Roland muffled sound

Posted by: CarloPiano

Roland muffled sound - 11/13/12 05:01 AM

Hi! I bought a Roland HP-305 1 year ago and I'm happy with it. I chose it because I liked the action (although it's a bit light) and I loved the dynamic expression range, resonance, decay, etc. of Supernatural engine.

But there is something I can't really understand. Why the speakers produce that muffled, dull sound? It's true that Roland sound isn't by default as bright as Yamaha or kawai but with headphones the sound is brighter than from speakers. But playing with speakers I have a better playing sensation (despite the muffleness). And outside the player perspective I thing the sound is a bit better.

Do you have any thoughts about this? Must Roland use another brand speakers? Thanks!
Posted by: EssBrace

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/13/12 05:27 AM

I had the HP-307 for a little while. The sound through speakers really lacked clarity. It sounded fantastic from across the room or even from another room but for the player the experience was quite poor. Disappointing given that it was Roland's flagship console digital at the time.
Posted by: pv88

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/13/12 05:44 AM

@CarloPiano,

I recommend trying the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers with subwoofer:

Try adding another set of speakers (with a subwoofer) to your piano and keep them small so you can set two of them on top of the cabinet (left and right) as the subwoofer can go under the piano to the left side of the pedals which will resonate into the bass end side of the keyboard.

These are not the cheap computer-style speakers you find with many desktop computer systems, they are high quality satellites with real tweeter horns and midrange speakers and have excellent clarity and range. Combined with the powerful subwoofer the total output is 200 watts, with 70 watts in the two satellites (at 35 watts each) and 130 watts for the subwoofer.

I use the following Klipsch speakers and subwoofer with the V-Piano:

http://www.klipsch.com/promedia-2-1-computer-speakers

And, they cost only $150 (US) ... a very good value.

Your piano will no longer sound muffled, too!
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/13/12 08:19 AM

As per pv88, I wonder what it sounds like to you using external speakers? There is a difference in tone, brightness and clarity between Yamaha, Kawai and Roland, so it's either that or just poor speakers and enclosure in the Roland.
Posted by: Marco M

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/13/12 12:11 PM

On my HP-505, which I expect to be almost like your 307 (according to technical data), I always change the sound settings for Ambience and Brilliance, depending if practicing with headphones, or playing with the speaker system. And additionally I change from time to time according to my daily feelings the "Soundboard" parameter, which in my words could also be called the 'Attack'. For this one I give you the setting as I statistically use it most of the time.

Headphones (Beyerdynamics DT 411):
no "brilliance"
no "Ambience"
Soundboard usually 10

Speakers (HP-505):
Ambience=1
Brilliance=10
Soundboard usually 5

You can see, that I maximize the brilliance for the speaker system, but keep the attack reduced. I am then very happy with this settings!
I am still very unsure about how I want the Damper Resonance parameter set. I like the subtle extra 'reverb' which it adds to the sound, but I don´t like the clarity I loose.
Posted by: Man of La Mancha

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/14/12 12:33 PM

In my experience with SN, there seems to be an optimal volume level that produces great sound (this may have to do with the built-in speakers). If I lower volume below this optimal level, it is not just the volume that gets lower but sound quality also degrades somewhat...muffled as you said. If the volume gets too loud, then it starts sounding like...digital.
Posted by: MacMacMac

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/14/12 12:40 PM

Yes, much of it relates to the internal speakers. Try external ones. BIG improvement.
Posted by: Marco M

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/14/12 03:13 PM

I completley agree to what Man of La Mancha has said, I observe the same.
And I made the test after reading the HP-series threads of the last days. Yes, it sounds better if you are somewhere in the room than sitting right in front of it, if letting the DP recorder play at lower volumes.
Posted by: ap55

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/16/12 03:28 PM

I confirm above statements. The external speaker sound of HP505 is poor, at least for the person in front of the keys. Roland would do better to place the speakers in front of the piano. For the middle domain there is more a diffuse, none controlled muffled sound. If there is a cavity behind the piano, this sound can becomes easily boomy. I bought the piano for the sound using headphones and I was conscious if I would ones like to play any piano of the HP series w/o headphones, I have to buy new monitors. Therefore my decision was for the HP505 which is the cheapest piano with a premier action, that saves me money for a later point to substitute the internal speakers.
Posted by: pianoismydream

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/16/12 09:13 PM

Originally Posted By: pv88
@CarloPiano,

I recommend trying the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers with subwoofer:

Try adding another set of speakers (with a subwoofer) to your piano and keep them small so you can set two of them on top of the cabinet (left and right) as the subwoofer can go under the piano to the left side of the pedals which will resonate into the bass end side of the keyboard.

