The best value wooden action digital piano on the market, with ONKYO speakers and a fantastic range of Kawai grand piano samples.
When you have a shop staffed by musicians and they all start buying a particular model, you know you're on to a good thing!
The CA49 is the latest update at the entry point to Kawai's premium CA range, and this model and it's predecessors has been our best selling digital piano over the last decade, even surpassing pianos half it's price. Its secret weapon is the keyboard - there are plenty of equally good sounding pianos at the pricepoint but Kawai's Grand Feel action, even in this 'compact' version, is simply brilliant. The keys are made of wood - proper wood, not a bit of veneer stuck to the side or a balsa block underneath a plastic chassis - and they really do get close to a real piano action. There are better actions on the market (we really rate Casio's Grand Hybrid action, and the Yamaha Avant Grand and Kawai Novus actions are pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing) but none of them come in anywhere near the CA49 pricepoint.
So if you're looking for piano that can get you most of the way through the Associated Board exams and a traditional acoustic piano is not an option for practical reasons, it's hard to beat this model.
Featuring the Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action, beautiful SK-EX and EX concert grand piano sounds, and premium ONKYO audio technology, the piano-focussed CA49 offers many of the strengths of the premium Concert Artist models within a more compact and affordable package.
The CA49 is available in three attractive cabinet finishes: Premium Rosewood, Premium Satin Black, and Premium Satin White, allowing musicians to coordinate their piano with a range of modern interiors.
The CA49 digital piano utilises Kawai’s latest Grand Feel Compact keyboard action, which draws upon 90 years of acoustic piano craftsmanship to provide an exceptionally realistic playing experience. All 88 black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, with finely textured Ivory Touch key surfaces applied to assist playing control. As with an acoustic grand piano action, the keys rest on a metal balance pin and move with a smooth seesaw-like motion, while the extended pivot length ensures a consistent, evenly-balanced touch weight – even when playing towards the back of the key. The Grand Feel Compact action also incorporates grade-weighted hammers, bass region counterweights, and let-off simulation for added authenticity, while its accurate triple-sensor key detection system allows rapidly repeated notes such as trills to be performed smoothly, without unnatural breaks in sound.
The CA49 digital piano captures the magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano. Widely regarded as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their exceptional tonal clarity. In addition, the CA49 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
Both instruments have been carefully recorded, meticulously analysed, and faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology. This unique process accurately recreates the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos, affording pianists an extraordinary level of expressiveness ranging from the softest pianissimo to the strongest, boldest fortissimo.
The CA Series’ improved Virtual Technician feature simulates these refinements digitally, allowing performers to shape various aspects of the piano’s tonal character and playability to suit their unique personal preferences, before storing favourite setups to memory for immediate recall.
As with the latest CA99 and CA79 models, the CA49 incorporates technologies developed in collaboration with premium audio equipment manufacturer, Onkyo, and features a new motherboard and amplification system designed to deliver richer, higher quality sound.
The CA49 also boasts an improved cheekblock control panel that includes a modern OLED graphic display for easy operation.
The CA49 digital piano features a three song recorder, allowing performances to be recorded to internal memory and played back at the touch of a button. In addition, the convenient lesson feature allows aspiring pianists to learn the piano using a built-in collection of etudes from Czerny and Burgmüller, or songs from the popular Alfred course books. The left and right hand parts for each piece can be practiced separately, while adjusting the tempo allows more difficult passages to be perfected.
The CA49 features song recorder capabilities that both enhances one’s playing enjoyment and assists with piano study. The CA49’s useful recorder allows up to three songs to be stored in internal memory and played back at the touch of a button, serving as a convenient self-assessment tool for players of all skill levels.
The CA Series’ Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology enhances the depth and realism of the instrument’s various sounds when using headphones or earphones, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when listening for extended periods of time.
In addition to standard MIDI jacks for connecting to other instruments, the CA49 digital piano also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a phone, tablet, or laptop, CA49 digital piano owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience without additional cables.
As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the CA Series’ music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores.
Reinforcing the CA Series’ reputation as the most realistic digital pianos in their price range is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This new development accurately replicates the position and individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of a Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano to further enhance playing authenticity.
Action: Grand Feel Compact
Key Material: Wood
Key Surface: Ivory Touch
Letoff Simulation: Yes
Velocity Curves: Light, Normal, Heavy, Off
Key Lid: Yes, sliding type
Sound Source: Progressive Harmonic Imaging™, 88 Key Sampling
Sounds: 19, Grand Pianos: Shigeru Kawai EX, Kawai EX
Polyphony: max. 192 notes
Virtual Technician: Smart Mode: 10 Presets, Advanced Mode (via Virtual Technician app): Touch Curve, Voicing, Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Key-off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time, Minimum Touch, Stretch Tuning, Temperament, Temperament Key, Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
Keyboard Modes: Dual, 4Hands (Volume/Balance adjustable)
Reverb: Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Live Hall, Concert Hall, Cathedral
Effects: Yes, preset
Metronome/Beats: 7 Beats, Tempo and Volume adjustable
Recorder: 3 Songs, max. 10.000 notes
Lesson Function: Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100); Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849); Beyer (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101); Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A; Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Concert Magic Songs: 40
Demo Songs: 19
Display: 128 x 128 Pixel OLED
Bluetooth: Bluetooth MIDI (Ver. 4.0; GATT compatible), Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
USB Functions: USB-to-Host
Other Features: Tone Control, Low Volume Balance, Tuning, Transpose, Touch, Spatial Headphone Sound, Phones Type, Transmit Program Change Number, MIDI Channel, Local Control, Multi-timbral Mode, Startup Settings, Auto Display Off, Auto Power Off, Bluetooth MIDI
Sound System: 13 cm x 2 Bass speaker, 5 cm x 2 Treble speaker
Amplifier: 2 x 20W
Power Consumption: 12W
Pedals: Grand Feel System with Damper (Half-Pedal), Sostenuto and Soft
Music Rack: Yes, adjustable
Jacks: MIDI (IN/OUT), USB (to Host), Headphones x 2 (1/4", 1/8")
Height in cm: 91,5
Width in cm: 136
Depth in cm: 46
Weight in kg: 58