History and Mission
The Suncoast Audiophile Society (founded in 1994 as the Tampa Bay Listening Society) is a local group of audio enthusiasts who share an appreciation for great sound. We focus on the high fidelity reproduction of music, both analog and digital, using live performance as our benchmark. Our aim is to foster camaraderie, and share knowledge and experiences in support of local audio hobbyists.
We hold formal meetings at least once a month (some weeknights, others weekends) for listening sessions, gear demo's, audio chat, and/or live music. Members also hold impromptu "mini meets" for smaller scale listening sessions. We welcome prospective members (age 18+) from the entire Florida Suncoast region.
Our current Board of Directors (all uncompensated volunteers) are...
President- Howard R
Vice President- Richard S
Treasurer- Robert S
Director of Marketing- Grant P
Webmaster- Alan N
Member at Large- Edward M
Prospective members must complete our brief online questionnaire. One of our Board Members will follow up within 1-3 days, via the Meetup message app, requesting your phone number, so we can personally call and answer any questions before approving your membership. Please make sure you forward your phone number via the Meetup Message feature (do NOT reply to the email notification, as it just bounces). Your phone number will remain private.
Paid membership is required for attendance at club meetings. However, prospective new members may attend their first meeting for free (excluding our December Annual Holiday Party). As of Jan 2013, annual dues are $50/yr (payable on your membership anniversary date). Dues help cover our website costs, membership perks, and meeting munchies/door prizes. With club approval, occasional long-distance attendees who reside outside a 50 mile radius of downtown Tampa may opt to pay $5 at-the-door per meeting (but will not receive our SAS polo shirt, nor other logo'd items or club membership perks). Our club Discussion Forums remain publicly accessible for all local (and distant) high-end audio enthusiasts who are not paying members, but wish to remain in touch with local audiophile goings-on.
Membership dues only partially subsidize our actual club costs. In order to continue our growth, and provide more varied programming and live music, we welcome additional financial support from local audio, home theater, and music related businesses (members too!). Please contact us if you would like to become a club sponsor or otherwise provide additional financial support.
Please note that our meetup group is PRIVATE, so we require all prospective members to register with their real name. After approval, SAS members may later use a nickname, if desired, once their identity has been confirmed.
In the meantime, here are some teaser pics from prior meetings. Only dues-paying Members have full online access for meeting announcements and location, and our full photo gallery. However, any interested audiophiles may participate in our discussion forum.