Review Kawai CN27: Where to Buy and Opinion

The Kawai CN27 is a digital piano at an affordable price with great features such as hammer action keys, high-quality piano sounds from Kawai libraries, Bluetooth connectivity, and sleek design.

The Kawai brand is currently making a name for itself in the digital piano market by presenting interesting models in affordable and accessible ranges, but also large high-end models with incredible performance, in addition to its fairly renowned acoustic pianos in which it already amasses a great experience of almost 100 years.

Notice that new model Kawai CN 29 has come to live. So i update “where to buy” links to the new one. They are almost  the same. So everything you read in this post is valid. Have the look to my review of the new Kawai CN 29 here

Where to buy it CN 29?

The mechanism of the Kawai CN27

El mecanismo del Kawai CN27

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Kawai’s CN line of pianos features hammer action keys, emulating the keys of an acoustic piano.

This mechanism is called “Responsive Hammer III” and is the most recent action technology launched by the Kawai brand in search of the most faithful possible emulation of acoustic piano keys with plastic keys.

These keys emulate very well the sensation of ivory and each of its 88 keys has a weight to recreate the sensation of playing an acoustic piano very well.

Also, to be more precise in the emulation the keys are graduated according to their height, the lower ones being much heavier, and as they go up, they start to become lighter, this seeks to emulate the acoustic pianos, where the hammers of the lower notes are longer and become shorter as the notes go up.

It also has two loudspeakers of 12 centimeters with a power of 20W each. More than enough to rehearse and play in a medium-sized restaurant.

The sound of the Kawai CN27

This digital piano features 19 sounds including several acoustic piano sounds, meticulously sampled in stereo from Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX pianos, concert pianos of the brand’s highest range today.

These piano sounds have emulation in the resonance of the damper pedal and in the resonance of the strings.

It also has electronic pianos, organs, strings, choirs, and pads in its list of sounds.

In this digital piano, it is possible to make use of the Dual function that allows putting a different sound in two sections of the keyboard, in addition, the function “Four Hands” or four hands, that allows dividing in keyboard in 2 independent sections of 44 keys, very useful so that the teachers and students can play at the time.

It has 6 types of reverb and effect to enhance the brightness of the sound.

Kawai CN27 Learn Mode

This piano has a system of lessons with studies by Czerny, Burgmüller, and Beyer, as well as a collection of songs from the book “Alfred’s Basic Piano”. (These books are sold separately)

Thanks to the system that includes this piano, each hand can be practiced separately, the metronome can also be graduated to practice at the necessary speed and finally, the lesson can be recorded for self-evaluation.

The Bluetooth connectivity of the Kawai CN27

In addition to the traditional USB and MIDI ports, the Kawai CN27 allows through Bluetooth, the connection with supported devices.

Once related to a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer, the possibilities in this instrument expand, with a range of educational applications, live performance, or score writing.

The Kawai Virtual Technician control application is available for free download and provides an intuitive way to learn and adjust various features of this piano from a touch interface, without the need for additional cables or adapters.

Kawai CN 29 vs Kawai CN 27

They are almost the same. Al least in the mean features. Just some improvements in apps and a better let-off effect on the keyboard. Anyway, the new model is at the same price. So no doubt what to buy

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai KPD110

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai KPD110

While the Kawai CN line refers to high-quality digital pianos, the KPD line belongs to the most economical line of digital pianos of the Kawai brand, therefore, with fewer features.

Both teams share features such as the pedal system, amount of reverb, brightness emulation, loudspeakers, and headphone output.

Their main differences are:

  • The keys of the CN27, are of better quality because they have weighted keys in all the keys, more hardness in the lower keys and sensation of ivory in the keys, specifications not available in the keys of the Kawai KPD110.
  • While the CN27 features 2 high-quality stereo-sampled pianos, the SX-EX and EX, acoustic pianos from the brand’s highest range, the KPD110 has only the SX-EX.
  • The CN27 emulates the 2-factor resonance, the off-pedal resonance, and the string resonance, while the KPD110 has only the off-pedal resonance emulation.
  • With the Virtual Technician software, 17 parameters can be controlled on the CN27 and only 13 parameters on the KPD110.
  • The CN27 has 19 sounds while the KPD110 has 15 sounds.

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai CN25

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai CN25

The CN27 is the direct successor to the Kawai CN25, improving a few of its functions with quite a few of its specifications intact.

Among its similarities, there is the quality of the keyboard, both teams have the system “Responsive Hammer Action III”, the same amount of sounds, the same reverberations.

