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Kawai CA-99 digital piano

£3,199.13

  • Top of the range Concert Artist series digital piano in an upright style cabinet
  • 88 note, Grand Feel III action with wooden keys, escapement, ivory & ebony feel
  • Intuitive touchscreen user interface, hidden in the bass end cheek
  • Powerful 3 x 45 W, Onkyo developed speaker system with wooden soundboard
  • Virtual Technician mode to create your perfect sound
  • Onboard Bluetooth audio streaming and MIDI

Introducing the Kawai CA-99 Digital Piano

The flagship Concert Artist series model CA-99 builds on the specification of the lower CA-79, offering an elegant upright style cabinet with soft fall, along with a solid wooden soundboard for natural resonance and an upgraded speaker system.

Its Grand Feel III wooden key action is class leading, with ivory and ebony feel surfaces and escapement to deliver a truly grand like playing experience.

The user interface is a fabulous 5" full colour LCD touchscreen hidden away in the left cheek, with a huge array of functions at your fingertips, while Bluetooth Audio and MIDI and preset rhythm backings make it a superbly versatile instrument.

The CA-99 will satisfy even the most demanding of pianists, and is available in polished ebony, rosewood, satin black or satin white finishes.

Dominic Barnett – Chamberlain Pianos

Grand Feel III wooden-key action

All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, rather than a plastic shell with wooden sides. This ensures the weight of each key is distributed evenly throughout the length, and guarantees an efficient transfer of movement energy when the note is struck. In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Grand Feel III action also features metal counterweights, attached beneath each key, and graded across the length of the keyboard. As with an acoustic piano, these additional weights help to balance the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages, while providing a feeling of greater substance and solidity when playing with force. The keys are topped with Kawai’s premium Ivory & Ebony Touch surface materials, with the smooth, matte finish of the white keys complementing the finely textured wood grain on the blacks. These characteristics are not only beneficial in aiding finger control, but also contribute to the overall impression of playing a high quality, authentic piano.

The magnificent sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand

The CA99's primary piano sound comes from Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand , with all 88 keys recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms. Recording each key individually preserves the grand piano’s unique harmonic character, guaranteeing a faithful representation of the original acoustic source. Additionally, the SK-EX is also captured at a variety of different volume levels from pianissimo to fortissimo, which allows an accurate acoustic portrait of the instrument to be assembled using Kawai’s Harmonic Imaging XL technology, resulting in smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range. The naturally expressive Shigeru Kawai sound is further enriched by advanced resonance algorithms which physically model the complex tonal interactions between the strings, dampers, and various other parts of an acoustic piano. These resonances are generated for all 88 keys progressively, allowing the Concert Artist to behave just like an acoustic piano. Employing Kawai's latest SK-EX Rendering engine, the CA99 utilises multi-channel sampling to capture the sound from different parts of the piano. This technique not only allows a broader range of tonal characteristics to be recorded and reproduced, but also further improves the connection felt between the keyboard action and piano sound. The powerful Virtual Technician feature simulates these careful refinements digitally, allowing performers to shape aspects of the piano’s tonal character and playability to suit their unique personal preferences.

Premium sound system by Onkyo

Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, the CA-99 features premium processing and amplification systems to deliver best-in-class audio quality. It has powerful 6-speaker delivery system that utilises premium driver units and custom-engineered diffuser panels which help to expand the pianos’ tonal projection in all directions. These additional components create a 360° sound field around the instrument, ensuring a natural piano sound for both the player, and those listening elsewhere in the room. In addition to conventional speakers, the CA-99 also incorporates Kawai’s latest TwinDrive soundboard speaker system. This unique acoustic projection technology harnesses transducer components to channel sound energy onto a real wooden soundboard, resulting in an even richer, more organic piano tone that faithfully reproduces the ambience of an acoustic piano.

Integrated cheekblock touchscreen display

The main control panel is discreetly embedded within the pianos’ left cheekblock to preserve its attractive acoustic piano-like appearance. The large 5" touchscreen display features a modern user interface that is optimised for pianists, while providing easy access to additional sounds and functions that inspire musical creativity. Adjustments to the Virtual Technician and other settings are automatically recalled every time the instrument is powered on, while the display itself can also be set to gently fade out while playing in order to aid concentration.

