelity listening rooms where you can go from room to room, sit, listen and compare superbly designed, high-performance systems. Experience sound like never before in room settings. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs. Shop the latest products from top brands who will be introducing headphones, speakers, cables, turntables and amplifiers. Experience the newest technology in audio gear and add the newest audio equipment to your wish list.

Look for an expanded expo, which is dedicated entirely to the headphone. See and try the world's top brands, which will be revealing their latest and greatest gear including noise-cancelling, and Bluetooth wireless headphones from top manufacturers including HiFiMan, Sennheiser, Shure Incorporated, Cleer Inc, and Empire Ears.

The Scavenger Hunt at AXPONA is a great way to explore the show and discover companies and products you may not be familiar with. After completing the rounds, you will be entered to win an AMEX gift card prize.

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. It’s a great way to end the day.

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Frank Catalano

Visit the “High-Resolution Audio Perception” exhibit presented by ImmersAV Technology to hear what high-resolution audio actually sounds like, and how it might help many of your entertainment experiences feel so real. ImmersAV Technology is a group of audio and video techniques for creating recordings that are true to the original performance and exciting to experience. They are visually stimulating and sonically accurate regarding tonality, directionality, and dynamic range.

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.

Slip on a pair of Cleer headphones (Ear Gear Expo) and hear for yourself what the fuss is all about. With features ranging from dual-drivers for rich, dynamic frequency response to PASC™ (Psycho-Acoustic Spectral Compensation) for enhanced bass response at low volume levels optimized for music enjoyment in less than optimal listening environments.

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Paragon Sight & Sound (2 Sheffield) will showcase world-class high-end home audio products and expert installation for home theater, two-channel audio, and home automation. The company has a store with a 5,000 square-foot showroom, state-of-the art facility that includes a multi-use audio-video room, a new automated conference room, the first North American World of McIntosh Experience Center, and two dedicated audition rooms,

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During the last 40 years, THIEL Audio (452) became famous for American Made hand crafted loudspeakers with real wood, metal, and even stone accents that produced legendary designs that are immediately recognizable. In more recent years, the industry saw THIEL Audio move into wireless audio—streaming directly to a powered loudspeaker—something that is imitated in a host of products.

Calibre, from Legacy Audio (L-Madison), is a high performance compact speaker, which features a precision 7.5” custom titanium encrusted accordion edge mid-bass driver with a 6-pound magnetic structure built in Florence, Italy. The 8” extended long throw bass driver possesses a full inch of displacement capability. The speaker also has dual 8” mass loaded pneumatic radiators mounted on opposing sides of the cabinet. These eliminate port noise and cancel resonances. These loudspeakers have 4-ohm impedance, which are designed to handle 500w peak inputs with recommended amplification of 15-400W.

Red Dragon Audio (The Marketplace) is located along the Wasatch Mountain Range in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Since 2005 Red Dragon Audio has been creating ultra-powerful audiophile amplifiers for the music connoisseur, home theater enthusiast and recording studio engineers. Their products have found their way throughout the world into multi-channel recording sessions and the highest caliber HiFi listening rooms.  

AmCan Audio (The Marketplace) is an American based manufacturer of high quality audio isolation products. Their main design philosophy is based on a sound engineering principle of Constant Natural Frequency isolation.

Simply put, the footers push back low frequency noise, which darkens the soundstage making it easier to hear detail and background vocals and other atmospheric cues that really define the space where the music was recorded. The footers can be fine-tuned by lightly or heavily torqueing down the footers on their screws. It’s something that needs to be heard to be believed; you don’t know what you’re missing until you hear it.

HDtracks (The Marketplace) is the premiere online music store for audiophiles who demand the best sounding music. It is their purpose to provide the largest online library of studio-quality high-resolution music downloads. HDtracks provides audiophiles who demand the highest quality recordings with an online experience not available anywhere else.

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For something really different, stop by and see the VOLYA loudspeaker (436), which expresses individuality, as each one is a unique masterpiece. The design variety will meet the wishes of any audiophile. They proudly claim that every sound systems will be a piece of art and eye-catching decoration, fitting any interior, which can bring the greatest delight to your eyes and ears. VOLYA is always in search of inspiration. So be ready to dive into the world of elegant art, daring shapes and unsurpassed sound.

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It looks like music has gone full circle with the interest of LPs coming back. Intervention Records (The Marketplace) produce archive-quality LPs of music we all love. Intervention's goal is that each record must be the single definitive, final version of that album—the one real music lovers will seek out. They work from the original master tapes whenever possible, and always from the very best sources available. They only approve and move forward with their releases when they are confident that they have produced the ultimate vinyl edition of that recording.

Quality, handcrafted phono cartridges were the original cornerstone of Audio-Technica’s (Ear Gear Expo) business. Their new VM cartridges recapture the analog magic of those days, without neglecting the advanced technology of today. Audio-Technica’s patented Dual Magnet design for outstanding channel separation and extended frequency response, and offering both stereo and mono models with a variety of stylus shapes, VM cartridges give vinyl enthusiasts a listening experience like no other. They have nine new cartridges with all versions configured to optimize the playback of either stereo, mono or even 78 rpm shellac records.

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Bang-Olufsen (LL-Streeter) has a collection of wireless speakers that are designed to connect into one Multiroom audio system, allowing you to simultaneously play different music in different rooms—or the same tune in all rooms. By integrating just about every available streaming standard including Apple AirPlay, Chromecast and Bluetooth, they made sure that you can enjoy your favorite music apps any way you like. For a seamless all-in-one Multiroom experience, simply use the dedicated Bang-Olufsen app.

When you get together with family and friends to party or barbecue, music is an important component of the party. Most of us have taken a boom box or portable radio outside to create the party atmosphere. This is okay, but the sound quality and volume have a lot to be desired. With Outdoor Speakers from Destination Audio (636), you can have the same sound performance and volume outside that you have inside. These weather resistant speakers are designed to withstand moisture, wind, humidity, rain and dust.

No matter what your audio needs might be, or your level of audio enjoyment, the AXPONA show is a must visit.


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