Personal taste on sound...
I am so sad, that I just can´t get my cases from my storage room unpacked, to get my high class mics and recording devices installed in our living room to record my DP as it sounds with its onboard speakers. It is different.
it makes big difference listening to the sound when is being recorded from direct "out" compared to the one form onboard system by all DPs.
I know how Kawai 95 sounds (from "direct output"), but I would like to listen to this instrument when is being recorded with mics in real room, even not in studio, because most of us play at home.
I can't agree more with you – it is a matter of personal test.
Or – education, experience? Possibly.
However, it seem to me that most of the forum members are interesting on this particular model of Kawai, probably not because it is a afordable-price lever instrument, but because it is build with wooden key action.
What about the sounds? – this question stays may be on second place.
It is not an AP, nonetheless.
If there is a sound – it is welcomed, because for about 200 Euro (incl VAT) one can purchase "Ivory II AmericanGrand" + iLok, or something else.
And there is no need to worry how Roland, Kawai or Yamaha sound from their own direct outputs, because this issue, if any, is already solved.
Most of us do not believe advertising – dizzy technical terminology – it is just a make-up, lot of blah-blah etc.
for some reason we need the DP: for rehearsing, teaching, playing for fun or composing and most of the time DP are not equipped with PC or MAC via USB or MIDI to VST host.
That is the reason why I am so curious about Kawai 95, because many colleagues talk about it as a very special tool, as something distinctive.
Otherwise all we know the unpleasant side of Kawai: CS 65, 95, 63, 93, CA 3, 6, 9 without DSP processing sound pretty the same – harsh and with short decay,
Roland – with hi-fi EQ by default and busted low shelf,
Yamaha is hollow or when EQ-ed – glassy.
Non of these DP are Steinway or Bösendorfer, because they are the paragons.
Coincidentally or not these two do not sale DPs, but Steinway offers "silent" system to its upright pianos. http://www.steinway-muenchen.de/klaviere/stummschaltung
Hence, soon or not we could become witnesses of some very classy DP, I guess!