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Ken Ishiwata RIP

Discussion in 'audio' started by Brown Bottle, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Just received a Face Book notification that he's died. One of the biggest names in Hi-Fi whilst I've had an interest in it. RIP Ken.

  2. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Sorry to hear that. I wonder if illness figured in his step down from Marantz?
  3. Marra

    Marra pfm Member

    Sad news indeed.
  4. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    A legend gone. Sad news.
  5. darrenyeats

    darrenyeats pfm Member

    Had a short chat with him at a show once, I remember him being pleasant and enthusiastic. RIP Ken.
  6. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    That’s a real shame, RIP to a HIFI legend!
  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Some citation here on AVForums. Very sad news indeed, I owned a Marantz CD17KI for a while and it was a nice machine. RIP.
  8. 35451

    35451 Guest

    That's sad. I had CD 63se K1 sig for a time, before passing it onto my dad. It was my first grown up CD player and was a nice piece of kit.

  9. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    RIP Ken. His tweaked CD players were very good back in the 90s.
  10. Chris Marshall

    Chris Marshall pfm Member

    RIP, I also chatted to him at a couple of shows and he seemed really humble and happy to talk.
  11. lazycat

    lazycat pfm Member

    RIP Ken. And thanks for the filthy look when I was smoking a fag outside the Bristol Show 9 years ago.
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  12. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Yes I had one in black, gorgeous machine with superb build quality, but I also had a Roksan Caspian M1 and a Linn Ikemi at the same time, I only needed the one player. The Linn was the best fit for my system. I do miss the Marantz!
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  13. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy pfm Member

    Always remember the look on Ken’s face when my Dad nearly knocked over one of the Wilson Benesch rear speakers with his backpack in the Marantz 5.1 demo room at the Whittlebury Show. Afterwards, we did have a lovely chat about Marantz and my Nagra system at the time. Sad news indeed.

    DAVEDWACK pfm Member

    A true master of his craft.....R.I.P.
  15. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Which multinational conglomerate presently owns Marantz?
  16. 35451

    35451 Guest

  17. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Phillips I thought, or not any more?
  18. Julf

    Julf Facts are our friends

    I guess not for the last 10 years at least. Marantz merged with Denon, and became D&M Holdiongs, that then was taken over by Sound United.
  19. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    Industry legend indeed - RIP
  20. Steve S

    Steve S pfm Member

    RIP Ken.

    I'm using a modded 63se KI sig, owned it for 15+ years and still love it.

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