Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join CAS?
Prospective members are invited to attend one or two meetings as guests to see what meetings are like. It is an opportunity for prospective members to meet others and ask any questions about the organization. Joining the club is a simple matter of agreeing to the Club's Members' Code of Conduct, paying the annual dues, and joining the club member list. To attend a future meeting please fill out a Contact Form and our club secretary would be happy to have you attend a CAS meeting.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CAS held meetings via Zoom and resumed in-person meetings in 2022. If you are interested in joining a meeting, please fill out a Contact Form and our club secretary will arrange to have you join a meeting.
What is included in membership?
Members have access to the private members' web site that includes valuable audio information and access to the other members. The site includes discussion lists and many other helpful articles, announcements and member information. Prior to each meeting, a free lunch is served and the club hosts a Summer BBQ and Annual Holiday Meeting that offer a larger spread. Most important, members have the opportunity to share audio interests with some of Connecticut’s most enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiophiles. The club has experts in many areas of audio and everyone shares in the willingness to help other members with information and advice. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings were held virtually via Zoom. The club resumed in-person meetings in 2022.
How often does The Connecticut Audio Society meet?
Typically CAS meets every other month. In addition, from time to time, special meetings are scheduled. Members also schedule break-out meetings focused on a particular topic and hosted at a member's home.
Are there dues or membership fees?
Yes, membership dues are $35 per year, payable when you first join and due by the end of January each year. Membership dues cover meeting expenses, general club administration costs and lunches served at each in-person meeting. They also provide access to the CAS Forum.
How do I participate in the CAS Forum?
Current members can converse with fellow members very quickly via our online forum / email discussion group. Once you have joined CAS you can access this forum at our groups.io page.
Do guests attend meetings?
Absolutely! CAS regularly includes guests at meetings. Often guests are prospective members who want to know more (many of whom join). We also have frequent guests from neighbouring audio clubs in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. We also have guest presenters including equipment manufacturers, audio columnists, technical experts, audio legends and area professionals. To attend a future meeting please fill out a Contact Form and our Club Secretary will set you up.
What is a typical meeting like?
Meetings are held every two months. Each meeting has a theme ranging from auditioning gear, presentations about the recording industry, equipment shoot-outs to music listening. All meetings take place on Saturday afternoons from noon until about 3:30 pm. Attendance is entirely optional.
Our Program Chairman publishes an annual calendar with the dates, topics and locations of the meetings. This information is available on the members' web site and summarized on the Meetings page on this site. Locations and driving directions are included on the members' site. A typical meeting starts with an informal lunch followed by a brief business meeting. Then the featured program begins and discussion follows. Most featured topics last about one to two hours followed by informal discussions and/or listening sessions.
How many members belong to CAS?
The club includes many long standing members, some of whom date back to the founding of CAS in 1983.
Active membership averages 60-65 people. A typical meeting will average about 20 members plus guests. The Summer BBQ and Annual Holiday Meeting are about double this size.
The Club membership attracts diverse range of ages and backgrounds. The common point is that everybody shares in a love of music and/or music reproduction. As you might expect, musical tastes are extremely broad. Interests run the gamut from tube/analog hi-fi to all-digital home theater. We have speaker builders, antique audio collectors, audio purists, electronic DIY wizards, audio history buffs and music collectors.
The club adds about a dozen new members each year. If you think you might be interested in attending a meeting, please fill out a Contact Form and our Club Secretary will arrange to have you visit a meeting and learn about the club first hand.