Kawai CA98 Digital Piano Satin Black
What We Think
From the full size wooden keys to the real wood soundboard Kawai have managed to produce an amazing sounding digital piano. There are so many new features that I just love, starting with the brilliant full colour touch screen panel that’s so easy to use and all the sounds are just amazing whether listening to them through the 6 incredible high spec speakers developed by Onkyo or through the headphones using the new CA98 spatial headphone sound technology I was amazed by the depth and top end shimmer of each individual sound (which there are over 88 of!)
They have even reinvented the humble music rest to make it extra wide and adjustable up to 6 different angles so it can be adjusted to suit the players height and playing position and it will even set to a composers desk which is great when noting scores or sketching ideas.
I could go on and on about this piano but instead I will just say….buy one you won’t be disappointed!
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The CA range of digital pianos from Kawai are part of their Premium Concert artist range , offering to the pianist a superb standard of digital piano giving a unrivalled playing experience, really not found at this level of piano in other brands.
The sound source is the new Shigeru SK-EX rendering sound engine, with ONKYO technology. Kawai’s collaboration with Japans leading audio producer has further enhanced the 88 key full sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology. Onkyo’s impressive 1-Bit processing with Dual DAC signal conversion Being the Flagship model of this range ,the Ca98 has the Twin drive Soundboard system. On this model there are Onkyo transducer components to channel sound energy onto a Real Wooden Soundboard! as found on real acoustic pianos. Resulting in a truly magnificent experience for the player, giving a rich and natural acoustic sound to this model.
The sound is further advanced by newly developed resonance algorithms which physically model all the complex vibration of the strings, soundboard and the pedals, to give the player a truly impressive playing experience.
The Ca98 has a5” touch LCD screen allowing very easy access to the functions of the piano. The Ca98 has additional alternative acoustic piano sounds, through Ex concert series, Sk5 chamber grand to the K-60 upright model, allowing the player to experience many different sizes of piano and so many different sound characteristics. Dual function is also available, allowing the player to combine 2 voices for a fuller sound. Also split mode and 4 hand mode, which allows a teacher to play the piano at the same time as a pupil.
The keyboard on the Ca98 is made up of Kawai’s latest Grand feel ii action, with 88 black and white “wooden” keys with Ebony and Ivory simulated keys tops, absorbing fingertip moisture to ensure a great playing experience. The keys are on a metal balance pin which gives the player a smooth seesaw action and feel. The extended pivot length gives a really natural weight balance to the action, and the action also incorporates grade weighted hammers with further added bass region counter weights. The action has 3 sensors per key giving the player the ultimate smooth agile playing experience in playing trills or fast musical passages very smoothly without any unnatural breaks.
The CA range has on board the Virtual Technician which allows the player to customise sounds on the piano, in altering string resonance and other ambient features to suit the player’s environment. And on the Ca98 this is again accessed very easily from the LCD touch screen.
The Ca98 is Bluetooth enabled, allowing you to access a wide variety of music related apps. There 100 drum rhythms to play along to. There is the Lesson feature with 542 songs built in, including works by Burgmuller, Beyer, Bach, Czerny and the Alfred series of piano tuition books. The player can slow the music down so that they can play along at their speed to learn the pieces on board. And for the non-player there is Kawai’s Concert magic feature, great fun for all the family in that you select a tune from the 176 recorded in the piano, and play any key along in time and create music from the piano. There are also 16 registrations memories where you can save you own personalised settings. This model has a powerful 3 x 45 watts of output. The CA 98 model is available in Premium black satin, premium rosewood and premium white satin
This digital piano is probably the closest you can possibly get to the real sound and feel of a proper acoustic. The action of the keys is brilliant to play and you have the benefits of having a digital piano like being able to change the voices and piano sounds to suit the music you’re playing. The digital interface and control panel also makes the piano look even more sleek and impressive.
