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VPI with CAT, Clarisys Audio USA, and more at Axponas 2024




The International Axpona Expo in Chicago was a haven for audiophiles and industry insiders alike, featuring an impressive array of cutting-edge audio technologies and innovations. Among the standout exhibitors were VPI Industries, Clarisys Audio USA, Convergent Audio Technology (CAT), and Essential Sound Products each showcasing their latest offerings to captivate the audience.


Clarisys Audio USA Showcase: In the Nirvana C ballroom, the spotlight shone brightly on Clarisys Audio USA as Nguyen Phuong presented their revolutionary Clarisys Audio Panels. Notably, the smaller Minuet panel, which had garnered acclaim at the recent Florida International Audio Expo, once again left a lasting impression on attendees.





The Clarisys range, proudly made in Vietnam, boasted an impressive lineup, including:

  • Clarisys Piccolo (TBA)

  • Clarisys Minuet ($46,000/pair)

  • Clarisys Studio Plus ($66,000/pair)

  • Clarisys Auditorium ($180,000/pair)

  • Debut of Clarisys Auditorium Plus ($146,000/pair)

  • Active Crossover ACN400 ($22,500)


These speakers offered unique features such as double-sided bass ribbons, neodymium magnet structures, and top-quality crossover parts crafted from solid aluminum blocks, as detailed on their website.


Complementing the speakers were premium audio sources, including an Audio Arrow Capitol Classic CD player ($6000 in 2000).




Spinning analog with our VPI HW-40 turntable ($22,000), and a Van Den Hul Crimson cartridge ($6000).


Convergent Audio Technology (CAT) Amplification: Amplification prowess was on full display with Convergent Audio Technology (CAT), showcasing a range of high-end amplifiers:

  • CAT SL 1 Legend aGS Extreme preamp ($99,995)

  • CAT The Statement AGS Extreme power amplifier ($249,990/pair)

  • CAT JL7SE Extreme power amplifier ($74,999/pair)

  • CAT JL5LE aGS Extreme power amplifier ($34,995/pair)

CAT's amplifiers delivered unparalleled performance sound quality and exceptional power to drive even the most demanding speaker systems.


Essential Sound Products: Tied together with the Black Path Cables and Essential Sound Products provided cabling, power cords, and power distributors, ensuring optimal signal transmission and power distribution throughout the setup.





Conclusion: The International Axpona Expo served as a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of leading audio companies like VPI Industries, Clarisys Audio USA, and Convergent Audio Technology (CAT). Attendees were treated to an unforgettable auditory journey, experiencing firsthand the latest advancements in high-fidelity audio reproduction. As the curtains closed on another successful expo, the echoes of exceptional sound quality lingered, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.





About VPI:

VPI is a leading manufacturer of high-end turntables and accessories. With a legacy spanning over several decades, VPI has consistently pushed the boundaries of audio innovation, delivering exceptional turntables that are celebrated by audiophiles worldwide. Each VPI turntable is meticulously handcrafted in the USA, combining quality craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology for an unmatched vinyl playback experience.


Media Contact:

Bill Poteet

Sales and Marketing Director

VPI Industries

Phone: 757-763-9427

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