Kawai ES920 Digital Piano, Black

Manufacturer: Kawai
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Kawai ES920 Digital Piano, Black


Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology & MP3/WAV playback, record, and overdub to USB memory
At home, on stage, your music

Key Points
  • RH III Hammer Action
  • Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
  • Harmonic Imaging XL
  • 40 Watt Speaker System

  

Kawai ES920 Digital Piano, Black

Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology & MP3/WAV playback, record, and overdub to USB memory

Kawai ES920

At home, on stage, your music.


Featuring the highly-regarded Responsive Hammer III keyboard action, expressive Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology, a powerful 40W speaker system, and full Bluetooth® connectivity, the impressive ES920 delivers concert grand piano touch and tone, and a selection of excellent instrument sounds, within a stylish, portable package for the home, studio, or stage.


HIGHLIGHTS

    ■  Highly-authentic Responsive Hammer III keyboard action
    ■  Ivory Touch key surfaces, triple sensor, let-off, counterweights
    ■  Harmonic Imaging XL sound engine with 88-key sampling
    ■  Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, SK-5, & Kawai EX grand piano sounds
    ■  Hardware developed in partnership w/Onkyo, 40W speaker system

    ■  Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
    ■  MP3/WAV playback, record, and overdub to USB memory
    ■  4-band EQ faders, Rhythm Section accompaniment with 100 styles
    ■  Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
    ■  Modern, lightweight case with matching stand and triple pedal unit


At home, on stage, your music.

    The Kawai ES920 and ES520 have been designed to deliver the finest playing experience possible within a portable piano.  These stylish instruments are ideally suited to musicians seeking a piano that provides an authentic keyboard action and a selection of inspiring sounds, yet can still be moved easily, or placed on an attractive furniture stand without occupying too much space.

     
    The latest ES models are also an excellent choice for gigging musicians, academic institutions, and places of worship, thanks to their lightweight body, powerful speaker systems, and great audio connectivity.  And with a slew of customisable settings, Bluetooth MIDI and audio, and engaging apps, the ES920 and ES520 are also extremely personal pianos, that players of all ages and abilities can take pride in owning.


    The ES series: At home, on stage, your music.

The Touch of a Grand Piano: Responsive Hammer III keyboard action

    The ES920’s highly-authentic Responsive Hammer III keyboard action recreates the supreme touch of a fine acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and rigid, springless design providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience.  The instrument’s triple-sensor hammer detection system enhances responsiveness and accuracy, while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to minimise noise and key wobble during staccato and fortissimo passages.


    The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while let-off simulation recreates the subtle 'notch' sensation felt when softly playing the keys of a grand piano. These important characteristics allow discerning pianists to practise their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the finest acoustic grand pianos.

 

Superior playing control


    In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Responsive Hammer III keyboard action also features counterweights embedded within each black and white key.

     

    As with an acoustic piano, these finely balanced weights help to lighten the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages, while adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force.

 

More realistic & responsive

    The Responsive Hammer III keyboard action utilises an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism.

     

    The added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and unlike conventional two sensor keyboard actions found in most portable pianos, allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.

     

    In addition, Kawai’s action technology also monitors the speed at which each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.

 

Premium key surfaces


    The impressive ES920 features Kawai’s highly regarded Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard.  This finely textured material gently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control, and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.

     

    Furthermore, this moisture is absorbed without dirt or grease permeating the surface, allowing the keytops to be wiped clean easily using just a damp cloth.

 

Grand piano action authenticity

    As one of the most authentic digital piano keyboard actions in its class, Responsive Hammer III even reproduces the 'let-off' characteristic of acoustic piano actions.

     

    This subtle 'notch' sensation can be felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very gently, and may be used by experienced pianists to aid control when playing pianissimo passages.



The Sound of a Grand Piano: Three 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 ES920 captures the magnificent tone of two Shigeru Kawai instruments, the flagship SK-EX Concert and medium-sized SK-5 Studio grand pianos, allowing musicians to enjoy the contrasting properties of each.
    In addition, the ES920 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.

     

    All three instruments are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using proprietary Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality.


