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Ken Ishiwata 1947-2019

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by TheSixthBeatle, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. TheSixthBeatle

    TheSixthBeatle Quae nocent, saepe docent Thread Starter

  2. ThorensSme

    ThorensSme Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    RIP Ken.
     
  3. 33na3rd

    33na3rd Forum Resident

    Location:
    SW Washington, USA
    A talented and entertaining gentleman that will be missed.

    RIP
     
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  4. Words fail but RIP Mr Ambassador will suffice for now.
     
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  5. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Mars Hotel
    Thank you for sharing your incredible talent and passion for music with the world.

    RIP
     
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  6. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    He used to attend my local show and was very approachable, a true ambassador, I still own five KI signature items, it's impossible to measure how many people were exposed to quality sound on a budget because of his efforts, a very sad loss.
     
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  7. A true gentleman. Marantz was lucky to have him all these years.
     
  8. PhilinSC

    PhilinSC Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tega Cay SC
    I am saddened by this news. RIP Mr. Ishiwata.
     
  9. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Location:
    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    This is indeed sad news.

    During my time at Philips' Natlab, I was fortunate enough to work with him during the development of SACD, and would regularly visit his office and listening room in Eindhoven. He was a warm, generous man, with a profound love for music and sound quality. His team was responsible for the nitty-gritty design of Marantz products, but he was responsible for the tuning (and subsequent promotion, of course). Making cost-no-object products is relatively easy, but making something that sounds wonderful to a budget is far harder, and, as mentioned above, products he oversaw may have reached more budding audiophiles than by anyone else.

    I thank him for his kindness and the profound impact he has had on this hobby which we all love so dearly.

    RIP.
     
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  10. bluenosens

    bluenosens Forum Resident

    Location:
    malagash centre
    It is a grey day indeed/ RIP
     
  11. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sweden
    Oh no. :cry:

    RIP Ken
     
  12. Melvin

    Melvin Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Yes, very sad we lost another legend. RIP Mr. Ishiwata.
     
  13. TarnishedEars

    TarnishedEars Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    This is very sad to hear. RIP Ken.
     
  14. Dan C

    Dan C Forum Fotographer

    Location:
    The West
    That's a shame. RIP.

    dan c
     
  15. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

    Location:
    St.Louis Mo.
    He was truly a master at his craft.
    RIP.
     
  16. twintech

    twintech Well-Known Member

    Very sad to hear this news. He was a true gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times at the Hi Fi shows in London and Bristol. He always took the time to talk to me, and was always happy to listen to what I had to say. He had so much passion for the music, great designer, so many great products over the 41 years at Marantz. Above all, a lovely human being, I'll miss you Ken Ishiwata. RIP my friend.
     
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  17. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Senior Member

    Location:
    Pleasantville, NY
    I just saw this thread, this is very sad, he will be missed. I was shocked when I heard that he was no longer at Marantz ( I heard his departure was due to the United Audio take over, but I have no way of knowing if that is true) and then I just hear he had died. This is all so very sad, he will be missed.
     
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  18. Ephi82

    Ephi82 Still have two ears working

    Location:
    S FL
    I just bought my first Marantz product (SR 8012) Can someone describe briefly what Ken did?
     
  19. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Location:
    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    He was brand ambassador for Marantz for many years, meaning that he had a huge say on Marantz audio product development (especially the products that carried his name) and was the 'face' of Marantz to the general public (through the many shows he attended, presentations he made, interviews he gave, etc.). He split his time between The Netherlands (as a result of Philips owning Marantz at one point) and Japan, and had a team of product designers to do the hands on creation of a product, but the tuning was down to him. He had his own style/panache, and was very outgoing by Japanese standards (also hard to miss with his ponytail and colorful clothes), but he had very clear ideas about sound-quality, and was instrumental in bringing high-performance products to the cheaper end of the market (through SE and KI versions of low-cost Marantz products).
     
  20. warp2600

    warp2600 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Hungary
    I look at the Audio Hardware forum every day but this is the first time I have seen this thread. I didn't know he passed away. Sad news. I love the Marantz sound. May he rest in peace.
     
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  21. all24bits

    all24bits Mature Adult

    Location:
    USA
    One almost wonders if being fired from Marantz had any direct impact on his health declining and/or passing away.
     
  22. Tullman

    Tullman Senior Member

    Location:
    Boston MA
    Probably the opposite.
     
  23. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

    Location:
    St.Louis Mo.
    Care to explain?
     
  24. TarnishedEars

    TarnishedEars Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Since the rumors are/were that his separation was involuntary, I suspect that it did.
     
  25. Tullman

    Tullman Senior Member

    Location:
    Boston MA
    Well being 72 is old for a full time job with good health, not to mention declining health. I'm thinking he wasn't feeling well, was up in age and his effectiveness/productivity was in decline. This sort of thing happens to many aging people that just can't do things the way they did when they were younger. He probably didn't want to retire but was forced out for a younger person. Just my opinion.
     
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