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For Immediate Release
Sophia Weiss Lapat


ROSEMONT, IL (April 21, 2016) - - AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) welcomed 5,934 attendees and 400 exhibitors to the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, April 15-17, 2016, offering music lovers, audiophiles, and musicians three jam-packed days of incredible sounds, technology, seminars, live music and the very latest products in the industry. Attendance was up 16% over 2015 with 137 students at the show as part of the new Student Day Program. 

In addition to a series of special events, live concerts and educational seminars, attendees had the opportunity to experience the very best in sound in 111 listening rooms by top manufacturers in the industry. In all, more than 400 leading manufacturers, retailers and brands gathered at AXPONA, including Paragon Sight & Sound, Legacy Audio, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Music Direct, Acoustic Sounds Inc., and Nordost.

“Excellent Show! The staff at this show is first rate, they are incredibly responsive to the needs of the exhibitors. The attendance seemed strong despite the gorgeous weather. Show results are never determined in the first few days after the show, but we are encouraged that AXPONA will be a powerhouse for results in market exposure and strong sales leads.”

-Larry Marcus, Paragon Sight & Sound

“Emotiva had a very successful 2016 AXPONA experience. Our room was constantly full of people. We found that it was a successful show for us to demo and debut our new product lines. We are really happy with the way that the AXPONA team runs and promotes the show. It was well-attended, and we met a lot of new people. AXPONA grows exponentially year after year.”

-Jessica Laufman, Emotiva

“I think AXPONA has eclipsed all other North American audio trade shows. It’s well organized, professionally run, and supported by knowledgeable individuals. Kudos to Joel Davis and his entire team.”

-Mark Waldrep, Ph.D. AIX Records

 New this year, AXPONA unveiled The Manufacturers Showcase, which featured a museum-like display of the newest products and innovations from 18 manufacturers, including Channel D, Convergent Audio Technology, ELAC, Emotiva, Legacy Audio, Luxman, Snake River Audio, Sonist Audio and Van Den Hul. Exhibitors and attendees raved about the new exhibit.

"It's wonderful to be able to present the latest in audio technologies to a targeted audience of enthusiasts! AXPONA continues to be a successful, well-run show."

–Bill Dudleston, Legacy Audio

The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo were once again buzzing with a vast array of turntables, vinyl, SACDS, musical instruments, cables, accessories, racks and stands, turntables, tonearms, and the latest headphones and associated equipment in the growing world of mobile and high end personal listening.  

“Shure elected to exhibit at AXPONA because the show attracts top audio companies globally and the average attendee is well-informed about high quality sound and technology,” said Matt Engstrom, Shure’s Category Director for microphones, earphones and headphones. “We were impressed at the turnout each day and our table received a lot of traffic from start to finish.”

“The MrSpeakers team had a great time at this year’s AXPONA.  The Ear Gear room was really hopping, with many more attendees than last year.  We had a great time seeing our long-time friends and customers and making new acquaintances.”

–Dan Clark, Headmaster, MrSpeakers

“AXPONA 2016 was a huge success for us due to the ability to showcase our newly launched Onkyo DP-X1 Audio player in the States in terms of exposure and direct communication with our costumers. AXPONA provided us a crowd who understands the value of a high quality audio player. That allows us to reach to the right demographic via AXPONA network.”

–Onkyo USA Corp

“AXPONA allows consumers the opportunity to experience Sennheiser’s premium product offering.  It is the only audio convention in the Chicagoland area that offers us the opportunity to get direct feedback from such a large audiophile community.”

– Sennheiser Electric Corporation

"We have participated in AXPONA from the first year when attendance was slight and we have enjoyed the increase in attendance and the professionalism of the AXPONA team each and every year since. The Chicago location allows for easy attendance by consumers from both coasts and all points in between. Bravo AXPONA."

–Alan Eichenbaum, SCAENA Loudspeakers

“Overall, the 2016 show was a huge success with nearly 6,000 attendees from around the globe, world class exhibitors, and new show highlights including the highly-anticipated Manufacturer’s Showcase,” said Steve Davis, AXPONA Founder. “We’re excited to announce that rooms and exhibit space are already 75% sold out for 2017 and we look forward to bringing an even bigger and better show to Rosemont next year.”

AXPONA 2017 returns to the Westin O’Hare on April 21-23.

For more information about the event, please visit or call 203-371-6322.

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