Kawai CA98EP Digital Piano

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Product Overview

5 "touch screen, SK-EX rendering sound generator, TwinDrive soundboard system, ONKYO technology and more.


Grandfeel II mechanics with pressure point simulation and wooden keyboard with Ebony & Ivory touch surfaces

The CA98 is equipped with the Grandfeel II mechanism with wooden buttons, which - thanks to Kawai's more than 90-year experience in piano construction - offers an exceptionally realistic feel. The key length of the Grand Feel II keyboard (from the front edge to the balance bar) is longer than any other Digitalpiano keyboard. All eighty-eight black and white buttons are made entirely of long wood parts. As with a wing, each key moves gently on a balance beam. When a key is pressed, a weighted hammer moves upwards as in the original. In addition, the triple sensor system ensures optimal repetition and game control.
The graded-weighted hammers give a real feel to the wings. In addition, the Grand Feel II keyboard weights are incorporated in the front area of ​​each button to provide an even better balance between a pronounced Fortissimo and a low-fatness game with perfect control in the pianissimo. In addition, the Grand Feel II keyboard is equipped with a pressure point simulator, which ensures perfect control in the Pianissimo game. 
All 88 keys of the Grand Feel II keyboard are equipped with ivory-like pads (Ebony & Ivory Touch) that absorb moisture and give the player a more secure and excellent game control thanks to a grippy surface.

The sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano, reproduced with the latest SK-EX rendering sound technology

The beautiful sound of the Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano is the heart of the new CA98. The world-renowned Shigeru Kawai models are appreciated because of their tonal clarity and can always be found on the stages of concert halls and musical institutions.
In order to be able to reproduce the impressive sound of the Shigeru wing as naturally as possible, Kawai has developed the new SK-EX rendering sound generator, which is characterized by a high-resolution multi-channel sampling of all 88 keys in combination with the latest resonant modeling technology. The multi-channel sampling incorporates the sound, recorded from several positions of the Shigeru Kawai concert wing, which can reproduce a wider range of sound characteristics, thus enabling more lively authentic sound changes in dynamic play. This natural and expressive sound is further enriched by the use of physical modeling with newly developed resonance algorithms. The complex overall sound, which is characterized by the strings,

TwinDrive Soundboard System


■  Industry-leading Grand Feel II wooden-key keyboard action
■  Ebony & Ivory Touch key surfaces, 3-sensor, let-off, counterweights 
■  SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
■  Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
■  Premium Onkyo speaker system featuring TwinDrive soundboard

■  Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
■  Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
■  MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
■  Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
■  Attractive, modern cabinet with 6-position adjustable music rest



Keyboard ・ Grand Feel II action
 - 88 wooden keys
 - Grade-weighted hammers
 - Ivory Touch white key surfaces
 - Ebony Touch black key surfaces
 - Let-off simulation
 - Triple sensor key detection
 - 88-key Counterweights
Pedal ・ Grand Feel Pedal System
 - Damper (with half-pedal support)
 - Soft
 - Sostenuto
Piano Sound ・ Pianist mode: SK-EX Rendering
 - 88-key multi-channel sampling
 - SK-EX recording

・ Sound mode: Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)
 - 88-key stereo sampling
 - SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording

256 note maximum polyphony
Piano Resonance ・ Pianist mode: Resonance Modelling
 - Damper Resonance
 - String Resonance
 - Undamped String Resonance
 - Aliquot Resonance

・ Sound mode: Acoustic Rendering
 - Damper Resonance
 - String Resonance
 - Undamped String Resonance
 - Cabinet Resonance
Piano Adjustment ・Virtual Technician (19 parameters)
 - Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
 - Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
 - Damper Resonance
 - Damper Noise
 - String Resonance
 - Undamped String Resonance
 - Cabinet Resonance
 - Key-off Effect
 - Fall-back Noise
 - Hammer Delay
 - Topboard Simulation
 - Decay Time
 - Minimum Touch
 - Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)
 - Temperament (incl. User Temperament)
 - Temperament Key
 - Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)
 - Half-Pedal Adjust
 - Soft Pedal Depth

・Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
No. of Sounds Pianist mode: 10 rendering characters
Sound mode: 88 voices
Reverb Pianist mode: Ambience (10 types)
Sound mode: Reverb (6 types)
Other Effects 24 types
Output System
Speakers TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System
7 cm x 4
1.4 cm x 2
Output Power 135 W (45 W x 3)
Headphone Enhancements Onkyo SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier
Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Headphone Amplifier
Display 5" LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Key Cover Sliding type
Music Rest Collapsible type (6 angle adjustability)
DimensionsWidth 145.5 cm
Depth 46.5 cm
Height 94 cm (not including music rest)
Weight 85.0 kg
Available Finishes Premium Satin Black (CA98B)
Premium Satin White (CA98W)
Premium Rosewood (CA98R)
Basic Functions Dual
Four Hands
Internal SongsSound Demo 39 songs
Piano Music 29/42 songs *
Concert Magic 179 songs
Lesson Songs Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
J.S. Bach: Inventionen
Sonatinen Album 1
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series)
Chopin Etudes (Opus 10)
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1
Internal RecorderTotal Memory Pianist mode: approximately 30 minutes
Sound mode: approximately 90,000 notes
No. of Songs Pianist mode: 3 songs
Sound mode: 10 songs
Parts Pianist mode: 1 part
Sound mode: 2 parts
MetronomeTime Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Drum Rhythms 100 patterns
External Connectivity
Bluetooth * Bluetooth (Ver. 4.0; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio
USB Audio RecorderRecord/Playback MP3, WAV
Other Functions Overdubbing
Line In recording
App Functions (TBA)
Connector JacksHeadphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In 1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced]
USB to Host
USB to Device
Others -
Power Supply
Power Consumption 55 W
Included Accessories
Power Power cable
Bench Height-adjustable bench *
Headphones Headphone hook
Sheet Music Classical Piano Collection *
Classical Lesson Scores *
Finger Exercises
Others Warranty Card *
Owner's Manual
Internal Song Lists

* Depending on market location.Specifications are subject to change without notice.



Warranty Information

5 Year Kawai Warranty

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