Event Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

4/21/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, The Marketplace, Ear Gear Expo

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/21/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

“High-Resolution Audio Perception ”

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/21/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Audio Adventure Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt at AXPONA is a great way to explore the show and discover companies and products you may not be familiar with! When you finish you will be entered to win one our AMEX giftcard prizes!

 

Pick up a scavenger hunt guide when you arrive at the show, visit all of the companies indicated to receive a stamp at each, and return your completed guide to the box at AXPONA registration.

 

Sponsored By:

                                                                                    

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/21/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Stream The Studio

Stream The Studio, an exhibit sponsored by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, will highlight some of the next generation studio-quality subscription music services that can support both Hi-Res Audio and advanced user features. The exhibit also includes demonstrations of some of the latest hi-res compatible devices, along with a variety of music clips in various genres.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

SEMINARS

4/21/2017  |  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

What does 2017 mean for audio?

MODERATOR
 
Chris Martens
Publisher, Hi-Fi+
SPEAKERS
 
Conor Cawley
Senior Writer, Tech.co
 
Steve Guttenberg
Writer, The Audiophiliac blog for CNET.com
 
Steven R. Rochlin
Creative Director, Enjoy the Music.com
 
Jason Victor Serinus
Contributing Editor, Stereophile
It is an exciting time for audio! Record pressing plants are opening, even more artists are issuing albums on vinyl, and Millenials are heading back to the record store. The world is streaming and high fidelity playback is making even more headway this year. What trends are we seeing in product development and introductions? And what favorites will continue to stand the test of time? Are we finally seeing the broader consumer base who is ready to embrace audio? Join some of high-end audio’s favorite editors and tech journalists to discuss what is hot in audio, what trends we will take shape for the rest of the year.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

SEMINARS

4/21/2017  |  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Getting Personal - HRA Goes Mobile

SPEAKERS
 
Oliver “OMas” Masciarotte
Principal, Seneschal Professional Services
From DAPs and HRA streaming to amazing headphones and über–connected streamers, it’s easier than ever to have your music wherever you are without any loss in fidelity. We’ll talk about mobile DACs, DAPs, and all manners of headphones, along with a passel of library and playback choices. Just to mix it up a bit, let’s throw in some TIDAL/Roon/MQA streaming to powered Bluetooth speakers and lifestyle gear to keep your better half happy as well. Be advised: the death-by-powerpoint part of this presentation will be brief, so don’t forget to bring your caffeine and questions.

LIVE MUSIC

4/21/2017  |  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Piano: Jim Sellers

Jim Sellers is a pianist who has performed with many of today’s jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Frank Catalano and Bill Yancy (long-time bassist for Ella Fitzgerald). Additionally, he performs in a variety of other settings, including theatrical productions and religious services. Sellers completed a master’s degree in jazz studies from DePaul University.

www.jimsellersmusic.com

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

SEMINARS

4/21/2017  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

SPEAKER
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
In this one hour "hands on" seminar you will learn how to correctly set-up a turntable, install a cartridge and optimize its performance. A question and answer period follows, time permitting.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

SEMINARS

4/21/2017  |  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Jazz Artist Lyn Stanley’s Secrets to Recording Albums For Sonic Excellence

SPEAKERS
Lyn Stanley
, International Recording Artist
Andreas Koch
Founder, CEO, Engineer, Playback Designs
Major audio critics worldwide give their highest marks for sonic excellence to award winning International Recording Artist and Producer, Lyn Stanley. In this seminar, you will get the inside story as Lyn reveals secrets and state-of-the-art techniques greatest music engineers in the music business and how they work together to give you the finest reference recordings available on the market. Hear what really makes a true reference recording and why setting up your system with one is critical to the highest level of your sound performance. Lyn will share the process she goes through to create her dynamic sound and musical excellence with her top rated jazz musicians, arrangers and song selections. Lyn Stanley hires the same musicians used by Bill Evans, Peggy Lee, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald in her recordings and you will get an interesting insider look at what working with this level of talent is like. After attending this seminar you will have a new perspective on recording high quality albums and how it impacts your system’s sonics.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

SEMINARS

4/21/2017  |  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The Tape Renaissance

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/21/2017  |  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Book Signing: The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio

Location:  Music Direct Booth in The Marketplace

Esteemed authors and contributors of The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, series will be at AXPONA to sign copies!

The series offers a definitive, in-depth account of the global industry’s evolution.  Volume One: Loudspeakers tells all about top-tier transducers—and the designers and companies that created the world’s most innovative, influential, and iconic loudspeakers.  Volume Two: Electronics brings you the inside stories of the High End’s most fabled engineers, and how they started their companies and developed the technologies behind their signature products.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC

4/21/2017  |  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Frank Catalano Band

Join us for an electric evening of jazz with the Frank Catalano Band!

Downbeat Magazine calls Frank Catalano, “John Coltrane energy for the 21st Century.” 