Enhanced headphones experience

One of the many benefits of owning a digital piano is the ability to connect a pair of headphones, allowing players to enjoy the instrument without disturbing others. The CA99’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology subtly enhances the depth and realism of the pianos’ sound when listening through headphones, and helps to reduce auditory fatigue when playing for extended periods of time.

Bluetooth connectivity

The latest Concert Artist instruments feature built-in Bluetooth MIDI connectivity, allowing the pianos to communicate with smart devices wirelessly, and be enjoyed with a wide variety of music-related apps. Moreover, Bluetooth Audio capability also enables the sound from songs and videos to be played through the instruments’ Onkyo amplifier and speaker systems without any additional cables. APT-X is supported as well for highest audio quality.

PianoRemote App

The CA99’s redesigned communication standard allows the user-friendly touchscreen interface to also be accessed via the dedicated PianoRemote app for iOS and supported Android devices. The app connects to the piano wirelessly via the Concert Artists’ integrated Bluetooth, providing an effortless way to change sounds, or enjoy the vast array of built-in music content from the comfort of an armchair.

More useful information

Owner's Manual Internal Song List Catalogue MIDI Manual
KeyboardActionGrand Feel III
Key MaterialWood
Key SurfaceIvory/Ebony Touch
Letoff SimulationYes
Sensors3
Velocity CurvesLight 1-4, Normal, Heavy 1-4, Off (Constant)
Key LidYes (Soft-close)
Sound SourceSound SourceSK-EX Multi Channel 88 Key Rendering and Harmonic Imaging™ XL, 88 Key Sampling
Sounds90, Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand with 10 Rendering Charakters Grand Pianos: Shigeru Kawai EX, Kawai EX, SK-5
Polyphonymax. 256 notes (depending on selected sound)
Virtual TechnicianTouch Curve, Voicing, Resonance Depth, Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect, Fall-Back Noise, Hammer Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard, Decay Time, Release Time, Minimum Touch, Stretch Tuning, Temperament, Temperament Key, Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth, Tuning, Damper Hold
Keyboard ModesDual, Split, 4Hands (Volume/Balance adjustable)
ReverbRoom, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
EffectsStereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary, Combination Effects x 4, Amplified Effects x 3
TuningEqual (Piano Only), Pure (Major), Pure (Minor), Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Equal (Flat), Equal (Stretch), USER
Music/RecordingMetronome/Beats10 Beats + 100 Rhythms, Tempo and Volume adjustable
RecorderUSB Memory: MP3/WAV Record and Playback, A-B Loop; Internal: MIDI 10 Songs, 2 Tracks – max. 90,000 Notes
Lesson Function542 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 Songs205
Demo Songs39
FeaturesDisplay5” LCD touchscreen
BluetoothBluetooth (Ver. 4.0; GATT compatible) Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio with apt-X
RegistrationsYes, 100 Favorite Memories
USB FunctionsPlayback: MP3, WAV, SMF ; Recording: MP3, WAV ; Functions: Audio Overdub, Convert Song to Audio, Internal Songs load, Internal Songs save, SMF Song save, File delete, USB format
Other FeaturesKey Transpose, Song Transpose, Tone Control (inkl. User EQ), Wall EQ, Lautsprecher Lautstärkeregler, Kopfhörer Lautstärke , Line In, Line Out Lautstärke, Audio Recorder Gain, Tuning, Damper Hold, LCD Kontrast, User Speicher, Werkseinstellung, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On/Off , Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift, Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Kanal, Send PGM#, Local Control, Transmit PGM#, Multi Timbral Modus, Channel Mute, Auto Power Off
Sound SystemSound SystemTwinDrive Soundboard System, 4 x 8cm Top Speaker with Diffusors + 2 x 2cm Tweeter; ONKYO Amplifier, ONKYO SpectraModule™ Headphone Amplifier, ONKYO Signal Processing
Amplifier3 x 45 W
Power Consumption55 W
ConstructionPedalsGrand Feel Pedal System: Sustain (with half-pedal support), Soft (with half-pedal support), Sostenuto.
Music RackYes, extra large with simulated leather lining the base
JacksLINE IN (1/8” STEREO), LINE IN Level, LINE OUT (1/4” L/MONO, R), Headphones x 2 (1/4”, 1/8”), MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device
DimensionsHeight101 cm
Width144.5 cm
Depth47 cm
Weight83 kg (89 kg Polished Ebony)

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