These are not the cheap computer-style speakers you find with many desktop computer systems, they are high quality satellites with real tweeter horns and midrange speakers and have excellent clarity and range. Combined with the powerful subwoofer the total output is 200 watts, with 70 watts in the two satellites (at 35 watts each) and 130 watts for the subwoofer.

I use the following Klipsch speakers and subwoofer with the V-Piano:

http://www.klipsch.com/promedia-2-1-computer-speakers

And, they cost only $150 (US) ... a very good value.

Your piano will no longer sound muffled, too!


Hi pv88, can you compare the sound of ProMedia 2.1 with your CA95 sound? I heard CA95 has really wonderful speaker system and people feel very good in front of it. Can ProMedia 2.1 be close to it? Btw, are you using LINE-OUT or headphone port to connect with your ProMedia 2.1? Thanks.
Posted by: pv88

Re: Roland muffled sound - 11/16/12 10:46 PM

@pianoismydream,

Overall, I would say that the CA95's speakers/soundboard give more realism to the sounds than the Klipsch speakers with the V-Piano, and, the CA95's speakers also add a lot of natural vibration to the keys while playing. The subwoofer with the Klipsch speakers causes vibrations too, but they are not quite as realistic as the CA95's soundboard. I would say that the Klipsch speakers tend to sound better at lower volume levels and I have them sitting directly on top of the V-Piano for the best results. I have placed the subwoofer to the far left side of the pedals (against the stand) under the piano, so that it might give off some vibrations to to the bass end of the keyboard. Speaker placement is always relative to how the player wants to perceive the sounds.

As for setup, the Klipsch speakers uses a cable that plugs into the headphone jack on the V-Piano.
Posted by: CarloPiano

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/07/12 04:37 AM

Thank you everyone for your thoughts smile

I remember someone linked at this forum a video of a pianist from Roland comparing a Yamaha CLP 480 to a Roland HP-507. She played Debusy's Arabesque no. 2 on both. She said Roland was far more expressive. I generally agreed with her, she could do better dynamics. But what she didn't say is that the Yamaha sounded right (not great, it was a home camera or cell phone recording, for sure it wasn't professional), you couldn't be fouled by confusing it with a real piano but it was bright and ok. But the Roland, while nice in tone, was completely muffled. I think it's a shame Roland hasn't corrected this. Yes, I think it's not a brand sign of identity, it's a design error, they made a new series of HP piano and the error persists!

BTW, the video I tell about doesn't exist anymore. Pity! frown It was very educational.

Talking about another thing, from the videos I watched, the V-Piano Grand sounds great, not muffled at all. But it's price tag is absolutely unreachable for me. Maybe Roland doesn't correct this problem because they want to distinguish between their 1000-3000€ models and their 10000+ model?

To "fight" against this muffled sound my HP.305 has I use Grand Piano 3 tone. It's brighter. I don't like to tweak brilliance settings as it doesn't solve completely the problem and it adds, in my opinion, new ones such as a too harsh sound difficult to control but thanks for the suggestion.

@Pv88, thanks for your recommendation. I will have it in account for sure. Not now as I cannot play with a very high volume (neighbours...) but thank you anyway.
Posted by: peterws

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/07/12 12:05 PM

I enjoyed reading all this; there was this Roland something or other in our local piano store. And it was muffled to me, nor was it cheap. The lady in the shop said it sounded more like an acoustic than the others. Next door were the acoustics.

They were muffled - heavy mid range. Needed sparkle . . . ! Darned glad I`ve got a digital. Maybe I need some sparkle . .
Posted by: bennevis

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/07/12 12:06 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
I enjoyed reading all this; there was this Roland something or other in our local piano store. And it was muffled to me, nor was it cheap. The lady in the shop said it sounded more like an acoustic than the others. Next door were the acoustics.

