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Re: Kawai MP11SE Arrived / Impression and possible questions
Jethro #2841983 04/24/19 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Jethro

I listened to his video through my powered speaker system and it was relatively loud to me. Through an iphone it was not as bothersome. Maybe my speakers amplified the effect. If I was playing a few measure of octaves in staccato that noise would bother me if it was as loud as I perceived it to be. I have no such noise in the VPC1 I just took ownership of.


I have the same experience on my MP11SE, but in his recording it seems pretty amplified so I'm guessing it's his device that's amplifying the sound. I didn't even realize the keys *thunked* until he mentioned it and I turn off my DP and tried it out myself, but it's pretty soft. Not something I would worry about at all unless his recording is not amplified and actually sounds like that. I just tried this on my old MP6 (off) and the difference is night and day, I hear a *very* audible thunk while I barely hear it on my MP11SE (off).

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Okay everyone, thanks for the replies. Of course I expected Kawai James to avoid the question, and push it back to me, if somehow I am more sensitive. Anyway, I decided to keep it as it is, with a headphone I do not hear anything, and without it is only annoying with low speaker volume. In the end, if this was a 500 usd machine, I would not even bring it up, but for 2000 usd+, you just expect more.

Anyway, I will put it to bed. I am happy in general with the Mp11se, this black key noise is the only disappointment.

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FlexHank #2842016 04/24/19 05:43 PM
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Hank, perhaps it's an unrealistic expectation? I have the MP11SE as well and I can say that with the piano off, if I do that on the black keys the thunk is really really low. I mean, you can hear it but it's so soft. I try the same exact thing an an old DP, the MP6, and the thunk is audible from across the room. I try this on an accoustic and it's loud as well. Perhaps your expectations are based on how insanely quiet the white keys are and so you expect the same from the black keys?

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Hello Hank,

I’m sorry that you felt I was avoiding your question. I told you that I didn’t believe there was a problem with your instrument, and I maintain that this is still the case.

Given the number of potential problems that can occur with a digital piano (the instrument not turning on, buttons failing to register, keys not producing a sound, etc.) a slight variation in the sound heard when certain keys are released is a relatively minor concern, in my opinion.

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Originally Posted by AnthonyPaulO
Hank, perhaps it's an unrealistic expectation? I have the MP11SE as well and I can say that with the piano off, if I do that on the black keys the thunk is really really low. I mean, you can hear it but it's so soft. I try the same exact thing an an old DP, the MP6, and the thunk is audible from across the room. I try this on an accoustic and it's loud as well. Perhaps your expectations are based on how insanely quiet the white keys are and so you expect the same from the black keys?

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I have the MP11 (same action as the SE) and I've owned it almost since they first made them. I'm not bothered at by the mechanical noise. The black keys are louder than the white keys, but it's still not a big deal and certainly hasn't gotten louder over the years of owning and playing it.

I don't think this is a problem, but I do agree with Anthony that perhaps it's an unrealistic expectation for it to be uniformly silent. Think of it more as the character of the instrument. It is, after all, trying to imitate a grand piano action, without being a grand piano action. As a result, there will undoubtedly be some character to it. Al digitals have some character or another, and you have to go with what you are OK with.

The MP11 is really a fine instrument for the money - I find the action to be superb. So I hope that you do come to enjoy it.


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Re: Kawai MP11SE Arrived / Impression and possible questions
FlexHank #2842098 04/24/19 10:17 PM
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Here's a video I took using an iPhone X of the difference between my MP11SE (with volume turned all the way down) vs MP6 (off) :



First DP is my MP11SE, on but with volume all the way down. The white keys are barely audible at all while with the black keys you can hear a soft thunk and they all vary in level from soft to a little more pronounced. Compare that to the MP6 on the latter half of the video; HUGE difference! Every key makes a big clunky sound.

I think we're so spoiled by the white keys being so unnaturally quiet that when the black keys make a soft thunk sound we may think something is wrong. Keep in mind that you need to have the piano very low or off and a quiet room in order to perceive it. I did not even notice this *at all* until FlexHank mentioned it in this post. As you can see, this is already worlds quieter than the MP6, so to me the overall quiet level of the keys is like being in heaven. It also helps that I don't play pieces that require my piano be off. :P

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Originally Posted by AnthonyPaulO
It also helps that I don't play pieces that require my piano be off. :P


No John Cage for you, then.

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Originally Posted by AnthonyPaulO
Here's a video I took using an iPhone X of the difference between my MP11SE (with volume turned all the way down) vs MP6 (off) :



First DP is my MP11SE, on but with volume all the way down. The white keys are barely audible at all while with the black keys you can hear a soft thunk and they all vary in level from soft to a little more pronounced. Compare that to the MP6 on the latter half of the video; HUGE difference! Every key makes a big clunky sound.

I think we're so spoiled by the white keys being so unnaturally quiet that when the black keys make a soft thunk sound we may think something is wrong. Keep in mind that you need to have the piano very low or off and a quiet room in order to perceive it. I did not even notice this *at all* until FlexHank mentioned it in this post. As you can see, this is already worlds quieter than the MP6, so to me the overall quiet level of the keys is like being in heaven. It also helps that I don't play pieces that require my piano be off. :P


Thanks that helped, I only wanted to know if it was normal (black key noise) or if it was an exception on my machine. By the way, you only hear when you quickly release the black key.

