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#2447439 - Today at 10:46 AM New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland
Jay Roland Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 534
Loc: Edmonton Alberta
We Launched 4 new HP/LX pianos today.....

The new LX-17, the successor to the LX-15E.

http://roland.ca/products/lx-17/

The New LX-7, the successor to the HP508

http://roland.ca/products/lx-7/

And the HP605/603 which are successors to the HP506 and 504 respectively

http://roland.ca/products/hp605/

http://roland.ca/products/hp603/

You're probably going to have more questions that I can answer at this point.

The Upgrades to Action (PHA-50) and SuperNATURAL Sound Engine (Complete modelling) are significant.

I'll have my hands on these for the first time on August 10th, when I go to head office...I am sincerely excited about those two days!

Please ask any questions you might have and I'll do my best to answer this evening when I return from Launching these to my local piano retailers.

Jay


Edited by Jay Roland (Today at 12:34 PM)
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#2447444 - Today at 10:56 AM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
IgorLevit Online   content
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Registered: 02/14/15
Posts: 7
Loc: France
Since there is an expert here, I allow myself to quote my own message, which I posted on another topic. Maybe you can answer the two implicit questions that I had in this message, about speakers and hiding the screen on the LX :

"Where is the Roland HP607 or something like that ?
It seems a significant downgrade for me to go from a DP with 60W*2 + 10W*2 (my HP507) to a DP with 30W*2 + 7W*2 speakers, which are also much more little. There is exactly the same downgrade from LX15e to LX17 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--yVVAtjcUo ) I hope this is a mistake on their website, but it really seems quite appealing for the rest of the features, especially the enhanced super natural adding modelling technologies. They are also talking about an enhanced resonance of the cabinet, which may explain the poor speakers. If it had been possible to hide the lcd-screen on the LX-17, I would have bought it, but I think I'll go with the HP605 since I need to change my DP for keyboard reasons, and I didn't like the Kawai and Yamaha I tested."

Since I used my HP507 as a hifi channel (I plugged my CD/SACD reader to it), I am really concerned about speakers quality. I don't care about loudness, I use only low volumes, I care about the sound's density.
Also, can you confirm that there is still that middle position which allows to have the keyboard open while hiding the screen on the HP605, just like on the HP507 ?

Thank you very much


Edited by IgorLevit (Today at 10:59 AM)

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#2447456 - Today at 11:26 AM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
Jay Roland Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
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Loc: Edmonton Alberta
Let's make sure everyone is clear here.

The LX-7 is the successor to the HP508...

The LX-17 is the successor to the LX-15E....

The HP603/605 and LX-7 all have a classic lid position...(that's what we call it)

I would reserve judgement, if I were you, on the wattage and speakers, until you sit in front of the pianos and play them.

I'll have my first opportunity to directly compare next Monday.

Jay


Edited by Jay Roland (Today at 11:31 AM)
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#2447461 - Today at 11:34 AM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
IgorLevit Online   content
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Registered: 02/14/15
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Loc: France
Ok, I didn't see the LX7 (in fact I looked at the other topic, where mention was made about the others, and I did not really read what you write, I am sorry for my mistake). Too bad that DP is so ugly to me, that kind of hybrid design seems really strange to me, I wouldn't buy something like that.
It was though kind of confusing because the HP605 seems to have exactly the same size as the former HP507/508, and when I look at the specs, seems like there is no difference at all between HP605 and LX7 except the cabinet.

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#2447473 - Today at 11:55 AM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
Morodiene Offline
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Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Personally, I appreciate Roland's effort lately to make DPs look more classic like an acoustic upright than how most DPs look (which is unassuming and boring, IMO). Especially with a polished ebony finish, it's quite sharp!

And one should never judge a DP based on specs alone. Some matter, and some such as wattage and size of speakers, can be affected by other thing, so best to test in person.
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#2447480 - Today at 12:17 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
Jay Roland Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 534
Loc: Edmonton Alberta
I am looking forward to some hands on time next week. I will definitely report back with my impressions.

