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Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:56:36 PM »
Home of Clearaudio,  Emm Labs & Meitner, Franco Serblin, Magnepan, Plinius, Shunyata & Straight Wire.
We have been importing and distributing some fine Audio over the past 22 years into the South African market.
Through our Retail Arm, Audio Counsel, have met many forum members, and made lots of friends over the years.

Our aim has always been to share our knowledge and passion with every customer that crossed our ways. I trust that this Forum will be just another platform to grow such a friendship.

I would like to take this opertunity to thank everyone who has  supported us over the years, and look forward to meet more of you over time.

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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016, 11:43:02 PM »
Nouja mnr,hopin' this platform will be a stepping stone to more of the above!  :thumbs:

Sound business makes SO much sense!!

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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2016, 10:07:30 AM »
Ben, great to be able to say we have been around for a while.  :clap: I remember those early days in Fourways. I would take lunch breaks, drop a few Proac's, Ear's or Audio Analogues with you guys and hang around for company and listening. Small things I recall vividly; your liking of the Apogees stage's, Heybrooks (that were standing in window-never played) and how I impressed I was  with the Wilson Benesch range. How excited you were about Talk Audio and all the discussion around Arcam.  Oh yes not to forget the coffee and cricket we watched in the AV demo room. Here is to another 20 years of fun :dop:

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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2016, 10:52:09 AM »
Nouja mnr,hopin' this platform will be a stepping stone to more of the above!  :thumbs:

Sound business makes SO much sense!!

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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2016, 11:04:26 AM »
Ben, great to be able to say we have been around for a while.  :clap: I remember those early days in Fourways. I would take lunch breaks, drop a few Proac's, Ear's or Audio Analogues with you guys and hang around for company and listening. Small things I recall vividly; your liking of the Apogees stage's, Heybrooks (that were standing in window-never played) and how I impressed I was  with the Wilson Benesch range. How excited you were about Talk Audio and all the discussion around Arcam.  Oh yes not to forget the coffee and cricket we watched in the AV demo room. Here is to another 20 years of fun :dop:
Sertainly bring back memories. ...and a few Golden moments. ...I remember the one evening at your house....you pulled out a vintage Red; I was already halve way through my glass when you decided the wine was off (cork) went back into the Cellar and popped another one :2thumbs:

But why sell us short....only 20 Years?  We HAVE to outlive the GERMANS :winkwink:

At least I am one up on Achim....I do not smoke :angel:

But  :facepalm: the Wine & Song....must be the equalizer

:dop: to Health...The rest will sort itself.....
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2016, 10:04:04 PM »
yes Ben, like Dean [ the King of Yellow Cones], you also started me on my way on B&W and my special fondness of the N802. Listened to it in your store and finally got my pair a while later.

It there was another speaker range that I lusted after but never owned : Wilson Benesch - bookshelves, floorstanders, sub were all magic. Miss that store in Century City.
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2016, 10:50:06 AM »
yes Ben, like Dean [ the King of Yellow Cones], you also started me on my way on B&W and my special fondness of the N802. Listened to it in your store and finally got my pair a while later.

It there was another speaker range that I lusted after but never owned : Wilson Benesch - bookshelves, floorstanders, sub were all magic. Miss that store in Century City.

Alleycat, glad to see the Sound Bug sticked :clap:.....Century City was hard work, 7 days a week till 21h00 every evening incl. Sundays. But it was worth it....my first store in CT and we met amazing people that came through that store, and many became good friends.

Sadly the Shopping Centers just became to expensive for Specialist Audio to survive.......

Yeh, Wilson Benesch still is an Amazing product.

Busy restoring a pair of Wilson Benesch Chimera's.....some drivers got shot. Had a long chat to them at the Munich Show again....great guys :thumbs:

Drivers on its way.....Maybe I will tempt you once they are done :winkwink:
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2016, 01:31:24 PM »
Ben is awesome to deal with, great passion for this hobby and definitely knows his audio, fantastic to have you on the forum!
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2016, 05:37:06 PM »
That was a nice store - remember it well.
There was a really nice ?English guy that worked there as well
Still have a cambridge audio dvd player I bought there years ago
IIRC the store moved to Somerset West afterwards
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2016, 06:44:19 PM »
That was a nice store - remember it well.
There was a really nice ?English guy that worked there as well
Still have a cambridge audio dvd player I bought there years ago
IIRC the store moved to Somerset West afterwards
There were two guys in the store, Colin and Mark. They did a great job in my absence,  spending my time away between Import company and stores in Gauteng

This should bring back memories for you guys....



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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2016, 07:04:57 PM »
Yeah that's it
Colin was definitely who I was referring to
Early 2000s that the store was there
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2016, 03:05:18 PM »
I had exceptional service from this store (both at Canal Walk & Somerset West), i got my first Marantz HT SR5600 amp and Celestion F30 back 2003/4 (i was loaned the F30 for a week to try out....this practice doesnt seem to happen nowdays).Later upgrading to B&W 602 S3.

   
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2016, 12:00:56 PM »
Whilst busy packing and getting rid of stuff I came across this bottle. If my memory serves me well, I think it could have been one of these that Ben referred to in his recollection of our listening session at my home. 1 of a lot I bought from a friend and through the years shared on special occasions. From all the bottles I bought in early 90's about 25% i had to chuck away... the others were superb. Nice memory Ben  :dop:


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Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2016, 12:12:39 PM »
That was a good year. I know my folks kicked it off with a bang!
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Re: Acoustic Arts: Importers & Distributors of fine Audio
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2016, 06:31:35 PM »
^^ You got born in Sept '74?  :clap:
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