AXPONA announces that spring schedule shall remain


That’s the sound of my stylus sliding hideously across an early pressing of The Who’s Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy as I did a double take while simultaneously dropping my tonearm into the lead-in groove and reading the follow-up press release from AXPONA organizers on my iPhone now saying that after further deliberation and public feedback they have decided to keep themselves firmly planted in Chi-town in April not switching up things to October as they had announced last week.

Seems they were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t adjust their timing depending on who in the industry you spoke with.

Personally, I love AXPONA in Chicago in April, but was happy to support a change in timing if that was going to benefit not only hi-fi manufacturers, distributors, representatives and attendees, but other shows as well. The change didn’t go down well in private or on social media it seems, so organizers listened and will now be keeping to their April time frame for 2020 and beyond.

Current scheduling is: April 12-14, 2019 and April 17-19, 2020.

Press release below  

A letter to the audio industry;  

First, please know AXPONA will not be moving to the fall dates as stated last week but will remain in April for 2020 and beyond.  

As stated in our announcement last week, we have been encouraged by many exhibitors in recent years to move far away from Munich, to add a trade day and to make it easier for international vendors to exhibit. When dates became available at The Renaissance in Schaumburg that accommodated all of those elements, we jumped at the opportunity to secure them. We announced the new dates immediately and more than two years in advance. Much positive feedback was received in support of the date change. However, we also received negative feedback regarding the disruption of fall schedules and questions were raised as to the intentions behind the move. We certainly did not intend to cause harm to any other events. Our goal has always been to serve the domestic and the international market, and the initial decision was made to accommodate that goal.  

We have not, and will not lose sight of our valued exhibitors, attendees and friends in the audio community, so to best serve the entire industry, we are going to take a step back and hold the show April 17-19, 2020. The AXPONA team is greatly appreciative that so many manufacturers, dealers, distributors, audiophiles and press feel passionately enough to have expressed their opinions to us directly and on social media. AXPONA’s vision remains to be the premier North American event for the audio industry.

Going forward, AXPONA will be sure to gather more comprehensive input from the entire audio community before making any significant date changes. We also now appreciate how many people like our April timeframe within the audio show calendar.  

Please know that we are listening, we hear you and we want to continue receiving your feedback. The most important goal for AXPONA is to serve the audio community and to provide the best possible venue and timing every year for the industry to gather and experience great systems, great products, great music and great camaraderie. We look forward to seeing you April 12-14, 2019.  

Thank you from Mark, Liz and the AXPONA team.

For more information about the 2019 event, please visit or call 203-371-6322.

Anton's picture

Who knew they’d read the comment section on the other thread that announced the change!

Proves the power of Audio Stream.

Everclear's picture

Rafe knows people in high places :-) ...........