They were muffled - heavy mid range. Needed sparkle . . . ! Darned glad I`ve got a digital. Maybe I need some sparkle . .


Methinks we all need to play on real pianos a lot, lot more... grin
Posted by: CarloPiano

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/07/12 02:09 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
And it was muffled to me, nor was it cheap. The lady in the shop said it sounded more like an acoustic than the others.


That's true! My HP-305 sounds impressive and very realistic from a certain distance (not from the player place). It sounds almost like a high quality piano (a Steinway, Bluthner, Bössendorfer or alike), better than any Yamaha (IMHO). I think the bass and the treble are specially amazing. But from the player perspective, while not bad, its a bit plastic frown
Posted by: New NewB

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 06:14 AM

This is total B.S.! I'm getting pissed...

Something this expensive should have speakers that sound accurate relative to how the manufacturer wants the piano to sound. Are some of you implying that when the manufacturer develops a model and plays a prototype and hears it through the speakers, they say "that's good enough, if the buyer wants better s/he can use headphones or buy speakers"?

Compared to the piano and its components, speakers aren't that expensive. There is no reason why the buyer should have to buy additional equipment to improve the sound of a piano at this level. We're not talking $500, 1000, or even $2000 pianos here. 3000 friggin bucks and you have to buy speakers? Bull$#!t.

There is no friggin' way that, after dropping $3000+ on a piano, I have any inclination to go buy equipment for it. In fact, I won't have any money for more equipment. If I do get it before Christmas, my kids will be lucky to have more than coal in their stockings. Crap, I don't even know where to get coal around here in environmentally safe anti-fracking New England (as it should be environmentally safe and anti-fracking). So, it'll be an apple or orange in the toe of the stocking, some school supplies, staff paper (oh, wait, this is a digital piano... does that make staff paper and pencils obsolete?), and maybe an issue of Mad Magazine or Skiing magazine.

But, I digress (up late/up early cuz I'm sick, feel like crap and can't sleep... I digress again), I will not believe for a second that a $3000 piano would have substandard speakers. Please tell me this thread is about the buyer's preference and perhaps being overly meticulous.
Posted by: MacMacMac

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 07:14 AM

Your belief-second has expired! smile

Now ... a $3000 piano has crappy speakers. That't that. They ALL do.

To get good sound you need good drivers in a good enclosure.
A digital piano makes a TERRIBLE enclosure. (Have you EVER seen a decent speaker in a configuration that resembles that of a digital piano? Never!)

So regardless of the driver quality, the results will be mediocre.
Posted by: EssBrace

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 09:24 AM

They're not all mediocre. The top end Yamaha Clavinovas with iAFC are very good indeed in my opinion. Most people seem to rate the Kawai CA93/95. Some of the Rolands have an issue with how they sound from the player's perspective - I certainly agree they sound muffled and lack clarity to the player. That was my experience anyway. But to condemn them all is unreasonable. I think if you spend the $3000 it is reasonable to expect something good. Not state-of-the-art obviously, but good.

I also agree that in principle it is crazy to have to consider adding amps/speakers to an above average console DP from one of the major manufacturers.

And finally, by default acoustic pianos do not sound muffled, not to my ears anyway - Roland is not imitating real life by making their DPs sound muffled.
Posted by: personne

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 09:27 AM

Originally Posted By: New NewB
This is total B.S.! I'm getting pissed...

Something this expensive should have speakers that sound accurate relative to how the manufacturer wants the piano to sound. Are some of you implying that when the manufacturer develops a model and plays a prototype and hears it through the speakers, they say "that's good enough, if the buyer wants better s/he can use headphones or buy speakers"?

Compared to the piano and its components, speakers aren't that expensive. There is no reason why the buyer should have to buy additional equipment to improve the sound of a piano at this level.


Speakers are in fact expensive, and good hi-fi speakers can cost thousands of dollars themselves.
The sound of a digital piano is different from those of acoustic - then you are playing acoustics, hammers hit the strings and the sound is coming from different places all over the piano, depending on which string was hit, while a digital piano has three-amplified system at the best (except may be the most expensive grand-like pianos).
So the sound of acoustic piano from player perspective is relatively hard to imitate using 2-4-6 speakers, while a piano sounds really good from other places.

