I've got the es110 and es920. I'm fine with the action on the es110, in fact I really like it. As a super lightweight board it's brilliant and cheap. If it were up to me, the improvements to the es120 would be:
- Aux in for goodness sake!!!!!!! It's crazy this was omitted in the first place.
- More sounds. Why there aren't at least 50-60 sounds to make it more suitable for bread and butter requirements is beyond me, same for the es520/920. Kawai would sell a shoot load more of the es120s, esp at such a low weight, to gigging players if they'd emulate the MP7SE to some extent (which has 250 sounds).
The new FP-30X, $50 more in the US at $749, has BT Audio (!!!), 56 sounds (not 19), 22 watts of speaker power vs 14, a USB port, and a port for a 3-pedal optional pedal (a no-brainer in my book, makes for some pricey options to add later, the Kawai GFP-3 costs $125)
- Improved sound quality and volume from speakers. While I'd love this, I'd take the other improvements over this being that they'd possibly have to add to the weight and change up the chassis. However, it could simply be having more watts to drive better speakers in the same chassis
- Built-in audio interface. This would be the bees knees, absolutely topper. I think Yamaha has set a very good example with this, every board these days would do well to have it. And if they didn't add more sounds, at least having an audio interface would make hooking up to an iPad a slam dunk
- Improved UI. Even if they don't add a screen, they could provide more buttons and lights. I have my e110 lined with tape above and below the keys to show all the functions you can do with a button held and push a key! Looks tacky, I wish they'd be clever about improving this!
I know they're competing at a price point where every $50-100 is a big deal, but I adore the action and weight of the es110, I think it's a brilliant platform to start from, and even if it was $50-100 more, there's a lot more people who'd buy it if it wasn't so hampered by the things I mentioned above.
Oh yeah, and then there's the KDP110/120. I wonder if they sell more than the es11o. To my mind, the es110/120 would have lots more units sold, but who knows, the home market is supposedly stronger than I ever thought.
Last edited by Randyman; 05/10/21 05:09 AM.