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#2492561 - 12/21/15 11:05 AM Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605
Miguel7 Offline
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Firstly, hello all, I'm new to the forum - I have been reading avidly for the past month and found so much useful information, and hope to contribute myself in the future. I am piano beginner, myself and my wife are very keen to learn, and my daughter has started to learn already, hence the plunge to buy a home piano. My budget seems to have increased the more knowledge I've accumulated, an unfortunate side effect smile

So we narrowed it to 3 - CLP575, HP605 and CA67. I quickly ruled out the CN35 which I was really considering, as I tried the CA67 immediately afterwards and noticed such a big difference in action and sound. I then ruled out the CLP575, as much as I liked it, I just didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as the CA67. Now I haven't played the HP605 yet, the shop didn't have it and I may have to go out of my way.

I loved the CA67, it's around £250 cheaper than the HP605 (CA67 comes with a stool) and from everything I've read it's a top piano. I have almost ruled out the CA97 as didn't think I would need the extra sound quality, as this piano will be in a living room against the wall, but the shop also didn't have this model so still have a question mark here.

So with the HP605, does anyone think the sound, both in terms of the piano output and speaker output, is an improvement on the CA67? I know they both have 6 speaker systems but I'm curious to know if there's a huge difference in quality.

Secondly what are your thoughts on how the CA97 stacks up against both the CA67 and HP605 (am aware of the mobility issue with the CA97)? Even in a living room space with it up against the wall, am I going to feel the difference with the improved sound system from the CA97? I will practice largely with headphones in the evenings and perhaps be more prone to letting the sound out on weekends smile

Thanks all, look forward to your thoughts.
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#2492567 - 12/21/15 11:38 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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I think you would get a whole range of opinions, and at the end of the day you really need to try the Roland for yourself, so you can compare. If someone says they prefer the Roland, it doesn't mean you will, and vice versa. Like comparing 2 similar cars. Good luck with your choice and I'm sure you will end up with something very nice.
I wonder though, for a beginning instrument, is it necessary to spend quite that much?
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#2492569 - 12/21/15 11:59 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: stevedoz]
Miguel7 Offline
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This is what I've wrestled with regarding the expense. My daughter is a bit past the beginner stage and we want to give her a piano at home now that she will love to play on.

I'd heard people say to get the best you can afford, as it's a long term investment (we are never likely to have a grand piano, due to expense and space) and as we don't really splurge very often we thought we would do that with the piano.

Is it worth spending say £1000 or less and then wish a year down the road I'd spent a bit more on a better piano? I'm really not sure but appreciate any different perspective you may have as it's a decision I've been mulling over for some time.

Have you played either the HP605 or the CA67? I'm definitely after a range of first hand opinions, no matter how different - it will certainly help me decide whether to make the long-ish trip to try the Roland.

Going back to the expense it's why I've almost certainly ruled out the CA97 and why I'm leaning towards the CA67 - the Roland is more expensive also, and there doesn't seem much to separate them. However it's clear the CA67 is a big jump from the CN35?

Also, outside of these forums it's really hard to find independent reviews of these models. I guess they're still in their infancy?

Thanks very much for the feedback


Edited by Miguel7 (12/21/15 12:03 PM)
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#2492571 - 12/21/15 11:59 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: stevedoz]
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Like he said. Those are instruments, digital but still instruments. Choose what feels and sounds best for you. They are all awesome.
I've played only previous Kawais but they were great, although I liked sound of Roland much more but then again keyboard was better in Kawai, now that Roland has better keyboard I would recomend it. And if you have money I would definitely buy better(more expensive) piano because she might not like particular worse piano which might lead to not liking piano at all :]


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#2492580 - 12/21/15 12:29 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Thanks for your reply - it's interesting you have a different view to the expense question - buy the best you can afford (asuming there's a commitment) or buying a beginner piano with a view to upgrading. I've heard different things, but more have leaned towards what you have stated.

Based on your response, I think I will make the trip and try the Roland, though I'm hoping I don't love it as much as the Kawai smile

Any more first hand experiences on these pianos would be great to hear.
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#2492583 - 12/21/15 12:35 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Roland HP605 vs Kawai CA67 is a good choice to have. As I have said elsewhere here, for me it would be the better resonance modeling of the Roland vs the (to me) better keyboard of the Kawai and maybe the nicer sound of the Kawai (to me). 250 quid also go well against a better bench and a good headphone, which is both quite important.

