It is with great sadness that Stella Inc. and Zephyrn inc. announce our
mentor, colleague and former-CEO Hideaki Nishikawa passed away on the
morning of 28th June, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Hideaki was
81 years old. He had been receiving medical treatment after suffering
from respiratory failure. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
Hideaki was a very accomplished designer and a visionary and talented
entrepreneur. He co-founded Stellavox Japan (current Stella Inc.) as an
importer/distributor of high end audio components to Japan in 1989. In
2001, he established Zephyrn inc. and then started a house brand
TechDAS in 2010. Under the TechDAS brand, he developed and designed a
number of award-winning analog turntables, acclaimed Air Force
turntables across the world. Especially the Air Force Zero premiered in
2019 was his statement of analog audio, fulfilling his lifetime dream of
the ultimate record reproduction, where he devoted all his energy and
decades of accomplishments.
He had a profound knowledge and experiences of audio, and pursued the
way towards the absolute excellence in audio driven by passion, without
any compromise. He devoted himself to bringing his goal to fruition,
with superior sensitivity, creativity and insight about everything. His
energy and ambition always inspired and encouraged us to work toward the
At the same time, he was very cheerful and open-minded with generosity
and warmth in nature. He loved traveling to meet a lot of friends in the
audio community across the world to inspire each other. Spending time
together with friends always gave him great pleasure. He was loved and
respected by his friends and everyone of us. We feel it was a great
privilege to work closely with Hideaki.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks for
your long standing support and friendship for Hideaki.
Hideaki's vision for the company will be continued by everyone of
Stella Group, led by Tsutomu Horikawa, CEO of Stella Inc, and Kohei Ando,
CEO of Zephyrn inc.
(Stella Inc. / Zephyrn inc. / TechDAS)