Kawai Kawai CN201 Digital Piano Satin Black

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Kawai CN201 Digital Piano Satin Black
The CN201 is the latest addition to Kawai’s CN Series of mid-range digital pianos, and the successor to the popular CN29. With structural and cushioning improvements that increase stability when keys are pressed and decrease action noise when keys are released, this upgraded 2022 model has a better version of the Responsive Hammer III keyboard action. The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano tones of the CN201's predecessor are still present, but it also comes with a brand-new AC power converter that helps the instrument's smoother, clearer sound through both speakers and headphones. In addition, the newly incorporated Low Volume Balance feature ingeniously alters the piano's characteristics for optimum expression when playing at low volume levels.

The CN201 now has Bluetooth Audio connectivity in addition to Bluetooth MIDI, enabling wireless playback of music from mobile devices through the instrument's speakers. To match the current 2.5" OLED display, the revised CN201 has revamped control panels with a more user-friendly button layout. Finally, the CN201 supports Kawai's most recent PianoRemote and PiaBookPlayer apps, enabling selection of sounds, settings, and lesson song scores from an iOS or Android smartphone that is compatible. This is true of all new Kawai instruments introduced in recent years.

Here Are Some Highlights Of The Kawai CN201

  • Improved Responsive Hammer III keyboard action
  • Ivory Touch key surfaces, triple sensor, let-off, counterweight
  • Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound with 88-key sampling
  • Shigeru Kawai SK-EX & Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds
  • High quality audio processing and amplification hardware
  • Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
  • Built-in classical etudes and Alfred lesson books
  • Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
  • Cheekblock control panel with high resolution OLED display
  • Attractive, modern cabinet available in three wood finishes

More About The Kawai CN-201 Digital Piano...

Experience music, together.

Featuring the Responsive Hammer III keyboard action with 88-key counterweights, stunning SK-EX and EX concert grand piano sounds, and a high quality audio delivery system, the piano-focused CN201 offers best-in-class touch & tone, Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio connectivity, and built-in lesson and recorder functions within a compact, elegant cabinet.
The CN201’s acclaimed Responsive Hammer III keyboard action has been developed to recreate the touch feeling of playing a Kawai grand piano.  Each key is authentically weighted using metal hammers which are ‘graded’ (i.e. slightly heavier in the bass region, and lighter in treble) just like an acoustic piano.  These weights also allow released keys to return to their original position without the aid of springs, resulting in a smooth, natural playing experience.

New Feel To The Keyboard

  • New key touch for better grip
  • Counterweights  
  • Triple sensor
  • Let-off mechanism
  • Weighted hammers
  • Key pivot point

The chassis of the action mechanism is produced using reinforced materials that ensure the keyboard will remain rigid and stable when played with force.  In addition, a series of felt-lined rubber cushions absorb movement energy from the keys and hammers, helping to reduce unwanted ‘thump’ noise, and earning RHIII a reputation as one of the quietest digital piano keyboards available.

The Sound of a Grand Piano: Two world-class instruments

Earning a reputation as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

The CN201 captures the magnificent tone of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano.  This peerless instrument is hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, and widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class.

In addition, the CN201 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
Both the SK-EX and EX are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using advanced Progressive Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality, and allow musicians to appreciate the contrasting properties of each.

Full 88-key stereo piano sampling
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the CN201, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the grand pianos’ unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the CN201’s weighted keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

Harmonic Imaging technology
When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note.  Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of each grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volumes, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.
The CN201 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, employing Kawai’s proprietary Progressive Harmonic Imaging sampling technology to ensure smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

Variety beneath your fingertips

Alongside the classically voiced SK-EX and EX grand piano sounds, the CN201 also showcases a selection of Jazz, Pop, and Modern variations suitable for a range of musical genres.  A traditional Kawai upright piano sound is also included, for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.

Personalised piano adjustments
The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to bring out the best of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing.

The CN201’s Virtual Technician ‘Smart Mode’ simulates these refinements digitally, with ten preset configurations that intelligently adjust characteristics of the grand piano to match different musical styles.For greater flexibility, ‘Advanced Mode’ allows players to perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string and damper resonances from a smart device using the dedicated PianoRemote app.

