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#2602745 - 01/10/17 04:47 AM Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano
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Hello folks,

Here's some new product information that you may be interested in:

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Kawai Japan is proud to announce the ES110, the latest addition to the highly respected ES range of portable digital pianos, and successor to the best-selling ES100. This updated model features a brand new Responsive Hammer Compact keyboard action, Harmonic Imaging 88-key piano sampling, dedicated Line Out jacks, and built-in Bluetooth® wireless connectivity to deliver gig-friendly grand piano touch and tone at a remarkably affordable price.

Read more...


Kawai Global website: ES110 product page

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#2602750 - 01/10/17 04:57 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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ES110 New Features & Improvements
  • New: Responsive Hammer Compact keyboard action
  • New: Bluetooth MIDI connectivity
  • New: Line Out jacks
  • Improved: 3.0 kg lighter than ES100 (15.0 kg --> 12.0 kg)
  • Improved: Larger, more powerful speakers (12x8 cm --> 12 cm)
  • Improved: Ability to toggle effects on/off from panel
  • Improved: Ability to toggle rotary speaker effect speed from panel
  • Improved: Ability to disable speakers and select 'Flat EQ' when using Line Out jacks
  • Improved: Virtual Technician iOS app support


Kawai Europe Product Videos






Kawai America Product Video

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#2602755 - 01/10/17 05:47 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Looks like a nice upgrade, James. I hope the new compact action plays as nicely as the older AHA IV action. Since I prefer the Kawai EPs to Roland's offerings in their lower weight pianos, this could make a handy small-gig piano for me.
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#2602775 - 01/10/17 08:23 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Does it have USB and/or Midi in/out/through?
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#2602782 - 01/10/17 08:58 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Doug, according to the brochure, it's the same as the ES100: MIDI in/out via 5-pin DIN, but no USB.
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#2602788 - 01/10/17 09:39 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Strange move, the portable market is already saturated.

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#2602790 - 01/10/17 09:41 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: voxpops]
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Originally Posted By voxpops
Doug, according to the brochure, it's the same as the ES100: MIDI in/out via 5-pin DIN, but no USB.

Also Bluetooth MIDI! And it's cool it has the line outs.

I'm curious how it feels compared with the ES100. Looks like a really good competitor at the >$1k price range.
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#2602791 - 01/10/17 09:44 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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#2602802 - 01/10/17 09:58 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: jwmp]
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Originally Posted By jwmp
Strange move, the portable market is already saturated.


It was saturated with ES100-s mainly. Now they swap them with ES110-s and keep the saturation for themselves. Greedy capitalist bastards!
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#2602808 - 01/10/17 10:12 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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It sounds exciting...

There are some first discussions started in my local church about the idea of investing into a portable digital piano. ES110 specs seem to be promising so far smile

This will take at least a few months but possibly a year or two until really looking for which model to buy. At least there is a chance that the new model reaches our market by then.

I am particularly curious about Responsive Hammer Compact keyboard action, hoping to read some reviews soon.
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#2602815 - 01/10/17 10:29 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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So the things improved with regard to actual piano playing are:

- Keyboard
- Better speakers

The sample set seems to be the same. It's still HI, and the keyboard is now first generation RH.

So, we'll know the improvements for the ES120, ES130, and so on. At some time, they will move to RH-II, RH-III, and PHI and HI-XL. At that point, the CA-line will already be at GF-8 and HI-Ultra-XXXL laugh

How is the lower weight achieved? More plastic? Thinner plastic? Now using carbon fiber? (I doubt it.) The one thought I always have with a lower weight is: cheaper build quality, except if some clearly lighter yet stronger material has been used.


Edited by Falsch (01/10/17 10:31 AM)
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#2602823 - 01/10/17 11:21 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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How many key sensors are in the ES110?

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#2602832 - 01/10/17 11:50 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Looking at the pic for the action they have on their official website, I'm pretty sure it's 2 sensors, it seems it only has two notches. You can compare it to the ES8 as well, where they explicitly say "triple hammer sensor" and the membrane is bigger.

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#2602837 - 01/10/17 12:02 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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You're probably right. If the new model now had three, they'd be telling us about it.

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#2602843 - 01/10/17 12:30 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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seems a bit of a strange positioning against FP-30 - FP-30 with the PHA-IV keybed has tri-sensor ?

no USB seems very very odd to me - would have thought all or most midi equipped pianos these days would have usb

I guess pros and cons of each - will be interesting to try in shop

Line-out on the ES110 is an advantage though


Edited by Buckster (01/10/17 12:33 PM)

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#2602848 - 01/10/17 12:53 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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I also find strange no USB and also not being able to determine where the split point is (this is what i understood from the user manual, sorry if i am wrong).

This piano has a different target then the FP30, i get that, but it seems that minimalism is pushed a little too far, as those 2 aspects seem quite basic.

Nevertheless, i'm just hoping to read some reviews, particularly concernig the key action and, if the positive feeling of the ES100 remains, i will probably buy one of these :-)

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#2602850 - 01/10/17 12:58 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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interested to hear what you mean by a different target than the FP30 ?

in what sense ? not doubting you - just wondering what the 2 target markets are

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#2602858 - 01/10/17 01:16 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Let me me start by saying i am no expert, nor as piano player not as commercial so this is based on what i have read in the last couple of months while searching for a portable piano below 1000€.

The es100 and the es110 do not compare to the fp30 in terms of features beyond the key fell. Fp30 has much more sounds, usb, split poin selection, acompainement, i believe there was somethin with recording and plying from a usb stck. The es100 excels on the key action, so i would say that it will appeal to someone who in focused on the similaraty to an acoustic piano that does not give too much importance to such additional features.

