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 Touch of a Grand Piano: Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action:
The ES520’s Responsive Hammer Compact II (RHCII) keyboard action has been developed to represent the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano. Based on the highly-regarded RH keyboard action design, its spring-less technology, and sturdy construction deliver consistent upward and downward motion for a smooth, natural, and highly authentic piano playing experience.
Acoustic piano key weighting:
Just as acoustic pianos utilize heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers, the RHCII keyboard action also employs different hammer weights, appropriately graded for each playing range. Such details provide greater stability during fortissimo passages while preserving delicate pianissimo control, to satisfy the demands of even the most discerning pianist.
More realistic & responsive:
The Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action utilizes an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism and 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.
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 ES520 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 is widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class.
In addition, the ES520 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 Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
True character in every note:
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the ES520, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, 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 is heard when playing any one of the ES520’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 ES520 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.
Studio-quality effects & reverb:
The ES520’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.
The Variety of a Digital Piano: Convenience & Flexibility:
Complementing the instrument’s authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging grand piano sounds, the ES520 also offers a strong selection of digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
Wireless Bluetooth® connectivity, USB memory load/save, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of instrumental voices are just some of the features accessible from the piano’s intuitive control panel and large OLED display.
Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity:
In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the ES520 also features integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio technologies that allow the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.
Once paired with a phone, tablet, or laptop, ES520 owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience or stream audio from songs and videos directly through the instrument’s powerful speaker system without the need to connect additional cables.
Uncluttered appearance, lightweight body:
It adopts a brand new exterior design, utilizing a molded unibody construction. Its smoothly rounded edges and clean lines complement the flat, uncluttered panel surface, with elegantly recessed buttons that depress with a satisfying click. Lightweight and portable, the ES520 weighs just 14.5 kg, yet possesses a stylish, professional quality that players can trust.
Choice of finishes:
Available in a smooth, matte Black or matte White finish, its clean design is appropriate for both traditional and contemporary spaces. And with matching designer stands and triple pedal options, the instrument can be easily transformed into an ultra-compact piano replacement for the lounge, studio, or bedroom.
Keyboard: Responsive Hammer Compact II action
- 88 keys
- Grade-weighted hammers
- Matte key surfaces
- Triple sensor hammer detection
Pedal: F-10H pedal unit
- Damper (with half-pedal support)
Piano Sound: Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
- 88-key stereo sampling
- SK-EX, EX recording
- 192 note maximum polyphony
- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
Piano Adjustment: Virtual Technician (17 parameters)
- Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
- Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
- Damper Resonance
- Damper Noise
- String Resonance
- Key-off Effect
- Fall-back Noise
- Hammer Delay
- Top board
- Decay 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: 34 voices
- Reverb: 6 types
- Brilliance: ✔
- Other Effects: 16 types + amp simulator (3 types)
- Speakers: (8 x 12) cm x 2
- Display: 128 x 64 pixel OLED
- Key Cover: –
- Four Hands
- Startup Setting
- Sound Demo: 23 sound demo songs
- Piano Music: –
- Concert Magic: –
- Total Memory: approximately 5,000 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
- Drum Rhythms: 100 patterns
- Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
- Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
- Bluetooth Audio with aptX support
USB Audio Recorder
- Record/Playback KSO [Kawai song format] – SMF (Playback only)
*bench not included
- Width: 134 cm
- Depth 37.5 cm
- Height: 14.5 cm
- Net Weight: 14.5 kg