December 19, 2013 — Article
Both Meridian co-founders, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd welcomed Ted Martin as a VIP guest of honour at Meridian’s Huntingdon HQ on 17th December in an event held to celebrate the fact that Martins Hi-fi is Meridian’s longest serving retail partner. Ted Martin was given a detailed and extensive tour of the factory and was able to experience some stunning home-cinema demonstrations in Meridian’s dedicated Theatre.
Bob Stuart, Allen Boothroyd and Ted Martin with commemorative 45 year plaque
In honour of the event and the partnership, Meridian produced a one off commemorative plaque to celebrate the 45 year anniversary which was machined from special real wood as used in the manufacture Meridian loudspeakers.
Ted and his brother Mike founded Martins Hi-fi in January 1968. Sadly Mike died in 1979 leaving Ted to carry on the business with the same tradition of personal service, integrity and reliability that has positioned the store as Norfolk’s leading independent Hi-Fi and Home Cinema specialist retailer. Click on the image below to visit the Martins Hi-fi website.
Meridian products on display at Martins Hi-fi
Back in 1968, when Martins Hi-fi was established, both Bob and Allen were at University, Bob at Imperial College and Allen at the Royal College of Art but later, in 1972, they became the design team for Lecson Audio, a cult audiophile brand, which was stocked by the forward-thinking management of Martins Hi-fi. Ted was particularly admirative when shown an original Lecson system as part of Meridian’s show-piece museum.
Ted commented “Having heard good things about Lecson back in the seventies led to the first contact with Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd and of course later Meridian. Realising that Bob and Alan had the design and technology that was far ahead of anything else it made sense for Martins Hi-fi to retail their products. Now, 45 years later, Martins are still with Meridian as Premium Partners and Bob and Alan are still leading the field with design and technology!”
A working relationship for 45 years is awesome!
Congratulations to all !!!
For more information on Meridian products at Martins Hi-fi, click HERE