AXPONA anyone?

It'll be my first show as I don't usually have the funds to travel to the others. But, since I live a few hours west of Chicago, I thought I'd go. Friday and Saturday only. Anyone else planning on attending?
About 4 of my friends and I are planning on attending all 3 days, weather permitting.
I will be there. My first show in many years, I am quite excited about attending.
I wish I were going, I would love to attend. I miss the old CES shows in Chicago, what a blast they were.

Did I mention that and I love Chicago food, especially the Italian?

Back in those days at CES there was a bar near the show hotel that had over 100 brands of high quality Scotch Whiskey, mostly single malt.

I don't remember the name and neither would you after an evening there. What a blast and what a beautiful city.
All I can say is it's about time. I’m glad the venue is up north because while downtown Chicago is amazing, dealing with the likes of paying parking meter fees of $6.00 an hour if you’re lucky enough to find street parking is a bit beyond the bucket.
I'm thinking about going Saturday only. No firm plans yet, but thinking very seriously.
Skip the Chicago show, head for the big time with the show in New York on April 12th. There are plenty of cheap air fares available and the nite life is much better. Remember, the murder rate in New York City is much lower. Take care.
I am going, my first show ever. I live in Chicago's northern suburbs, so it is an easy decision for me. I'm excited about it. Should be fun.
Buconero, the murder rate in Rosemont, where the Axpona show is being held, is likely nonexistent, unless you cross the mob that allegedly runs the town. But remember, in the bad parts of Chicago (I hear there are a few), walking will keep you healthy, but running can save your life!

Plenty of good restaurants and such. Parking isn't free but have you priced it in Manhattan lately? $35 for half an hour in midtown, and the Lincoln Tunnel toll was $12. Now that's extortion.

Looking forward to a GREAT show here in the Windy City.
For you first timers, allow yourselves more than one day to see everything.
Many rooms sound different and even better the second or third day.
Having more than one day provides a chance to return to the better rooms
to listen again. I have found the music being played the first time you visit
a room can bias your opinion and on a follow up visit it can sound better.
Plan to attend as many days you can; you will not regret it. Plan to review
exhibitors and room location before you go and map out a plan of attack on
which rooms to see first. Lastly, if you are in the market for something new,
immediately visit that equipment room and negotiate a deal for what you
want on the first day of the show; you can walk away with some incredible
deals and no tax!
I think I might swing by for 1/2 hr or so...
Wouldn’t miss it. Great location choice. Lot’s to do in and near Rosemont, while only about 20 minutes to Rush Street...Woo-woo!
For interested parties, there's a brand new gambling casino close by.
Thanks Raks. Like buying audio equipment isn't a gamble? ^)
AXPONA is dangerous enough for my wallet without adding a casino into the mix...
Could anyone please recommend a nice restaurant unique to Chicago? is the website for a privately owned chain of Italian restaurants in the area that are all very good.
We have some unusual restaurants, but many are quite distant from AXPONA. A good Vietnamese restaurant that's not too far is Dung Gia in Des Plaines (
Kabul House is a good Afghan restaurant in Skokie ( I think that Xni-Pec is the only Yucatecan restaurant in the Midwest, but Brookfield is quite far away. Chowpatti is a vegetarian restaurant in Arlington Heights that I like (, but is farther than Dung Gia or Kabul House.
Sounds good, thanks!

Not sure where to start about unique Chicago restaurants. Got any parameters for me? So many unique great restaurants here.

Geographically you interested in something near AXPONA, or downtown or in another part of the city?
I'll be there! I'm flying in on Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday afternoon. Looking forward to great tunes, great gear, and great people!
Let us know how the show went? lol.
Day one was okay. Too many rooms used computers as the source. Maybe half dozen rooms had outstanding sound. Hopefully, some rooms make some adjustments to improve the sound.
I went last night being a local and found the rooms on the first and second
floor to sound very good. They were much larger rooms. The other floors
were a hit and miss, but all in all I had fun. Audiogon also had a room with
what looked like a live feed since two ladies from agon were on their
computers. Also many taking pictures I assume from the mag and agon.
I just drove home so, I'm a bit tired but I'll try to write about my experiences tomorrow. However, one room stands out. The Wharfedale/Avid room. I have no idea how the speakers sounded, the folks in charge NEVER SHUT UP. Salespeak on and on. The Avid designer was sometimes quiet, then ultimately, drawn into conversation/explanation by his partner. It was painful.
Hi Everyone,

Posted Friday and Saturday's coverage, Sunday's coming up later today of course :)
I had a great time and was actually pretty impressed with the sound of most rooms, given the challenging circumstances. I had hoped to compare high efficiency speakers and was somewhat disappointed in the lack of participation by some of the better known brands. That said, the Daedalus Argos powered by Purity Audio amplification was amazing. The Purity Audio stuff is a little beyond my means, but is probably the most impressive amplification that I’ve ever heard. You can always tell when a designer has a passion for music.

For those of you that were there when the fire alarm went off, did any one else find the alarm, well....unalarming? The high frequency was way too rolled off, and the midband was soft and uncompelling. It just didn’t adequately convey a sense of urgency, and I found myself deciding whether to flee or hang back with all the abandoned (free) equipment.
Phaelon were you able to hear the Horning speakers?
Hi Charles, I did hear them but came away with the feeling that I didn’t hear them at their best. The room was crowded both times that I popped in (an indication that I don’t know what I’m talking about), but they seemed to overload the room. I didn’t remain long enough to formulate a worthwhile opinion.
Thanks, i wish you could have heard them under better circumstances.
Here's a quick list of speakers that made a positive impression in no
particular order.
Lowther America
Waterfall Audio
Acoustic Zen Cresendo
Van L. Speakerworks-The Silhouette
Hornning Hybrid Systems
Audio Note
Transmission Audio M1i
YG Acoustcs-Carmel
Bogdan Audio Creations
Sonic Hemisphere
I forgot a couple.
Sony-ARS1(maybe the most balanced sound I heard)
Parts Express-DIY 2.1 system
I too liked the Bogdan speakers...quite a lot.
Yeah, I really liked the Bogdan tube amp too.
Had a great time at AXPONA and posted my report online at
Anyone hear the new Tyler Acoustics Highland? Nice looking with some great drivers.
Thanks to everyone for all of the reviews and to Enjoythemusic for the coverage! Much appreciated! :D
Thanks to all the audio enthusiasts that made it out to our first show!

We were showing our newest designs as mentioned above by a kind poster. We were proud to find consistently we had one of the best sounding rooms according to all who came thru and spent some time with us.

It’s a great audio community in the Chicago area for sure and we met some of the best people.

Please come out to take a listen to our products in Palatine Illinois if your ever looking for some excellent new speakers and not looking to break the bank.

Audiogon has posted a photo of our room Axpona 2013 on their main blog about the show.

Thanks again

Sonic Hemisphere
Good job on your first show, Sonic Hemisphere. I heard your monitors. Their sound is very well balanced; they are extremely competitive at their pricepoint.

Only because we see that we got mentioned in this thread as having one of the best sounding systems at Axpona I thought I should share.

#1 rule we always listen to the customer, and they are always correct!

We updated a few crossover components in the 3 way to mirror the tone everybody loved out of our Monitor versions, they have a more intimate and special sound now.

You know how it goes some people loved the larger speakers some the smaller!

If you are in the Chicago area please come give us another listen, you truly get great value with nothing but top notch sound quality and design.

Thanks again

Sonic Hemisphere

Sorry forgot to mention the links if anyone is interested...