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Kawai announces ES920 and ES520 portable digital pianos
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Hello everyone,

Here's some new product information that may be of interest:

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Kawai Japan is delighted to announce the ES920 and ES520, the latest additions to Kawai’s popular ES series of portable digital pianos. The flagship ES920 is the long-awaited successor to the award-winning ES8, while the intermediate ES520 is a new mid-range model that delivers many of the features of the ES920 at a more affordable price.

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Kawai Global website: ES920 product page
Kawai Global website: ES520 product page

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ES920: Main Features
- Responsive Hammer III keyboard action with grade-weighted keys, counterweights, triple-sensor system, let-off simulation
- Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology with 88-key stereo sampling
- 38 authentic sounds, including acoustic pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings, bass etc.
- Motherboard and amplification developed in partnership with Onkyo, 40W speaker system
- Bluetooth MIDI and Audio functionality with aptX support for wireless communication and audio playback
- Standard MIDI, USB to Host/Device, Audio In/Out connectivity
- WAV/MP3 audio file record and playback via USB memory
- Support for latest PianoRemote control app for iOS/Android*
- Integrated Rhythm Section function with 100 backing accompaniment styles
- Intuitive control panel layout with 4-band EQ faders and high quality OLED display
- Stylish rounded case design and lightweight chassis weighing 17 kg
- Modern HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar, support for GFP-3 triple pedal unit


ES520: Main Features
- Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action with grade-weighted keys and triple-sensor system
- Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology with 88-key stereo sampling
- 34 authentic sounds, including acoustic pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings, bass etc.
- Motherboard and amplification developed in partnership with Onkyo, 40W speaker system
- Bluetooth MIDI and Audio functionality with aptX support for wireless communication and audio playback
- Standard MIDI, USB to Host/Device, Audio In/Out connectivity
- Support for latest PianoRemote control app for iOS/Android*
- Intuitive control panel layout with high quality OLED display
- Stylish rounded case design and lightweight chassis weighing 14.5 kg
- Modern HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar, support for GFP-3 triple pedal unit


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ES920: New Features & Improvements (compared to ES8)
- IMPROVED: Responsive Hammer III keyboard action with redesigned key switches
- IMPROVED: Improved acoustic piano sounds and updated Virtual Technician parameters
- IMPROVED: Enhanced Touch Curve setting with 10 selectable touch presets
- NEW: Electric Piano, Drawbar and Jazz Organ, Electric Bass, Harpsichord, and Strings sounds
- NEW: Motherboard developed in partnership with Onkyo for improved tonal clarity
- NEW: Updated control panel with 4-band EQ faders and modern OLED graphic display
- NEW: Support for latest PianoRemote control app for iOS/Android
- NEW: Bluetooth MIDI and Audio functionality with aptX support for wireless audio playback
- NEW: Stylish rounded case design and lightweight chassis weighing 17 kg
- NEW: Modern HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar, support for GFP-3 triple pedal unit


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Yes, James, I’m the first to post (again), and I’m sure you know what that means; however, I will spare you for now because I’ve not had my coffee and medications! grin

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Ok, I'm just the second to post. Pete14 is too athletic for me... laugh

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I anticipate this will be the best bashing festival ever to take place @ PianoWorld! laugh

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Originally Posted by Pete14
I anticipate this will be the best bashing festival ever to take place on PianoWorld! laugh

Why? These instruments might, in fact, be pretty interesting. Isn't the features/weight ratio astonishing, in both cases? I'm looking forward to any feedback from people who actually played these pianos!


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There’s no need to play the ES-920; it’s basically identical to the ES8. As I’ve said before, specs do tell part of the story.

Kawai’s newest sound engine (with modeling) is eons ahead of this ‘old’ engine; also, the action is basically the same as for the previous generation (almost 5 years later).

Even something as simple and basic as the stand has been ‘uglified’. The old stand used a pedal lyre that resembled the look of a real grand piano; that is now gone!

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Hi James,

These look good cant wait to try them .

Any idea when shops will get them?

Also is there any demos of the 520 i have listened to the 920 ones.

thanks


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I noticed in the ES920 they added Cabinet Resonance (until now this was only in the CN/CA series), Hammer Noise and Low Volume Balance parameters. That's nice.

