Event Schedule

Thursday, August 6, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

8/6/2020  |  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  |  Separate Registration Required

Audio Industry Welcome Reception

Kick off your AXPONA experience by networking with manufacturers, dealers, distributors and press. This exclusive reception is for members of the trade to network, make connections and set meetings for the next three days.

The reception is open to registered exhibitors staff, Media, and Industry Pass Holders.

Friday, August 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

REGISTRATION

8/7/2020  |  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Ticket Sales & Badge Pick-Up Open

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

8/7/2020  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, Expo Hall, Ear Gear Experience and Record Fair Open

10:30 AM - 5:15 PM

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/7/2020  |  10:30 AM - 5:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Ear Gear Theater Sessions

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  11:00 AM - 11:45 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The Third Dimension of the Musical Event

Audiophiles often talk about sound reproduction as bench-marking against the real event. That the music we listen to should sound like the live event. We often think about this in an abstract sense, but in fact what makes the reproduction of music sound real can be understood in concrete acoustic terms. Most audiophiles understand the notion of pure tonal accuracy, dynamics, imaging etc. We talk much less about the importance of the third dimension, the reflections in the original performance space which provide the listener with critical cues to the size and nature of the space they are in. This talk will focus on the critical role that a room plays in providing these cues for two-channel systems, the acoustical requirements to accurately achieve this sense of realism, the role that speaker dispersion plays, and the technical superiority that multi-channel systems can play in accurately reproducing the spatial cues of the musical event.

Speakers: Matthew Poes & Kalman Rubinson

SEMINARS

8/7/2020  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

In the wake of the Apollo/Transco fire, is the vinyl revival sustainable or a bubble about to burst?

MODERATOR
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
Josh Bizar
Vice President, Music Direct
Mat Weisfeld
President, VPI Industries
The decade-long plus vinyl revival was on course for another "record" year in 2020 and then in a matter of hours, approximately 80% of the world’s lacquer production went up in fire and smoke. How will the industry cope with the loss and what does it mean for the vinyl revival's sustainability over the next few years? And even had Apollo/Transco not burned down, how does the future look for vinyl?

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  11:00 AM - 5:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Master Class Theater Sessions in The Expo Hall

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Dirac Bass Control

Learn about the measurement based, multi-subwoofer bass management system update, available for select Dirac Live room correction capable products. Through the use of Dirac Bass Control you will radically reduce variations in the bass in a way that has not been possible until now.

Speaker: Jakob Agren, Director of Product Management

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

SEMINARS

8/7/2020  |  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Just Roll Tape

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Tutorial on Electromagnetism and AC Power

Explaining electricity and how it works from the point of view quantum physics. The creation of electromagnetism includes a component called a magnetic moment. A hands-on explanation that includes information about how transformers work, how voltage is changed how power is generated and many other relevant topics. Live Teslacoil Demo's.

Speaker: Rick Schultz , CEO/Inventor High Fidelity Cables/ Magnetic Innovations

1:45 PM - 12:45 PM

SEMINARS

8/7/2020  |  1:45 PM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Meet the Designers

MODERATOR
 
Robert Harley
Editor-In-Chief, The Absolute Sound
PANELISTS
Gayle Sanders
Founder, Eikon Audio
Dan D'Agostino
Founder, Krell and Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems
Alon Wolf
, Magico
Bill Low
, AudioQuest
Paul McGowan
Founder, PS Audio
Richard Vandersteen
Founder, Vandersteen Audio
Meet the Legends of High-End Audio Join us for a rare opportunity to meet six of the greatest living legends of high-end audio in this lively panel discussion moderated by Robert Harley, Editor-in-Chief of The Absolute Sound. Hear firsthand how these pioneers started their iconic companies, what they think of the state of high-end audio today, and where the industry is heading. The discussion will include Q&A from the audience.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Reducing Misinformation

Sometimes our industry's focus on more information obscures the far greater importance of reducing misinformation (ie., noise and distortion). Following his essay published in Stereophile, AudioQuest's Isaac Markowitz will explore techniques for truly addressing why we are or are not always completely seduced by our audio systems.

Speaker: Isaac Markowitz, Ambassador for Aspirational Audio

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/7/2020  |  2:30 PM - 3:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/7/2020  |  2:30 PM - 3:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Introducing T+A's one of a kind headphone, headphone amplifier, and DAC technology.

