And in other (probably) bad hifi news: Ken Ishiwata and Marantz have parted ways

mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,384

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,675
    That'll leave a mark.....
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,017
    I read that he's going to Monoprice.
    I disabled signatures.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,941
    edited May 16
    Very bad news, but not surprising since Sound United is pulling the strings now.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
    Is it possible that he is just retiring?
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,941
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Is it possible that he is just retiring?

    Not when he says, "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."
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
    Well, in that case it's too bad that he couldn't have stayed with them until a graceful retirement.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,675
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Well, in that case it's too bad that he couldn't have stayed with them until a graceful retirement.

    Your piece may just appreciate a little as there will be no more coming out.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,725
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    msg wrote: »
    I read that he's going to Monoprice.

    They got involved in a bidding war with Emotiva for his services, no doubt. B)

    Here are some other fun speculations I'd offer up for... umm... speculation.

    * Ken's goin' solo. He's retained the services of @FMalitz in his quest for world domination.

    * The Boyz from Schiit are bringin' Ken on for their next generation of products.

    * Ken's goin' into designer jackets with Kylie Jenner and/or Kim Kardashian.

    Great, maybe now he'll get one that fits him right.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,209
    It would be interesting to see him go into a new ‘no holds barred’ venture where he can really push his experience.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,127
    Go to Parasound and make a preamp to go with a JC1
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

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  • JayCeeJayCee Posts: 605
    edited May 16
    From the AA interview linked above, Mr. Ishiwata's words....

    "What’s the product development process?
    Product development has changed a lot over time, especially from my early years at Marantz Japan. At that time we assigned each product to a specific engineer and I followed up with those engineers in every detail. Such meetings took up to two or three weeks, every visit we made to Japan (which was three or four times a year, depending on the number of products we were developing).

    Today at Sound United (Marantz’s parent company), they do things quite differently since they have got both Marantz and Denon products to develop."
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,675
    Clipdat wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Your piece may just appreciate a little as there will be no more coming out.

    Any monetary appreciation will be offset by the fact that I've posted photographic evidence of it being used to play 320kbps MP3 files. It's now tainted, forever haunted by my grotesque and sacrilegious defilement.

    Oooooo I'd forgot about that.... look at the bright side at least you didn't rub your dingus on it.....
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
    edited May 16
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Oooooo I'd forgot about that.... look at the bright side at least you didn't rub your dingus on it.....

    Haha! True. Although the top of it is extremely smooth, so it would probably be quite pleasurable to do so.

    Seriously, I can't adequately describe how smooth it is. I admit to touching it repeatedly just to feel how incredibly smooth the metal is.

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,675
    Maybe start with "Silky"
    >:) o:)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
    It's smoother than that.

    It's somehow even smoother than that feeling you get after claying and waxing your car and running your fingers over it.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,488
    edited May 17
    pitdogg2 wrote: »

    Oooooo I'd forgot about that.... look at the bright side at least you didn't rub your dingus on it.....

    Russ hooked him up on that already... He got drunk one night and waxed it for him. ;)
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,390
    Oh dear God, John, now I have to listen to manscaping stories?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,384
    well, I have to say, took the night off yesterday to see Richard Thompson play -- I wasn't expecting to come back to this kind of thread-scope-creep! ;)

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,675
    We were bored......
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,384
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,390
    edited May 17
    As I read more of John's posts I'm getting the sense of "frustration." Let me piece this story together...John, unaware of the "love that dare not speak its name" that lay dormant within, met Russ and was immediately overwhelmed by these unfamiliar urges. That primal cave man appearance coupled with the heady aroma of Russ' barnyard essence proved to be an intoxicating elixir for John. He invited Russ back to his man cave to "check out his kit" as the Brits would say, and, emboldened by the Milli Vanilli playing through the Pass gear, John professed his desire to look inside Russ' system. Russ, just looking for free beer, made a hasty exit to the liquor store and never returned. John has never been the same.

    Sorry for the derail.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
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    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,488
    Stop trying to push your fantasies off on me Kerry. They have meds to help for that. ;)
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,384
    edited May 17
    Youse guyses are all just gettin' all twitterpated lookin' a pictures of Ken's cool Nehru jackets.
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    Here -- I'll distract you with a photo displaying the sartorial elegance - the je n'ais se quoi - of the late, great James "Bongo" Bongiorno (he of Dynaco, SAE, GAS, SUMO and Ampzilla 2000 fame).

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,384
    ^ that's a nice photo (in all seriousness).
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,212
    I agree. I think he was very excited and proud of his latest Ruby pieces.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,390
    Hopefully this isn't thr end for him, would like to see him in a situation that allowed him to push to whatever level he wanted.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
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