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Axpona show moving to fall in 2020

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I am on the press list for AXPONA and just received this press release. This move is likely due to demise of California high-end shows.

AXPONA MAKES THE RENAISSANCE SCHAUMBURG HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER ITS PERMANENT HOME AND MOVES TO FALL FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

INDUSTRY AND PRESS INVITED TO THE INUAGURAL TRADE & PRESS DAY AT AXPONA 2020


SCHAUMBURG, IL (September 10, 2018) - - 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 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.

Save the Dates
AXPONA 2019
April 12 – 14, 2019

AXPONA 2020
October 29 – November 1, 2020



AXPONA 2021
October 28 – 31, 20
 

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One show to Rule them all! Well except for the Munich show, is what I guess AXPONA is saying. Trying to grab all the market share they can, it's okay with me because I live close to Chicago.
 

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Appears the demand for high end audio shows is dying, at least here in the US. :(
Sad to see the interest so low, not even a combined HEA/HT show seems to gather much interest.
 

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Well, when the average component at these shows costs $20k, I'm not surprised they're dying.

Shows are about volume.

If you want to sell to the Bentley market, you don't need shows.

"By appointment only."
 

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Apparently, the interference with RMAF (and maybe some other shows) has caused AXPONA to reconsider.

Dear Audio Industry Friends,

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 comradery. We look forward to seeing you April 12-14, 2019.

Thank you from Mark, Liz and the AXPONA team.
 

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It is a good call. Crowding RMAF would have created a war between the two to no one's advantage. Many of us don't go to Munich anyway so spring time is good.
 

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Yeah but I need the shows with the MegaBuck speakers, just in case I hit the Lottery and need to do a major upgrade.
Thought you already were in the megabuck genre :p
 

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