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Hopefully I will be able to check out both and compare. I was going to check out a CA48 on Craigslist but it went pretty quick. I like some of the features listed for the CN39 that the CA48 doesn't have like Bluetooth audio and line in/out. You have to jump up to the CA58 to get those and it's a $1,000 more than the CA48. Regardless I will be saving my pennies for a good long while for an upgrade.
Can the OLED be turned off while playing? Completely off. The problem with OLED is that they ALWAYS get burn-in. It's unavoidable. It's in their nature. It's just a question of when, but static images greatly increase the odds of getting burn-in sooner. Being able to completely turn off the display when playing would reduce the risk of burn-in to the point of non-issue.
Yes, you're correct. Burn-in can be an issue with OLED displays. For this reason, the CN29/CN39 feature an "Auto Screen Off" function which is set to 5 minutes by default, with options for 15 secs. or 30 mins.
Here is the relevant explanation from the owner's manual:
Very nice playing from Tony. I have to say, the "SK ConcertGrand" sound is very nice but I love the K60 upright sound too. It has so much character and "bass" power!
To me there is one thing that those digital piano manufacturers (Kawai, Yamaha and Roland too) could improve very much: the orchestra strings sound... It's very digital and cheap to my ears and it's not much different from that of my old Roland XP-50 synth of 90s. I know that they focus on the piano sounds (being a digital piano!), but nevertheless, after 25 years from that synth, I took it for granted that now we would've had a much more realistic orchestra strings sound...
Now I'm waiting a CN39 review too from Tony. His videos are always nice to see and to listen to.
Wow. I am really impressed with Tony's playing. He is playing 10x as much as others do in piano reviews!
across the stone, deathless piano performances
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They look very interesting, but a little off-topic: why don't these demo videos feature players playing classical repertoire? It always seems to be bluesy, or boogie-woogie or free improvisations etc. Maybe they don't want a lot of amateur critics picking their playing apart? *shrug* It'd be helpful though.
I wouldn't be surprised if the ES9 isn't a portable version of the CN39. Same keyboard, hardware and software, but 2 speakers instead of 4.
Actually, the ES8 uses the HI-XL engine which is better (longer samples) than the PHI used in the CN27/37/29/39 series, and it already has the SK-5 piano samples that they introduced only now in the CN39.
So, I guess in Kawai they don't think yet to make an ES9, unless the competition has a better product in the same price range...