I recommend that you involve your daughter as much as you can, maybe even give her the final vote. My daughter still brings that up sometimes, months after the purchase. Helps with the identification.

With regard to budget, that is not easy, too. You need to look at your bank account and how sure you are that you'll stick with it. If we'd been clearer on if we'd stick with it, we'd have spent more.

Now that we have the CN35, I'll just see where we are in one or two DP generations, so 3 to six years. I do not think the CN35 will limit us in any way for the next six or more years. Maybe never :-)
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#2492594 - 12/21/15 01:13 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Best to spend some time on each model, with and without headphones, too. If youre UK, the HP 506 and 508 are going for a wonderfully low price, since they are no longer the latest models. If I was buying, one o those two would be risk free. And wi a 10 year g tee. . . .
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#2492645 - 12/21/15 04:03 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Hi, i'm not experienced at all with Rolands, so i can not help with the comparison. But i would involve daughter in this choice, if not for other reasons, just because it will by a lot of fun for her.

Regarding the sound thing, consider that playing them against a wall is exactly how these pianos are intended to be played, so they don't suffer at all, and you will for sure be able to enjoy a better sound, provided you're able to drive them up to a proper volume level, equal to an acoustic piano. If you are not, you won't just miss a big deal of the beautiful sound, you'll also learn wrong playing technique.

Proper mighty volume ( and you will hear a difference on a 97 ) OR headphones ( on a 67 ).
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#2492648 - 12/21/15 04:10 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: peterws]
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CA67 vs hp 506
That's what I have been pondering for last week; I am buying a digital piano for home lessons for my 5 year old who's just starting (we don't play ourselves).
From reading the forum, I get the impression that nearly everyone raves about the key action of the Kawai CA67 as the closest thing to an acoustic piano.

To be honest, wife is tempted by the HP 506 because she's keen on the ebony finish..LOL
However, is this CA67 key action worth £500 extra compared to the recently discontinued HP506 ? Is the better CA67 key action very important to the child leans to play, as opposed to the HP506? Can the HP 506 last us to his teens if he carries on playing, which we hope?

Thanks very much for any advice

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#2492651 - 12/21/15 04:22 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: kimoprimo]
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As for action for me it's actually just as good as Kawai in terms of responsiveness and overall feel so it's a matter of preference again. Both work great and you can play whole dynamic ranges on them and learn proper piano techniques and both Roland and Kawai will last without problem for many years to come but if you want Roland and have money I would recommend 6xx series much more.

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#2492656 - 12/21/15 04:28 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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kimoprimo - go for the HP506 deal before it's gone. It's way more than adequate for a 5yrs old beginner and for many years to come. I am a happy owner smile
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#2492669 - 12/21/15 05:26 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Miguel7, let us know what you decide on. I assume you are happy buying a full size cabinet piano and don't need portability?
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#2492675 - 12/21/15 05:40 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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I've been facing a similar decision, trying to choose between the Roland & Kawai pianos. I pulled the trigger today and ordered a CA-97. It was between this and the LX-17, now out of stock everyhwere in the UK, which helped make the decision.

I think I probably would have gone with the CA-97 anyway. The things I like better about it (Action & Tone) are more important to me than the things I prefer about the Roland (Cabinet, Speakers, Features, Warranty).

Either way, you can't really go wrong with any of the pianos at this price point, they're all great, it's just a matter of choosing which one you like best.

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#2492690 - 12/21/15 06:41 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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I'm with WarrenY on this one. The 506 deal is too good to be passed, and the action is great, don't worry about it. It's way above that level and can handle advanced classical repertoire very well.
For the price it's going for right now (around 1000 pounds for the simple black finish) and with a 10-year warranty, it's amazing value and way more than would be required for a first instrument.
Ten years down the line if you will require a new instrument, technology will have advanced and you'll be looking at different options.
For somebody having the budget and reasons to go for the new 605, it's a more difficult choice, since the improvements are definitely there, but with such a good price on the previous gen, it would be very hard to decide for me.
One thing I know from having tried them when I was on the market - I prefer the Roland sound and playability even to the top Kawais, even with their action being a bit better. And I haven't tested the new PHA50 action from Roland yet, which is improved over the PHA4 Premium/Concert that I own and know.