Advanced audio technologies
Developed by Kawai R&D’s highly experienced audio engineering team, the CN201 features a redesigned motherboard and speaker system, and a brand new high quality power adapter. These components combine to deliver best-in-class audio quality, producing an extremely rich, clear sound with minimal distortion.

High quality sound hardware
The CN201 motherboard and sound hardware is engineered for precise signal conversion and optimum sound quality.  Advanced low-noise circuit designs and premium audio components combine to ensure crystal clear, high-fidelity sound with minimal distortion.

Full range speaker drivers
The CN201’s high quality speaker drivers were selected for their flat frequency response and ultra-low distortion characteristics, ensuring the most accurate reproduction of the original Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano.
The CN201’s stereo speaker system delivers an impressive 40W of output, providing more than enough power to fill a medium-sized room with it's beautiful Shigeru Kawai grand piano sounds.
Moreover, when playing through speakers at a reduced volume setting (so as not to disturb family members), the CN201’s Low Volume Balance feature intelligently adjusts keyboard touch and piano tone characteristics, allowing pianissimo passages to be played smoothly and more naturally.

Superior headphone experience
The CN201’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology enhances the depth and realism of the instrument’s sound when listening through headphones or earphones. The player can select one of three different acoustic presets that adjust the spatial positioning of the sound, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when using earphones or headphones for extended periods of time.
In addition, the CN201 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) for an optimised listening experience.

Cabinet Finishes
The CN201 is available in three attractive cabinet finishes: Premium Rosewood, Premium Satin Black, and Premium Satin White, allowing musicians to coordinate their piano with a range of modern interiors.

Keyboard Responsive Hammer III action
 - 88 keys
 - Grade-weighted hammers
 - Ivory Touch white key surfaces
 - Let-off simulation
 - Triple sensor key detection
 - Counterweights
- Grand Feel Pedal System
 - Damper (with half-pedal support)
 - Soft
 - Sostenuto
Piano Sound
   - Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI
 - 88-key stereo sampling
 - SK-EX, EX recording
 - 192 note maximum polyphony
Piano Resonance
- Damper Resonance

- String Resonance
Piano Adjustment
   -Virtual Technician (18 parameters, via PianoRemote app)

 - Touch Curve
 - Voicing
 - Damper Resonance
 - Damper Noise
 - String Resonance
 - Key-off Effect
 - Fall-back Noise
 - Hammer Delay
 - Topboard
 - Decay Time
 - Release Time
 - Minimum Touch
 - Stretch Tuning
 - Temperament
 - Temperament Key
 - User Key Volume
 - Half-Pedal Adjust
 - Soft Pedal Depth
   - Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)

No. of Sounds: 19 voices
Reverb: 6 types
Brilliance: ✔
Speakers:12 cm x 2 (full-range speakers)
Output Power:40 W (20 W x 2)
Headphone Enhancements: Spatial Headphone Sound
Display: 128 x 128 pixel OLED
Key Cover: Sliding type
Music Rest: Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability)

Size & Weight    
Width: 136 cm (53 1/2")

Depth: 40.5 cm (16")
Height: 86 cm (34") [music rest flat] - 102 cm (40 1/4") [music rest raised]
Net Weight: 43 kg (95 lbs.)

Available Finishes    
Premium Satin Black (CN201B)

Premium Satin White (CN201W)
Premium Rosewood (CN201R)

Other Functions    
Dual Sounds

Four Hands
Startup Setting
Low Volume Balance

Internal Songs    
Sound Demo:19 songs

Piano Music
Concert Magic: 40 songs
Lesson Songs: Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series 1-19)
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B

Internal Recorder
Total Memory: approximately 10,000 notes

No. of Songs: 3 songs
Parts: 1 part

Time Signatures:1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8

Bluetooth (Ver. 5.0; GATT compatible)

Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Bluetooth Audio (Ver. 5.1; A2DP compatible)

App Functions
PianoRemote (iOS/Android)

PiaBookPlayer (iOS/Android)

Connector Jacks    
Headphone     1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks

MIDI: USB-MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI *
USB to Host: ✔
Power Consumption: 12 W
Power cable
: AC adaptor (PS-154)

Headphone Hook
Owner's Manual

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