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Each issue we give a leading industry figure a platform for their views on the state of hi-fi. After 41 years with Marantz, culminating in his role as Brand Ambassador, Ken Ishiwata has recently parted company with the brand, in a move that surprised fans of both the products and the man. But he’s still thinking hi-fi – past, present and future...


The term ‘Hi-Fi’ was first coined in 1947, the year I was born – how’s that for a coincidence? It all started with mono LPs, stereo following in 1958, and the technology was all valves until solid-state (or transistors) appeared. Initially, solid state couldn’t compare with well-designed tube amplifiers, but step by step improvements were made, and the new technology became popular; speaker engineers changed their way of designing, as you could get more power easily; and manufacturing became easier and cheaper.
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The Yamamura Mellenium signal cable is a cult classic. Japanese, handmade, rare.