Again, this is a personal conclusion based on what is spread out through the web, including this forum.


Edited by meco73 (01/10/17 01:19 PM)

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#2602868 - 01/10/17 01:53 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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The RH does have 2 sensors, as the main difference between RH and RHII is the addition of a 3rd sensor as mentioned here: http://kawaius.com/2015/digital/Features/actions.html.

That is unless they used a new version of RH as in the link provided in the OP it does say "Brand new Responsive Hammer Compact keyboard action" which could be interpreted as meaning brand new in the RH line or brand new for the es100 series depending on how you look at it.

Edit: The new action in this keyboard is called Responsive Hammer Compact, whereas the above comparison is for just Responive Hammer. No idea if this one has 2 or 3 sensors.


Edited by Andriuska (01/10/17 06:08 PM)

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#2602891 - 01/10/17 03:21 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Buckster]
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Originally Posted By Buckster
interested to hear what you mean by a different target than the FP30 ?

in what sense ? not doubting you - just wondering what the 2 target markets are


Looking at the features, it seems Kawai is targetting the "musician that is constantly gigging" with the ES110, rather than the "person that wants to start learning piano". This second group is what Roland, Casio, and Yamaha seem to be aiming for with their products.

Lowest weight, bluetooth MIDI, conventional Line Out (with speakers still acting as monitors) and MIDI ports make for an extremely portable keyboard that's well suited for live use.

Speakers seem a bit underpowered though...

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#2602895 - 01/10/17 03:35 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Andriuska]
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this link has no year, so I hope it will be updated soon:
http://www.kawaius.com/digital/Features/actions.html
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#2602932 - 01/10/17 04:55 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By Morodiene
Originally Posted By voxpops
Doug, according to the brochure, it's the same as the ES100: MIDI in/out via 5-pin DIN, but no USB.

Also Bluetooth MIDI! And it's cool it has the line outs.

I'm curious how it feels compared with the ES100. Looks like a really good competitor at the >$1k price range.


+1

Adding a line out was what folk were asking for---very useful! I guess the lack of a USB midi issue is something that can be cured by a 10 dollar adapter, so probably not a big issue. Will be interesting to see if the update on the action compares favourably to the PHAIV standard.
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#2602934 - 01/10/17 04:57 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: meco73]
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Originally Posted By meco73
Let me me start by saying i am no expert, nor as piano player not as commercial so this is based on what i have read in the last couple of months while searching for a portable piano below 1000€.

The es100 and the es110 do not compare to the fp30 in terms of features beyond the key fell. Fp30 has much more sounds, usb, split poin selection, acompainement, i believe there was somethin with recording and plying from a usb stck. The es100 excels on the key action, so i would say that it will appeal to someone who in focused on the similaraty to an acoustic piano that does not give too much importance to such additional features.

Again, this is a personal conclusion based on what is spread out through the web, including this forum.


To be fair, the only decent sounds on the FP-30 are the SN piano sounds.
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#2603081 - 01/11/17 01:32 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Just ordered the ES 110 sight unseen, keyboard untouched from Kraft Music. I have faith it will be as good or better than the ES 100 which I was literally about to buy when I saw this thread. If there is interest I'll report back once it's delivered!

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#2603082 - 01/11/17 01:38 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Yeah, overall, this looks more appealing than the FP30 for a gigging musician. Line out, real MIDI jacks, lower travel weight, registration memories. And the ES100 Rhodes sounds a lot better than the FP30's. I suspect the Roland will still have louder internal speakers, though.

I hope the effects toggle allow you to defeat the effects that were baked into the EP samples on the 100.

Still not perfect... I like having Line Inputs on boards with speakers, it can be very convenient. And more than that I still wish it had even a simple 2-digit LED display or button lights or something, some way to tell what sound is selected before you hit a key. If you ever use an 88 as the bottom of a 2-board stack, and come back to the 88 after only having played the 2nd board for a while, it is irritating to not be able to tell at a glance what sound your 88 is set at.

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#2603103 - 01/11/17 03:04 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Kawai did a good job with the ES-110, it's a very attractive keyboard for the money. As someone who really likes his FP-30, I'm excited to try out the ES-110.

Kudos on the Bluetooth MIDI, Stereo Line Outs and 12kg weight. The RH Compact key looks very nice.

One ES-100 "feature" not mentioned - it comes with a half-damper pedal. I had to buy the Roland DP-10 pedal to get that functionality. The DP-10 is an excellent pedal, but its extra.
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#2603120 - 01/11/17 03:43 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Groove On]
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Originally Posted By Groove On

One ES-100 "feature" not mentioned - it comes with a half-damper pedal. I had to buy the Roland DP-10 pedal to get that functionality. The DP-10 is an excellent pedal, but its extra.


As far as I see on kawai-global.com, ES110 should come with F-10H pedal, which is a half-damper.
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#2603140 - 01/11/17 04:56 AM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Yup, that's what I'm saying ... the ES-110 comes with a half-damper pedal.
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#2603452 - 01/11/17 09:48 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Glad to see the Bluetooth MIDI added, and the line jacks. Also had hoped for larger sampled sounds, triple-sensor action and USB.

Has anyone played/heard anything about the new action? I'd think that would be the critical element.

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#2603458 - 01/11/17 10:12 PM Re: Kawai announces ES110 ultra-portable digital piano [Re: Kawai James]
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I've never tried Bluetooth MIDI - does it work well? I guess if it does I wouldn't care about the lack of USB.

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