I also verified with dealer, and seems similar.

So, it is what it is.

Thanks for anyone that took my question seriously and responded with actual proof, instead of saying that it is just me being sensitive.

Over to playing again, which is great on the Mp11se

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HwyStar #2842276 04/25/19 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by HwyStar
Hey CG! I didn’t realize you were posting on SoundCloud too... Isn’t SoundCloud audio far less compressed than YT?

Just seen that and sorry for the off-topic. I think SoundCloud applies very nasty compression that's audible even to my non-audiophile ears. In comparison YouTube seems largely fine, especially if you switch to HD-video (well maybe it's my imagination but I think when switched to HD-video quality the sound quality is also improved)


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Hey CG! I didn’t realize you were posting on SoundCloud too... Isn’t SoundCloud audio far less compressed than YT?

Just seen that and sorry for the off-topic. I think SoundCloud applies very nasty compression that's audible even to my non-audiophile ears. In comparison YouTube seems largely fine, especially if you switch to HD-video (well maybe it's my imagination but I think when switched to HD-video quality the sound quality is also improved)

I remember Soundcloud getting criticism from the general public at some point for having worse compression than YouTube. It doesn't make sense why a dedicated music platform would have worse audio quality than a platform not dedicated to music, but that's what is happening.
YouTube audio streams are now separate from video streams, so changing the video quality will not directly change the audio quality.

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Philosobyte #2842297 04/25/19 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Philosobyte
YouTube audio streams are now separate from video streams, so changing the video quality will not directly change the audio quality.

Thanks for the information. I've been doing this for ages, so it seems in the past it was true but nowadays I can leave it at whatever video quality is selected automaticallty and expect that audio is OK? That's good to know.


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Thx for the info on SC and YT. I thought it was the other way around. Once again, my bad!


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A few comments here:
1a. for the pianist herself/himself this could be only an issue with crazily low volume setting, which is not best practice at all
1b. this could be an issue for someone trying to sleep in the same room where the pianist is playing with headset

2. there is a theoretical chance that the actual place of the instrument (its environment) strengthens some frequencies. However listening to the video on the issue. I am not sure if this is worth too much to investigate.


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I just pulled the trigger on one of these and the Z stand last night. I got it for silent practice when I can't be waking up the family with the S&S B. Looking forward to its arrival, with any luck by the end of the week.

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Jasper E. #2843989 05/01/19 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Jasper E.
A few comments here:
1a. for the pianist herself/himself this could be only an issue with crazily low volume setting, which is not best practice at all
1b. this could be an issue for someone trying to sleep in the same room where the pianist is playing with headset

2. there is a theoretical chance that the actual place of the instrument (its environment) strengthens some frequencies. However listening to the video on the issue. I am not sure if this is worth too much to investigate.


True, if I crank up the volume or use headphones, I do not hear the black key release noise.

I do not further investigate, but accept it as it is. This issue is the only disappointment of the Mp11se, for the rest is it a great piano, love to use it.

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Originally Posted by Jasper E.
A few comments here:
1a. for the pianist herself/himself this could be only an issue with crazily low volume setting, which is not best practice at all
1b. this could be an issue for someone trying to sleep in the same room where the pianist is playing with headset

2. there is a theoretical chance that the actual place of the instrument (its environment) strengthens some frequencies. However listening to the video on the issue. I am not sure if this is worth too much to investigate.


True, if I crank up the volume or use headphones, I do not hear the black key release noise.

I do not further investigate, but accept it as it is. This issue is the only disappointment of the Mp11se, for the rest is it a great piano, love to use it.

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Originally Posted by FlexHank

True, if I crank up the volume or use headphones, I do not hear the black key release noise.

I do not further investigate, but accept it as it is. This issue is the only disappointment of the Mp11se, for the rest is it a great piano, love to use it.


Well my friend, if you're disappointed in this, then you'll be disappointed in a real piano even more: REAL PIANO KEY SOUNDS

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Originally Posted by FlexHank
Originally Posted by Jasper E.
A few comments here:
1a. for the pianist herself/himself this could be only an issue with crazily low volume setting, which is not best practice at all
1b. this could be an issue for someone trying to sleep in the same room where the pianist is playing with headset

2. there is a theoretical chance that the actual place of the instrument (its environment) strengthens some frequencies. However listening to the video on the issue. I am not sure if this is worth too much to investigate.


True, if I crank up the volume or use headphones, I do not hear the black key release noise.

I do not further investigate, but accept it as it is. This issue is the only disappointment of the Mp11se, for the rest is it a great piano, love to use it.


Maybe it's not that much of a serious problem FlexHank laugh I would have never figured out such an issue myself. Especially If everything plays smoothly and I don't notice any glitches while playing.

I wouldn't bother it or overthink it, my friend it. This would reduce your joy and pleasure while playing the instrument. Don't kill the fun!

Anthony said it pretty well, a real acoustic piano is super clicky and loud! also requires a lot of maintenance... sticky keys and delicate mechanics and felts, tuning etc. you name it!

Play it and if it's smooth, then just keep playing and enjoy wink


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