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#2321045 - Today at 10:12 AM Kawai ES-7?
shndany Online   content
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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?


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#2321078 - Today at 11:31 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
dmd Offline
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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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Current: ES7, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio device, SennHeiser HD555 Phones, Focal CMS 40 Powered Monitors, Ravenscroft275, Ivory II American Concert D

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#2321081 - Today at 11:33 AM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 212
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 - Today at 07:37 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: slowtraveler]
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Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 10
How long have you had the ES7? Would you buy it again or something else? Any complaints?

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#2321269 - Today at 08:10 PM Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: shndany]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9055
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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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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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#2321294 - 13 minutes 1 second ago Re: Kawai ES-7? [Re: gbitw]
slowtraveler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 212
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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