One of the most important parts of a digital piano is the keyboard action. This is why the CA49 utilises Kawai's latest Grand Feel Compact keyboard action. This action draws upon 90 years of piano craftsmanship to provide a scintillating playing experience.
All of the 88 black and white keys are crafted from long pieces of wood with textured Ivory Touch key surfaces. Just like an acoustic grand piano keyboard, each key rests on a balance pin and moves with a smooth seesaw-like motion. Thanks to the length of these wooden keys, they're always evenly balanced, even when playing towards the back of the key.
For even more realism, the Grand Feel Compact action also features grade-weighted hammers, bass region counterweights, and let-off simulation. There is even a triple-sensor key detection system which enables rapidly repeated notes (such as trills) to be performed without any unnatural break in the sound.
The choice of world-class pianos
To ensure you have the best possible experience, the sounds of the SK-EX and EX have been placed into the heart of the CA49. These Shigeru Kawai instruments can be found in the most prestigious concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are recognised for their outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range. Professional pianists often select these pianos for prestigious events such as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
Now you can play on a Shigeru Kawai. All 88 keys of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos were painstakingly recorded, then accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms. Unlike other piano manufacturers, Kawai records each note individually to preserve the grand pianos' unique harmonic character. This way, you always get an accurate representation of the original instruments.
But the CA49 doesn't just come with piano sounds. It includes 19 high-quality tones from all over the world, including electric pianos, organs, strings, choirs, and synths. For extra experimentation, the CA49 features Dual playing mode, which enables you to play two different sounds at the same time, such as a piano and strings. The CA49 even includes a Four Hands mode which divides the keyboard into two separate keyboards. This is a must-have for teachers as it enables a teacher and student (or student and student) to play at the same time, while only requiring one instrument.
Kawai's collaboration with audio company Onkyo ensures the CA49 has impressive tonal depth. By using premium components to deliver professional-level audio, the CA49 can produce an extremely clear sound with minimal distortion. Onkyo have used their unrivalled knowledge of audio components to ensure a high-fidelity sound with minimal distortion. Even the speakers in the CA49 were designed to produce a flat frequency response to guarantee accurate reproduction of the Kawai SK-EX grand piano.
Introducing PiaBookPlayer - Kawai's brand new app
Do you often look at a piece of music and wonder how it should sound? With Kawai's brand new PiaBookPlayer app, you can now instantly find out! This brand new app enables you to view the notated scores of the lesson songs and practise pieces built into your digital piano, so now you can listen to them playing with meticulous detail via the Shigeru grand piano sound.
By taking advantage of the wireless Bluetooth MIDI feature built into this piano, you can now listen to your favourite classical piano music from the comfort of your armchair. Want to use the PiaBookPlayer app instead of sheet music? With the app, you can use the piano's soft or sostenuto pedals for hands-free page-turning.
A 5 Year Warranty
As an expression of the confidence Kawai have in the design and manufacturing of their instruments, they offer a 5-year warranty for parts and labour with all their digital pianos.
- Type: Grand Feel Compact
- Key Material: Wood (black and white keys)
- Pivot Mechanism/Length: Seesaw type, long
- No. of Sensors: 3 sensors
- Surface Finish: Ivory Touch
- Let-off: Yes
- Counterweights: Yes
- Type: Progressive Harmonic Imaging
- Sound Engine: 88-key Stereo Sampling
- Max. Polyphony: 192 notes
- Piano Source: SK-EX (Improved) / EX / K-60
- No. of Piano Sounds: 8
- No. of Total Sounds: 19
- No. of Parameters: 17 (Via VT app)
- Smart Mode: Yes (Improved)
- Type: Cheekblock control panel
- Display: 128 x 128 pixel OLED
- Size: (13cm x 2) + (5cm x 2)
- Power: 20W x 2
- Onkyo Hardware: Yes
- Bluetooth: MIDI
- Lesson Function: 6 books, 278 songs
- Headphone output: SHS, Phones type select
- Pedals: 3 (Grand Feel Pedal System)
- Headphones: 1 x ¼” Stereo, 1 x 1/8” Stereo
- MIDI: MIDI IN / OUT
- USB: Host
- Size: 1360 (W) x 460 (D) x 915 (H) mm
- Weight: 58.0 kg
- Finish: Satin White