Ken Ishiwata, 1947–2019

The sad news comes that Ken Ishiwata, former brand ambassador of Marantz, has died aged 72 after a short illness. An immensely talented man, Ken was charming, modest and cultured in a way that stood out like a beacon in

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Ken Ishiwata, 1947–2019

The sad news comes that Ken Ishiwata, former brand ambassador of Marantz, has died aged 72 after a short illness. An immensely talented man, Ken was charming, modest and cultured in a way that stood out like a beacon in

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Sony TA-F35

Any British hi-fi magazine reader in 1980 would be treated to page after page of commentary and opinion – sometimes dressed up as fact, sometimes not – about how poor Japanese amplifiers were. This was particularly the case, they said,

Sony TA-F35

Any British hi-fi magazine reader in 1980 would be treated to page after page of commentary and opinion – sometimes dressed up as fact, sometimes not – about how poor Japanese amplifiers were. This was particularly the case, they said,

SEE Corporation Revolver

Made by Sundown Electronic Engineering, Ltd. (also called The SEE Corporation) in Warrington, England, the Revolver turntable was aimed at a very specific niche of the nineteen eighties affordable audiophile turntable market. It sold through a network of small independent specialist

SEE Corporation Revolver

Made by Sundown Electronic Engineering, Ltd. (also called The SEE Corporation) in Warrington, England, the Revolver turntable was aimed at a very specific niche of the nineteen eighties affordable audiophile turntable market. It sold through a network of small independent specialist

Technics EPC-205C MK3

The nineteen seventies vinyl world was awash with high compliance moving magnet cartridges. Shure’s M75ED – introduced in 1974 – dominated the scene. With its super light body and high compliance, the company claimed it could track securely down to

Technics EPC-205C MK3

The nineteen seventies vinyl world was awash with high compliance moving magnet cartridges. Shure’s M75ED – introduced in 1974 – dominated the scene. With its super light body and high compliance, the company claimed it could track securely down to

JBL L100 Classic

When the first JBL L100 was launched at CES 1970 in Chicago, few realised how popular it would be. A consumer version of the 4310/4311 professional monitors, it shared the same driver line-up, with strong Alnico V magnets. A simple

JBL L100 Classic

When the first JBL L100 was launched at CES 1970 in Chicago, few realised how popular it would be. A consumer version of the 4310/4311 professional monitors, it shared the same driver line-up, with strong Alnico V magnets. A simple

Dual CS606

It is hard to understate the decline of Dual, which had once been one of the largest manufacturers of turntables in Europe, with over three thousand employees working across several factories in West Germany, at the peak of that country’s

Dual CS606

It is hard to understate the decline of Dual, which had once been one of the largest manufacturers of turntables in Europe, with over three thousand employees working across several factories in West Germany, at the peak of that country’s

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Sony TC-K81

It’s hard to understate just how important Compact Cassette was as a format in 1979. The Long Playing record was now in the late autumn of its life – or so we thought – with ever more people buying pre-recorded

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Sony TC-K81

It’s hard to understate just how important Compact Cassette was as a format in 1979. The Long Playing record was now in the late autumn of its life – or so we thought – with ever more people buying pre-recorded

Hitachi HMA-6500

Back in the mid nineteen seventies, Hitachi’s development and productionising of MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistor) played a massive part in the hi-fi world that was then just around the corner. The world wasn’t even fifteen years into

Hitachi HMA-6500

Back in the mid nineteen seventies, Hitachi’s development and productionising of MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistor) played a massive part in the hi-fi world that was then just around the corner. The world wasn’t even fifteen years into

Wharfedale Linton Classic

Thirty years ago most audiophiles thought everything old was rubbish, and all we needed was modern technology and fresh thinking to shape our brave new world. Of course this was only true up to a point, and now we are

Wharfedale Linton Classic

Thirty years ago most audiophiles thought everything old was rubbish, and all we needed was modern technology and fresh thinking to shape our brave new world. Of course this was only true up to a point, and now we are

Tetsuya Itani

Tetsuya Itani is Technics’ Chief Technical Officer. Since 1980 he has been at the sharp end of an industry that has seen great change. Having joined Panasonic/Technics as a rookie straight out of university, he found himself working for one of

Tetsuya Itani

Tetsuya Itani is Technics’ Chief Technical Officer. Since 1980 he has been at the sharp end of an industry that has seen great change. Having joined Panasonic/Technics as a rookie straight out of university, he found himself working for one of

Simon Toulson-Clarke

Remember the era of great big swinging British pop songs that powered us along from the early eighties to the late nineties? Well Simon Toulson-Clarke does, because he played a part in it. As the man behind Red Box, he

Simon Toulson-Clarke

Remember the era of great big swinging British pop songs that powered us along from the early eighties to the late nineties? Well Simon Toulson-Clarke does, because he played a part in it. As the man behind Red Box, he

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The Sony Walkman story

To understand how the Sony Walkman story started, it’s important to know the man behind it – Akio Morita. Sony was founded in 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation by Morita and Masaru Ibuka, but Morita was the the

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The Sony Walkman story

To understand how the Sony Walkman story started, it’s important to know the man behind it – Akio Morita. Sony was founded in 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation by Morita and Masaru Ibuka, but Morita was the the

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Surprise news comes that Ken Ishiwata has left Marantz after forty one years at the company. Parent company Sound United has issued the following press release: May 16th, 2019 – Following 41 years as a leading light at Marantz, the number

Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Surprise news comes that Ken Ishiwata has left Marantz after forty one years at the company. Parent company Sound United has issued the following press release: May 16th, 2019 – Following 41 years as a leading light at Marantz, the number

Audio Technica AT-OC9X

Behold the new Audio Technica AT-OC9X, the fourth update of this evergreen moving coil in thirty two years. It sports a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB, £210); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN, £300), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML, £480), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH, £570), and Special

Audio Technica AT-OC9X

Behold the new Audio Technica AT-OC9X, the fourth update of this evergreen moving coil in thirty two years. It sports a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB, £210); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN, £300), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML, £480), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH, £570), and Special

Audiolab 6000CDT

While affordable DACs are ten-a-penny, there’s a relative scarcity of decent Compact Disc transports around. Given that – although new music sales are tumbling in this format –  there are gazillions of CDs in circulation, you’d think that there would

Audiolab 6000CDT

While affordable DACs are ten-a-penny, there’s a relative scarcity of decent Compact Disc transports around. Given that – although new music sales are tumbling in this format –  there are gazillions of CDs in circulation, you’d think that there would

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

Mola-Mola Makua/Kaluga

Ah yes, Class D. I am not a fan, but that’s only “so far”, because I don’t have any philosophical objections to it. Experience has taught me that it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Mola-Mola Makua/Kaluga

Ah yes, Class D. I am not a fan, but that’s only “so far”, because I don’t have any philosophical objections to it. Experience has taught me that it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Ken Ishiwata

“Saul B Marantz was a great hi-fi pioneer,” says Ken Ishiwata, “and along with McIntosh arguably made the high end hi-fi scene we have today – maybe we wouldn’t have home hi-fi systems at all, as we know them? So

Ken Ishiwata

“Saul B Marantz was a great hi-fi pioneer,” says Ken Ishiwata, “and along with McIntosh arguably made the high end hi-fi scene we have today – maybe we wouldn’t have home hi-fi systems at all, as we know them? So