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TwinDrive soundboard speaker
What separates the CA98 from similarly priced pianos is the TwinDrive soundboard speaker system. This unique technology embraces the harmonics qualities of wood by using transducers to channel the sound energy on the large soundboard. This powerful system features dedicated low and mid-range transducers that are designed by Onkyo for exceptional sound fidelity. For more realistic frequency resonance, the bass transducer has been positioned at the bottom of the cabinet. These transducers are placed behind a solid wooden cabinet to project the natural reverb and frequency balance of an acoustic piano. For an even more immersive experience, Kawai have placed long wooden ribs on to the soundboard to broaden the frequency range and resonating sound further.
Kawai's collaboration with audio company Onkyo ensures the CA98 has an impressive tonal depth. The 1-bit DSD processing improves power efficiency for decreased distortion. The CA98 benefits from Onkyo’s premium dual DACs, which have a stereo sound effect and respond with precision to your playing. The DIDRC filter technology removes the unnecessary high frequencies and static noise that digital instruments produce at loud volumes, resulting in a more natural sound. The power amplifiers capably handle any level of sound, as well as being energy efficient for reduced background noise. Onkyo and Kawai’s collaboration results in an authentic, natural piano sound.
SK-EX sound engine
The CA98 has a sound engine that faithfully recreates the tone of an acoustic piano and features samples from the flagship SK-EX. The piano is sampled from multiple sections of its cabinet for a more organic, accurate tone with calculated resonance modelling creating realistic reverb, dampness and cabinet sound. The range of piano sounds provides options for all musical styles.
Personalise your tone
Built into the CA98 is a 5'' LCD touchscreen display to access a range of functions to enhance your enjoyment of your digital piano. In Pianist mode, you can adjust the rendering characteristics of the piano to change the tonal qualities and also the resonance depth for even more control. The Virtual Technician allows various characteristics of the sounds to be adjusted from the key volume, damper noise, and touch curve, for example. Kawai's multi-instrument sound engine includes electric and acoustic pianos, organs, and strings, to name a few. Sounds can also be layered and split for a standard split function or 4 hands.
Recording, Hi-Fi, and Bluetooth
The Kawai CA98 has a host of modern functions to expand its potential. Connect an iOS or Android device and stream audio to your piano for a home audio experience like no other. Use apps to play along, learn, or compose. Record with Bluetooth MIDI to perform, playback, and improve your own compositions.
Kawai 5 year European warranty
As an expression of the confidence Kawai have in the design and manufacturing of their instruments, they offer a 5-year warranty for parts and labour with all their digital pianos. Within the first two years, which is covered by Gear4music, simply contact our Customer Services team on 0330 365 444 and we will organise the repair/replacement, subject to issue. Kawai will honour any manufacturing defects after this two year period subject to completing the warranty information which will be enclosed with your piano and Kawai will organise the repair/replacement as deemed necessary.
- Keys: 88
- Key Tops: Ivory effect/Ebony effect surfaces
- Pivot Mechanism: Seesaw Pivot
- Key Material: Wood
- Feel: Triple Sensor System with Counterweights
Sounds & Effects
- Sound Source: Progressive Harmonic Imaging XL
- Pianist Sound Engine: SK-EX Rendering
- Pianist Sampling: Multi-Channel
- Sound Sampling: Stereo
- Number of Voices: 10 Pianist, 20 Sound
- Virtual Technician: 20 Parameters
- Processing Size: 1-bit
- DAC: Premium Dual DACs
- Filtering: Onkyo DIDRC
- Power Amp: Onkyo x3
- Headphone Amp: Onkya Discrete Spectra Module
- Power: 135W
- Bluetooth: MIDI and Audio
- Screen Type: LCD Touchscreen
- Screen Size: 5’’
- Screen Resolution: 480 x 800
- Colour: Satin White
- Speaker System
- Full Range: 8cm x 4
- Dome Tweeters: 2
- Primary Speaker: TwinDrive Soundboard
Standard Courier Delivery
When you add this product to your shopping basket, you will be provided with our standard courier delivery option. This will deliver the piano to the front door on the ground floor of your house or building. This service will not deliver the piano into your home. *Please note that if there is not a ground floor entrance we may not be able to deliver there. You may also need to help the delivery driver as this product comes packaged in large boxes. This may not be suitable if you are unable to help the driver if required, or if you need the piano delivering upstairs. Please consider whether this is the most appropriate delivery service for you, as other delivery options are available at an additional cost.
2 Man Delivery Service
The delivery personnel will deliver the piano to a ground room floor of your choice, rather than just the front door. Please note that this service will take a few days longer than the standard courier. If you would require a 2 man delivery service, please contact us on 0330 365 4444 for further information.
Delivery and Installation Service
This service can be arranged on an ad-hoc basis via a specialist piano delivery company. Delivery times cannot be guaranteed until we have made arrangements with the delivery company. If you would prefer a delivery and installation service, please contact our sales team on 0330 365 4444 who will be happy to set up a quotation for you and provide you with more information on this service.