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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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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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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

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

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

Bob Ludwig

Whereas many professional music producers and engineers seem woefully disinterested in their home hi-fi hardware. Bob runs a Well Tempered turntable, custom modified Manley Steelhead phono stage and EMM Labs (Ed Meitner modified) Switchman preamplifier, various power amplifiers and Eggleston

Bob Ludwig

Whereas many professional music producers and engineers seem woefully disinterested in their home hi-fi hardware. Bob runs a Well Tempered turntable, custom modified Manley Steelhead phono stage and EMM Labs (Ed Meitner modified) Switchman preamplifier, various power amplifiers and Eggleston

Simon Freethy

Simon Freethy has one of the hardest jobs in hi-fi. As the Managing Director of Cyrus Audio, he’s got the corporate equivalent of making “that difficult second album” – the one that fans have great expectations for, demanding that it

Simon Freethy

Simon Freethy has one of the hardest jobs in hi-fi. As the Managing Director of Cyrus Audio, he’s got the corporate equivalent of making “that difficult second album” – the one that fans have great expectations for, demanding that it