We will describe the technical challenges that had to be overcome in this new design, detailing how our design team overcame and solved each of these challenges with genuine innovations not previously available.

Speaker: Siegfried Amft, CEO and Founder, T+A Elektroakustik

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SEMINARS

8/7/2020  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The Evolution of HiFi

PANELISTS
 
Joe (Joe N Tell) Mariano
Co-Founder & Digital Content Creator, Daily HiFi
 
Jill Escol
Sr. Director of Marketing, Klipsch
 
June Ip
VP of Global Marketing, Lenbrook
 
Paul Wilkie
Manager, Global Media Communications
 
Nick Brown
VP of Marketing, SVS Sound

Leaders from some of the top companies in our industry discuss the next generation in HiFi. What trends are leading changes in consumer demand? How do we reach the next generation of audio enthusiasts? What must companies do to adapt and what does that mean for consumers?

Joe (Joe N Tell) Mariano - Co-Founder & Digital Content Creator, Daily HiFi
Jill Escol - Sr. Director of Marketing, Klipsch
June Ip - VP of Global Marketing, Lenbrook
Paul Wilkie - Manager, Global Media Communications, Sound United
Nick Brown  - VP of Marketing, SVS Sound
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/7/2020  |  3:30 PM - 4:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Out in Front with EveAnna Manley

Since the late 1980's EveAnna Manley has been producing creative, practical, and honestly-priced vacuum tube gear in Southern California. Learn how she got into the manufacturing world, developed the company into a worldwide force in the audiophile and pro audio markets, and how she stays out in front of the pack with her innovations and edgy approach.

Speaker: EveAnna Manley, President, Manley Labs

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  4:00 PM - 4:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Turntable Optimization - Start from Certainty!

Optimization of turntable performance is 100% geometry and physics. How to get setup done perfectly? If you have done setup partially by ear, could you have unknowingly caused your analog rig to be a tone control? How to get the lower distortion of a 12" arm with a 9" arm? Are you a candidate for this no-cost improvement?

Speaker: J.R. Boisclair, Managing Partner, WallyTools Analog Setup Tools

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/7/2020  |  5:00 PM - 5:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Tutorial on Electromagnetism and AC Power

Explaining electricity and how it works from the point of view quantum physics. The creation of electromagnetism includes a component called a magnetic moment. A hands-on explanation that includes information about how transformers work, how voltage is changed how power is generated and many other relevant topics. Live Teslacoil Demo's.

Speaker: Rick Schultz , CEO/Inventor High Fidelity Cables/ Magnetic Innovations

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC

8/7/2020  |  8:00 PM - 9:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Friday Night Concert- Toronzo Cannon

Sponsor:

Sound and Lighting sponsor: 

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon defies all expectations. The blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs, blazing his own blues trail. With the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, Cannon burst onto the international stage as one the most electrifying bluesmen to emerge from Chicago in decades.

“Cannon is at the front rank of Chicago bluesmen. He creates wide-screen modern arrangements for wry, thoughtful songs, molding an ensemble sound that’s both tempestuous and scrupulously controlled.” –MOJO

Cannon bought his first guitar at age 22, and his natural talent enabled him to quickly master the instrument. Although his initial focus was reggae, he found himself increasingly drawn to the blues. “It was dormant in me. But when I started playing the blues, I found my voice and the blues came pouring out.” He absorbed sounds, styles and licks from Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hound Dog Taylor, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, J.B. Hutto, Lil’ Ed and others. Although influenced by many, Cannon’s biting, stinging guitar sound is all his own.

Cannon is part of the post-'80s generation that is just as much influenced by rock as the blues. Where he separates with the rest of that pack is that Cannon puts the song ahead of the solo. —Chicago Tribune

Learn more about Toronzo Cannon here: https://toronzocannon.com/

Saturday, August 8, 2020
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

REGISTRATION

8/8/2020  |  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Ticket Sales & Badge Pick-Up Open

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

8/8/2020  |  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, Expo Hall, Ear Gear Experience and Record Fair Open

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/8/2020  |  10:30 AM - 11:15 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Why Materials Matter

A dive into the effects that materials make in audio reproduction and some empirical measurements about how different materials behave.

Speaker: Dan Wiggins, President, Periodic Audio

SEMINARS

8/8/2020  |  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Amplifiers: Do Measurements Matter?

