An affordable instrument with a solid wooden key action perfect for a pianist who can't splash out on an acoustic just yet. Ideal for families who have children sitting piano exams (even mum or dad can have a go too). An excellent piano for beginners and intermediate players to practice late into the night without disturbing the neighbours.
The CA-59 is an outstanding piano for it's price. Due to it's solid wooden action, it offers an impressively authentic feel for those players who would ideally have an upright piano but are limited in terms of budget and practicalities.
The CA-59 offers the advantages of any digital piano such as being able to turn the volume down and even plug in headphones so that you don't keep the neighbours awake. however, the fantastic keyboard means you are not sacrificing as much in terms of the feel of an upright piano.
This piano also has many functions to delve into for those musicians who like to compose and experiment. With a huge selection of different voices and instrument sounds, you won't be stuggling to create varied and innovative music.
The CA-59 in definitely an excellent, more affordable alternative to buying an upright piano and will be hours of enjoyment for the whole family.
Complementing the instruments’ excellent Grand Feel Compact keyboard action and impressive Progressive Harmonic Imaging piano sound, the CA59 also offers a strong selection of digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment. Wireless Bluetooth® AUDIO and MIDI connectivity, USB audio record/playback, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of instrumental voices add greater variety to players’ performances, while the convenient metronome function and integrated lessons ensure that regular practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
The CA59 digital piano utilises Kawai’s latest Grand Feel Compact keyboard action, which draws upon 90 years of acoustic pianocraftsmanship 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 CA59 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 CA59 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, beside the famous Shigeru Kawai SK-5.
Those 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.
Supplementing the realistic acoustic piano voices, the CA59 digital piano also features an excellent selection of instrument sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar and church organs, to strings, human choirs, and even atmospheric synth-style pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.
Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. The volume balances for each playing mode can also be adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.
The CA59 digital piano’s Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of the selected acoustic piano, electric piano, or harpsichord sound to be shaped at the touch of a button, with settings to adjust voicing and regulation, string, damper, and cabinet resonances, and subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes, before storing one’s personalised instrument configuration to memory.
In addition to standard USB and MIDI ports, the new CA59 also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI technology, allowing the digital piano to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.
Once paired with a phone, tablet, or laptop, CA59 owners can easily expand the instruments’ functionality with a wide range of education, performance, and scoring apps.
The integrated Bluetooth Audio feature with aptX compatibility lets you connect your mobile devices to listen to your music library and play along with it.
The CA59 digital piano is equipped with USB connectors that not only allow this instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This ‘USB to Device’ feature allows instrument settings or recorded songs stored in internal memory to be saved to USB for posterity, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently played back without additional hardware.
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favourite songs. It is even possible to record performances as MP3 or WAV files for emailing to friends and family, listening to on the move, or for further editing using an audio workstation.
The CA59’s powerful digital effects engine enhances the instruments’ superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life. Studio-quality reverb allows pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
Unrivalled in its price range, the CA59 features an impressive 4-way system in combination with ONKYO designed audio circuits to reproduce the harmonic spectrum of an acoustic piano. Lower range frequencies are delivered through the underside of the instrument, while mid and high frequencies are projected outward via top-mounted speakers, closely mirroring the sound projection of a grand piano.
The CA59’s 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.
The CA59’s built-in lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Chopin, and Beyer etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred course books.
In addition, the instruments’ Dual, Split, and Four Hands playing modes allow two different sounds to be layered together, or for the entire keyboard to be split into two separate sections for duet performances.
As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the CA59’s music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores.
Reinforcing the CA59’s reputation as the most realistic digital pianos in its price range is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This 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 1-4, Normal, Heavy 1-4, Off (Constant), User
Key Lid: Yes
Sound Source: Harmonic Imaging™ XL, 88 Key Sampling
Sounds: 44, Grand Pianos: Shigeru Kawai EX, Kawai EX, Shigeru Kawai SK-5
Polyphony: 256 Notes
Virtual Technician: Voicing, Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Noise, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time, Release Time, Temperamant, User Temperament, Temperament Key, Stretch Tuning, User Tuning, Hammer Delay, Minimum Touch, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
Keyboard Modes: Dual Mode, Split Mode, 4-Hand Mode (incl. Volume/Balance adjustment)
Reverb: Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
Effects: Mono Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Ensemble, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Vibrato Tremolo, Tremolo+Amp, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Auto Pan+Amp, Phaser+Auto Pan, Phaser, Classic Phaser, Phaser+Amp, Phaser+Chorus, Rotary (1~6)
Tuning: Equal (Piano Only), Pure (Major), Pure (Minor), Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Equal (Flat), Equal (Stretch), USER
Metronome/Beats: 10 Beats + 100 Rhythms, Tempo and Volume adjustable
Recorder: USB Memory: MP3/WAV Recording and Playback, A-B Loop; Internal: MIDI 10 Songs, 2 Tracks – max. 90,000 Notes
Lesson Function: 542 Songs in total. Songs from Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer, Bach, Chopin and Hanon (incl. printed score books); Songs from Alfred without score books. Additional Finger practizes with 4 scales (mayor, n.minor, h.minor, m.minor), 2 Arpeggio-, 2 Cadence- and 2 Chord- trainings in all root notes with score function
Piano Music Songs: 29
Concert Magic Songs: 176
Demo Songs: 33
Display: 128 x 64 Pixel OLED Display
Bluetooth: Bluetooth Audio, Bluetooth MIDI (Ver. 4.0; GATT compatible), Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Registrations: Yes, 16 Memories
USB Functions: Playback: MP3, WAV, SMF ; Recording: MP3, WAV ; Functions: Audio Overdub, Convert Song to Audio, Internal Songs load, Internal Songs save, Registration load, Registration save, SMF Song save, File delete, USB format
Other Features: Key Transpose, Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. User EQ), Speaker Volume, Low Volume Balance, Tuning, Damper Hold, Split, Four Hands, Startup Setting, Factory Reset, Auto Display Off, Auto Power Off, SHS Mode, Phones Type, Phones Volume, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On/Off, Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift, Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Channel, Send PGM#, Local Control, Transmit PGM#, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, Bluetooth Audio, Bluetooth Audio Volume, Bluetooth MIDI, Audio Recorder Gain
Sound System: 2 x 13cm Bass speaker with enclosure + 2 x 8x12cm Top Speaker
Amplifier: 2 x 50W
Power Consumption: 20W
Pedals: Grand Feel Pedal System: Sustain (Half-Pedal), Soft, Sostenuto; optical sensors
Music Rack: Extra large, adjustable
Jacks: LINE IN (Stereo-Mini), LINE IN Level adjustable, LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), LINE OUT Level, Headphones x 2 (3,5mm Stereo-Mini and 6,3mm Stereo), MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Devices
Height in cm: 91,5
Width in cm: 142,5
Depth in cm: 46,5
Weight in kg: 66