The Kawai CA98 Digital Piano has a collaborative sound design with Onkyo to achieve an upgraded audio and processing quality. The CA98's sound generation includes the flagship SK-EX multi-samples for a tone full of depth and warmth. This model's Bluetooth connectivity offers the ability to stream audio to the piano's speakers, as well as connection to a range of apps. The Kawai CA98 features modelling technology to add a realistic resonance to your performance. The hammer weighted keys are made from real wood for a similar playability to an acoustic piano.
Established in 1927, Kawai is now one of the largest music manufacturers in the world. Kawai focuses only on creating high quality acoustic and digital pianos and have produced some of the most famous concert grand pianos in the world, such as the Shigeru Kawai EX and Shigeru Kawai SK-5. In creating their range of digital pianos, Kawai make use of this expertise to replicate as closely as possible the experience of playing an acoustic grand piano. Kawai pioneered the use of wooden key components in digital pianos and continue to innovate for an ever more authentic piano playing experience.
The Bluetooth connectivity in the CA98 expands its functionality for modern users. The audio function allows you to wirelessly connect your iOS or Android smart device to stream audio directly through the piano’s speakers. This is ideal for playing along to your favourite music, listening to lessons or for use as a hi-fi system. The Bluetooth MIDI connection is suitable for recording your compositions directly to your device in a high quality format. The CA98’s Bluetooth function is popular amongst students wanting to learn independently.
Kawai’s collaboration with audio company Onkyo upgrades the CA98’s tonal depth. The 1-bit DSD processing upgrades your piano’s tone to be more versatile, whilst improving power efficiency for decreased distortion. The Kawai CA98 benefits from Onkyo’s premium dual DACs, which have a stereo sound effect and respond with precision to your playing style. The power amplifiers are designed to capably handle any level of sound, as well as being energy efficient for reduced background noise. Onkyo and Kawai’s collaboration results in an authentic, natural piano sound.
The Kawai CA98 has a sound engine that faithfully recreates the tone of an acoustic piano. The sound engine features samples from the flagship SK-EX acoustic piano. The piano is sampled from multiple sections of its cabinet for a more organic, accurate tone. The piano sound also has a calculated resonance modelling which creates a realistic reverb, dampness and cabinet sound, adding depth to your performance. The two sound engines suit all preferences, whilst the range of piano sounds are ideal for even the most diverse musical styles.
The easy to use interface allows users to instantly navigate between the CA98’s features. The screen is a 5 inch, touch sensitive interface for an ergonomic use. The screen is conveniently placed to the left side of the keys for an easy reach. The colour lit background has an attractive look that is easier to scroll through. The on board ‘Pianist’ function allows you to edit and enhance each piano voice’s settings to suit your exact preference. The CA98’s ‘Favourite’ setting is instantly available on the screen, you can quickly recall your preferred presets. The touchscreen interface offers an easily accessible way of using your piano’s features.
Real wooden key action and spruce soundboard speaker system – both unique to Kawai
-88 note ‘Grand Feel II’ key action offers an outstanding authentic touch
-SK-EX Rendering piano engine using multi-channel sampling and resonance modelling for the most natural, life-like, and responsive Shigeru Kawai piano sound
-10 different SK-EX rendering characters to choose from to help you find the piano sound you like best
-Onkyo DIDRC filtering reduces distortion for a cleaner, more accurate sound – less noise, more piano
-Powerful sound engine & amplification – 256 note polyphony/2 x 50 watts (6 way speaker system)
-Spruce soundboard amplification system for more natural sound reproduction, now benefitting a wider frequency range with TwinDrive
-Grand Feel pedal system offers realistic pedal weighting
-Bluetooth Audio to play music wirelessly through the piano’s speakers from any Bluetooth-enabled device
-Bluetooth MIDI for wireless data connection to Bluetooth-enabled devices
-MIDI In/Out & USB (to Host/to Device)
-MP3 & WAV audio recording/playback direct to/from USB drive
-Touchscreen display/control panel
-‘4 Hands Mode’ splits 88 note keyboard into two 44 note keyboards
(No. of sounds: 88 in Sound Mode, and 10 Rendering Characters in Pianist Mode)
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