MODERATOR
 
John Atkinson
Technical Editor, Stereophile

If either of these amplifiers is RIGHT . . . the other must be WRONG," read the main cover line on the January 1994 and January 2019 issues of Stereophile. In both magazines, a low-power, single-ended tube amplifier with high distortion and a thoroughly modern, high-power, solid-state amplifier with vanishingly low distortion had been given glowing reviews. But was that because of their measured performance or despite it? In this seminar, moderated by Stereophile technical Editor John Atkinson, a panel of pedigreed amplifier designers debate what matters most when it comes to amplifier sound quality.

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/8/2020  |  10:30 AM - 5:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Ear Gear Theater Sessions

11:00 AM - 5:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  11:00 AM - 5:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Master Class Theater Sessions in The Expo Hall

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

SEMINARS

8/8/2020  |  11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Digital Audio 20/20: Seeing clearly in a Binary World

MODERATOR
 
Rafe Arnott
Editor, AudioStream/InnerFidelity
SPEAKERS
Scot Hull
Publisher, Part-Time Audiophile
John Quick
, dCS Americas
 
David Solomon
Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist, Qobuz
Mark Sossa
, Well Pleased AV

This will be a panel seminar hosted by Rafe Arnott, featuring himself, Scot Hull of Part-time Audiophile, Mark Sossa of Well Pleased AV and  John Quick of dCS Americas in a fun, Question-and-Answer type of panel discussion on a wide-range of audiophile topics within the digital audio realm.

Sections will include, but not be limited to:

Wired vs wireless – positives/negatives (tuning/flavour).

State of Wireless/future of wireless (codecs, bandwidth, cloud-based Internet services, consumer/manufacturer buy-in).

Future of cable manufacturers in a wireless world (wireless charging, battery power supplies, “true wireless” hardware configurations, etc.) Will balanced or unbalanced connections matter in 20 years?

Digital benchmark for state of the art vs analog benchmarks: Why the undigitized sound wave is still king.

Why streaming audio is the fastest-growing segment of the hobby (cost factor, playback mode, experiential nature, convenience, ubiquity).

The new paradigm of streaming music vs download model: Why buy when you can rent? Is there a future for download services, and who polices where downloads are sourced? 

Are the CD’s days numbered in a streaming-music world?

 

Setting up a network-based home audiophile system. can anyone do it? What do you need today for the most basic set up?

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Affordable & HiFi? Yes, it's possible. Here's how!

Joe's YouTube channel focuses on affordable audio products. With over 43K subscribers, he answers common questions: What to look out for. What matters most when purchasing gear. How you should divide your budget. What changes you can make without spending a dime. How to use online resources, and much more.

Speaker: Joe "Joe N Tell" Mariano, Digital Content Creator & Audio "Reviewer"

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

RESTORATION OF RECORD GROOVES, IS IT THE SAME AS RECORD CLEANING?

The session will first review how records are made and where even with cleaning, will explain why are records not cleaned.

Review of various cleaning methods and results and how record composition and release agent comes into play.

Speaker: Charles Kirmuss, Founder, CEO, Kirmus Audio

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SEMINARS

8/8/2020  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

SPEAKERS
 
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.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

An Enterprise Security Approach to Protecting Your Collection of Digital Music Files

Your digital music files can be a challenge to protect. We will review the shortcomings of the methods we now use to protect our music files and understand how to improve them. Time at the end will be reserved for questions.

Speaker: Ron Hoering, CEO, Auranas

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/8/2020  |  2:30 PM - 3:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Introducing T+A's one of a kind headphone, headphone amplifier, and DAC technology.

We will describe the technical challenges that had to be overcome in this new design, detailing how our design team overcame and solved each of these challenges with genuine innovations not previously available.

Speaker: Siegfried Amft, CEO and Founder, T+A Elektroakustik

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  3:00 PM - 3:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

RoomFeel: Natural Sound from Headphones

Headphones are designed around certain assumptions and limitations. Why is headphone listening so different from listening to stereo speakers? What is the "correct" frequency response of headphones? Learn about room gain and how it is applied to achieve more natural sound from headphones.

Speaker: Greg Stidsen, Chief Technology Officer, Lenbrook International

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  4:00 PM - 4:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Inspiring High-End Audio Consumers

What inspires a high-end audio consumer and what are the real values, not mythology, that will generate inspiration, referrals, and repeat business?