Sponsored By: Sound and Audio Sponsor:

JTR
(http://jtrspeakers.com/)

About Frank Catalano

 

Frank Catalano's new Ropeadope Recording, "God's Gonna Cut You Down" debuted at #2 on the iTunes Jazz sales chart and was the #1 charting Instrumental album upon its release in April 2015. "Love Supreme Collective" Debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts in July 2014 and is an homage to John Coltrane featuring Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Percy Jones (Brand X), Chris Poland (Megadeath), and Adam Benjamin (Kneebody). Frank's Savoy/Columbia recording “Bang!” debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s recording, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks.

 

Now 40 years old, Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.

No stranger to adversity, Catalano lost his right middle finger in an automotive mishap. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. An entrepreneur, Catalano has patented a device that allows him to control his saxophone via MIDI components. He is also the spokesperson, clinician and performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D'Addario, and JodyJazz, and can be seen in print ads worldwide. Catalano's songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and film productions.

 

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/21/2017  |  8:30 PM - 9:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Larry Mitchell Concert

JOIN US! Morrow Audio presents Grammy Award winner, Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

www.larrymitchell.com 

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

SEMINARS

4/22/2017  |  10:00 AM - 11:15 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Going from wax to the max: Everything YOU need to know about Vinyl Ripping

SPEAKER
 
Dr. Rob Robinson
Director of Engineering, Channel D
Linking analog vinyl playback with digital audio has never been easier, and the combination delivers the convenience of computer audio coupled with stunning, transparent playback quality. Featuring a live, step by step hands-on demonstration this seminar will cover everything you need (and want) to know about transferring vinyl LPs to high resolution digital audio files: hardware, digital recording, ripping and storage strategies, editing, and much, much more.

EXHIBITION HOURS

4/22/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, The Marketplace, Ear Gear Expo

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/22/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

“High-Resolution Audio Perception ”

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/22/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Audio Adventure Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt at AXPONA is a great way to explore the show and discover companies and products you may not be familiar with! When you finish you will be entered to win one our AMEX giftcard prizes!

 

Pick up a scavenger hunt guide when you arrive at the show, visit all of the companies indicated to receive a stamp at each, and return your completed guide to the box at AXPONA registration.

 

Sponsored By:

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/22/2017  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Stream The Studio

Stream The Studio, an exhibit sponsored by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, will highlight some of the next generation studio-quality subscription music services that can support both Hi-Res Audio and advanced user features. The exhibit also includes demonstrations of some of the latest hi-res compatible devices, along with a variety of music clips in various genres.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

SEMINARS

4/22/2017  |  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis - Optimizing the Room/Speaker Interface

SPEAKER
 
Bob Hodas
, Bob Hodas - Acoustic Analysis
The focus of the Seminar will be the speaker/room interface and optimizing system performance with proper placement and room treatments.
A slide presentation will demonstrate the frequency and phase response of speakers placed properly and improperly in a room. Integrating subwoofers with the main speaker system for both stereo and surrounds systems will be covered. There will be a discussion of what types of acoustic treatments to use a room and how to determine where those treatments will best serve the listener. Slide examples will be shown exhibiting results from proper use of acoustic treatments. Equalization techniques will also be included. Common misconceptions will be discussed and there will be a period for attendee questions.

LIVE MUSIC

4/22/2017  |  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Piano: Daniel Wang

Xizheng (Daniel) Wang Bio: Wang is from Shenyang, China, and started playing piano since he was six. He graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Wei Danwen. He came to the United States to pursue his master degree and now is currently in his first year as a piano performance major, studying with George Vatchnadze at DePaul University School of Music.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

SEMINARS

4/22/2017  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

SPEAKER
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
In this one hour "hands on" seminar you will learn how to correctly set-up a turntable, install a cartridge and optimize its performance. A question and answer period follows, time permitting.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

SEMINARS

4/22/2017  |  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Legends of High End Audio

MODERATOR
 
Jonathan Valin
Executive Editor, The Absolute Sound
Julie Mullins
Managing Editor, The Absolute Sound
SPEAKERS
Dan D’Agostino
Founder, Krell and Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems
Kevin Hayes
Founder, Valve Amplification Company (VAC)
Richard Vandersteen
Founder, Vandersteen Audio
Dave Wilson
Founder, Wilson Audio
Sheryl Lee Wilson
Vice Chair, Wilson Audio's Board of Directors
Four of high-end audio's greatest designers and company founders will talk about how they started their companies, invented new technologies, and created their iconic products. This panel is a rare gathering of the industry's most legendary figures.
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/22/2017  |  3:15 PM - 3:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Book Signing: The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio

Location:  Outside the Seminar Room/Theater

Esteemed authors and contributors of The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, series will be at AXPONA to sign copies!

