In Kawai’s 90th anniversary year, the new Concert Artist Series digital piano models reflect decades of experience in crafting acoustic grand pianos. The Grand Feel II action has extended, fully wooden keys.
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- Action: Grand Feel II with extended fully wooden keys
- No of Internal Sounds: 66 (including Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grands, and the Shigeru Kawai SK-5 chamber grand)
- Polyphony: 256
- Speaker System: 2 x 50W
Wood is unique in its ability to absorb energy and to flex slightly when compressed, enabling the key to meet the felt keybed with a natural stop rather than a disconcerting halt. The wood also enables the feedback of subtle vibrations to the fingers, similar to an acoustic instrument. Having the same pivot length as grand piano keys maximises the realism of the experience, enhanced further by the ‘Ivory & Ebony Touch’ key surfaces.
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The relationship between touch and tone is inextricable. In ‘Pianist’ mode, the Kawai CA78’s use of the new SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine harnesses the precision of the action, modelling the Shigeru Kawai concert grand. The CA78 sounds superb, with its superior six-speaker, 50 watt-per-channel sound system, hugely strengthened by Kawai’s collaboration with audio experts Onkyo. There is also a high-quality sample of the artisan-crafted Shigeru Kawai SK-5 6ft 7in chamber grand to widen the choice, alongside a strong range of other sounds, including an upright piano sample. Headphone users will benefit from an audiophile quality headphone amplifier and Spatial Headphone Sound technology, which enhances depth and realism and reduces listening fatigue.
These features should inspire pride in any owner of a Kawai CA78 piano. Further flexibility of use is gained through digital functions such as USB audio recording and playback, lesson and finger exercises, and several keyboard modes including Four Hands.
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