True character in every note

    The rich sound of the SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand pianos is at the heart of the ES920, 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 ES920's weighted keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

 
Rich, dynamic, expressive

     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 ES920 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

 
Extra Long sampling (HI-XL)

    Taking full advantage of its expanded sample memory, the ES920's Harmonic Imaging XL standard extends the important attack portion of the piano sound by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the instrument’s organic tonal quality.

 
Variety beneath your fingertips

    Alongside the classically voiced SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand piano sounds, the ES920 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 enhancements

    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 ES920’s powerful Virtual Technician function simulates these refinements digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano’s character to suit their personal preferences.

    Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string and damper resonances.  It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.

 
Studio quality effects & reverb


    The ES920’s powerful digital effects engine enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life.
   

    Tailor an instrument’s character and feeling with a range of studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects.  Add vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs using the dedicated Amp Sim speaker models.
    

    Then adjust the instrument’s reverb controls to position yourself within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral


SPECIFICATIONS

Keyboard     ・ Responsive Hammer III action
 - 88 keys
 - Grade-weighted hammers
 - Ivory Touch white key surfaces
 - Let-off simulation
 - Triple sensor key detection
 - Counterweights
Pedal     ・ F-10H pedal unit
 - Damper (with half-pedal support)
Piano Sound     ・ Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)
 - 88-key stereo sampling
 - SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording
 - 256 note maximum polyphony
Piano Resonance     - Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
- Undamped String Resonance
- Cabinet Resonance
Piano Adjustment     ・Virtual Technician (21 parameters)
 - Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
 - Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
 - Damper Resonance
 - Damper Noise
 - String Resonance
 - Undamped String Resonance
 - Cabinet Resonance
 - Key-off Effect
 - Fall-back Noise
 - Hammer Noise
 - Hammer Delay
 - Topboard Simulation
 - Decay Time
 - Release Time
 - Minimum Touch
 - Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)
 - Temperament (incl. User Temperament)
 - Temperament Key
 - Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)
 - Half-Pedal Adjust
 - Soft Pedal Depth
No. of Sounds     38 voices
Reverb     6 types
Brilliance     ✔
Other Effects     16 types + amp simulator (3 types)
Speakers     (8 x 12) cm x 2
Output Power     40 W (20 W × 2)
Headphone Enhancements     Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Display     128 x 64 pixel OLED
Key Cover     -
Music Rest     Transparent, detachable type (included)
Dimensions     Width     134 cm (52 3/4")
Depth     37.5 cm (14 3/4")
Height     14.5 cm (5 3/4 ") [music rest detached]
Weight     17.0 kg (37 1/2 lbs.)
Available Finishes     Black (ES920B)
White (ES920W)
Basic Functions     Dual
Split
Four Hands
Transpose
Tuning
Registration
Startup Setting
Internal Songs     Sound Demo     25 sound demo songs
4 Main demo songs
2 Rhythm Section demo songs
Piano Music     -
Concert Magic     -
Lesson Songs     -
Internal Recorder     Total Memory     approximately 90,000 notes
No. of Songs     10 songs
Parts     2 parts
Metronome     Time Signatures     1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Drum Rhythms     ・ Rhythm Section
 - 100 styles (x 2 variations)
 - 4-part accompaniment select
 - 100 preset chord sequences
 - Chord mode: Full Keyboard, 1 Finger, Preset
 - 'On Bass' chord detection
Bluetooth *     Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Bluetooth Audio with aptX support
USB Audio Recorder     Record/Playback     MP3
WAV
SMF
Other Functions     4-band EQ faders
Overdubbing
Line In recording
App Functions     TBC
Connector Jacks     Headphone     2 x 1/4" Stereo jacks
MIDI     MIDI IN, MIDI OUT
Line Out     1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In     1/8" Stereo [unbalanced]
USB to Host     ✔
USB to Device     ✔
Others     Damper (for F-10H)
Damper/Soft/Sostenuto (for GFP-3)
Pedal (for F-302)
Speakers on/off switch
Power Consumption     18 W
Power     Power cable
AC adaptor (PS-154)
Bench     -
Headphones     -
Sheet Music     -
Others     Warranty card *
Owner's manual
Transparent music rest
F-10H damper pedal (with half-pedal support)

* Depending on market location. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
 




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