Marantz brand ambassador Ken Ishiwata is set to leave after 41 years, Ruby anniversary and all
May 21, 2019

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.”

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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