Jay
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#2447502 - Today at 12:45 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
Hendrik42 Online   content
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Loc: Germany
The HP 508 was polished black, LX-7 is no more?
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#2447507 - Today at 12:51 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Hendrik42]
Morodiene Offline
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Originally Posted By Hendrik42
The HP 508 was polished black, LX-7 is no more?


Looks like you can choose between 3 finishes: polished ebony, brown walnut, and contemporary black. I believe they have the contemporary black pictured on the site.
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#2447508 - Today at 12:52 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Hendrik42]
spanishbuddha Online   content
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Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 2633
Loc: UK
Originally Posted By Hendrik42
The HP 508 was polished black, LX-7 is no more?

Follow the link and see. Sheesh! Ok, there is a polished ebony version.

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#2447511 - Today at 12:55 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: IgorLevit]
spanishbuddha Online   content
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Registered: 11/08/09
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Loc: UK
Originally Posted By IgorLevit
Ok, I didn't see the LX7 (in fact I looked at the other topic, where mention was made about the others, and I did not really read what you write, I am sorry for my mistake). Too bad that DP is so ugly to me, that kind of hybrid design seems really strange to me, I wouldn't buy something like that.
It was though kind of confusing because the HP605 seems to have exactly the same size as the former HP507/508, and when I look at the specs, seems like there is no difference at all between HP605 and LX7 except the cabinet.

This aesthetic is a personal and subjective opinion. But like Morodienne I prefer a console DP to look like an upright piano, and not some ugly undetermined piece of furniture with keys. smile

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#2447517 - Today at 01:00 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: spanishbuddha]
Morodiene Offline
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Originally Posted By spanishbuddha
Originally Posted By IgorLevit
Ok, I didn't see the LX7 (in fact I looked at the other topic, where mention was made about the others, and I did not really read what you write, I am sorry for my mistake). Too bad that DP is so ugly to me, that kind of hybrid design seems really strange to me, I wouldn't buy something like that.
It was though kind of confusing because the HP605 seems to have exactly the same size as the former HP507/508, and when I look at the specs, seems like there is no difference at all between HP605 and LX7 except the cabinet.

This aesthetic is a personal and subjective opinion. But like Morodienne I prefer a console DP to look like an upright piano, and not some ugly undetermined piece of furniture with keys. smile


LOL at "undetermined piece of furniture with keys". Is it a table? Can you sit on it? Is it a TV stand? Personally, if I buy a piano, I want it to look like a piano and to stand out as a fine piece of furniture. Or go in the opposite extreme and have a piece of electronic equipment and work with that into your decor.
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#2447533 - Today at 01:29 PM Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
Pete14 Online   content
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Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 436
"Complete modelling."

I assume this means no sampling.

Are we talking V-Piano type modelling?

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#2447549 - 40 minutes 19 seconds ago Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
siros Online   content
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Registered: 08/11/14
Posts: 38
Loc: Bangkok, Thailand
From the spec:
Quote:
Piano Sound
SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling

Max. Polyphony
Piano: Limitless (solo playing using ‘Piano’ category tones)
Other: 384

Interesting laugh

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#2447552 - 23 minutes 53 seconds ago Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
Hendrik42 Online   content
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 160
Loc: Germany
Sorry for that. The different finishes of the LX-7 are under media: http://roland.ca/products/lx-7/media/

And, yes, lets hear more about the "complete modeling" part.

And did prices show up yet anywhere?
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#2447562 - 4 minutes 20 seconds ago Re: New Series of HP and LX Pianos from Roland [Re: Jay Roland]
CyberGene Online   content
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 800
Loc: Sofia, Bulgaria
Acoustic pianos look this way because they have strings, huge actions, etc. I don't see a reason why a digital piano should look like an upright or grand if it doesn't need that specific form. Form should follow function and not the opposite. Of course that's my personal opinion smile
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