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#2492696 - 12/21/15 06:56 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Hello Miguel7, welcome to the forum.

Originally Posted By Miguel7
So with the HP605, does anyone think the sound, both in terms of the piano output and speaker output, is an improvement on the CA67? I know they both have 6 speaker systems but I'm curious to know if there's a huge difference in quality.


These things are so subjective, it's impossible to say which sound you will prefer. As Steve notes, it's a little like comparing cars - some folks love Mercedes, others prefer BMW. Both companies produce excellent cars, just as Kawai and Roland both produce excellent instruments.

The tonal character of the CA67 and HP605 vary considerably, partly because they are produced by different companies, but also because they utilise different techniques to generate the piano sound. Kawai utilises a combination of sampling and modelling to produce the piano sound, while the latest Roland HP/LX models rely exclusively on modelling. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches, as discussed elsewhere on the forum. However, the underlying questions will remain: which instrument feels and sounds most like an acoustic piano, and which one will bring the most musical enjoyment to you and your family. Really, the only way to answer those questions is to spend time with your family play-testing all the instruments under consideration - including the Roland HP605.

Originally Posted By Miguel7
Secondly what are your thoughts on how the CA97 stacks up against both the CA67 and HP605 (am aware of the mobility issue with the CA97)? Even in a living room space with it up against the wall, am I going to feel the difference with the improved sound system from the CA97? I will practice largely with headphones in the evenings and perhaps be more prone to letting the sound out on weekends smile


The CA97's speaker system is quite a step-up from the CA67. In addition to the wooden soundboard speaker, the CA97's other speakers are also upgraded for higher fidelity - both will make a difference at higher volumes, but can also be appreciated at lower volumes. If you will be predominantly playing the instrument using headphones, the CA67 is arguably the most suitable purchase, however if you intend to play mostly through the instrument's speakers, I believe the extra cost of the CA97 can be justified.

I hope this helps - best of luck with your decision!

Kind regards,
James
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ps. I strongly agree with the recommendation of including your child in the decision making process. I believe it's very important for children to feel a 'connection' with the instrument they're playing.
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#2492700 - 12/21/15 07:04 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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James said it best! smile

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#2492779 - 12/22/15 02:00 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Thanks very much for the quick replies guys.
I likely will go for the hp506; CB is oos. Will wait to see if the price of PE drops a little after Xmas as lessons are not starting before new year anyway.
Mind more at peace now that we are not missing out on a crucial trick with the CA67 as I read that its very important for kids to develop their finger strength etc.
Happy holidays.

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#2492798 - 12/22/15 05:07 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Hi Miguel,

I already answered in your other thread in the Piano forum before I saw this thread here, so just in case you don't see it there, let me quote myself:

Originally Posted By JoBert
I've recently faced the exact same decision: HP605, CA-67 or CA-97?

The store where I tested first only had the LX-7, not the HP605. The LX-7 is a bit outside of my price range, but to my knowledge it has the same action and modeled sounds as the HP605, so I played it anyway.
The store also only had the CA-67, not the CA-97. Between the Roland (LX-7) and Kawai (CA-67) I personally preferred both the action and the sounds of the Kawai (but that is entirely subjective and I could totally understand if someone's preference is entirely the reverse - the Roland is a very fine DP!).

So the Roland was out, but the question remained: CA-67 or CA-97? The latter quite a bit more expensive, with the only substantial difference being the sound system.

The next day I went to a different store and tried the CA-97 and I needed less than 5 minutes to decide that I'm totally willing to pay the 880 EUR extra just for the better sound in the CA-97. To me personally, the sound through the sound board in the CA-97 was so much better than the speaker-only sound of the CA-67. Not only that, I could feel the vibrations in the keys and the pedal, just playing at very low shop-compatible volume.

So I ordered the CA-97 (not yet delivered, but I'm waiting on hot coals here).

Again, that preference is highly subjective, but I really recommend to try to play the CA-97 yourself before your decide, if it is inside your budget. You might come to the same conclusion.

Regarding the "it's just up against a wall anyway" argument. That's certainly true, and the sound may be better if it were free standing (I don't know that, actually), but the same argument is true for most acoustic uprights too. Their sound board is usually up against a wall too, but for them it's considered normal operating mode. The CA-97 actually has an equalizer setting where you can specify if your unit is against a wall or free standing, although since mine hasn't arrived yet, I can't say if that is actually useful or just a gimmick.

