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All right, audio nuts and enthusiasts, who is up for AXPONA 2015? It is time for the fiercely proactive (a group in which I am rarely included:R) to make reservations. A room block is available at the AXPONA rate at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont (Chicago), and air fares are reasonable this far ahead.

Along with RMAF in Denver in October, this is a major event with exhibitors and attendees gathering from around the world. Dennis and I are making our reservations. We are already discussing ways to up our game and deliver the best show report ever.

Here are some details:
  • What: Audio Expo North America (AXPONA).
  • When: April 24-26, 2015 A.D.
  • Where: Westin O'Hare, Rosemont (Chicago) IL, USA.
  • Who: Anyone can attend, and everyone who loves fine audio gear should attend.
  • How: Drive. Or fly into O'Hare, take the free shuttle to the Westin. If you have a room there you will not even need to rent a car, there are plenty of restaurants about.
  • How much: Tickets are $15 for 1 day, $25 for 2 days, $35 for all 3 days.
  • Why: The finest audio gear in the world will be on display and available to hear and touch and pine for, even to buy at show discount rates if you decide you cannot live without it.
  • LINK TO THE AXPONA WEB SITE
First question: Anyone making plans to be there? There was a nice little HTS group last year that had meals together, shared experiences, made suggestions, argued (a little), encouraged the weary, and generally had a great time at the show. Who is planning to attend?
 

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I shall be there, barring the end of the world of course.
My best friend and I usually attend except for last year. :)
 

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Who among us has been to a big audio show like RMAF or AXPONA?

What did you like about it?

What did you wish was different?
I have been to numerous Consumer Electronic Shows as well as AXPONA. I like the ability to see, hear and touch equipment and speak to the very people that may have designed the products.

I do wish it was easier to work through or with crowds and sound is almost always not at peak.
 

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Savjac,

The crowds and noise can be distracting. Luckily I have only been put off a couple of times by noise levels that made it impossible to focus.

This year I hope to spend a little time looking more at electronics than just speakers, if there is a way to do so.

I look forward to meeting you.
 

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Wow...not making it again :( !!!! I guess its just a thing about going to Chitown so close to the end of winter. I wish a show would come to the South (i.e. Florida or Georgia) again. :(
 

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It is official, Dennis Young (Tesseract) and I will be attending AXPONA. We will be doing so with the generous support of Vertical Scope, the owners of Home Theater Shack. Thank you, Vertical Scope!

As mentioned already, we are looking into ways to provide Better, Faster coverage. Of course, we will never skimp on taking the time to perform in-depth, honest evaluations.

Suggestions are welcome.
 

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This is such a big show, can the rooms, floors, duties be divided amongst those attending ??
 

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We develop / compare / compile / split up our gotta see lists the best we can. There is always overlap, which is good, so we keep "calibrated" to each other somewhat.

Planning and prep are a necessity, but so is a certain amount of flexibility.
Understood and if you need help myself and another will be there for the show. I intend on bringing the big camera and flash if photos in dim lit rooms are needed. It worked out pretty well last time.
 

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Well, I had every intention not to go this year due to schedule....but I'll be exhibiting in Rm 338 with Power Modules and Viero cables.
See you all in around a month or so.

cheers
Very cool, we'll see you there, AJ.
 

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I have been to both Chicago AXPONA shows, last year met up with a cool dude named Wayne:) Hi Raver, also been to one Audio Karma Fest, in MI, and one Stereophile show way back in the mid 80's in LA.

Being a planer fan I am looking forward to hearing the Martin Logan Neoliths, Sanders hybrid electrostatics, KingSound ESL's.

Also AJ's speakers are always one of my favorite speakers to hear, regardless of price bar none. To me they are real giant killers for their excellent sound. Now I just wish he would make a dipole subwoofer, for me to buy to round out the bass of my Magnepan's 3.6s.

Electronics wise I want to talk to, the MiniDSP guys. I am thinking about adding a MiniDSP home theatre module, with DiracLive. For room/speaker correction and as a crossover to bi-amp the bass on my Maggies.

Raver, thanks for the AXPONA hotel tip line I am going to check it out, will be up for all three days. So look forward to seeing you and hopefully hanging out with you again.
 

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I have been to both Chicago AXPONA shows, last year met up with a cool dude named Wayne:) Hi Raver, also been to one Audio Karma Fest, in MI, and one Stereophile show way back in the mid 80's in LA.

Being a planer fan I am looking forward to hearing the Martin Logan Neoliths, Sanders hybrid electrostatics, KingSound ESL's.

Also AJ's speakers are always one of my favorite speakers to hear, regardless of price bar none. To me they are real giant killers for their excellent sound. Now I just wish he would make a dipole subwoofer, for me to buy to round out the bass of my Magnepan's 3.6s.

Electronics wise I want to talk to, the MiniDSP guys. I am thinking about adding a MiniDSP home theatre module, with DiracLive. For room/speaker correction and as a crossover to bi-amp the bass on my Maggies.

Raver, thanks for the AXPONA hotel tip line I am going to check it out, will be up for all three days. So look forward to seeing you and hopefully hanging out with you again.
So much to see, so much to hear, and of course friends to catch up with. Look forward to seeing you there.

I went through the exhibitors list the other day and ended up with an impossibly long list of rooms to visit.

It will be a good time!
 

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Also AJ's speakers are always one of my favorite speakers to hear, regardless of price bar none. To me they are real giant killers for their excellent sound. Now I just wish he would make a dipole subwoofer, for me to buy to round out the bass of my Magnepan's 3.6s.
Ask him, I think dipole bass is familiar territory for AJ.
 

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Thanks for the reply AJ.

Well I have my 4 top rooms picked for my VIP pass, Sanders Sounds, Raidho, MBL, and Legacy. I really hope Martin Logan will have a demo of their newest hybrid ESL the Neolith, with me being a planer fan.
 
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