The golden ears behind Marantz and one of the most respected and influential personalities in the hi-fi industry, Marantz brand ambassador Ken Ishiwata is set to leave the company after 41 years.
The face and ears behind the brand, Ishiwata leaves an extraordinary legacy behind him, including award-winning Marantz products, and the launch of his own Marantz KI-Signature products, such as the CD63mkII KI CD player and PM66KI amplifier, the 30th anniversary Pearl Lites, and the KI Ruby series that commemorated his ruby anniversary last year.
Ishiwata started his career at Pioneer in 1968, and then became a fashion photographer in 1975, before moving to Marantz in 1978. Known for his flamboyantly colourful jackets, he was a familiar face at Hi-end audio shows all around the world.
In a message, Ishiwata noted: “It must be [a] big surprise that I’m not part of Marantz organization… I thought I’d be forever a part of Marantz. Unfortunately that’s not the case.”