April is here, and as warm weather makes its way into the Chicago area, so does the big event for music lovers and obsessed audiophiles: AXPONA, aka Audio Expo North America, returns for its tenth year, now at a new home, the Reniassance Convention Center and Hotel, located in Schaumburg, Illinois. We’ve been working for months to get ready for one of the country’s largest hi-fi shows, which includes 190 rooms packed with gear from around the world to move your senses. If you’re planning to attend, here is a list of recommended rooms and booths to explore during your visit:
IsoAcoustics products will be on display and in use at Audio Plus Services’ room (Utopia B). The company's line of Gaia II isolation products, including the all-new Gaia II Titan Isolation Feet, will be demonstrated on a pair of Focal Aria 936 speakers.
Focal will offer demonstrations of its entire line of headphones in AXPONA’s Ear Gear Expo area (Booth 8309).
AudioQuest, in association with MQA, will be demoing the latest version of TIDAL's software and app for iOS and Android in Music Direct’s booth at AXPONA (#9322). You can also check out other AudioQuest products, including the acclaimed NightHawk headphones and Dragonfly DACs.
Music Direct has partnered with our friends at Harman Luxury Group to create a room of musical cool. Visit Room 1234 and sample the all-new Mark Levinson No. 5805 integrated amplifier. Revel’s F228Be tower speakers and Mark Levinson’s No. 519 Media Player and No. 515 turntable round out the ensemble.
Arcam makes its AXPONA debut with the affordably priced SA20 integrated amplifier and CDS50 SACD/CD/Network Audio Player. JBL's L100 Classic speakers and the award-winning MoFi Electronics UltraDeck turntable complete the deliciously rock-solid-sounding setup in AXPONA Room 1234.
VPI Industries will unveil its 40th Anniversary turntable at AXPONA with a special preview and presentation hosted by Music Direct Brand Ambassador Bes Nievera on Facebook Live Friday, April 12th at 9:30am CT. Scheduled to appear are Mat Weisfeld and Harry Weisfeld of VPI, along with VPI Director of Engineering, Mike Bettinger.
iFi Audio will be on hand with a bevy of products for your auditioning pleasure at Ear Gear Expo Booth 8323.
Pro-Ject Audio will demonstrate its critically acclaimed Pre-Box S2 Digital DAC and more at its booth in the Ear Gear Expo of AXPONA (#9123).
SweetVinyl, the acclaimed system for eradicating nasty pop and ticks in vinyl LPs, will demo its products at two locations, Room #316 and at Music Direct’s Booth (#9322) in the Expo Hall.
Sennheiser will be "all ears" with its lineup of headphones for every listening taste in the Ear Gear Expo (Booth #8329).
SVS makes its AXPONA debut, and the company is giving away a pair of Prime Wireless speakers to show its appreciation. Visit Music Direct's Booth (#9322) at AXPONA to fill out a contest form (winner must be present to win). And hear the exceptional SVS lineup in Room #604.
AVM brings its all-new Rotation turntable to AXPONA! Hear it in Room #346.
Rega wants you to win a P1 Plus turntable at AXPONA! Fill out an entry form at Music Direct’s Booth (#9322). Winner must be present.
ELAC wants you to win an Alchemy Series PPA-2 phono preamp! Fill out an entry form at Music Direct’s Booth (#9322). Winner must be present.