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#688438 - 06/14/05 06:52 PM Studio Monitors on my Kawai ES1
Netsloth Offline
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Registered: 05/19/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
I have a Kawai ES1, into which I've plugged a pair of MAudio DX4 Studio Monitors. My issue is with the volume. Even with the volume on my monitors maxed, it's much too low. When they are plugged into the low-level outputs, the volume is set, and the slider on the piano has no effect on the volume.

The volume is much improved if I use the headphone jack instead, but then I get noticable distortion which drives me crazy.

I know the speakers are capable of handling a much louder, cleaner signal, because when I run a CD through them, they can run me out of the room without distorting.

I guess my question is this: is there any way to boost the low-level output from my piano without distorting it? A pre-amp or EQ or somesuch? I've thumbed through my musician's friend catalog, but the only preamps I see are for guitar, which is mono. I guess I could maybe merge the left and right channels and run it through a mono preamp.

Does it sound like I'm even on the right track? Does anyone have a specific suggestion for the peice of equipment I might be looking for?

Thanks in advance.
Netsloth - Kawai ES1

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#688439 - 06/16/05 07:04 AM Re: Studio Monitors on my Kawai ES1
kidblast Offline
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Registered: 04/25/05
Posts: 258
Loc: Leominster Mass.
Hi netsloth,,

I use an M-Aduio LX4 2.1 (60watt sub that powers two satelites) on my Pf500 to beef up the sound of the built in speakers when I want more umph.

perhaps what you would need would be a stereo amp, (not unlike what you would find in a home stereo component system) to power the speakers.

You should be able to take the low-l outs, input to the stereo amp, and the amp, of course out to your DX4s.

Or, another option may be to find a power sub that will also power the DX4s,, (like the one I have with the LX4 package).

#688440 - 06/17/05 07:17 AM Re: Studio Monitors on my Kawai ES1
Netsloth Offline
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Registered: 05/19/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Jacksonville, FL

I bought a Behringer UB502 mixer/preamp and ran the line out from the Kawai to the stereo channel in, and then plugged the DX4's into the output of the mixer.

It's absolutely perfect. The quality is great, and it gives me all the volume control I want. As a plus, I also have my CD player plugged into a channel, and my metronome plugged into another channel (there are 5 in all on the mixer.)

This lets me play along with a cd or my metronome, and I can control the volume of the metronome in the mix, where before I was stuck at the volume of the device itself.

Couldn't ask for a better solution, especially since it only cost $43.
Netsloth - Kawai ES1

"Elliott, man you played a fine guitar - and some dirty basketball"

-Ben Folds


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