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#2394661 - Today at 12:08 PM kawai es 100 just purchased
markiemark Offline
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Registered: 03/01/15
Posts: 1
Hi I have just purchased this piano and have just begun learning piano after a few months playing keyboard I have had a couple of lessons and enjoying it very much

I am quite pleased with the piano but am a bit dissapinted with the speakers they don't quite give me enough and it sounds a little muffled and tinny on a couple of the notes

I have been looking at the kdp 90 as an alternative as in the uk you can get it for not much more that the es 100 with stand and pedals

I have an arrainger keyboard korg pa 300 which I enjoy playing but also enjoy piano , I have decided I don't want my piano to look like a keyboard on a keyboard stand I want it to look a bit more like a acoustic piano hence the possible upgrade to the kdp 90 I figured it also has more powerful speakers anyone have the kdp 90 ?

I also considering getting a acoustic upright refurbished but I will discuss that on the piano section

many thanks mark

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#2394675 - Today at 12:38 PM Re: kawai es 100 just purchased [Re: markiemark]
Giancarlo Robles Online   content
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No idea on the speaker quality of the KDP90, but the ES100 with 7W a speaker x 2 will be more limited than whatever speaker setup the KDP90 may have. Usually cabinet digital pianos will have significantly better speakers than a slab piano. If you're not too convinced on the sound quality of the ES100 you can also add an amp or PA system to your digital piano. I use a Roland CM-30 to amplify my Casio Privia. You can connect one to either of the headphone jacks on the ES100.
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#2394678 - Today at 12:45 PM Re: kawai es 100 just purchased [Re: markiemark]
dmd Online   content
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 2015
Loc: Pennsylvania
For aesthetic reasons, I think your choice of the Kawai KDP 90 is a fine choice.

However, be aware that none of the digital pianos at your price point are going to be "perfect".

You are just beginning your learning journey.

Settle on something and then spend your time and money learning to play instead of buying things to improve the sound. Just learning to play will improve the sound dramatically.

Current: ES7, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio device, SennHeiser HD555 Phones, Focal CMS 40 Powered Monitors, Ravenscroft275, Ivory II American Concert D, Pianoteq 5

#2394703 - Today at 01:15 PM Re: kawai es 100 just purchased [Re: markiemark]
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 4099
Loc: Northern England.
People on this forum have bought Kawai`s (and others) finest and gone over to software pianos for the more authentic sound. The expensive piano becomes a controller. So unless you really want the cabinet model, just . . . enjoy!
"I'm playing all the right notes � but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe


#2394732 - 49 minutes 8 seconds ago Re: kawai es 100 just purchased [Re: markiemark]
Alexander Borro Online   content
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Registered: 06/18/14
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Loc: UK
Unless you have a specific reason I'd use headphones if you have nothing against them. Tried that route ? headphones around 100 - 200 GBP or USD will beat speakers of the same price in terms of quality significantly IMO.

FWIW, me personally, I am with what peter said. I found not to long after that if you have a PC or laptop already that is reasonably up to spec I would put your cash towards some piano software to generate sound and buy a set of decent cans if you want to move to the next level of immersion in sound, rather than selling and buying another piano or speakers provided you are happy with the keys on what you've got.

Have fun playing, that's the most important, but I would also add along with what dmd said beginner or not, if you are not inspired by the sound it is worth getting it to point where you are happy with it because it will annoy you after a while.

Seeing piano software is not all that expensive IMHO it is well worth it. If it cost me 500 dollars or more to do that upgrade I would just have stuck with my digital inbuild for longer, and I would have been happy with that to keep practising, but it's relatively cheap, so it became a nobrainer for me to go that route. Personally I found the improvements significant over the native Casio sound that I own smile
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