Hope this helps a bit.
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#2492800 - 12/22/15 05:21 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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If it was my choice, I would go for the Kawai, since it has a keyboard that is much more realistic for my taste. Besides, sampled pianos still offer a slightly more realistic sound, although modeled pianos are arguably not far behind. On the other hand, modeled pianos are arguably more playable and fluid. So the result for me is 2:1 in Kawai's favor. Once again, that's my personal opinion and I would recommend that you play both and decide for yourself.


Edited by CyberGene (12/22/15 05:26 AM)
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#2492804 - 12/22/15 06:01 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Thank you all for the amazing information. You've all helped open my eyes more to this. Judging from what you've all said, and that some clearly prefer the Roland sound, we are going today to check out the Roland HP605 and HP504; I can't find any dealers in Denmark Street that currently have the 508, but the 504 will at least give me an idea. I had read about the bendy keys issue in HP5xx models, I'm pretty sure an overly clicky keyboard will annoy me and I won't be able to ignore it so I'll look out for that on the 504. I see this is one of the improvements Roland have made in the HP605, where the key mechanics have been improved.

My daughter is also certainly involved in the decision making smile

If they have the CA97 I'll give that a try too, to see how it compares with the CA67 but it is highly unlikely my wife will allow that budget hike after my last hike request was accepted smile

I will be sure to post this afternoon with my thoughts.

A final question, assuming I'm not going to be able to play around with the volume on these pianos too much, how do you all think the speaker system on the HP605 and CA67 compare? My impressions seem to be they are fairly comparable?


Edited by Miguel7 (12/22/15 06:03 AM)
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#2492806 - 12/22/15 06:28 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: CyberGene]
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Originally Posted By CyberGene
If it was my choice, I would go for the Kawai, since it has a keyboard that is much more realistic for my taste. Besides, sampled pianos still offer a slightly more realistic sound, although modeled pianos are arguably not far behind. On the other hand, modeled pianos are arguably more playable and fluid. So the result for me is 2:1 in Kawai's favor. Once again, that's my personal opinion and I would recommend that you play both and decide for yourself.


I think the Kawais offer the best of both worlds, i.e. beautiful sampled piano tones, plus modelling for the resonance etc. I wouldn't say they're any less playable than the modelled competition either, and they certainly have that 'connected' feel.

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#2492808 - 12/22/15 06:45 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: DanDanDan]
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What JoBert said :-)

I tried a selection of Yamahas, Rolands and Kawais. As soon as I played the CA67, I was "Wow, this is the one for me...". Then I went and played the 97, and absolutely decided it was worth the extra. I don't often treat myself, so this was the one time I thought "Buy the best you can reasonably afford".

I can't see myself replacing it for a long time.

Unless the CS11 comes out of course :-)
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#2492812 - 12/22/15 07:21 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Originally Posted By Miguel7
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I had read about the bendy keys issue in HP5xx models, I'm pretty sure an overly clicky keyboard will annoy me and I won't be able to ignore it so I'll look out for that on the 504. I see this is one of the improvements Roland have made in the HP605, where the key mechanics have been improved.
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What do you mean by this, may I ask?

My (subjective) observations/opinions about the discussed actions: PHA4 (in HP 50{4,6,8}) is quieter than PHA-50 (=newest), but a little more bouncy (pushes your fingers upward after pressing a key to the bottom). PHA-50 is a little bit noisier but otherwise very nice to play and "easiest" I tried so far. (probably my most favorite action, except for being slightly noisy). Haven't played GF2 but GF(1) is the quietest of all, very nice overall with a "serious" feeling (as opposed to playing a toy piano) but a requires more effort to play (compared with eg PHA-50) - a bit heavier and maybe even deeper? (could't measure) What I like about GF(1) is spacing between black keys - widest I tried so far, probably.

Sound (subjective): between 'old' Roland and 'new' (aka 'modeled') Roland, I like the old one better. The modeled is admittedly playable and full of resonances but the piano feels distant, behind some fog sound/noise (resonances?). But I believe I could get used to it (not sure I could really love it), just that it wasn;t love at first (or second) sight. Just as a reference - Pianoteq (in my ears) beats them all.

