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RMAF 2018: New dates and venue announced for 2019

By | October 5th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

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RMAF Showrunner Marjorie Baumert had a big announcement for us last night: The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is moving.

The sixteenth RMAF will be held at the new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. The new hotel features, apparently, larger demo rooms (hooray), better amenities, and is also significantly closer to the Denver airport.

Also new for the 2019 show: new dates!

With all the kerfuffle around AXPONA dates recently, this idea of a move is no longer exactly shocking, but this shakeup was nevertheless unexpected (at least by me).

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AXPONA Reverses Course On New Dates for 2020, Returns To April

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

In a surprise move, this Tuesday’s mailbox found a communication from AXPONA stating that their previously mentioned 2020 dates will now move away from 4th quarter and back to the originally planned April calendar month. The Chicago audio show had voiced a change that landed its mid west stronghold very close to nearly four other hifi-related events located within the holiday season (RMAF, Toronto, New York and DC).

The change came as a surprise to some, a relief to others. Travel costs and transportation from show to show in short time periods forces many exhibitors to make hard choices, but the April time slot for AXPONA will still leave them dealing with the international Munich show just on their heels.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2020 Moves Back To Original Dates

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

A week ago, JD Events, the team that brings to Chicago the excellent AXPONA high-end audio trade show every year, decided to move their epic beast to late October from April. This move made a lot of sense — three weeks after AXPONA closes, the High End Show in Munich Germany usually opens. Moving AXPONA to the opposite end of the calendar meant, then, that vendors could attend both shows without having to scramble or — worse — have to choose between them.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2020 moves to overcrowded fall schedule

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Big news today from JD Events, the organizers for the AXPONA show.

AXPONA MAKES THE RENAISSANCE SCHAUMBURG HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER ITS PERMANENT HOME AND MOVES TO FALL FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

SCHAUMBURG, IL (September 6, 2018) – – AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is pleased to announce its permanent home at the first-class Renaissance Schaumburg venue in the Chicago area, facilitating a transition to fall dates and accommodating a new dedicated “Trade & Press Day” beginning in 2020. Following the upcoming April 12-14, 2019 AXPONA, the next event will be held October 29-November 1, 2020.

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AXPONA Audio Show Moves To 10/29 For 2020

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

After years of continued growth the Chicago-based audio show AXPONA (run by industry event company JD Events) has decided to move its calendar date to Q4. AXPONA has retained their mid-April time slot since its relocation to Illinois in 2013. Its been quite a run the past few years and the expansion to a larger more convention-y venue at the Renaissance Schaumburg Center has no doubt opened the door to even greater potential for growth for the largest mid west show on the circuit.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Quintessence and Musical Surroundings, a devotion to sound

By | June 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A world within the show, a Quintessence Audio LTD exhibit only requires a few steps physically (none socially) to transport you to a wonderland of high-end audio toys. For one weekend a year, the Chicago area showroom gathers up its roots and re-plants itself large at Axpona. Often taking up an entire floor of the show tower, this year Mick Survance and his crew set up shop at the proper nexus of the audio show traffic.

Given enough time in any industry, navigating the metaphorical road that is predictable success becomes intuition.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The Sound Environment and the simple sound of unity

By | June 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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I met two wonderful men in a hotel elevator at Axpona. It’s not often that you get to freely say such things as a man but that’s a topic for another time and place. A discussion started brewing on the elevator between Alan Kafton (of The Cable Cooker) and myself about show turnout, and the sounds we’ve experienced so far.

As in most real-life social settings (the opposite is true for social media) strangers don’t usually interject themselves into a conversation, but considering everyone at the show is considered audiophile brethren — I was welcoming to all invasion.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Studio Electric, Fern & Roby, Zu Audio, Modwright; All-American Performance

By | June 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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There have been a growing number of monitor/bookshelf designs that I’ve encountered recently which impress me more than towers from other manufacturers. Segregating speakers firstly by whether they are bookshelf monitors or floor-standing doesn’t make as much sense as it used to.

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I currently have the Studio Electric M4 Monitors in for review, and comparing the looks of the updated models on show at Axpona to the ones I have at home, it seems they have hit maturity. The formerly rudimentary looks in the M4 review samples, have now grown up to include rich maple veneers, and a new aluminum grill worthy of its own photoshoot and review.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Daedalus, Modwright, WyWires, a vein that continues to produce gold

By | June 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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A perennial favorite of the audio show circuit and with good reason. Here begins the benchmark for the audio show experience. More than a room of friendly and engaging manufacturers, this collection of craftsman also enjoy great music and the passion in being audiophiles. Each one compelled by a need for creative expression to produce some of the finest individual components on the market. Collectively they have constructed some of the best synergy you will find at any show.

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Daedalus Audio wizard Lou Hinkley has finalized his dream for the Apollo loudspeaker.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Italians do it better, Toska Audio presents Gold Note

By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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I personally have never seen a Gold Note product at an audio show, and I doubt anyone who habitually remains stateside has seen one either. Making their US debut at Axpona with a famously European style and reputation, Gold Note gives us a distinctly Italian music listening experience. Another completely one branded system at the show, this unique powerhouse system will rock your Marcoliani’s off.

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Gold Note was taken on by Toska Audio about one year ago. Already a well known brand in Europe when Peter Mulligan of Toska fell in love with their intelligent phono pre-amp.… Read the full article

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