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    Kawai ES520 Portable Digital Piano - Black

    Featuring the highly regarded Responsive Hammer III keyboard action, expressive Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology, a powerful 40W speaker system and full Bluetooth connectivity, Kawai ES920 delivers concert grand piano touch and tone along with a selection of excellent instrument sounds within a stylish, portable package for the home, studio or stage.

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    Kawai HM-5 Designer Stand - Black

    Kawai HM-5 designer stand transforms the portable ES520 and ES920 digital pianos into ultra-compact, stylish piano replacements. Crafted from wood and metal, this sturdy platform is the ideal solution for ES520 or ES920 owners seeking a modern, attractive alternative to uninviting keyboard stands. The pianos secure to HM-5 stand using four manageable thumbscrews, allowing the instrument to be easily decoupled and taken on the road.

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    Kawai F-302 Grand Feel Pedal Bar - Black

    Kawai F-302 Grand Feel Pedal Bar is designed for use with ES520 and ES920 digital pianos and attaches to the HM-5 stand to deliver a full-fledged grand piano playing experience in an ultra-compact package. Kawai's Grand Feel Pedal System replicates the individual weighting of the damper, soft and sostenuto pedals of a Kawai SK-EX Concert grand piano, further enhancing the acoustic piano-like authenticity of ES series pianos.

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    Yamaha NS-SW050 50 Watt Powered Subwoofer Speaker

    Adding this subwoofer provides an amazing digital piano experience. In addition to enhancing the bass response of the piano's lowest notes, the sub will also add fullness and power across the middle and higher keys. The result is a much more realistic and natural sounding instrument...we highly recommend this upgrade! This sub is also great for general audio and home theater applications.

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    On-Stage LED510 Clip-On LED Orchestra Light

    This clip-on light features 10 high intensity white LEDs, which provide a wide area of coverage and illuminate up to four pages of sheet music.

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    On-Stage KB300 Furniture-Style Flip-Top Piano Bench - Black

    This piano bench features a handsome furniture-like appearance, and its padded seat is comfortable to sit on. Plus, it features a flip-top compartment that provides storage for music and more!

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    Audio-Technica ATH-T22 Dynamic Stereo Headphones

    Whether you're practicing on your digital piano, mixing your latest recording, or rocking out with your electronic drum kit, these comfortable, over-ear headphones will provide quality sound. Enjoy music at any time without disturbing your neighbors!

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    On-Stage DC88B Keyboard Dust Cover - Black

    This keyboard cover for 88-key instruments is made of a stretchy black spandex and offers great protection against dust and spills.

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    Alfred's Basic Piano Course: Lesson Book Complete 1 (1A/1B)

    Alfred's basic piano course lesson book. The materials in this book correspond to the internal lessons in many Kawai digital pianos.

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    Hosa CMM-103 Stereo Interconnect 1/8" to 1/8" - 3'

    This cable is great for connecting equipment that uses 3.5mm (1/8") mini connectors like mp3 players, smartphones, tablets, portable CD players, and more.

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    Hosa CPR-105 Unbalanced Interconnect 1/4" TS to RCA - 5'

    This 1/4" inch to RCA cable will allow you to connect the output of your digital piano to the input of the included subwoofer. This cable is 5' in length, allowing for some flexibility when positioning the sub. Depending on your available space you may want to set the sub off to the side of the digital piano. Or, you may find that positioning the sub behind the instrument is more convenient. This cable is another high-quality accessory included in our exclusive BUNDLE.

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    Combining Kawai's authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technologies with modern Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful 40W speaker system, Kawai ES520 delivers best-in-class touch and tone within a stylish, highly portable package for the home, studio or stage.

    • Authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action
    • Matte key surfaces, triple sensor hammer detection
    • Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound engine with 88-key sampling
    • Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX grand piano sounds
    • Hardware developed in partnership with Onkyo drives 40W speaker system
    • Integrated Bluetooth MIDI and audio wireless technology
    • Standard MIDI, USB-to-host/-device and audio in/out connectivity
    • Spatial Headphone Sound technology for enhanced depth and realism
    • Intuitive control panel layout with high quality OLED display
    • Modern, lightweight design with matching stand and triple pedal unit (both sold separately)
    musician in home living room setting playing Kawai ES520 digital piano

