**The CA48 has been discontinued and replaced by the upgraded CA49**
Is the new CA48 the best value digital piano currently on the market? Quite possibly. With Kawai’s new Grand Feel Compact action, the CA48 is one of the only home digital piano on the market for under 3k to feature 88, 100% wooden keys. A substantial upgrade over the CE220’s legendary piano action, featuring triple sensor, let-off and counterweight technology.
If you’re intrigued by the CA line’s top offerings but turned off by the price tag, the new CA48 may be the piano for you. The CA48 digital piano is the distilled, piano-centric version of Kawai’s premium CA models, for a fraction of the price.
The Kawai CA48 utilizes Kawai’s update to their first Grand Feel action with the Grand Feel Compact – it has a shorter key than the Grand Feel II, but still follows the same principles of a full-length wood key stick, triple sensor, acoustic piano-style part durability, and let-off (escapement) simulation.
Both the white and black keys are covered in a microtexture which gives it a realistic grip when compared with an acoustic, and the repetition speed, dynamic weight, and keybed all feels extremely comfortable and well-balanced. The white keys are nicely rounded, which makes certain classical playing very comfortable and forgiving. The black keys also respond accurately, unlike certain plastic actions where the black keys simply don’t have an accurate dynamic weight.
The pairing of the tone engine and the way they’ve programmed the default touch curve is well-done and gives the sense of great responsiveness.
The Kawai CA48 digital piano uses its Harmonic Imaging engine to deliver an individually-sampled multi-dimensional piano tone, taken from the SK-EX concert grand piano. It has 192 polyphony, and includes the Virtual Technician features which allow intricate control of the piano tone’s details, such as string resonance, key-off noise etc.
The piano delivers tone through 4 speakers, two mains and two tweeters, all of which benefit from Onkyo amps and speakers, as well as tone processing to ‘normalize’ and process the raw WAV information out of the Kawai tone engine…it’s a beautifully detailed, smooth sonic experience. There is a total of 40 watts of power pushing through all of it.
There are also discrete headphone amplifiers that include some pretty interesting tech, such as the Spatial Headphone Effects which simulate playing the piano in different spaces.
While the CA48 isn’t absolutely loaded with connectivity options like the more expensive CA series products, the CA48 still covers a lot of bases. You’ve got two headphone inputs (1/4 “ and ⅛”), MIDI In, MIDI Out, and USB to host. The CA48 also has Bluetooth MIDI so connection to various apps is super easy.
It bears repeating here just how excellent the Grand Feel Compact Action really is, especially considering the price. In the under $3,000 price category, there isn’t another home digital piano on the market with an action this good, which is the CA48’s main claim to fame.
- Class-leading Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action
- Ivory Touch key surfaces, triple sensor, let-off, counterweights
- Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound with 88-key sampling
- Shigeru Kawai SK-EX & Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds
- Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI Wireless Technology
- Built-in classical etudes and Alfred lesson books
- Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
- Attractive, modern cabinet with cheek-block control panel
If you’re thinking about a digital piano and you’re comfortable looking at anything in the $2,000 to $3,000 range, and accuracy of touch and piano tone are your top priorities, the CA48 should be right at the top of your wishlist.
Kawai CA48 Owner’s Manual
Kawai CA48 Related Resources
|Keyboard||Grand Feel Compact action
- 88 wooden keys
- Grade-weighted hammers
- Ivory Touch white key surfaces
- Let-off simulation
- Triple sensor key detection
- Bass region counterweights
|Pedal||Grand Feel Pedal System
- Damper (with half-pedal support)
|Piano Sound||Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
- 88-key stereo sampling
- SK-EX, EX recording
- 192 note maximum polyphony
|Piano Resonance||- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
|Piano Adjustment||Virtual Technician (17 parameters, via Virtual Technician app)
- Touch Curve
- Damper Resonance
- Damper Noise
- String Resonance
- Key-off Effect
- Fall-back Noise
- Hammer Delay
- Decay Time
- Minimum Touch
- Stretch Tuning
- Temperament Key
- User Key Volume
- Half-Pedal Adjust
- Soft Pedal Depth
Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
|No. of Sounds||19 voices|
|Speakers||13 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
|Output Power||40 W (20 W x 2)|
|Headphone Enhancements||Spatial Headphone Sound
|Display||3 digit LED|
|Key Cover||Sliding type|
|Music Rest||Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability)|
|Dimensions||Width||53.5" (136 cm)|
|Depth||18.1" (46 cm)|
|Height||33.8" (86 cm) (not including music rest)|
|Weight||125 lbs (57 kg)|
|Available Finishes||Premium Rosewood (CA48R)|
|Internal Songs||Sound Demo||19 songs|
|Concert Magic||40 songs|
|Lesson Songs||Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
|Internal Recorder||Total Memory||approximately 10,000 notes|
|No. of Songs||3 songs|
|Metronome||Time Signatures||1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8|
|Bluetooth® *||Bluetooth® (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth® Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
|USB Audio Recorder||Record/Playback||-|
|App Functions||Virtual Technician app (iPad), Sound Museum app (iPhone/iPad)|
|Connector Jacks||Headphone||1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks|
|MIDI||MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Bluetooth® MIDI *|
|USB to Host||âœ”|
|USB to Device||-|
|Power Consumption||11 W|
|Bench||Matching Storage Bench|
|Others||Warranty Card *
Integrated 3 Pedals
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