Millennium III

Millennium III

This patented Kawai design is a remarkable step forward in grand piano actions, providing repetition up to 25% faster than traditional wooden actions. Innovative design and the use of ABS-Carbon fibre give the player unparalleled freedom of expression, flexibility and control. The Millennium III action is thus more sensitive to the player's touch for controlled pianissimo playing and at the same time generates more power with less effort overall. It really does provide a platform upon which the player can create his or her very best performances.

Available in: all grand pianos and all upright pianos except K15 and ND21

ABS Carbon

ABS Carbon

ABS-Carbon is a proprietary material of the Kawai company, combining ABS Styran (used in Kawai actions for some 40 years) with the extraordinary strength of carbon fibre. Virtually impervious to shrinking and swelling, it has enormous inherent strength.

Extended keysticks

Extended keysticks

The overall length of each keystick is extended to make playing easier and provide more even touch and response from the front to the back of the playing surface. Keysticks are also designed with a slightly taller profile for maximum rigidity to deliver greater power.

Available in: all grand pianos and all upright pianos except K15 and ND21

NeoTex key surfaces

NeoTex key surfaces

Kawai's exclusive NeoTex key surface material made of cellulose fibre offers the smooth, understated texture of natural ivory and ebony – and a semi-porous, silica-filled surface to absorb the hand's natural oils and perspiration. Since NeoTex is used for both the sharps and naturals, the feel of the keys is consistent across the entire keyboard. NeoTex resists cracking and fading over years of use – and is static-resistant to help prevent the build-up of unwanted dust. The result is a beautiful, long-lasting key surface with exceptional playability.

Available in: all GX Series and Shigeru Kawai grand pianos, and K-500, K-600 and K-800 upright pianos.

Exclusive Shiko Seion hammers

Exclusive Shiko Seion hammers

Translated as 'the highest level of voicing', Shiko Seion hammers are made and voiced entirely by our Master Piano Artisans, their felt made with the finest Australian and New Zealand long wool fibres. Hand pressed, reinforced and formed without artificial hardeners, tone regulation is achieved by needling or shaping - not by injection (or 'doping') or using heat. This method ensures long hammer life and infinite voicing possibilities. Overall, they deliver unmatched dynamics, tonal quality and expression for the artist.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Japanese Ezo spruce soundboard

Japanese Ezo spruce soundboard

From Kawai's own forest sources comes Ezo Spruce. Grown in the snow shrouded mountains of Hokkaido, the extreme climate and lofty altitude produce a wood that is prized for its close, even grain. Top grade, specially selected, it is sawn and shaped into a soundboard of exceptional energy and tonal projection.

Once the Ezo is harvested, it is planed and quarter sawn, then stockpiled outdoors for as long as fifteen years. This lengthy and arduous natural process is known as Kigarashi. In the Japanese language of wood, Kigarashi means, 'finding a balance through time and nature.' Why season wood naturally for fifteen years when there are quicker and less expensive methods available, such as force drying or kiln drying? The answer is stability.

The natural aging of Ezo spruce produces a soundboard that is tremendously stable and far less susceptible to warpage and cracking. According to wood technologists, force drying can change the molecular structure of wood and affect stability as well as tonal projection.

Every Shigeru Kawai soundboard carries a special seal on the front bass side that identifies it as a Kigarashi premium aged soundboard, known for its exceptional tone and stability.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

12 month seasoned plates

12 month seasoned plates

Our V- Pro plates are the most consistent in the world, providing tolerances unmatched by any other manufacturer. However, after a plate is cast, it is still 'alive' and could be subject to minute shifts and stresses.

To eliminate any possibility of instability, Shigeru Kawai plates are left outdoors, literally buried in sand for one year, which assures a stable and stress free plate.

Available in: All Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Hand notched, reduced mass bridges

Hand notched, reduced mass bridges

Alternating vertical laminations of mahogany and hard maple provide reduced mass and greater flexibility in the bridge assembly, thus allowing the MPA to match the bridge impedance specifically to each individual piano.

This intricate construction technique provides the most rapid and efficient transfer of energy from the strings to the soundboard and maximises soundboard movement for optimum amplification and increased sustain.

Carefully hand notched by the MPA, the select hardwood cap of Kaede (Japanese Maple) maintains the structural integrity of the vertical laminations and offers an exceptional contact surface for the strings. Kaede is also more crack resistant than other woods, allowing precise hand levelling of the bridge pins without the fear of developing micro cracks in the cap. The hand levelled bridge pins create a deeper burrow for a more secure foundation.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Temaki bass strings

Temaki bass strings

Temaki literally means 'hand rolled'. In the unhurried Temaki process, the MPA patiently winds each bass string by hand for absolute precision and tension. Through years of experience, he or she is able to accurately space the coils of the solid copper wire over the steel core in a manner unique to the skilled human hand. This method creates a string with a richness, harmonic complexity and depth of tone found only in the Shigeru Kawai piano.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Premium aged Matoa inner rim

Premium aged Matoa inner rim

The inner rim is the foundation for the soundboard. After it is precisely notched for accurate soundboard fit and placement, the inner rim receives the crowned soundboard/ribs assembly and (along with the plate) becomes a vital part of the sound producing "core of the piano.

