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https://www.whathifi.com/news/marantz-brand-ambassador-ken-ishiwata-leaves-company-after-41-years

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Love my Pearl Lite SACD. Sounds less than a “mutual agreement” to me. 

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Preferred Denon. Till they went all AV on me. They had some sweet CD players in the 90s. Thought the Marantz CD players were a bit bright to my ears. Thought Marantz built the better amp over Denon at the time though.

Now don't they both belong to the same company?

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4 minutes ago, needlerunner said:

Preferred Denon. Till they went all AV on me. They had some sweet CD players in the 90s. Thought the Marantz CD players were a bit bright to my ears. Thought Marantz built the better amp over Denon at the time though.

Now don't they both belong to the same company?

been like that for quite  while D&M.  same company since 2002 :)

 

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Less than 24 hours after Sound United (parent company of D&M) announces intention to acquire Onkyo Corporation (Pioneer, Pioneer Elite, Integra, Onkyo).

Ken has amazing foresight (see https://www.stereo.net.au/features/exclusive-marantzs-ken-ishiwata-and-his-foresight)... perhaps he sees something in his crystal ball. Or perhaps he had no say at all. Who knows?

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it could be also he is 72 and thought its time .... or they thought its time....

 

anyways a big long career, been very instrumental and brought forth some amazing products and meant a lot for the brand.

 

this sound united things is turning into a bit of a behemoth. will they be able to keep some elements of brand ... between all that is coming under their umbrella ?  

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been like that for quite  while D&M.  same company since 2002
 
Yes BB l need to keep up.
I left the scene for 20 years or so.
Got reinvigorated when vinyl made its resurrection, me a couple of years ago. Though some would say it never left.
I'm all the better for it, albeit a lot poorer.

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43 minutes ago, betty boop said:

it could be also he is 72 and thought its time .... or they thought its time....

 

anyways a big long career, been very instrumental and brought forth some amazing products and meant a lot for the brand.

 

this sound united things is turning into a bit of a behemoth. will they be able to keep some elements of brand ... between all that is coming under their umbrella ?  

I'm sure somebody would pick him up for a Job

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11 minutes ago, needlerunner said:

Yes BB l need to keep up.
I left the scene for 20 years or so.
Got reinvigorated when vinyl made its resurrection, me a couple of years ago. Though some would say it never left.
I'm all the better for it, albeit a lot poorer.emoji3.png

oh yeah I remember jumping on the vinyl resurrection in early 2000s... couldnt believe how good it was :D 

 

shudder to think how much poured into it over the last couple decades :D 

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, betty boop said:

wow I am sure glad I grabbed what will then be his last piece of work in the marantz KI series ! 😮 

Ditto , the 10 series 

 

be nice if Marantz made a more up spec t/t to go. 

 

 

Also be interesti g to see where marantz head next 

Edited by cafe67

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End of an era, maybe we could be lucky and he has a grandson that has learned the ropes from him, or some kind of youngin he has past his craft to, as they traditionally have done in Japan.

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Let us promote Ken to a SNA moderator position 😁

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8 hours ago, betty boop said:

could be also he is 72 and thought its time

Yes, thread title is misleading. 

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Posted (edited)
9 hours ago, betty boop said:

it could be also he is 72 and thought its time .... or they thought its time....

 

 

Why?   72 seems close to the medium age of audiophiles  buying expensive hifi gear these days 😊

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His designs were some of the best value for money CD players I ever came across.  Bloody nice guy too.

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