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#2437285 - Today at 11:06 AM Sound problems with Kawai CA97
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Registered: 07/01/15
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Loc: Southern Germany
Hi everyone, this is my first post here

got a CA97 a couple of weeks ago. I love the keyboard action but have two issues with the sound:
1. with the inbuilt sound system at little below medium volume, often it just hurts our ears, and we turn it even lower than it was already. The sound of the default Grand Piano to me has some very sharp frequencies which I don't get used to. The worst of all: my kids stopped playing the piano spontaneously, and if I sit with my boy to practice he wants to stop as soon as possible, my two year old doesn't play at all like she did with our former DP. I turned down all the high frequencies, now it's less annoyying, little damp though but can be played at higher volumes and the whole instrument starts sounding better... With headphones it gives me an previously unknown tinnitus which lasts until the next day... I am already a little bit afraid of practicing. Any ideas on how to solve this with the VT or something?
2. at some medium to high keys there is a buzzing sound from the speakers, not noticable on headphones, sometimes there sometimes not, most likely when just turned on. I guess one of the speakers isn't well fixed, I will contact the dealer for that problem.

Would like to get your opinion and advice.

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#2437291 - 51 minutes 55 seconds ago Re: Sound problems with Kawai CA97 [Re: Gouldmember]
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Definitely checking the dealer should be your first option.

Were these sounds at all noticeable in the showroom? I presume you tested the instrument before buying it.

Do you notice this problem on some of the other piano sounds? You may find one that you like better.

As far as not wanting to practice, each DP has its own sound and so if you are accustomed to one, even if it's not as good an instrument, you may not like anything that is different. Not to excuse away the issues you are experiencing, but that could be part of the problem. It does take a while to get comfortable with any new instrument, but definitely have the dealer come check out the issues you are having with the shrillness and the buzzing speaker.
private piano/voice teacher FT

#2437301 - 28 minutes 14 seconds ago Re: Sound problems with Kawai CA97 [Re: Morodiene]
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Registered: 07/01/15
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Loc: Southern Germany
the shrillness is in my ears worst in the SK concert grand, I don't like the EX, the SK5 is nice too. I don't play too much with different sounds though. And "Honky Tonk" is not really what I bought the instrument for. I guess you have a point that one must get accustomed to it for a while.


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