The inner rim is made of extremely dense Matoa. After it is shaped, the rim is seasoned in a special chamber where it remains untouched for twice the length of time than is generally allotted by most manufacturers. This longer aging creates an inner rim that is tremendously stable and provides a solid foundation for the soundboard assembly. The benefit to the player is a more stable soundboard crown and more consistent tone.

Available in: all GX Series and Shigeru Kawai grand pianos

Concert style, dual pivot damper system

Concert style, dual pivot damper system

Our dual pivot design offers the player unparalleled control and responsiveness in proportional pedalling. The Dual-Pivot design offers the player unparalleled control and responsiveness in proportional pedalling.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Grand Feel wooden key actions

Grand Feel wooden key actions
 

Grand Feel is the world's most advanced digital piano action, with 88 long wooden keys and a pivot length equal to that of a grand piano, ensuring evenness of touch from the front of the key to the back. The spine of Grand Feel, our custom ABS action rail provides immense strength and stability, and from the highest grade felts and balance pins to the gels lubricating each keystroke, every material used in Grand Feel is selected or made exclusively to achieve the most authentic touch and motion in any digital piano action. Textured Ivory and Ebony Touch key surfaces gently absorb moisture from the fingertips and add fine control for more delicate passages, and our triple-sensor key detection system is unmatched in its accuracy and responsiveness. Graded counterweights help to lighten their touch during pianissimo passages, with let-off simulation also reproducing the "notch" sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly. Combining more than 85 years of experience in piano manufacture with the latest in textile and mechanic design, Grand Feel is the most authentic digital piano action ever made.

 

Grand Feel II available in: CA78CA98, and CS11.

Grand Feel available in: MP11SE.

Responsive Hammer actions

Responsive Hammer actions
 

The class-leading Responsive Hammer keyboard action recreates the supreme touch of an acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and rigid, springless design providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience. The triple-sensor key detection system enhances responsiveness and accuracy, and allows for blazing fast repetition, while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to neutralise noise and lateral key movement 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. Finely textured synthetic Ivory Touch key surfaces replicate the control and gentle absorbency of traditional ivory, and counterweights lighten the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages, while adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force. These important characteristics allow players to practise their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure a smooth transition to larger instruments for more advances studies or performance.
 

Responsive Hammer III available in: CN27, CN37ES8 and MP7SE.

Responsive Hammer Compact available in: ES110.

SK-EX Rendering

SK-EX Rendering

SK-EX Rendering is a brand new piano sound engine that blends multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology. Multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, allowing a broader range of tonal characteristics to be reproduced, and providing a more lively, authentic response to changes in dynamics. This naturally expressive sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, damper, and various other parts of an acoustic piano, giving players the impression that they’re sitting at a living, breathing instrument.

SK-EX Rendering is available in CA78 and CA98.

Harmonic Imaging

Harmonic Imaging

Kawai's digital piano sounds are sampled directly from our flagship concert grands, the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX, as well as the Shigeru Kawai SK-5 and other models in our range. These pianos are prepared by our Master Piano Artisans and each key is recorded many times, under a range of conditions, by expert recording engineers, building up an enormous database of raw sound data.

Harmonic Imaging is the technology that weaves this data into the final expression when you play the keys, and it's the reason that our digital pianos sound so incredibly lifelike and present. Sophisticated algorithms analyse and interpret the timing, pressure, key-off velocity and other aspects of your keystrokes as you play, feeding the Harmonic Imaging engine the information it needs to produce a sound that is rich and nuanced, with enormous (and customisable) dynamic range, and as close to the performance instruments from which it was born as any digital piano available today.

Harmonic Imaging available in: ES110, KDP90, and CN27.

Progressive Harmonic Imaging available in: CN37.

Harmonic Imaging XL available in: ES8, CS11, CA78, CA98, MP7SE, and MP11SE.

Acoustic Rendering

Acoustic Rendering

The total sound of a piano is extremely complex, with strings resonating in sympathy with harmonically related strings, sounds produced by the action, the interplay of pedals with the positioning of dampers and much more, and there is much in this complexity that traditional sampling techniques are unable to capture. By augmenting raw sample data with highly sophisticated modelling, performed by powerful on-board computer processors, Kawai digital pianos are able to articulate even the subtlest of these ancillary sounds and produce an astonishingly rich, detailed acoustic portrait in our digital piano sounds.

