I've been looking for a digital piano for some time now as a practice instrument for times when I might bother the neighbours with my real one. So this weekend I've had the chance to play a few digitals. Here are my impressions:
Yamaha CLP 575
Roland DP 90se
Kawai CA 65
I've always loved the Yamaha Clavinova range but haven't played any in over 10 years. My impressions is that the 575 is pretty good, but to be honest the Clavinovas haven't really moved on much from how I remember them. Action is still slightly heavy and a bit springy (my least favourite of the three) and the sound is still plain, bright and a bit digital. Not bad at all but not much of an improvement in all this time.
The Roland had a better action than the Yamaha (in my opinion). Slightly lighter and does a better simulation of the real thing, but still ultimately disappointing. The sound from the Roland was my favourite. Richer than the Yamaha or Kawai and a bit softer and less bright. I guess that's entirely a subjective preference though.
The Kawai had the best action of the three I thought. More playable for that reason. I wasn't in love with the sound though. Quite bright and percussive.
Overall I found it difficult to choose between them. I used to have a Yamaha Grantouch, which had a really lovely action and some pretty good samples (although the bass notes were a bit rubbish). That's the best action I've ever played in a digital. None of the above could match that.
I liked the compact form of the Roland, but found playing fast passages of Mozart to be a bit devilish on that action. The Kawai was the nicest to play, but sounded not so lovely and the Yamaha was kind of the same as they were 10 years ago.
Oh, there was a real Yamaha grand piano next to them which ate them all or breakfast