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Re: Kawai to preview AURES hybrid piano at Musikmesse 2018 [Re: Kawai James] #2728343
04/11/18 09:46 PM
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Hello chaps, thank you for your comments.

I should preface my post by saying that I'm primarily involved in the digital piano side of Kawai's business, rather than the acoustic piano business. However, I shall try to respond to your queries.

First, I will try to summarise the development of Kawai's 'AnyTime' instruments:

- 199x~200x: AnyTime/AnyTimeII (AT/ATII) - key switch sensors, various DP sound engines
- 2007: AnyTimeX (ATX) - optical hammer sensors, best DP sound engine = CA91/CA71/CA51
- 2014: AnyTimeX2 (ATX2) - optical hammer sensors, best DP sound engine = CA95/CA65

Within the ATX/ATX2 line-up, there were three sub-types:

- 'p' type (e.g. ATX-p): smaller control panel, lower specification sound engine, DP sound with headphones
- 'normal' type (e.g. ATX): regular control panel and sound specifications, DP sound with headphones
- 'f' type (e.g. ATX-f) regular control panel and sound specifications, DP sound with headphones, and soundboard + cone speaker system.

This year, Kawai will launch the ATX3 series of upright pianos, with a revised line-up:

ATX3 ('normal' type): touchscreen control panel, CA98/CA78/NV10 spec sound engine, DP sound with headphones
ATX3L ('lite' type): smaller control panel (no touchscreen), CN-spec sound engine, DP sound with headphones

In addition, Kawai will also introduce the AURES line:

AURES: touchscreen control panel, CA98/CA78/NV10 spec sound engine, DP sound with headphones, new soundboard speaker system (soundboard only - no speakers).

As with the NOVUS last year, the ATX3 and AURES models are being previewed at Musikmesse, before a proper release later in the year. For this reason, the final specifications, features, and pricing are still to be confirmed.

Again, I am not so closely involved with the acoustic piano (including AnyTime) side of Kawai's business, however I hope this information helps to clarify the ATX3/AURES plans ahead of the full launch later in the year.

Kind regards,
James
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Re: Kawai to preview AURES hybrid piano at Musikmesse 2018 [Re: Kawai James] #2728350
04/11/18 10:23 PM
04/11/18 10:23 PM
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On the topic of ATX3, here's a brief video about the new models from Bonners Music:



Cheers,
James
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