BRINGING AUDIOPHILES AND MUSIC LOVERS THE BEST HEADPHONES ON THE MARKET, INDUSTRY TALKS, MEET-UPS AND MORE SCHAUMBURG, IL (December 20, 2019) – – AXPONA (Audio Expo North America), taking place April 17-19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in the Chicagoland area, announces a brand new Ear Gear Experience, which will be the largest area in the country dedicated entirely to personal audio. There are more explorations into the art of audio than ever before, and the headphone is no exception. From dedicated home listening systems to the best possible sound you can squeeze out from a smart phone, the growth for personal audio knows no limits.AXPONA organizers recognized a need to expand the headphone offerings and organized an Ear Gear Advisory Board tasked with creating the biggest and best user experience for AXPONA attendees. 

The new expo area will feature an Ear Gear TheaterIndustry Talks, two Networking Lounges, Café and the latest and greatest in personal audio. Everything from open-back, closed-back, in-ear headphones and accessories, cables and players that go into a personal audio rig will be on display at the Ear Gear Experience. Leading global brands and manufacturers such as Schiit Audio, Focal Naim North America, Audeze, Jerry Harvey Audio, HIFIMAN, Astell & Kern, Lenbrook and more will debut new products and have dedicated booths on the expo floor.

The new Ear Gear Theater gives attendees an opportunity to see the latest product launches and hear from industry experts. The theater will also feature daily meet-ups on a variety of topics to give the personal audio community a chance to network with each other and industry experts. 

There will also be a Café to purchase beverages, two lounges to take a break, and the Ear Gear & Beer Tastingon Saturday, April 17 with a local craft brewery.

The Ear Gear Advisory Board is comprised of industry leaders in personal audio who advise on industry trends and provide expert opinion on programming and panels for the new Ear Gear Experience. The Board consists of the following members:

  • Wally Kilgore, Sennheiser
  • Bevin Mehrbach, ZMF
  • Owen Kwon, Astell & Kern
  • Denise Martin, Schitt Audio
  • Andy Regan, Dan Clark Audio 

AXPONA is North America’s largest audio expo, welcoming music enthusiasts from around the world to meet exhibitors from well-established and emerging product categories.In all, more than 500 world class exhibitors will be at AXPONA to connect with serious audiophiles, newcomers to high-end audio, and music lovers looking to explore, shop and enjoy the music. For more information on ticketing and ticketing options, please visit AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is North America’s largest event for audiophiles, manufacturers of high-end audio equipment, musicians and music lovers. The three-day experience features over 200 high fidelity listening rooms, providing guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Expo Hall and Ear Gear Experience play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs. Beyond the exhibits, AXPONA includes live musical performances and educational seminars with industry experts and demonstrations. 

For more information including updates on AXPONA’s exhibitors and schedule, visit or call 203-371-6322. 

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