    At home, on stage, your music
    Kawai ES520 has been designed to deliver the finest playing experience possible within a portable piano. This stylish instrument is ideally suited to musicians seeking a piano that provides an authentic keyboard action and a selection of inspiring sounds, yet can still be moved easily or placed on an attractive furniture stand without occupying too much space. ES520 is also an excellent choice for gigging musicians, academic institutions and places of worship, thanks to its lightweight body, powerful speaker system and great audio connectivity. And with a slew of customizable settings, Bluetooth MIDI and audio and engaging apps, ES520 is also an extremely personal piano that players of all ages and abilities can take pride in owning.

    side cutaway diagram with callouts showing parts of Kawai Responsive Hammer Compact II piano key mechanism

    Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action
    ES520's Responsive Hammer Compact II (RHCII) keyboard action has been developed to represent the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano. Based on Kawai's highly-regarded RH keyboard action design, its springless technology and sturdy construction delivers consistent upward and downward motion for a smooth, natural and highly authentic piano playing experience.

    side cutaway diagram with callouts showing parts of Kawai Responsive Hammer Compact II piano key mechanism
    six piano key weights arranged left to right from heaviest to lightest

    Acoustic piano key weighting
    Just as acoustic pianos utilize heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers, the RHCII keyboard action also employs different hammer weights appropriately graded for each playing range. Such details provide greater stability during fortissimo passages while preserving delicate pianissimo control to satisfy the demands of even the most discerning pianist.

    diagram illustrating Kawai ES520 digital piano triple sensor functionality

    More realistic and responsive
    The Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action employs an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism. The added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and unlike conventional two-sensor keyboard actions found in most portable pianos allows the sound of a single note to be gradually 'layered' without the previous tone being lost. In addition, Kawai's action technology also monitors the speed at which each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.

    diagram illustrating Kawai ES520 digital piano triple sensor functionality
    Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano in concert hall

    Two world-class concert grand pianos
    Earning a reputation as the premier pianos of Japan, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world and are prized for their outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range. ES520 captures the magnificent tone of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano, a peerless instrument hand-built by master piano artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, and widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class. In addition, ES520 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai's highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein international piano competitions. Both SK-EX and EX are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using advanced Harmonic Imaging sound technology to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality and allow musicians to appreciate the contrasting properties of each.

    top view of Kawai grand piano with numbers and arrow superimposed beneath keybed to indicate that each key is individually samples for Kawai ES520 digital piano sounds

    True character in every note
    The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of ES520, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms. Recording each key individually in this way, as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes, preserves the grand pianos' unique harmonic character and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of ES520's weighted keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

    top view of Kawai grand piano with numbers and arrow superimposed beneath keybed to indicate that each key is individually samples for Kawai ES520 digital piano sounds
    dramatic close-up image of strings inside Kawai grand piano

    Rich, dynamic, expressive
    When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced but also the unique tonal character of each note. Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of each grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volumes ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo. ES520 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, employing Kawai's proprietary Progressive Harmonic Imaging sampling technology to ensure smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

    collage of four different detail images of piano mechanisms

    Variety beneath your fingertips
    Alongside the classically voiced SK-EX and EX grand piano sounds, ES520 also showcases a selection of jazz, pop and modern variations suitable for a range of musical genres. A traditional Kawai upright piano sound is also included for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.

    collage of four different detail images of piano mechanisms
    close-up image of piano technician making adjustments to Kawai grand piano

    Personalized piano enhancements
    The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to bring out the best of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing. ES520's powerful Virtual Technician function simulates these refinements digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano's character to suit their personal preferences. Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises and fine tune string and damper resonances. It's even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume and character of individual notes.

    collage of four different acoustic environments including living room, lounge, recital room and concert hall

    Studio-quality effects and reverb
    ES520's powerful digital effects engine enhances the instrument's superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life. Tailor an instrument's character and feeling with a range of studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay and auto-pan effects. Add vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs using the dedicated amp simulation speaker models. Then, adjust the instrument's reverb controls to position yourself within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practice room to an inspirational grand cathedral.

    collage of four different acoustic environments including living room, lounge, recital room and concert hall
    detail image of Kawai ES520 digital piano motherboard bearing Kawai and Onkyo logos

    Premium audio technologies powered by Onkyo
    Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan's leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, ES520 features a redesigned motherboard, amplifier and audio delivery system. These premium components combine to deliver best-in-class audio quality, producing an extremely rich, clear sound with minimal distortion.

    detail image of Kawai ES520 digital piano speaker grille with speaker cone visible underneath

