Folks, if you’re traveling to Chicago to attend the 2019 Audio Expo North America (AXPONA), you’ve got to have the AXPONA app. It’s free, and you can download it from a link on the AXPONA website. Last year, American audio shows felled more than ten million 100′-tall trees—just for their ink-on-paper floor plans. They had to reopen two nuclear power plants just to keep the elevators running in Las Vegas. The Chicago River backed up like a toilet—clogged by discarded show guides. This year, all you need is a smart phone, the AXPONA app—and the stamina to visit almost two hundred rooms filled with some of the world’s finest, most exciting, new audio products. Are you ready?

The self-service parking at Chicago’s Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center is free. The coffee and lunch options look reasonably priced and better than ever. Best of all, Chi-town is in the middle of everywhere, and a short flight from anywhere.

I am already there. Our new editor-in-chief Jim Austin will be there. Our new technical editor, the venerable John Atkinson, will be there, as will Mikey and Jason. Come find us and chat: You’re invited!