Roland made improvements on its HP 5xx series adding the Sound Projection System from its V-piano. It is designed to imitate sound coming from there the key was hit.

It is still not ideal, but in fact HP-505 sounds much better with its speakers than previous higher model HP-307, although 307 is a little bit crispier and sounds slightly better through headphones. Initially making choice between these two models, I was more inclined to buy 505 model due to its speaker system, but finally decided for 507.

All digitals I've heard sounded better through headphones, it is not something about Roland.

About my HP-507 model, it should not be probably put very close to the wall, there should be a little space behind it, then it sounds OK for me.
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 12:59 PM

Good rant, but as Mac says you missed the point. Or rather the inherent difficulty the designer has with the shape of a DP. I also find the HP50x sound missing something, but that may be personal preference.
Posted by: Taylorius

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 03:26 PM

I totally agree with New NewB


During my recent "investigation" into DPs, I tried some Rolands, and they were all muffled. Not the V-piano, but several HP-50x models. As I've mentioned on here before, they sound like I'm listening to them from the next room.

The assistant said they were optimised for listening from further away. Whatever that means. Maybe I ought to get my arms stretched like THIS guy. "I wonder where, that Roland midrange has gone?"

I've also heard it said that people are a bit naive to expect decent quality sound output for $3000. Speakers are expensive etc. I'm sure this is true, but if this is the reason, then how do Kawai manage it? Their CA95 sound is absolutely brilliant, on a similarly priced instrument.

There shouldn't be a need, given $3000 spent on a new digital piano, to need more equipment in order to make it sound right for the person playing it. I just can't see it.

Matt
Posted by: personne

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 07:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Taylorius
There shouldn't be a need, given $3000 spent on a new digital piano, to need more equipment in order to make it sound right for the person playing it.


For me Roland does not sound muffled, but it can be boomy if staying close to the wall in the room with wrong resonance.

I do not understand how cheap speakers can improve the sound of a digital piano.
Posted by: Kawai James

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 08:58 PM

The quality of the speakers isn't necessarily the problem. It's more their position, and the fact that speakers in most DP face downward, towards the floor. Even the finest monitor speakers will sound muffled if you angle the output at the floor.

Cheers,
James
x
Posted by: MacMacMac

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/08/12 10:29 PM

Yes, it sucks that you need to add external speakers to a $3000 piano. But that's just the way it is.
A piano slab-box with a pair of speakers like this ...

... cannot produce sound that compares to speakers like this:


We just just have to live with it.

BTW, I bought those speakers (and stands, not shown) and an A/V receiver to drive them, all used on Craig's List ... for $197. A pittance when added to a $3000 piano.
Posted by: peterws

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/09/12 11:56 AM

You know, if you listen to acoustic pianos on youtube played by competent players (some are very young; they all have Steinways or better) they sound terrible. Now that`s in a room, playing live. But when they`re recorded they sound soooo much better. Almost as good as a digital. I do not want an acoustic. Not now, not ever!! . . .
Posted by: Melodialworks Music

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/09/12 02:15 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
You know, if you listen to acoustic pianos on youtube played by competent players (some are very young; they all have Steinways or better) they sound terrible. Now that`s in a room, playing live. But when they`re recorded they sound soooo much better. Almost as good as a digital. I do not want an acoustic. Not now, not ever!! . . .


Your post makes no sense. First you say that the recordings sound "terrible", then you say that "when they're recorded they sound soooo (sic) much better".

What's your point?
Posted by: peterws

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/10/12 01:41 PM

Sorry. I explained that badly. The aforementioned live recordings were in rooms, concert halls, in front (usually) of people listening and the recording would be basic. The second case is where CDs or professionally recorded stuff is played of the same music employing people of the same calibre. There is an unexpectedly huge difference which I would not attribute entirely to the recording quality, but to the tuning of the instrument in use; perhaps also the acoustics.

Does that make a bit more sense?
Posted by: EssBrace

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/10/12 04:26 PM

Still doesn't make a lot of sense to me. What category would you put this in?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS5LRRsNYZk

(Live recording in a concert hall "in front of people listening").

If you just mean pianos recorded on mobile phones and camcorders sound shite, then of course they do. Everything sounds shite in those circumstances.
Posted by: toddy

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/10/12 07:14 PM

Microphone placement makes an enormous difference. Then, much less usually, the quality of the microphone. Then, less still, the quality of the recording equipment. And of course, the matter of someone knowing what they're doing making the recording. But mostly it comes down to microphone placement.