But... No videos yet from bonners, merriam music, leather jacket boy, etc.?? That's strange...

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Originally Posted by musicman100
[...]Also is there any demos of the 520 i have listened to the 920 ones.
Considering the very similar specs, you can hear the CN29 demos. With headphones, the 2 main piano patches should sound exactly the same.

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Originally Posted by Pete14
There’s no need to play the ES-920; it’s basically identical to the ES8. As I’ve said before, specs do tell part of the story.
I don't follow Kawai specs, so don't understand your comment in the context of what KJ put here:
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ES920: New Features & Improvements (compared to ES8)
- IMPROVED: Responsive Hammer III keyboard action with redesigned key switches
- IMPROVED: Improved acoustic piano sounds and updated Virtual Technician parameters
- IMPROVED: Enhanced Touch Curve setting with 10 selectable touch presets
- NEW: Electric Piano, Drawbar and Jazz Organ, Electric Bass, Harpsichord, and Strings sounds
- NEW: Motherboard developed in partnership with Onkyo for improved tonal clarity
- NEW: Updated control panel with 4-band EQ faders and modern OLED graphic display
- NEW: Support for latest PianoRemote control app for iOS/Android
- NEW: Bluetooth MIDI and Audio functionality with aptX support for wireless audio playback
- NEW: Stylish rounded case design and lightweight chassis weighing 17 kg
- NEW: Modern HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar, support for GFP-3 triple pedal unit

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Yaay! Also on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE6a2nUjfam/?igshid=1ga001nt9n411

Now what a surprise, who had thought they would release two new models? I mean, it wasn’t like there were signs beforehand, right :p?

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Hello Nigel,

Originally Posted by musicman100
These look good cant wait to try them .

Any idea when shops will get them?

I believe some distributors may already have received their first shipment, so the new products could theoretically be available before the end of the month. However, as always whenever new models are released, demand will outstrip supply, and pre-orders will be fulfilled first.

Originally Posted by musicman100
Also is there any demos of the 520 i have listened to the 920 ones.

Not yet, however I plan to edit and upload them tomorrow. The contents of the audio demos will be similar to those of other models that share the same sound engine, however the ES920 and ES520 include new sounds that are not found on any other instruments.

In addition to the "stock" demo songs, I hope to add some new tracks that showcase some of these new sounds.

Kind regards,
James
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One of the new EP sounds is actually recorded from a Hohner Pianet N!

This is the first time that a Kawai DP has included a digital version of this rare electric piano. I'm a big fan of the unique "crispy", "sticky" Pianet N sound, so was absolutely delighted when I stumbled upon when testing the ES920.

Cheers,
James
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I like that there is a special focus on the redesign of RHIII action. As Kawai James mentioned in his post:
"IMPROVED: Responsive Hammer III keyboard action with redesigned key switches".

And also Kawai website says:
"<…> while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to minimise noise and key wobble during staccato and fortissimo passages".

Hopefully this will help fix some issues that some users have complained about. I always knew what they were talking about, using my MP7, although there is a slightly different action.

I also like that it is possible to connect Kawai GFP-3 Triple Pedal Unit, the same one that comes with MP11SE. As far as I understand, there is no even simple pedal included with ES920? Only when choosing an optional stand, or buy separately mentioned above Kawai GFP-3 Triple Pedal Unit?

But anyway, this is not my model. I'll sit for a while with my old man MP7.

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I owned ES8 and liked its metal case, the look was so classy, but.. lowering weight is worth loosing 'the look'. Gigging with heavy ES8 was not so convenient. I also appreciate adding better speakers - I believe some small, intimate gigs can nowt be done with internal speakers. Regarding key action, frankly I don't think RHIII needed any upgrade - it's my favorite portable action so far. I hope "redesigned key switches" do not change the feel, only improve reliability.

I'm curious to validate "improved acoustic piano sounds" - maybe Kawai James can share some more info what exactly has been changed wink


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Originally Posted by 9190
As far as I understand, there is no even simple pedal included with ES920? Only when choosing an optional stand, or buy separately mentioned above Kawai GFP-3 Triple Pedal Unit?

As with the previous generation ES8 (and current generation ES110), the ES920 and ES520 include the F-10H damper pedal.

My apologies if this point was not clear.

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James
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Thank you, that's good.

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I think the black ES920 looks beautiful.

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