Available in: all digital models.

Onkyo premium sound processing

Onkyo premium sound processing
The latest of our digital pianos utilise specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction, designed in partnership with the legendary Onkyo corporation. With state of the art technologies such as 1-bit DSD processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s exclusive DIDRC circuitry, newoptimised power amplifiers reproduce a breadth of grand piano sounds with stunning richness and clarity.
 
Onkyo’s brand new high-performance Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier combines with Kawai’s existing Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology to ensure the finest quality and most engaging listening experience, even when playing in privacy.
 

The suite of Onkyo premium sound processing technologies - 1-bit DSD, dual DACs, DIDRC and Discrete SpectraModule - is available in: CA78.

Onkyo processing, as well as premium Onkyo speakers and soundboard transducers are available in: CA98.

Soundboard Speaker System

Soundboard Speaker System
 

Inspired by the same soundboards that give our acoustic pianos such rich, versatile resonances, Kawai's Soundboard Speaker System is a genuine Spruce soundboard mounted directly into the rear of your digital piano. Driven by a powerful internal transducer, this unique technology embraces timber's harmonic qualities, channelling sound energy onto a traditional soundboard in order to produce a natural, organic tone. Long wooden ribs securely attached to the soundboard further broaden the frequency range and volume of the resonating sound, resulting in a remarkably authentic playing experience that faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.

The latest generation TwinDrive soundboard harnesses two Onkyo transducers to channel sound energy onto a real wooden soundboard, resulting in a richer, more natural piano tone that immerses the performer.

Soundboard Speaker System is available in: CS11.

TwinDrive Soundboard is available in: CA98

SHS

SHS
 

Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology enhances both the depth and realism of the sound when listening through any type of headphones. Tell your piano whether your headphones are open, closed, in-ear or any other kind, then select one of three different acoustic presets to adjust the spatial positioning of the sound, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when playing or listening for an extended period of time. In addition, SHS works alongside a new dedicated, high fidelity headphone amplifier, utilising the same premium hardware found in audiophile music devices. The technology significantly improves sound quality when using headphones and allow players to select a variety of headphone types for an optimised listening experience.

 SHS is available in: all CN Series and CA Series pianos, and CS11.

Virtual Technician

Virtual Technician

An experienced piano technician is essential to fully realise the potential of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to meticulously tuning each individual note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow an instrument to truly sing.

Virtual Technician brings exquisite control over the sound of your instrument to your fingertips or iPad. Perform touch and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, lid, and damper resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes* all in real-time. Then, with the desired refinements complete, save the personally prepared instrument to internal memory or a connected USB device, or exchange favourite settings with other Kawai owners online.

*Virtual Technician features available will depend on the model of your piano.

Available in: all digital models, and K-300 ATX2

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
 

Connect your piano without wires to a world of mobile phones, tablets, and other devices, with the global standard. MIDI over Bluetooth allows you to effortlessly tap into an enormous - and growing - ecosystem of apps designed for musicians, for pianists, and for players of Kawai digital pianos. Use our own Virtual Technician app to navigate through the deepest settings, crafting the perfect piano sound for your own ears, right from your iPad, create your own scores with Touch Notation and play it back through your piano, or use all your favourite MIDI-enabled apps in whatever fun and creative ways you can think of.

More advanced pianos also feature Bluetooth Audio, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from your phone, tablet, or computer, directly through the instruments' premium amplifier and speaker systems without the need to connect additional cables.

Bluetooth MIDI available in: ES110, CN27, and CN37.

Bluetooth MIDI + Audio available in: CA78 and CA98.

USB Audio

USB Audio
 

Playing along with your favourite artists is a great way to learn music, and Kawai's USB audio features make it as easy as inserting a USB stick of WAV and MP3 files, and listening through the piano's internal speakers, headphones or outboard gear, while you play along. It is also possible to record your own practice and performance to WAV, MP3 or standard MIDI file, and even to overdub existing audio files with your playing. Songs already saved into the piano's internal memory can be converted to WAV and MP3, and most sound parameters and settings can also be saved directly to USB for storing or sharing with friends. Make the most of your music with easy to use features to recording and sharing your own music.

*USB audio features available will depend on the model of your piano.

Available in: CN37, CS11, CA78, CA98, ES8, MP7SE, MP11SE and  K-300 ATX2

Touch Screen

Touch Screen

 Discreetly embedded within the left cheekblock, a 5" full-colour, high resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface simply by tapping or swiping the display with a finger. The screen can also be set to turn off automatically while playing, thus preserving the instruments’ acoustic piano-like appearance, and minimising any visual distractions to the performer.

Available in: CA78 and CA98.

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