Kawai KDP-90 Digital Piano Review

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Digital pianos have become popular as opposed to traditional acoustic pianos due to their affordable prices, portability, ease of maintenance, ever-improving technology for higher quality.

It is never too late to learn how to play music instruments. Adults can benefit from playing the piano, too, as playing the piano stimulates your brain. You may want to expose your children to music and are looking for an affordable piano.

Whatever reason may be, purchasing a traditional acoustic piano, spending over 10 thousand dollars sounds too risky as you don’t know how long you can continue learning or if you even like it. Especially with children, you never know how long their enthusiasm lasts.

Another reason why someone may want a digital piano is the size of the piano. If you live in a small apartment or even a house with smaller rooms, you may not have enough space to have a real acoustic piano. Digital pianos are light weight and smaller that it can fit in any room easily. It is easy to move from one room to another.

In such cases, a digital piano is a better choice. Just for about $500~600, you can find a quality digital piano that suits your needs for now. For example, this Yamaha P115 Digital Piano is about $600 and is good enough for beginners. Yamaha is a trusted brand in the music world. It’s less than a tablet or phone. If you find you want to upgrade in the future after a few years, you can easily do that without feeling that you wasted your money.

The model I am introducing today is from another well-known company, Kawai. It is slightly more expensive than other entry-level yet high quality digital pianos, but you can never go wrong with Kawai digital pianos. It’s Kawai KDP90 Digital Piano

Based on the overall value and quality of the digital piano, Kawai KDP-90 digital piano is an excellent buy because of many features and outstanding sound. Kawai is a Japanese company known for its quality musical instruments. Kawai has a 90-year history in piano-making, winning numerous awards in excellence, which has given Kawai reputation for its superb quality and craftsmanship.

Based on their long history, Kawai has been developing digital pianos with superb touch, feel and tone.

Kawai has a wide range of digital pianos with the highest being a grand piano style digital piano, whose MSRP is about $22,000. This KDP-90 model is a mid-level model among entry digital piano lines. You may feel that over $1,000 is too expensive, but considering the value this model offers, you will not be disappointed.

Features of the Kawai KDP-90 Digital Piano

  • Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology
  • 88-key piano sampling
  • AHA IV-F Graded-Hammer Action
  • Dual and Four-Hands modes
  • 192-note polyphony
  • Built-in Alfred piano lessons
  • Grand Feel Pedal System
  • 10-song, 2-track built-in recorder
  • 2 headphone jacks, audio input/output jacks

Harmonic Imaging is Kawai’s own technology to produce most realistic sounds from a 9-foot grand piano.

Unlike digital pianos, real acoustic piano keys have hammers and strings attached to create sounds. Each key has different characteristics in its tones. Kawai samples each sound individually to create the sounds of digital pianos. Their method of sampling is called “progressive harmonic imaging (PHI),” utilizing a larger tonal database than regular imaging.

AHA IV-F (Advanced Hammer Action IV-F) is developed by Kawai to represent the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano. It can provide you with superior touch when you play the piano.

This model comes with 381 voices in addition to 12 drum kits. The sounds range from grand pianos, electric pianos, strings, to organs, woodwind instruments, guitar and orchestra.

Alfred Publishing is helping people around the world learn how to play the piano and their lesson songs are built into Kawai digital pianos. Students can listen to the instructor playing a song and practice, following the course.

The model comes with three pedals, soft, sostenuto and damper.

With a recorder system built-in, you can record your own performance and check progress or record your composition.

Warranty covers 3 years of part and labor.


The Kawai KDP90 Digital Piano utilizes Kawai’s acclaimed Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology, featuring 88-key piano sampling, to create its impressive piano sound. With graded hammer action 88 keys, superior touch and feel of the keys, you can have similar experience as playing an acoustic piano. As many voices and styles are available, you can create your own music and enjoy different styles such as rock, jazz, Latin, etc. It is useful for learning how to play the piano, utilizing Alfred courses. Metronome is built-in, too for different tempos that you can practice. MIDI functions are equipped with for communication with computers, and headphone jacks allow you to listen to your performance if you need to practice at night.

This is a high quality digital piano with lots of features and definitely offers unbeatable values in this class.

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