AXPONA in Chicago 2013

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AXPONA in Chicago 2013

Post by eagle6014 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:07 pm

Anyone here going to or have already attended the 2013 AXPONA show in Chicago? I went yesterday the 8th. It was very easy to get to and the only money I spent was $13 for garage parking + the $12 for the advance tix. And tolls n' fuel to get there. It was my first time attending a show of this magnitude. Everyone there was very nice and even though I knew I was over my head in intelligence, they didn't seem to mind. Most manufacturers were not concerned w/ your intelligence as they were your pocket book. Sadly I saw only one display that had c-j. I wasn't able to get into the room b/c it was mobbed. I did get a glimpse of it, but alas I cannot remember what amp it was. It could have been and LP70S. I do recall that it was in the Tyler speaker room though.

Now normally I'm a fan of Nordost cables, but the Dana cables vendor on the Mezzanine level was very nice. Their Diamond interconnects impressed me the most. Their look and feel oozed quality at $1100/m pair. I also got to hear the Sony SS-AR1 speakers powered by Hegel components and wired with Nordost Odin. Most impressive indeed. I got to meet Bill Dudleston owner and chief designer of Legacy speakers. I got a pic w/ him that I will include on this posting below. Bill is on the right and I'm on the left. I guess if I had to evaluate who had the best sounding system it was the Herron audio room. I also got to meet the founder of Herron audio. He played some sweet music through his tubed pre and mono-blocs using a VPI classic 3 t/t. I sat there the longest of any room. It was so nice I didn't want to leave. Well I would love to hear any comments about the show if you got to attend. I'm hoping they will put on the show again next yr in Chicago. Pat
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Re: AXPONA in Chicago 2013

Post by admin » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:20 pm

Very cool. I'm glad you had fun. Unfortunately, I find it really hard to get to any audio shows. I live about an hour from Boston, but I am simply not aware of any around this region. Are you aware of any central listings of audio shows one can simply search?
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Re: AXPONA in Chicago 2013

Post by eagle6014 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:55 pm

Sorry, I don't have any connections to up coming shows. For many moons I wanted to grab a plane, a rental car, & a hotel just to attend a show somewhere. But I never could get the motivation to do that. But when this show came to Chicago, I jumped all over it. I also realize that a show like this can be seen in 3-4 hrs at best & then your done. So it was good I didn't fly half way across the country for one. Before I went, I made a list of the equipment I wanted to see & where they were located in the bldg. So I made a methodical path to see those on my list. I was disappointed in two things though. Berkeley Audio Design wasn't there even though it was listed. I really wanted to see their dac combo. And secondly, c-j wasn't officially represented. Like I said, only one c-j amp was there & that was because a vender brought his own unit. Maybe next time. Pat

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Re: AXPONA in Chicago 2013

Post by rthomeint » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:30 am

I talked to the Local CJ dealer and he is trying to have a room next year. He is trying to see if he can get CJ and other lines he carried to help supplement the cost of exhibiting.

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Re: AXPONA in Chicago 2013

Post by eagle6014 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:57 am

Sounds good to me. Rumour is that the next Chicago show will be much bigger by comparison. Plus this time I will have a lot more knowledge about the gear and more importantly what I want to buy. The discounts on some things being sold there were awesome. Mainly demo and used cables were the best bargains. If I had just brought a few hundred in cash I could have made some great upgrades. See y'all there. Pat

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