AXPONA shifts to fall show schedule for 2020 and beyond

It looks like the massive success and impact of High End at Munich is taking control of the spring high-fidelity trade show schedule in North America as the Audio Expo of North America (AXPONA) just announced that the while the venue will remain at its brand new digs in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Centre Hotel, it will be moving from its usual mid-April dates to late October/early November ones.

This may put it a little close for comfort for some to the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival (RMAF) which usually runs the first weekend of October in Denver, Colorado. Time will tell. Regardless, I wish AXPONA great success in this change as it is by far one of my favourite shows.

Press release below:

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is pleased to announce its permanent home at the first-class Renaissance Schaumburg venue in the Chicago area, facilitating a transition to fall dates and accommodating a new dedicated "Trade & Press Day" beginning in 2020. Following the upcoming April 12-14, 2019 AXPONA, the next event will be held October 29-November 1, 2020.

"We've been listening to our customers and industry leaders for years and have been strongly advised to move AXPONA's dates further away from the Munich High-End show in May and to add a separate day exclusively for trade professionals and the press,” says Liz Miller, VP and Event Director, AXPONA. “We were thrilled with the positive feedback we received regarding our new Schaumburg home in 2018. The first-class venue in the fall timeframe, coupled with a special day for trade professionals, will prove to be a huge win for the global audio industry and AXPONA for years to come."

AXPONA’s new dates in 2020 will serve the entire high-end audio industry better than ever before by timing the fast-growing audio show perfectly for fourth quarter product launches, enticing more consumers to buy audio products for the holidays and to "gear up" for the indoor listening season. Also, alleviating busy spring travel schedules for industry executives will greatly increase the number of international buyers, distributors and press that can attend AXPONA every year. 

The 2020 Trade & Press Day will open exclusively to dealers, distributors, manufacturers and press to get a head start on exploring AXPONA exhibits. Industry executives can use this day for business meetings and to experience the newest products on the market before the event opens to the public, Friday through Sunday. In addition, there will be an Opening Night Trade & Press Reception on Thursday, October 29 to kick off AXPONA on the right note with great food, refreshments and live music.

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

Save the Dates

AXPONA 2019 April 12 – 14, 2019

October 29 – November 1, 2020

October 28 – 31, 2021

Anton's picture

This move will pit AXPONA against RMAF.

I had hoped we were headed into a period of vibrant seasonal regional shows. THE SHOW in So Cal in summer, AXPONA in spring, RMAF in fall.

It appears that won't be the case!

We currently have a gravely wounded west coast show situation, and now AXPONA and RMAF are set to duke it out for what might become the only significant American show.