Concert Artist CA49 Digital Piano | Product Overview
The Concert Grand experience in the comfort of your home
Kawai Japan is delighted to announce the CA49, the latest high-performance addition to the popular Concert Artist series of premium digital pianos, and successor to the highly regarded CA48. This updated model retains the class-leading Grand Feel Compact wooden key keyboard action and highly expressive Shigeru Kawai SK-EX grand piano sampling of its predecessor, while offering a number of new features and improvements.
As with the leading CA99 and CA79 models launched earlier in the year, the CA49 incorporates technologies developed in collaboration with premium Japanese audio equipment manufacturer, Onkyo. The instrument features new motherboard and amplification hardware designed for richer, higher quality sound, and 4-speaker delivery systems that reproduce the sound field of a grand piano. The CA49 boasts a new interface for easier, more intuitive operation and will also support Kawai’s new PianoRemote app, allowing sounds and settings to also be adjusted using a compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.†
The updated CA49 features enhanced Shigeru Kawai grand piano sounds, providing a more natural and realistic playing experience, and also includes Bluetooth MIDI connectivity. Finally, the new CA49 possesses an updated cabinet design, adopting the taller body and rounded edge details of the flagship Concert Artist models, for a more impressive, premium appearance.
* Class-leading Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action
* Stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds, with full 88-key sampling
* High-performance sound generation system developed in partnership with Onkyo
* Integrated Bluetooth MIDI for wireless communication with smart devices
* Easy-to-use cheekblock control panel with high resolution OLED display
* Convenient PianoRemote control app for iOS/Android – to be added with future software update
* Flexible Virtual Technician function with intuitive Smart Mode feature
* Built-in Burgmüller, Beyer, Chopin, Czerny etudes and Alfred lesson songs
* Attractive, modern cabinet design available in three different wood finishes
* PianoRemote app support to be added with future software update.
Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action with extended pivot length
The CA49 is the latest Kawai digital piano to utilise the Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action. As its name suggest, the GF Compact action has been designed to reproduce the authentic touch weight characteristics of the industry-leading Grand Feel keyboard actions, within a smaller form factor. This action retains the long wooden keysticks used for all 88 black and white keys, and the familiar seesaw mechanism employed by acoustic grand piano actions for centuries. However, despite its smaller unit size, Grand Feel Compact features an extended key pivot length, providing a more consistent touch weight when playing towards the rear of the keyboard. This crucial detail ensures the new CA49 delivers the most realistic playing experience in its class. As with all modern wooden-key Kawai actions, Grand Feel Compact also incorporates grade-weighted hammers, bass region counterweights, and let-off simulation for added authenticity, while its accurate triple-sensor key detection system allows rapidly repeated notes such as trills to be performed smoothly, without unnatural breaks in sound.
Piano sound: Celebrated concert grand pianos, reproduced using high-performance technologies
The rich, expressive sound of Kawai’s celebrated concert grand pianos are at the heart of the new CA49, 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 and a traditional upright readily available, players can explore a variety of different piano sounds, and enjoy the contrasting properties of each. This latest Concert Artist instrument utilises 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 developed in partnership with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading audio equipment manufacturers. This technology ensures a faithful reproduction of the acoustic source, delivering crystal clear piano sounds with low-noise and minimal distortion, while the powerful 4-speaker delivery systems utilised by each model reproduce the sound field of a grand piano.
Convenient features: Integrated Bluetooth, Line Out connectivity, built-in lessons
The impressive CA49 offers a variety of useful features to complement the stunning grand piano sounds and authentic keyboard touch. Integrated Bluetooth MIDI allows the instruments to communicate with supported smart devices, using Kawai’s new PianoRemote iOS/Android app 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 Concert Artist instrument also inherits Kawai’s advanced SHS technology from the larger 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.
Attractive design: Modern cabinet appearance with discrete control panel and OLED display
The latest CA49 digital piano is housed within a premium quality wooden cabinet that incorporates a flat fascia and raised upper board. The control panel is discretely embedded within the left cheek-block, helping to preserve the instruments’ upright piano-like character, while the high-resolution OLED displays remains clear and easily readable from the seated position. Attractive rounded topboard and leg details, and the minimalist toe block design contributes to the piano’s slender appearance, with Premium Rosewood, Satin Black, and White Maple finishes that are suitable for a range of traditional and modern interiors.