Here are some of the improvements presented in this update:

  • In the Virtual Technician Software, 17 parameters can be controlled from the CN27 while in the CN25 only 7 parameters can be controlled.
  • The CN27 emulates the resonance of acoustic pianos in 2 of its parameters (Resonance of the off pedal and resonance of the strings) while the CN25 does not have this function.

If you want to know more about this digital piano, read our full review of the Kawai CN25.

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai CN37

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai CN37

The Kawai CN37 is currently the most complete digital piano in Kawai’s CN line, outperforming the CN27.

çHere are their main differences:

  • The CN37 has 352 soundbanks, including drum kits, while the CN27 has only 19 sounds.
  • On the CN37 there are 7-speed curves for keystrokes, while on the CN27 there are only 4.
  • The polyphony on the CN37 is 256 voices versus 192 voices on the CN27. The CN37 has more bills of exchange and more tuning options than the CN27.
  • The CN37 has 100 rhythms, functionality not available on the CN27.
  • The CN37 includes more demo and studio songs.
  • In the CN37, the Virtual Technician software can control many more parameters than in the CN27.
  • While the CN27 has 2 speakers covering all frequency ranges, the CN37 has 2 speakers for low frequencies and 2 speakers for high frequencies.

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai ES8

Kawai CN27 vs Kawai ES8

Kawai’s ES line is the brand’s line of portable digital pianos with a much lower weight than the CN line, for the possibility of being taken to live performances.

Both models have the same type of keys, of the “Responsive Hammer III” technology of the brand, but the ES has some more functionalities, thought for the needs of the concerts. Here are the main differences between these two pianos:

Kawai’s ES line is the brand’s line of portable digital pianos with a much lower weight than the CN line, for the possibility of being taken to live performances.

Both models have the same type of keys, of the “Responsive Hammer III” technology of the brand, but the ES has some more functionalities, thought for the needs of the concerts.

Here are the main differences between these two pianos:

  • The ES8 has 34 sounds, including 3 brand acoustic pianos sampled in stereo, the SK-EX, the EX, and the SK-5 while the CN27 has only 19 sounds with 2 brand acoustic pianos sampled in stereo, the SK-EX, and the EX.
  • The polyphony of the ES8 is 256 voices while the polyphony on the CN27 is 192 voices. On the ES8 it is possible to adjust reverberation depth and time while on the CN27 it is not possible to adjust these parameters.
  • The ES8 has more assignable effects and more tuning adjustments than the CN27.
  • The ES8 has 100 rhythms with chord recognition, functionality not available on the CN27.
  • The ES8 can play MP3 or WAV audio from a USB stick while the CN27 does not.
  • Several lessons are included in the CN27, while in the ES8 no lesson is found.
  • The power of the ES8’s drivers is a little lower than that of the CN27, but it has Bass Reflex technology, which reinforces the low frequencies.
  • The weight of the ES8 is almost half the weight of the CN27.

CN27 vs Yamaha YDP 143 Arius

Kawai CN27 vs Yamaha YDP 143 Arius

The Yamaha YDP 143 Arius, is a digital piano with much fewer features than the Kawai CN27, therefore, for a much lower price. Here are their main differences:

  • The CN27 has “Responsive Hammer III” technology in its keys, with which it manages to emulate the keys of an acoustic piano quite well, while the YDP 143 Arius has keys of good quality, but not at the level of precision of the CN27 in emulation.
  • The YDP 143 Arius has 10 sounds while the CN27 has 19 sounds.
  • The CN27 has 6 reverberation types while the Yamaha YDP 143 Arius has only 4 reverberation types.
  • The YDP 143 Arius emulates the resonance of the off pedal, while the CN27 emulates the resonance of both the off pedal and the strings.
  • The power of the YDP 143 Arius speakers is much less than that of the Kawai CN27 speakers.

If you want to know more about this digital piano, read our full review of Yamaha YDP 143 Arius.

Where to buy Kawai CN27?

Of course, Amazon if you are in the US, India or any country, here the direct link:

 

Thomann

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  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
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Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.

If you are in Europe here a good option:

Conclusions

The Kawai CN27 is an excellent choice for both piano students and teachers, thanks to its sound, the feel of the keys, and its functions of lessons and piano to 4 hands. If you want to know more about this brand, you can read our list of best Kawai pianos. You can also read our list of cheap keyboards and digital pianos and our list of the best keyboards and digital pianos at value for money.

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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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