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Ken Ishiwata death ( 1947 - 2019 )

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Sad news indeed

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Super Wammer

A sad loss. RIP.

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Rip, KI signature.

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A big loss to the world of Hi-Fi. A true gentleman to the core. RIP

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Very sad news. He was well respected and liked.

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Very sad news indeed. Long may his legacy continue to bring joy to the lives of all Music Fans. 

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Very very sad to hear of this loss. Glad at least that he got that timely life time achievement award from what hifi, while there was still time.

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Super Wammer

i think we now know why he left Marantz not so long ago.  Such a sad loss .. He had it right - Music was the greatest art form that man has created (is what he said)  and he is not wrong.   He lived for the music and to try and deliver it with the best possible sound (without breaking the bank).  he was a gentleman, virtually always smiling and will be sadly missed.   What is more sad is there does not seem to be any characters following in his footsteps .. Rest in Peace Ken, and thankyou for making the hifi world a more interesting welcoming place.

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Sad news. I'm very familiar with at least one piece of his work, Marantz's CD6000 OSE KI Signature: bought it in 2002 and over 17 years later it's still going strong. Thanks Ken :^

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The very best CD player I ever owned and we were lucky enough to have dinner with Ken when we visited Tokyo in '07.

R.I.P.

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Super Wammer

Very sad indeed. I love Marantz products and am so happy that Ken had touched so many of them. His influence surely must continue in Marantz as he is Ken Kenobi!

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