    Room-filling resonance and tonal clarity
    ES520's impressive 40W output system utilizes speaker box enclosures that deliver a rich, expansive sound to rival much larger console digital pianos. This design allows for a compact, portable instrument capable of enthralling medium-sized audiences without the need for additional amplification.

    detail image of Kawai ES520 digital piano speaker grille with speaker cone visible underneath
    close-up image of tablet computer on Kawai ES520 digital piano music rest with hand touching screen

    Integrated Bluetooth connectivity
    In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, ES520 also features integrated Bluetooth MIDI and audio technologies that allow the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once paired with a phone, tablet or laptop, ES520 owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience or stream audio from songs and videos directly through the instrument's powerful speaker system without the need to connect additional cables.

    close-up image of hand inserting USB flash drive into USB-to-device port on top of Kawai ES520 digital piano

    Flexible USB connectivity
    ES520 is equipped with modern USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This latter USB-to-device functionality allows favorite instrument settings, registrations and memorable recorder songs stored within internal memory to be safely preserved on USB flash drives, or for standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be played back and enjoyed using the instrument's superb Progressive Harmonic Imaging sounds without additional hardware or cables.

    close-up image of hand inserting USB flash drive into USB-to-device port on top of Kawai ES520 digital piano
    tiled collage with nine images representing variety of sounds in Kawai ES520 digital piano including choir, string instruments, mallet instruments, guitars, organs, synthesizers

    Additional instrument sounds
    Supplementing its beautiful acoustic piano voices, ES520 also features a strong selection of additional sounds. Vintage electric pianos, drawbar organs and warm synth pads allow this portable piano to serve as a convenient gigging board, while church organs, strings and graceful choir voices ensure that the versatile ES520 is equally at home in places of worship. Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections, with volume balances adjustable in real time from the front panel.

    over-the-shoulder view of musician playing Kawai ES520 digital piano while wearing headphones

    Superior headphone experience
    ES520's Spatial Headphone Sound technology enhances the depth and realism of the instrument's sound when listening through headphones or earphones. The player can select one of three different acoustic presets that adjust the spatial positioning of the sound while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when using earphones or headphones for extended periods of time. In addition, ES520 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types – open, semi-open, closed, in-ear, canal, etc. – for an optimized listening experience.

    over-the-shoulder view of musician playing Kawai ES520 digital piano while wearing headphones
    3/4 view of Kawai ES520 digital piano with matching stand and triple pedal unit showing front, top and right side

    Uncluttered appearance, lightweight body
    ES520 adopts a brand new exterior design, utilizing a molded unibody construction. Its smoothly rounded edges and clean lines complement the flat, uncluttered panel surface, with elegantly recessed buttons that depress with a satisfying click. Lightweight and portable, ES520 weighs just 32 lb yet possesses a stylish, professional quality that players can trust. ES520's clean design is appropriate for both traditional and contemporary spaces, and with matching designer stand and triple pedal options (both sold separately), the instrument can be easily transformed into an ultra-compact piano replacement for the lounge, studio or bedroom.

    More Information
    MPN ES520B
    Manufacturer Kawai
    Condition New
    Included from Manufacturer F-10H damper pedal with half-pedal support
    Transparent music rest
    Power supply
    Piano Cabinet Style Portable
    Number of Keys 88
    Key Action Kawai Responsive Hammer Compact II action
    Grade-weighted hammers
    Matte key surfaces
    Triple sensor hammer detection
    Weighted Keys Hammer Weighted
    Key Cover No
    Speaker Power 40W (20W × 2)
    Speaker Size (3.15" × 4.72") × 2
    Pedals Kawai F-10H damper pedal with half-pedal support included
    Compatible with Kawai F-302 Grand Feel Pedal Bar (optional, sold separately)
    Half-Damper Support Yes
    Number of Sounds 34
    Voices of Polyphony 192
    Transpose Yes
    Split Yes
    Duet Mode Yes
    Layer Yes
    Song Recorder MIDI
    Tracks 1
    Songs 3 (±5,000 note memory capacity)
    Storage Type USB Flash Drive, Internal
    Metronome Yes
    Accompaniments No
    Audio Outputs Dual 1/4" stereo main output
    1/4" stereo headphone output
    1/8" stereo headphone output
    Audio Inputs 1/8" stereo external audio input
    Connectivity USB, MIDI
    Bluetooth Audio Receiving, App Connectivity
    Finish Black
    Width 52.75"
    Depth 14.75"
    Height 5.75"
    Product Weight 32 lb

    Limited 3-Year Warranty on Kawai CE, CL, EP and ES Model Digital Pianos

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