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Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Discussion in 'audio' started by Copperjacket, May 16, 2019.

  1. Copperjacket

    Copperjacket pfm Member

  2. Monitor Gold 10

    Monitor Gold 10 Well-Known Member

    This is surprise news! Where will he appear next?
  3. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Happy retirement maybe. Wonder what kit he listens to at home?
  4. Disbeliever

    Disbeliever pfm Member

  5. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Was he the man who invented the Special Edition badge?
    guydarryl likes this.
  6. Dougie2404

    Dougie2404 cranky old git

    Possibly unhappy with the new owners?
  7. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    I have his signature somewhere
  8. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    He was certainly great for Marantz’s marketing but what is he known for most in circuit design?
  9. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    If he came to Europe in 1968 to Pioneer, his DOB may be ~1949, so 70 years old now.
  10. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones pfm Member

    Even based on my sporadic reading of the nostalgia bits of the mags, that list feels like it could be quite long.
  11. RustyB

    RustyB Registered Ginga

    Responsible for the Marantz CD7, that magnficent homage to the Philips TDA 1541A.
  12. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Distributor and Manufacturer

    Products personally tuned by Ken Ishiwata, and bearing his initials, have long been regarded as leaders in their class. These have included hi-fi icons such as the CD63mkII KI and PM66KI, and more recently the renowned KI Ruby series that commemorated Ken’s 40th anniversary at Marantz

    Notice the CD7 was not mentioned in this press release. It might be the greatest CD player ever made. It was certainly the best that ever came out of Marantz.

    Last edited: May 17, 2019
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  13. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

    Very appropriate OP handle for this thread! ( product and fashion )
    Reading between the lines seems like a disagreement on the forward path of Marantz products?
  14. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I went to one if it’s launch dems at a show with KI spinning the discs. Marantz pre and monoblocs through Tannoy TD12s.
  15. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    I think I read 72.
  16. Bjork67

    Bjork67 pfm Member

    That age for Japanese people is equal to 35 in Europe, his a young pup.
    jamesd likes this.
  17. suzywong

    suzywong Shifting 0s & 1s since 1968

    Almost certainly.

    The press release reads “.....by mutual consent.....”, the usual euphemism for “we fundamentally disagree, but we’re running the company, so you’re out, mate.

    This should not be confused with “.....Ken is taking a well earned retirement...”.
  18. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I can’t tell him apart from Jimmy Page theses days- it’s the pony tail.
  19. PerF

    PerF Member

    He looked thinner or slimmer than me back in 2016- or 17, when I met him in Munich
  20. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I don't think I have ever listened to a Marrantz product, always like the look though.

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