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‘Irreplaceable’ Audio Industry Veteran Ken Furst Dies

Ken Furst, 66, had a diverse career in consumer electronics in marketing for several manufacturers, including Denon and Philips, as well as in media, associations and public relations.


Ken Furst, 66, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, December 17.
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The industry is reeling with the news of the death of industry veteran Ken Furst, 66, who led an over four decade career in consumer electronics.

Furst started his career in retail sales and management for Arrow Electronics, Route Electronics and Tech Hi-Fi. He later went on to a long career in product development, management and marketing for major brands including 10 years as vice president of marketing at Denon, along with stints at Adcom, Onkyo, Denon, Philips.

Furst had a special connection with the industry media because he spent part of his career at Home Theater Magazine in the mid-1990s, and the past eight years running Furst Marketing, where he worked with Proficient Audio, among others.

He also spent two years at the executive director of the Home Theater Industry Association.

His career included major contributions to the launch of Compact Disc and digital audio, and the development of home theater systems. Ken was a mentor and advisor to many and had a well deserved reputation for applying his deep knowledge of the industry to helping companies and individuals flourish.

Many of Ken's projects won industry acclaim and awards, such as the prestigious Design and Innovation Awards given at CES.

Furst was truly a dedicated audiophile, whose passion enabled him to converse about components, instruments (especially keyboards), and music in general. Tributes are pouring in across social media, with those from the industry noting his great life, lust for life, and "irreplaceable" body of work. 

He is survived by his daughter Alexandra and legions of friends and fans who will miss his honest, informed and heartfelt conversations. Rest in peace.

His service will take place Wednesday, December 21, at 6 p.m. at:

Bradley Funeral Home
601 Route 73 South
Marlton, NJ 08053

To leave a tribute for the family, click here.



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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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Comments

Posted by Scott Sylvester on December 21, 2016

One of the great guys to come out of retail and make a difference in the industry. Its hard to believe we can’t chat with him anymore, but we were lucky to know him.
I joined Denon in 1991 from Yamaha, dbx and retail in PA. Ken did his magic to “Denonize” me from the beginning until he left. We had a lot in common in both age and backgrounds. What a great group to work with: Ken, Steve Baker and Robert Heiblim et al. After he left, I did a lot of the things Ken did best with Dealers and customers in the field for both Denon Consumer and Pro so you can imagine how rewarding it was following in his footsteps. “Have fun Ken”.    Scott Sylvester

Posted by Scott Sylvester on December 21, 2016

One of the great guys to come out of retail and make a difference in the industry. Its hard to believe we can’t chat with him anymore, but we were lucky to know him.
I joined Denon in 1991 from Yamaha, dbx and retail in PA. Ken did his magic to “Denonize” me from the beginning until he left. We had a lot in common in both age and backgrounds. What a great group to work with: Ken, Steve Baker and Robert Heiblim et al. After he left, I did a lot of the things Ken did best with Dealers and customers in the field for both Denon Consumer and Pro so you can imagine how rewarding it was following in his footsteps. “Have fun Ken”.    Scott Sylvester