Our Favorite Kawai Electric Piano Reviewed

ragtimeadmin April 28, 2014 0

The Kawaii ES100 is an excellent digital piano that offers a lot for the price tag and seems to hit every important feature that you could want in a digital piano. This digital piano is perfect for beginners that are just getting their feet wet as well as more seasoned professionals in need of a new digital piano to give a whirl. I could go on for days about all of the fantastic things this piano has to offer, but first take a look at just some of the features that the Kawaii ES100 has to offer its users.

How Does the ES100 Compare to Other Digital Pianos?

Product
Weighted Keys
Sound
Weight (lbs)
Pedal(s)
Rating
Price
Kawai ES100
No
Good
33.0
No
$$$
Casio PX750
Yes
Excellent
37.5
Yes
$$$$
Yamaha P35B
Yes
Good
24.0
Yes
$$
Yamaha DGX-650
Yes
Great
49.1
No
$$$
Williams Allegro
Yes
Good
43.2
No
$
Korg SP170
Yes
Great
46.7
No
$$
Kawai CE220
Yes
Excellent
187
Yes
$$$$$
Roland F-120-SB
No
Excellent
84.6
Yes
$$$$
Casio PX150 BK
Yes
Great
41.2
No
$$$
Yamaha P105B
Yes
Great
25.8
No
$$

Features and Specs
  • Harmonic Imaging sound technology
  • 88 key sampling
  • Advanced Hammer Action (AHAIV-F) graded hammer action
  • 19 sounds, including 8 exceptional piano sounds
  • Dual and split modes
  • 192 note polyphony
  • Built-in Alfred piano lessons
  • Damper pedal with half dampering
  • Built in stereo speaker system
  • Available matching stand and pedal assembly
  • Great built in speakers for optimum sound

This digital piano sets the bar for realistic touch and natural motion of its keys.  The Advanced Hammer Action IV-F has been development to simulate the specific touch of an acoustic grand piano. This new keyboard technology delivers consistent and seamless upward and downward motion of the keys, which lends to a very natural piano experience all while keeping the key benefits of a digital piano intact.

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The built-in lesson feature is excellent for students and music teachers alike. This is an excellent feature for any player that needs a bit of practice and it is exceptionally beneficial to beginning piano players. There are two amazing song books preprogrammed into the keyboard that will allow the student to practice classical piano using a collection of Burgmuller etudes or songs from basic piano course books. One other really helpful feature offered by the Kawaii ES100 is the ability for the right and left hand parts of the music to be played separated and practiced to perfection.

The built in Alfred piano lessons and collection of Burgmuller etudes are a really nice touch. These songs books in conjunction with the 19 sounds, including 8 additional piano sounds is a truly fun and interesting touch that makes playing this digital piano all the more enjoyable. The 192 polyphony is a nice added touch as well and proves to be very useful at times.

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00GGNAY56″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RbHFcBl8L._SL160_.jpg” tag=”ragtimedigital-20″ width=”160″]The Advanced Hammer Action (AHAIV-F) weighting feature is very important to the functionality and sound of this digital piano. Similar to an acoustic piano the Kawai ES100 uses different hammer weights, which are appropriately graded for each range you play. The weighting of the keys lends realistic sound, detail and stability when a fortissimo passage is played.

The sound variety of the Kawaii ES100 is fantastic and offers a lot to the players. This digital keyboard has the great feature of being able to supplement the realistic acoustic grand piano sound for an array of other instruments. You are able to select: electric piano, organ, strings, acoustic and electric bass, harpsichord and vibraphone. The dual and split playing modes up the fun and allow you to use two different instrument sounds on each side. For example: you can play the tradition acoustic piano on the right side and a vibraphone on the left.

There are many other great features worth mentioning that really make the Kawaii ES100 a well-rounded digital piano. It has many great features that are easy to overlook when you are reviewing this electric piano as a whole. The built in metronome is a very handy little feature that will help both experienced and inexperienced players keep time while practicing or performing live. The piano also has a damper pedal with half damper capability that is very much like a real piano pedal. This is a feature that is hard to find in most digital pianos that do not cost a fortune.

In addition to the features discussed above, there are a few more key capabilities that deserve an honorable mention at very least. There are over 100 drum rhythms in a variety of styles offered that can be used to enhance your play time and the aforementioned metronome feature comes in very handy when using the drum feature. I really like the built in recorder that allows you to record up to 3 songs. It is the perfect tool for self-evaluation or capturing a moment that you were feeling inspired. Along with saving your recordings, you can save your favorite sounds and setting into one of four memories for instant replay at any time.

The Kawaii ES100 is a great digital piano for on the go playing as well. It is nice and streamlined for optimum portability. You can either travel with a stand or simply set it up on a table top somewhere. There are carrying cases with handles that you can purchase for a low cost that will allow you to safely and securely transport your digital keyboard without fear of damaging it.

The Kawaii ES100 has some very cool technological options as well that come in very handy in depending on what your needs are. It comes standard with a few MIDI jacks that will allow you to connect to your computer, other digital instruments and plug in headphones for silent play or for someone to listen in while you play. You are also able to plug in a MIDI USB device to transfer your recordings from the piano to your computer or tablet. I particularly like this feature as a means to safely and semi-permanently backing up any important songs or tunes created.

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