I think that's what peterws is hearing, as well as the mediocre quality of the maintenance of the piano being played.....that makes an enormous difference too.
Posted by: Taylorius

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 11:38 AM

I went to Harrods a couple of days ago, to try out their Roland LX15 and HP-507. I have looked at them already, but I wanted to check that the muffled sound I experienced in the first store, wasn't random bad luck.I can confirm that these were also muffled, so its safe to say this is how they were designed.

However, I did notice something else interesting. When I play a digital piano in a shop, I tend not to turn it's volume up above half way. However, this time I did turn the volume up to full, and hey presto, the treble and midrange were all there, and it did sound really nice (albeit a bit too loud for comfort, in a shop). However, with the volume back down to half way, it was extreme mufflage again.

This seems odd, I haven't noticed the tone changing so significantly with volume on other makes of piano. However, on the LX15 and HP507, with the volume up to the top, I thought the sound was miles, miles better, and in fact would make them a real temptation, if the sound wasn't so muffled at lower volumes.

Anyone have any ideas why this might be the case? I wonder if anything could be done about it?

Cheers

Matt
Posted by: bennevis

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 12:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Taylorius
I went to Harrods a couple of days ago, to try out their Roland LX15 and HP-507. I have looked at them already, but I wanted to check that the muffled sound I experienced in the first store, wasn't random bad luck.I can confirm that these were also muffled, so its safe to say this is how they were designed.

However, I did notice something else interesting. When I play a digital piano in a shop, I tend not to turn it's volume up above half way. However, this time I did turn the volume up to full, and hey presto, the treble and midrange were all there, and it did sound really nice (albeit a bit too loud for comfort, in a shop). However, with the volume back down to half way, it was extreme mufflage again.

This seems odd, I haven't noticed the tone changing so significantly with volume on other makes of piano. However, on the LX15 and HP507, with the volume up to the top, I thought the sound was miles, miles better, and in fact would make them a real temptation, if the sound wasn't so muffled at lower volumes.

Anyone have any ideas why this might be the case? I wonder if anything could be done about it?

Cheers

Matt




If you are going to compare DP sounds, you need to hear them at realistic volumes, i.e. at volume levels equivalent to that of (at least) a small acoustic upright.

Many amplifiers have a button (usually called 'loudness') that boosts treble and bass levels when listening at low volumes because the human ear loses its sensitivity of low and high frequencies much more than at medium (i.e. voice) frequencies. When something sounds 'muffled', what you're not hearing is the high frequencies or the overtones in piano sounds, rather than the mid-range.
Posted by: MacMacMac

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 12:56 PM

Most any piano can be "fixed" with an external sound system. And they really do need such fixing.

You can add an outboard equalizer and amplifier feeding proper speakers that will outperform the piano's sound character. Even without resorting to computer-based piano libraries you can get better sound, and it need not cost much.
Posted by: Taylorius

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 01:12 PM

Hi bennevis

I think you're exactly right - sort of what I was getting at too, actually. The response (or lack thereof) of the ear to quieter frequencies, and the compensation (or lack thereof) by the eq of the amplification system.

This is not an excuse for it however. Roland should have compensated for this bias - other digital piano makers don't seem to suffer from it (at least not nearly so badly). Kawais sound consistent across volumes, as do Yamahas. Even my humble (and ageing) Technics sounds alright.

If it's just a matter of adjusting the eq for different volume levels, it's even more of a shame. I've come to like the LX15, aside from this problem.

Does anyone know if such modern pianos can have their firmware "patched" to allow such modifications? I've never heard of a culture of such hackers, but it would be rather cool.


Cheers

Matt
Posted by: EssBrace

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 01:30 PM

I don't understand why anyone would want to play at volumes significantly lower than a real acoustic piano. A bit lower yes, but not too much. Without enough volume pianos are just nothing - they need to "move the air" to move the player (and listeners). There's nothing more boring than pianos or indeed any music that's not loud enough. Quiet pianos (ie, much quieter than a real piano) just don't hit the spot at all for me.

Digital pianos turned down just sound like flat little transistor radios. Turn the wick up I say!

