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#2321045 - Yesterday at 10:12 AM Kawai ES-7?
shndany Offline
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Registered: 08/18/14
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I wanted to buy the Kawai ES-7, but I've been reading many negative reviews.
Like problems with the speakers, etc. I really like this model but now I'm kinda scared because of the negative reviews.
Is there a generalized problem with the speakers, volumes, etc of the Kawai ES-7?


Edited by shndany (Yesterday at 10:24 AM)

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#2321078 - Yesterday at 11:31 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
dmd Online   content
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 1837
Loc: Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: shndany
I wanted to buy the Kawai ES-7, but I've been reading many negative reviews.
Like problems with the speakers, etc. I really like this model but now I'm kinda scared because of the negative reviews.
Is there a generalized problem with the speakers, volumes, etc of the Kawai ES-7?


Where have you been reading that ?

I believe the speakers are one of its' strongest features.
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#2321081 - Yesterday at 11:33 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
slowtraveler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
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Loc: Chicago, IL USA
Originally Posted By: shndany
Is there a generalized problem with the speakers, volumes, etc of the Kawai ES-7?

I think would be fair to say that the majority of forum members here who own ES7s (including me!) like them very much.

In my experience, the ES7's speakers do a very good job. I find them quite satisfactory for living room or practice studio use, and maybe even for solo or duo playing in small venues. The same is true for competitors like the Roland FP-80, for example.

The amps and speakers in slab DPs don't sound as good as the ones in their high-end console brethren, but that shouldn't be surprising. The performance of speakers and amplification systems in this product category is somewhat constrained by the form factor of the cabinets (and the price point of the instruments). It's a tradeoff for the convenience and portability of the slab form.

Obviously, you should play an ES7 before buying one (if reasonably possible), and thereby form your own opinion.

Kind regards,
Ben

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#2321256 - Yesterday at 07:37 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: slowtraveler]
gbitw Online   content
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Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 11
How long have you had the ES7? Would you buy it again or something else? Any complaints?

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#2321269 - Yesterday at 08:10 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
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shndany, I don't believe I have ever read a negative review of the ES7. The vast majority of people who play ES7 absolute love it, and a large number of those end up buying the instrument.

As for problems with the speakers, again, I've never seen nor heard this. Indeed, the R&D team went out of their way to ensure the ES7's speaker system was among the best available in a portable instrument - as demonstrated by positive comments above and elsewhere, this has proven to be the case.

Kind regards,
James
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#2321294 - Yesterday at 09:30 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: gbitw]
slowtraveler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 213
Loc: Chicago, IL USA
Originally Posted By: gbitw
How long have you had the ES7? Would you buy it again or something else? Any complaints?

I've had the ES7 since May 2013. I would definitely buy it again. To my mind, it remains the best all-purpose slab DP available. BTW, I'm a hobby-level jazz player, and I use the ES7 as my main practice instrument at home.

I find the RHII action very responsive and comfortable to play. I like Kawai's AP and EP sample sets, as well as the PHI tone generator. I think the build quality and the user interface are excellent.

Honestly, I don't use the ES7's extended features very much. I usually just fire the thing up and start bashing away on a factory default AP or EP voice, sometimes using the metronome or a rhythm pattern for practice.

At just under 50 lbs, it weighs about the maximum I care to wrestle with single-handed. Around the house it's no problem, but if I were gigging regularly I would want a lighter keyboard (a PX-5s or a Nord E4 HP, most likely) for playing out. I'd still keep the ES7 for my main axe at home, though.

My one complaint is that I think the included music rest is not particularly well-designed. (A nicer music rest is available as an option, but it's bundled with a stand that I didn't care to buy.) I consider this a minor shortcoming, however.

Cheers,
B.

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#2321312 - Yesterday at 10:31 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: slowtraveler]
gbitw Online   content
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Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 11
Do you know if there is an aftermarket music rest that can be bought for it? Can you purchase the acrylic rest separate from the stand?

Thanks for the previous info. I think I am def sold on the ES7! I started to look at the Roland F130R, but not sure it is in the same quality/sound/action category as the ES7.

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#2321318 - Yesterday at 10:49 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: gbitw]
slowtraveler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 213
Loc: Chicago, IL USA
Originally Posted By: gbitw
Do you know if there is an aftermarket music rest that can be bought for it? Can you purchase the acrylic rest separate from the stand?

Of course you can always purchase a free-standing music stand, but short of fabricating your own, I don't think you'll find any aftermarket music rests that would attach to the existing fittings on the ES7.

I don't believe Kawai offers the acrylic music rest separately, either (pity).

I haven't played the F-130R. I'd say the ES7's closest direct competitor is the Roland FP-80, which is also a fine instrument.

B.

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#2321322 - Yesterday at 10:55 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: slowtraveler]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9059
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Originally Posted By: slowtraveler
I don't believe Kawai offers the acrylic music rest separately, either (pity).


No, I'm afraid not.

James
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Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014

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#2321410 - Today at 05:01 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
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Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 766
Loc: Dorset, UK
I love my ES7, which I have had of nearly 2 years and I came from over 50 years of playing acoustic pianos. The speakers work very well with the built-in sounds, but appear to be tailor made for them. I have worked with 4 software pianos and have struggled to create a single configuration which sounds well via the ES7 speakers and my headphones and my domestic speakers. I have little trouble configuring s/w pianos for headphones and the domestic speakers so do not use the ES7 speakers at home. However, I have used a highly tweaked version of one s/w piano to give charity recitals. The downside of this is that it is like having two quite different pianos.

The ES7 is a good piano. Try it, and as many others by Kawai and others as you can. You may decide on a different piano, but the ES7 will be a contender.

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#2321418 - Today at 05:48 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
peterws Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 3544
Loc: Northern England.
It's worth noting that small powered pianos like the ES7 will sound surprisingly good in the average room without you feeling you'll need more. My own Yamaha has only 6 watts per channel and compares favourably with earlier instruments I had which outputted 20 W each side. And which were also useless IMO when played in even a small live situation.

If I wasn't happy with my own, the ES7 would be there instead.

Go for it! James'll sort it out if anything goes wrong. . .:)
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#2321435 - Today at 06:50 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: peterws]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9059
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Originally Posted By: peterws
James'll sort it out if anything goes wrong. . .:)


Well, I'll do what I can...but I'd like to think that the dealer/distributor be the first point of contact in the unlikely event that an issue develops with the instrument.

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Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014

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