Ken Ishiwata, legendary hi-fi figure, dies aged 72

gaz2867

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Very very sad news I still own a Marantz 63 OSE
it has stopped reading discs so needs attention it’s built like a truck bomb proof in fact but so good I am definitely going to get it seen to.
if I can find someone reliable.
thank you Ken for years of amazing Sound.
 
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bigfish786

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I had read many reviews of Marantz gear over the years, and always wanted a K.I setup. I’ve got as near as damn it to the best K.I kit I could afford.
I genuinely wish I had bought Marantz gear a long long time ago, such has been my happiness with the products I have bought.
The audio world has lost a true legend.

thank you Ken, for everything.
 
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DRJOHNDANIELS

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Ishiwata, who was brand ambassador for Marantz, was a tireless champion for high-fidelity sound.

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An excellent testimony to one of the great gentlemen of the industry. I had met him at a number of hi fi shows. He combined prodigious knowledge with refined dignity and yes, he had a degree of sartorial flair. He did indeed design some outstanding high end products as well as more affordable options. He will be missed by many.
 
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Reading this whilst listening full blast to an HD CD1 and HD AMP 1 set up - long enjoyed the quality and passion of Marantz gear - admit to not knowing too much about Mr Ishiwata until now but now reading these and other articles he was indeed an inspiration gentleman.
 

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The Industry has lost a Legend, Marantz gear stirs my soul and brings joy every single time I've switched it on. I'll always cherish the KI Pearls cause I know the Master created it with passion.
 

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