One final note - if you you are going to rely on the internal sounds (as opposed to VSTs and such), make sure you like the sound as it is and don't believe you can "later change it to your liking using Piano Designer / Virtual Technician / whatnot" - I (personally, subjectively - you name it) don't believe this is possible. You can make it slightly better or a lot worse but once there is some characteristic that you don't like, it's going to be there no matter what.

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#2492814 - 12/22/15 07:40 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Hookxs]
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Good last paragraph. I found the sound equalised or whattever they call it on FP50 to be worse than uselezs. Decent tone controls would be so mu h better.

In any case, the kdys on mine (Ivofy feel G I think) are def the quietest! At the momemt. . .
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#2492819 - 12/22/15 08:18 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Hookxs]
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Originally Posted By Hookxs

One final note - if you you are going to rely on the internal sounds (as opposed to VSTs and such), make sure you like the sound as it is and don't believe you can "later change it to your liking using Piano Designer / Virtual Technician / whatnot" - I (personally, subjectively - you name it) don't believe this is possible. You can make it slightly better or a lot worse but once there is some characteristic that you don't like, it's going to be there no matter what.


+1000 to this!!!

I was going to write exactly the same in the LX thread. Same with Pianoteq and V-Piano. There are people who always try to convince you you can customize the sound to exactly your taste but that has never been the case if you don't like the stock sound regardless of how (purportedly) customizable the engine is.


Edited by CyberGene (12/22/15 08:20 AM)
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#2492826 - 12/22/15 08:49 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Certainly the underlying character of the sound of a piano - Roland SN, Kawai, Yamaha CF, Pianoteq and the sampled VSTs - is always going to be there, however much you tweak and fiddle with it. Buy a piano you like the sound of as well as one you like the feel of, unless you are sure you'll be using VSTs and you are happy with the say they sound and perform.

Despite having various VST pianos, the best SuperNatual Roland sounds are the ones I use for a serious sounding piano. Though it should be said I do not have Vintage D, Ivory American D or CFX - the picture would probably change if I had one of those or equivalent.
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#2492827 - 12/22/15 09:10 AM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
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Quote:

What do you mean by this, may I ask?


It was the comments and youtube videos regarding the noisy action of some of the Rolands?
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2230627/PHA4_vs_PHA3_keyboard_noise_-_.html

So I just came back from Denmark Street and we tried out the CA67 (again), the CA97 and the HP605.

The guy in the shop also kindly demoed both as well. Firstly the Kawai action definitely won hands down as so many have said, we didn't mind the Roland action but all agreed it just didn't have that fullness that the Kawai had. We turned both pianos up and in terms of speakers there wasn't much difference, though I felt the CA67 had more resonance than the Roland. The sounds on the Roland are definitely crisper, brighter but the Kawai sound had so much body, just felt a bit more epic to me, if that's the right word. And I was able to brighten it a bit with a few other settings - the pop piano setting for instance certainly gives it a bit of a crisper note if that's something we ever desire for some reason.

I can see now why the sound is so subjective though, but the fullness and resonance of the CA67, for me, beat the brightness and crispness of the HP605.

We also tried the CA97, I turned it up and could feel a slight overall improvement in the resonance of the sound, but at normal volume it was a bit harder to distinguish really, to the point that I could no way justify the extra £600 (phew!). Particularly as this will sit in my living room, in what isn't a huge house, and during the week will be almost exclusively played with headphones on.

So the CA67 it is, need to do some quick research on good headphones now smile

After about 1 month of reading and absorbing information, I'm pretty excited to get this


Edited by Miguel7 (12/22/15 09:12 AM)
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#2492897 - 12/22/15 12:57 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
Miguel7 Offline
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Piano ordered, arriving tomorrow. smile
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#2492904 - 12/22/15 01:29 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: Miguel7]
DanDanDan Offline
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Registered: 12/17/15
Posts: 9
Originally Posted By Miguel7
Piano ordered, arriving tomorrow. smile


Congratulations!

My CA-97 is ordered and will arrive on Thursday...what a nice thing to happen on Christmas Eve smile

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#2492905 - 12/22/15 01:30 PM Re: Deciding between CA67 (maybe CA97) and HP605 [Re: mcoll]
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Registered: 07/21/15
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Hi mcoll, i agree... maybe i prefer Roland sound by a little margin over kawai, but kawai wooden keys are in other league over Roland actions, but PHA50 is a great one, PHA4 is maybe more comparable to RHII key action...

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