And before people rant on about "that's why I buy digital - to control volume" I say nonsense. That's what headphones are for: To listen privately (but at a volume in the same ballpark as a real piano of course!).

Just my thoughts.

Posted by: Taylorius

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 01:37 PM

Hi Essbrace

I agree with you on volume up to a point. However, some digital pianos, when turned up full, are actually louder than say, an acoustic upright. So there seems to be quite a lot of ground between turning the volume up to 11, and transistor radio territory.

For example I sometimes sing and play - so headphones aren't going to work for me. I like to set the volume to be similar to an acoustic, which on my piano, is a little over halfway.

The volume knob is there for good and useful reasons. However it is a volume knob, not a muffling knob. :-)

Cheers

Matt
Posted by: CarloPiano

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 01:59 PM

@EssBrace, I generally agree with you. My HP-305 was impressive at the store at almost full volume.

Originally Posted By: EssBrace
I don't understand why anyone would want to play at volumes significantly lower than a real acoustic piano. A bit lower yes, but not too much. Without enough volume pianos are just nothing - they need to "move the air" to move the player (and listeners)


I don't want to... but the problem is the neighbours so I usually play at 1/4 of the volume. Anyway I personally think that a full volume DP is less annoying than an acoustic upright due to the lack of vibrations transmitted trough the flour and the walls (I think a new thread should be opened about this).

Regarding headphones, I think one must be careful about long term side effects on health of a continued loud headphones sound. I use 1/3 of the volume while playing on headphones.
Posted by: Marco M

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 05:12 PM

While the sound of the new HP-500 serie is good at high volumes or using headphones, it could be optimized for low volumes by pressing simply 1 button. Test for yourself which brilliance level you want for low volumes on the speaker system, save it with the "backup" function, and then if needed just tip the Brilliance button to have it activated. That´s really so easy, that you should do this even when visiting a shop for test playing - at least the dealer should be able to make this adjustment for you.

Anybody besides me who simply rises the "Brilliance" for happily listening to the HP-500 speaker system even at low volumes?
Posted by: PianoWorksATL

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/15/12 06:12 PM

Marco's suggestion is excellent and easy to do. Hopefully, that will work for you, too. Tweaking the touch response setting may also have a positive effect for you.

I find that quite a few people like a softer, less percussive sound. One person's muffled is another's warm & round, while another person's clear & bright is instead thought of as harsh or sharp. There is no one right way to please.
Posted by: CarloPiano

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/16/12 03:30 AM

I already tried that time ago but in my very humble opinion it does not solve the problem. Tweaking brilliance mitigates a bit the muffleness but it doesn't disappear completely and it brings a few new problems of pianistic connection between touch and sound, at least with brightness at high levels (for instance, fortes and fortissimos may sound harsh while on an acoustic piano or on the DP with brilliance between 0 and 2 doesn't. If you use your DP as a working/practicing tool, this can influence negatively your playing fooling your sense of dynamics). I also don't think it's a good idea changing the touch response settings as the response may become unnatural.

I prefer to use Grand Piano 3 (piano 6 in the HP 30x series) which is brighter by default. Anyway I'm just now giving this a second try. I'll tell you the results of my new experiments. Thanks for the suggestions!
Posted by: ap55

Re: Roland muffled sound - 12/16/12 02:24 PM

Marco, as you know there are in fact two problems with the sound of the piano. At lower sound level it sounds not very well either with headphones or with the build in speakers. This is what you addresses in the recommendation.

With the build in speakers the sound is in addition effected (muffled), and this is independent on the loudness. It is caused by resonances of the cavity behind the piano. Due to the fact that the speakers point downwards you have specific wavelength that are attenuated, others not. The cheap wooden soundboard below the keypad (I talk about this 50 cent plate of about 80x160cm) exhibits their own resonance that couple to the air excited in the cavity behind the piano. The resulting near field is simply spoken "incredible" for the players ear. For the far field it seams to be acceptable.

Look at other brands, either the speakers point in addition to the player or you have nice optimized soundboard like on the CA95.

Nevertheless, it is a good piano for the price, but Roland could do better. Competitors can: Casio PX850. I bought HP505 for the price and for the performance on nominal loudness with headphones. So for me it is o.k.