The series offers a definitive, in-depth account of the global industry’s evolution.  Volume One: Loudspeakers tells all about top-tier transducers—and the designers and companies that created the world’s most innovative, influential, and iconic loudspeakers.  Volume Two: Electronics brings you the inside stories of the High End’s most fabled engineers, and how they started their companies and developed the technologies behind their signature products.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

SEMINARS

4/22/2017  |  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Why you should give a FLAC: What do you really know about digital audio?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/22/2017  |  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Silence Amplified presented by TM Chicago

Location: Waveland A & B, 2nd Floor Audiophiles appreciate depth of silence in the finest equipment. But did you know you can increase the depth of silence and calm internally? Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, profound procedure to allow the mind to reach a state of deep peace and tranquility. Coming out of meditation one is refreshed, revitalized, but the inner silence has been amplified. This allows us to enjoy everything so much more. Come here an introductory talk on this proven technology.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC

4/22/2017  |  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Blues Revue & Benefit Concert

Presented By:    

Join us for an incredible evening of Chicago blues presented by the Jazz Foundation of America and featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch and Mud Morganfield.

Donations to Jazz Foundation of America are encouraged. All proceeds raised will support blues and jazz artists in need who have made immeasurable contributions to American music.

Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of Chicago blues master Lonnie Brooks, is an accomplished blues guitarist who has headlined at the 2013 Chicago Blues Festival and performed internationally at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway. Billy Branch is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and played harmonica in Willie Dixon’s Chicago Blues All-Stars band. Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy Waters and has been taking the world’s blues festivals by storm of late and recently released a Blues Music Award-winning album with Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson.

Ronnie Baker Brooks Billy Branch Mud Morganfield

 

Audio and Sound Sponsor:
JTR
(http://jtrspeakers.com/)

About the Jazz Foundation of America

 

For 28 years, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) has been keeping jazz, blues, R&B and soul alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones.Their social work services provide housing assistance, pro bono medical care, and emergency financial support to musicians in crisis. Their Jazz in the Schools program provides dignified employment for musicians who are too old or too ill to tour and reaches thousands of public schoolchildren every year. JFA now assists in 7,000 cases annually across the country.
Learn more at www.jazzfoundation.org

Sunday, April 23, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

4/23/2017  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, The Marketplace, Ear Gear Expo

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/23/2017  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

“High-Resolution Audio Perception ”

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/23/2017  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Audio Adventure Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt at AXPONA is a great way to explore the show and discover companies and products you may not be familiar with! When you finish you will be entered to win one our AMEX giftcard prizes!

Pick up a scavenger hunt guide when you arrive at the show, visit all of the companies indicated to receive a stamp at each, and return your completed guide to the box at AXPONA registration.

Sponsored By:

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC

4/23/2017  |  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Piano: Jim Sellers

Jim Sellers is a pianist who has performed with many of today’s jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Frank Catalano and Bill Yancy (long-time bassist for Ella Fitzgerald). Additionally, he performs in a variety of other settings, including theatrical productions and religious services. Sellers completed a master’s degree in jazz studies from DePaul University.

www.jimsellersmusic.com

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

SEMINARS

4/23/2017  |  11:45 AM - 1:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Cartridge Building Live with AJ van den Hul

SPEAKER
 
A.J. van den Hul
Founder, Van Den Hul

Based on 43 years of cartridge design and repair, A.J. van den Hul will be building a cartridge from start to finish live! The step- by-step process will be magnified on the screen, so you can see the detail and precision that goes into building a cartridge by hand.

Attention AXPONA attendees! Bring you cartridge to this seminar, a few lucky attendees will be selected to have their cartridges evaluated live.  (time permitting)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SEMINARS

4/23/2017  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Networked Audio for the Analog Native

SPEAKERS
Rob Darling
Directory of Strategy, Roon Labs
Steve Silberman
VP of Sales and Marketing, Roon Labs
How to make computer audio fun, easy, and beautiful, and how to use your network to get even more enjoyment and better sound from your system.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

4/23/2017  |  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Book Signing: The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio

Location:  Music Direct Booth in The Marketplace

Esteemed authors and contributors of The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, series will be at AXPONA to sign copies!

The series offers a definitive, in-depth account of the global industry’s evolution.  Volume One: Loudspeakers tells all about top-tier transducers—and the designers and companies that created the world’s most innovative, influential, and iconic loudspeakers.  Volume Two: Electronics brings you the inside stories of the High End’s most fabled engineers, and how they started their companies and developed the technologies behind their signature products.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SEMINARS

4/23/2017  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Reviewer's View Live and Raffle presented by AVShowrooms

SPEAKERS
 
Terry Eringi
Publisher and Reviewer, AVShowrooms
 
Peter Breuninger
Editor, AVShowrooms
 
Kemper Holt
Sr Reviewer, AVShowrooms

Join us to hear the show wrap up from AVShowrooms!  We will have snacks, a live "must be present" raffle that includes over $2,200 of equipment including (2) FOZ XTRs, (2) FOZ SSX, from Jolida and a Core Power Technologies EQUI=CORE 300! 

Plus, we will be announcing the winner of the $8,000 Von Schweikert E-3 MkII loudspeaker raffle!  You must get your raffle ticket from registration and have it validated at the Von Schweikert Endeavor exhibit- Lobby Dearborn Room.  

We will give you a sneak preview of our favorite highlights of the show and will be taking questions from the audience!  Don’t miss out on this fun way to wrap up your AXPONA 2017 experience.