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January 18, 2018

Kawai announces new KDP110 digital piano

Kawai KDP110Kawai Japan is delighted to announce the KDP110 digital piano, the latest addition to the affordable KDP series of digital pianos, and the successor to the extremely popular KDP90.  This updated model incorporates the new Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action, superb Shigeru Kawai SK-EX grand piano sounds with Virtual Technician customisation, flexible Bluetooth® MIDI, USB-MIDI, and standard MIDI connectivity, SHS headphone enhancements, and a more powerful amplifier/speaker system, to deliver an exceptional introduction to Kawai digital piano quality at an affordable price.


Main Features

- New Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action, with triple sensor hammer detection
- Authentic Shigeru Kawai SK-EX grand piano sounds, with full 88-key sampling
- Flexible Virtual Technician function with intuitive Smart Mode feature
- Bluetooth® MIDI, USB-MIDI, and standard MIDI for flexible connectivity with a range of devices
- Built-in Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer etudes and Alfred lesson songs
- Enhanced SHS headphone sound with headphone type settings
- Powerful 40W stereo amplifier and speaker system
- Compact cabinet design available in Premium Rosewood finish with silver fittings


New Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action with triple sensor hammer detection

The KDP110 is the first Kawai digital piano to utilise the new, improved Responsive Hammer Compact II weighted key keyboard action.  The RHCII action retains the same realistic graded hammer weighting, structural rigidity, and low-noise characteristics of its highly regarded predecessor (introduced with the ES110 last year), while adding triple sensor hammer detection.  Unlike most instruments in its class that generate sounds based on key velocity, the KDP110’s realistic keyboard action design measures the velocity of the weighted hammers that are thrown when playing each key.  This preferred method reproduces the mechanism of an acoustic grand piano more accurately, and allows performers to play with a greater range of musical expression.

The RHCII action’s added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and unlike conventional two sensor keyboard actions found in many digital pianos, enables the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.  Moreover, Kawai’s action technology also monitors hammer velocity when each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.


Flagship Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano reproduced with 88-key sampling

Connected to this responsive keyboard action is the rich, expressive sound of Kawai’s celebrated Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano – widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments within its class.  All 88 keys of this exceptional instrument have been meticulously recorded, analysed and faithfully reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.  Recording each key individually in this way preserves the rich harmonic character of the SK-EX concert grand piano, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the KDP110’s weighted keys is an accurate representation of the original acoustic source.

Kawai’s advanced Harmonic Imaging sound technology ensures seamless expression when playing from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo, without sudden changes in sound, while the impressive 192 note polyphony allows complicated passages that utilise the damper pedal to be enjoyed without notes ‘dropping out’ unexpectedly.


Bluetooth® MIDI, USB-MIDI, Built-in lessons, and enhanced headphone sound

The KDP110 offers a variety of useful features to complement its realistic weighted-key touch and authentic grand piano sounds.  Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI allows the instrument 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.  An assortment of additional instrumental voices, combined with the Dual playing mode adds 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 KDP110 features an upgraded amplifier and speaker system, and also includes Kawai’s advanced Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology, which 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.


Contemporary cabinet design available in three colours

The KDP110 is housed within an attractive, compact wooden cabinet that incorporates a wide, fold-down music rest and sliding keyboard cover.  The instrument’s high quality Premium Rosewood finish with silver fittings ensures this impressive digital piano is suitable for a range of traditional and modern interiors.


A new, improved keyboard weighted-key keyboard action, stunning Shigeru Kawai grand piano sounds, and a variety of modern, convenient features – all housed within an attractive compact cabinet. 

Announcing the KDP110: An exceptional introduction to Kawai digital piano quality at an affordable price.


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