I don't have any knowledge of whether KI was involved with the Marantz TT-15S1, but would be surprised if he did. Maybe the design of the plinth? By all accounts, it's a rebadged Clearaudio Emotion. I owned the Emotion and it's a very nice table. I had a couple of quibbles with it. The first was that the motor had a tendency to move and I was always fiddling with it to keep it from touching the plinth. I put a thin piece of sorbothane under it to keep the motor in place, which helped a lot. Another was that there is a second (optional) ground location underneath the table which was always coming loose. Not sure if the TT-15S1 has that also. I ended up taping that in place. A nice table over all and easy on the eyes.