ROSEMONT, IL (May 2, 2017) - - AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) welcomed 6,723 attendees and 400 exhibitors to the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, April 21-23, 2017, offering music lovers, audiophiles, and seasoned audio enthusiasts three jam-packed days of incredible sound, technology, seminars, live music and the very latest products in the industry. Attendance was up 13% over 2016 with hundreds of new attendees.
Exhibitors and attendees alike were excited to hear about the plans to make the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center AXPONA’s new home starting April 13 – 15, 2018. With this year’s record attendance numbers and an increased interest from worldwide manufacturers to exhibit at AXPONA, the 2018 show will be able to meet the needs of the high-end audio industry.
“The 2017 show was a huge success with 6,723 attendees from around the globe, world class exhibitors and big names in the audio industry including Magico, Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, Wilson Audio
Legacy Audio, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Acoustic Sounds Inc., and Nordost, among others,” added Joel Davis, President and CEO of JD Events. “We look forward to welcoming audio enthusiasts, music lovers and all the manufacturers, distributors and dealers in this great industry to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center next year as we continue to build AXPONA into a premier international destination.”
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 140 listening rooms by top manufacturers and dealers in the industry.
In all, more than 400 manufacturers and retailers gathered at AXPONA and boasted rave reviews.
“The service from the JD Events/AXPONA team was first class. The traffic was exceptionally good and the attendees were well targeted audio enthusiasts.”
Bill Dudleston, Legacy Audio
“A show in the largest affordable city in the world, central to all, in one of the best hotels in the world, and in spring- Finally a show that cares about attendees. I cannot imagine a better hotel for an Audio show than Renaissance Schaumburg"
S. Umrao, Scaena Loudspeakers
"If you go to only one show a year, AXPONA has to be the one! It is the best show in North America. Period"
Larry Marcus, Paragon Sight & Sound
“Once again, participating in AXPONA was a successful event for my company. Attendees filled my room all three days and were enjoying themselves as evidenced by the buzz in the hallways. One of the things that was expressed to me by an attendee was the completeness of the show guide and I agree. It makes for a good experience for all involved. It’s a great show and I’m on board for next year!”
Doug White, The Voice That Is
“AXPONA has grown every year and 2017 was no exception. It gives us at Quintessence Audio the opportunity to show all attendees a sample of the experience they can expect with a visit to our showrooms.”
Mick Survance, Quintessence Audio
“AXPONA has become one of the preeminent shows for reaching the public and media. Attendance is excellent, made up of a broader spectrum of the public than most shows; and they come informed and interested.”
Kevin Hayes, Valve Amplification Co. Inc
"As a manufacturer and audiophile, I know AXPONA is a vibrant and critical event to this hobby we all love. For Von Schweikert Audio, it delivers equal parts consumer exposure and industry engagement. These innate characteristics made AXPONA the correct choice this year for the North American launch of our newest flagship loudspeakers, the ULTRA 11s. I for one look forward to the larger venue next year and witnessing the ongoing expansion of this great show."
Damon Von Schweikert, Von Schweikert 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. The ever-expanding Ear Gear Expo spilled out into the hallway with new and returning manufacturers including 64 Audio, Campfire Audio, Shure Incorporated, Meze Audio and more.
AXPONA attendees enjoyed an all-star line-up for its weekend live concert series including the Frank Catalano Band on Friday night, and a benefit concert hosted by the Jazz Foundation of America featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch and Mud Morganfield on Saturday night.
"The Jazz Foundation was thrilled to be a part of AXPONA 2017 and host the "Chicago Blues Revue" concert featuring some of the greatest blues legends all on one stage. At the Jazz Foundation we are committed to "saving jazz and blues, one musician at a time.” We hope this audience of discriminating audiophiles will take interest in all we are doing and continue to support our efforts so we can continue to present the music.”
Bridget Sullivan, Jazz Foundation of America
AXPONA 2018 returns April 13-15.
For more information about the event, please visit www.axpona.com or call 203-371-6322.
About JD Events
JD Events is dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities -- all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. For more information, visit: http://www.jdevents.com.
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