Digital Piano Kawai CN25 Full Review. Is it a good choice?

Today we bring you the analysis of a digital piano that is growing quite a lot in the market with the brand Kawai.

Note: The new version has been released with the Kawai CN 27. We’ll compare it to you in this article.

The Kawai CN25 is more of a digital piano than a piano keyboard. It is designed for the studio and to replace a wall-mounted piano. It weighs much less than an upright piano and is aesthetically very successful.

It is valid for the study of the piano at all levels as it is a complete digital piano. All this for a budget of between 1000 and 1200 euros. It’s not the cheapest digital piano but you’re also paying for a little aesthetics and touch. That’s already a personal decision. We move on to analyze the technical aspects to help you decide.

Sound

I’m sure you’ll be interested in…

​It has a polyphonic memory of 192 notes. That are the maximum of notes that can sound at the same time, this includes the notes that sound when we play on themes and when we accumulate notes by stepping on the pedal. It’s a powerful polyphony.

The system with which the sound of the piano has been sampled and recorded is Kawai’s Progressive Harmonic Imaging™ (PHI). A system of enough quality that surpasses for example the AWM.

It has 19 high quality piano sounds like the concert Grand or studio grand 2. Also the Modern E.Piano that we like. It has everything you need if you’re interested in the piano in particular, from organs to other more modern sounds.

Good sound and well sampled. Although there are much cheaper piano keyboard models with similar sound performance. For this price you are paying as we said the appearance, the quality of the wood and the real feel very important especially for classical piano…

Hammer Action Keys

Pretty good. It has a Responsive Hammer system with a very interesting emulation of the touch of an acoustic piano. The truth is that touch is its strongest feature

Connectivity, recording and MIDI

The Kawai CN 25 brings with it all the advantages of a digital piano. It has output for 2 headsets and brings MIDI or USB to host. MIDI allows you to record what you are playing on MIDI tracks with programs such as SIbelius or Cubase that can then be exported to a music sheet with a single click.

With the headphones you have the Duet mode in which you can split the piano in 2 so that teacher and student can play together in silence. It has triple pedalboard like a real piano (most of the cheapest digitals only usually bring the sustain pedal that is worth to keep the note in time). The triple footswitch makes sense to play certain already advanced pieces.

Below we leave a video of this digital piano which you can hear several of the sounds offered by this digital piano, even if it is in English is good for you to get an idea.

Portability

In this respect it must be borne in mind that the intention of Kawai CN25 is to resemble as much as possible a digital wall piano.

If you buy it you are supposed to be looking for a digital piano that adorns and is also a quality instrument to play and study with it without moving it from its place.

Round the 40 kg and that makes it much easier to move anyway compared to the 150 kg that can weigh a upright piano. Not to mention the price difference compared to an acoustic upright piano.

Does it fit all levels?

Thanks to the triple pedal, it is valid for all levels. It is valid for professionals as well as for students of any level if you cannot afford an upright piano. Although everyone would like to have a grand piano the reality is usually that people have to manage lower budgets.

This digital piano is a good option to study middle conservatory. And if you don’t have more budget it can be worth to the superior. The important thing at the end is the hours of study.

I really like the touch of this piano but if your budget is around 700 euros take a look at Yamaha Arius 143.

Kawai CN 25 vs Kawai CN 27

There are not many changes, it has done a face wash and have added MIDI Bluetooth 4.0 technology that is always an improvement and is at the same price as before. You can see our most complete review in the CN27 post.

If you live in America or Asia check Amazon. If you live at Europe check Thomann:

Kawai CN25 vs Yamaha P115

In this case we are comparing a piano keyboard with a digital piano and it has its logic because we want to guide you well.

If you just want to study and you can afford to buy the Kawai CN25 but if you want to move the piano and take it to performances think about a piano keyboard like the Yamaha P115.

The Yamaha P115 costs half, has a Yamaha Hammer Action GHS that’s not bad at all and also has a polyphonic memory of 192 notes. A cannon for its price and weighs 12 kg.

Both have MIDI output although the Kawai CN25 is more robust and with more “piano” appearance.

The Yamaha P115 only comes with sustain pedal but supports triple bottomboard.

Right now there is the new model of the Yamaha P115 which is the Yamaha P125. The only difference is that the new Yamaha has 10 more piano sounds. Which is a big improvement at the same price. Don’t miss our reviews on the Yamaha P125 if you’re interested in a portable digital piano.

Where to buy Yamaha CN 25 and Yamaha CN 27

Right now the Yamaha CN 25 is out of print in most online stores but we keep this post in case you find it second-hand.As I said If you live in America or Asia check Amazon. If you live at Europe check Thomann:

If you want portability and to play live occasionally we recommend you to see our ranking of the best digital piano.

For a similar price you have the following pianos and keyboards:

 

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Jaime Echagüe

Hi! I'm Jaime Echagüe, a musician and an authentic fan of musical instruments. With this blog I want to give general information about musical instruments in an easy, direct and honest way. I hope you enjoy my website and that you find it very useful.

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