Speaker: Isaac Markowitz, Ambassador for Aspirational Audio

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/8/2020  |  5:00 PM - 5:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Tutorial on Electromagnetism and AC Power

Explaining electricity and how it works from the point of view quantum physics. The creation of electromagnetism includes a component called a magnetic moment. A hands-on explanation that includes information about how transformers work, how voltage is changed how power is generated and many other relevant topics. Live Teslacoil Demo's.

Speaker: Rick Schultz , CEO/Inventor High Fidelity Cables/ Magnetic Innovations

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LIVE MUSIC

8/8/2020  |  8:00 PM - 9:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Saturday Night Concert - Rickie Lee Jones

Sponsor: 

Sound and Lighting sponsor:

RICKIE LEE JONES has spent a life time dancing with her muse. She is the most iconic American female singer-songwriter of her time, a woman who outlasted all her adversaries--including youth and self-destruction. A seasoned humility brings her performances an authenticity that only long-enduring musicians achieve. Her artistry is brilliantly underlined with her 2019 album KICKS. The album spans two decades (50s-70s) of pop, rock and jazz, presenting her unique and sophisticated interpretations of songs that were pivotal to her musical journey. 

By the time she was 19, JONES was living in Los Angeles, waiting tables and occasionally playing music in out of the way coffee houses and bars. All the while, she was developing her unique aesthetic: music that was sometimes spoken, often beautifully sung, and while emotionally accessible, she was writing lyrics as taut and complex as any by the great American poet, Elizabeth Bishop. In JONES’ voice and songs, we saw smoky stocking seams, love being everything but requited. And it was during these years that RICKIE LEE’s song, "Easy Money," caught the attention of one musician and then the music industry. The song was recorded by Lowell George, the founder of the band, Little Feat. He used it on his solo album, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here. Shortly thereafter, Warner Brothers auditioned JONES and quickly signed her to the label.

Join us Saturday evening with this Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, which will demand you stop and pay attention to favorites and deep cuts that span pop, jazz, standards, and rock.  

For more on Rickie Lee Jones visit here: www.rickieleejones.com

Sunday, August 9, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

REGISTRATION

8/9/2020  |  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Ticket Sales & Badge Pick-Up Open

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EXHIBITION HOURS

8/9/2020  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Listening Rooms, Expo Hall, Ear Gear Experience and Record Fair Open

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/9/2020  |  11:00 AM - 11:45 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Music Streaming: Comparing Protocols and Methods to Achieve Hi-Res Sound

Streaming music has become commonplace, but the streaming landscape is fragmented with many different ways and technologies by many different brands with results varying from poor to excellent in terms of sound quality and/or ease of use. What are the options for streaming music, what are the pros and cons of each, and what do you need to consider when choosing the right technology for your needs?

Speaker: Cas Oostvogel, NAD Product Manager, Lenbrook International

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/9/2020  |  11:00 AM - 3:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Master Class Theater Sessions in The Expo Hall

11:30 AM - 3:15 PM

EAR GEAR THEATER

8/9/2020  |  11:30 AM - 3:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Ear Gear Theater Sessions

12:00 PM - 12:45 AM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/9/2020  |  12:00 PM - 12:45 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The Birth of Punk

Music Appreciation: The Birth of PUNK

Music guru Thomas Mulready continues his AXPONA presentations (David Bowie in 2018; The Beatles in 2019), digging up the roots of the most revolutionary popular music of the late 20th Century. The Birth of Punk traces the early influences on punk progenitors in the most unlikely of locales. PunkShows.us

Speaker: Thomas Mulready

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/9/2020  |  1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

The Future of Amplification: Purifi

Does lower distortion translate into better sound?

Join us for a deep dive into one of the most talked-about new amplification technologies, Eigentakt, and learn how this technology eliminates distortion and how it compares to other amplifier designs.

Speaker: Greg Stidsen, Chief Technology Officer, Lenbrook International

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTER CLASS THEATER

8/9/2020  |  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Tutorial on Electromagnetism and AC Power

Explaining electricity and how it works from the point of view quantum physics. The creation of electromagnetism includes a component called a magnetic moment. A hands-on explanation that includes information about how transformers work, how voltage is changed how power is generated and many other relevant topics. Live Teslacoil Demo's.

Speaker: Rick Schultz , CEO/Inventor High Fidelity Cables/ Magnetic Innovations