Kawai Digital Piano Reviews
Electric Pianos with Authentic Sound & Weighted Key Touch

The Kawai digital piano has captured the essence of an authentic piano not only in the sound it produces, but also by the touch and weight of the key and the expression and nuances of a great acoustic piano.

kawai-digital-pianoLittle did Koichi Kawai know that his dream of producing “perfect” pianos was to come true.

The son of a Japanese wagon maker, Koichi was not a musician but an innovative and creative craftsman. He was employed by a struggling piano-maker in Japan in the 1920s. In 1927, Koichi Kawai formed the Kawai Musical Instruments dedicated to produce the finest piano that side of the world (at least).

Kawai's tradition of producing superior acoustical grands and uprights eventually translated into the production of digital pianos.

Kawai electric piano is not the usual run-of-the-mill digital “acoustic” piano with an uneven acoustic sound - whole acoustic sound in the middle register and tin-like sound in the lower and higher registers.

Why Buy Kawai Digital Pianos?

There is nothing to beat the quality and touch of a “good” quality acoustic piano.

However, if the choice is between a brand new acoustical piano in the same price range of a Kawai digital piano, the better option is the latter.

If the choice is between a used-one (but great brand) that is in poor condition and digital piano from Kawai in the same price range, the better choice is still Kawai.

kawai-digital-pianosGood makes of acoustical pianos cost an arm and a leg. A Kawai electronic piano is reasonably priced and has several advantages over expensive acoustics.

For beginning students, the weighted keys of a Kawai digital are perfect for developing their skills. Built-in metronomes in Kawai digital pianos would help beginning and intermediate students develop a firm sense of timing.

Another advantage is that many classical composers wrote their masterpieces to be played on a harpsichord. Since a digital piano has other “voice” options such as a harpsichord, you can actually play and hear the music as intended by the composer.

You can record your play and in a digital piano for self evaluation. High-end models even have built-in CD or USB ports and SD card for greater ease in recording and downloading upgrades from Kawai's site.

The most practical point of a digital piano is its ability for you to get “plugged”. Wear the headset and plug it in the digital piano. Now, you won't be distracted or you distract others as you practice for hours on your digital pianos.

Kawai Digital Pianos for Sale

Kawai electric pianos comprise of the eight series. They are the Concert Performer Series, the Concert Artist Series, the CN series, MP series, ES6, CL25, CE200 and EP3.

Kawai CP139 Introduction Demonstration

Under the Kawai Concert Performer Series are:

  • CP 209- These are ensemble Kawai digital grand pianos with wooden-key action 88 -note keyboard. They have very powerful sound with 9 speakers and can produce more than 1000 sounds and 390 styles.
  • CP 179 -This is the upright counterpart of CP 209.
  • CP 139 - This is a scaled down model (in terms of functions) of the CP-179. However though lacking in some features, the sound and tone are as good as the higher-end models.
  • CP 119 - This is model is modestly priced but possesses the great acoustical tone and quality of the higher series.

Kawai CA93 Player Performance

Kawai Concert Artist Series includes:

  • CA 93- has built-in practice exercises. Its soundboard speaker system and improved harmonic imaging technology in combination with its RM3 wooden key hammer action make this model one of the top digital pianos available.
  • CA 63- This model is almost the same as the CP 93 except that it has fewer sounds in its tone bank and lower speaker wattage.
  • CA 95- also has the advances hammer action and harmonic imaging, 256 tones and 72 styles with variations and 64-note polyphony.

The Kawai CN series has split, dual and four-hand mode. Instrument sounds vary from 15 to 36. The RH (responsive hammer) action is used with the added feature of a “let-off”:

Kawai CN32 Digital Piano Video Demo

  • CN 42 - has tonal quality and key-touch of an authentic acoustic piano. The different sounds produced by this digital piano are very impressive and powerful.
  • CN 33- As with the CN 42, the progressive harmonic imaging sound technology was also used for this 88-note Kawai digital piano.
  • CN 23- is the most inexpensive in the lot but its tone and sound are at par with the more expensive model.

The Kawai MP series is the more portable model of Kawai electric piano. With its harmonic imaging sound technology, 88-note key graded hammer action, 256 sounds and 192-note polyphony; it is the perfect stage keyboard for the performing artist. The models under this series are:

Kawai MP5 Concert Grand Patch

  • MP 5 and MP 811

Another Kawai portable digital piano is the Kawai ES6. This model is perfect for use in homes, studios, schools and even on stage. The sound quality of this compact model is powerful while the tone is truly “Kawai. The Kawai ESX is legacy model variant under this series.

The Kawai CL 25 model is a compact 88-note keyboard that is small enough to grace limited spaces. With a streamlined casing, the soundboard and its volume is not affected. Big beautiful rounded tones are produced.

The Kawai CE 200 offers splits and dual and four-hand modes of play. It has the full 88- note keyboard with graded hammer.

The Kawai EP3 is the best Kawai portable digital piano. Although it has fewer bells and whistles than the average Kawai piano, this make is powerful and versatile.

The Kawai PN series is no longer offered in the current models of Kawai. However you can source for a used Kawai digital piano PN 100, PN 80 and PN 60 online.

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Updated October 18, 2010
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