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June 7, 2019

Kawai announces new CN29 & CN39 digital pianos

Kawai CN29 & CN39 digital pianosKawai Japan is delighted to announce the CN29 and CN39, the latest additions to the popular CN Series of digital pianos, and successors to the highly regarded CN27 and CN37 models. These updated instruments have been developed in partnership with premium audio equipment manufacturer, Onkyo, and feature brand new sound delivery and speaker systems designed by the company to deliver richer, higher quality sound.

The CN29 and CN39 combine stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds with the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action to provide an extremely authentic piano playing experience.  Both models offer a variety of useful features, including built-in lesson songs and Virtual Technician sound adjustments – all accessible from an easy-to-use cheekblock control panel with high resolution OLED display, while integrated Bluetooth® connectivity allows the instruments to connect with smart devices wirelessly.  The CN29 and CN39 digital piano are suitable for pianists of all abilities, and ideal instruments for homes, schools, and religious institutions.


Main Features

- Stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, SK-5* and Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds, with full 88-key sampling
- Class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action
- High-performance sound delivery and speaker system developed in partnership with by Onkyo
- Integrated Bluetooth MIDI and Audio* for wireless communication with smart devices
- Easy-to-use cheekblock control panel with high resolution OLED display
- Flexible Virtual Technician function with intuitive Smart Mode feature
- Built-in Burgmüller, Beyer, Chopin, Czerny etudes and Alfred lesson songs
- WAV/MP3/MIDI file record and playback via USB memory*
- Attractive, modern cabinet design available in three different wood finishes
   * CN39 only


Piano sound: Celebrated concert grand pianos, reproduced using Onkyo technologies

The rich, expressive sound of Kawai’s celebrated concert grand pianos are at the heart of the new CN Series, with both the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and highly-acclaimed Kawai EX instruments lovingly recorded and faithfully produced using full 88-key stereo sampling.  With two distinctive Kawai concert grand pianos, a traditional upright, and the CN39’s newly added Shigeru Kawai SK-5 mid-sized grand readily available, CN Series owners can explore a variety of different piano sounds, and enjoy the contrasting properties of each. The latest CN Series instruments utilise Kawai’s advanced Progressive Harmonic Imaging technology, with algorithms that reproduce how an acoustic piano’s tonal character changes as dynamics increase.  This ensures seamless expression when playing from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo, without sudden changes in sound, while impressive polyphony specifications allow players to perform complicated pieces without held notes ‘dropping out’ unexpectedly.

These realistic piano sounds are delivered using high-performance sound hardware and speaker systems developed in partnership with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers.  This technology ensures a faithful reproduction of the acoustic source, delivering crystal clear piano sounds with low-noise and minimal distortion – even at high volume.


Keyboard action: Responsive Hammer III weighted-key action with premium features

Connecting the CN Series’ stunning grand piano sounds to the player is the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard.  This highly-regarded action features graded hammers that replicate the heavier bass and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, with additional counterweights embedded within the front of each black and white key that assist playing control during pianissimo passages.  The CN29 and CN39 utilise a modern triple sensor key detection system for improved repetition speed and responsiveness, allowing a greater range of expressive control from staccato to legato playing.  The Responsive Hammer III action is equipped with premium Ivory Touch key surfaces that possess an attractive, natural matte finish that is smooth but not slippery, while let-off simulation reproduces the subtle resistance felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly, satisfying the expectations of the most experienced pianists.


Convenient features: Integrated Bluetooth, Line Out connectivity, built-in lessons

The impressive CN29 and CN39 offer a variety of useful features to complement their stunning grand piano sounds and authentic keyboard touch.  Integrated Bluetooth MIDI allows the instruments to communicate with supported smart devices, using Kawai’s Sound Museum and Virtual Technician apps to select and adjust sounds wirelessly, while the built-in lesson function (featuring a variety of classical etudes and Alfred songs), adjustable metronome and song recorder, are invaluable tools for aspiring pianists. A rich assortment of additional instrumental voices, along with Dual and Split playing modes add greater variety to players’ performances, while the special Four Hands mode divides the keyboard into two independent sections, allowing teacher and student to practise and play together using a single instrument.  The latest CN Series models also inherit Kawai’s advanced SHS technology from the larger CS and CA Series instruments, enhancing the depth and realism of sounds heard through headphones or earphones, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when listening for extended periods of time.

The CN39 raises the bar further with additional Bluetooth Audio functionality, allowing audio from songs and videos to be streamed through the instrument’s high fidelity 4-speaker Onkyo output system without additional cables.  Moreover, the powerful recorder function also allows MP3 or WAV audio and MIDI song files to be recorded and overdubbed to a USB memory device, and shared with friends and family online.  Both CN Series models include USB-MIDI and standard MIDI connectors for flexibility with computers and other devices, while the CN39 also offers stereo Line In and Line Out jacks that allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger settings such as churches or school halls.


Attractive design: Modern cabinet appearance with discrete control panel and OLED display

The latest CN Series pianos are housed within premium quality wooden cabinets that incorporate a flat fascia and raised upper board.  The control panel for both models is discretely embedded within the left cheek-block, helping to preserve the instruments’ upright piano-like character, while their high-resolution OLED displays remain clear and easily readable from a seated position.  Attractive curved leg and minimalist toe block design contributes to the pianos’ slender appearance, with Premium Rosewood, Satin Black, and Satin White finishes that are suitable for a range of traditional and modern interiors.


Stunning grand piano sounds, a class-leading keyboard action, and a variety of modern, convenient features – all housed within an attractive and inspiring cabinet.

Kawai CN Series: A new standard in digital piano value and performance.

For more information about the CN29 and CN39 digital pianos, please refer to the product pages below:

Kawai CN29/CN39 catalogue (English)