Kawai CE220 is a limited edition tool, currently available only in the USA and Canada, and has many interesting features, such as wooden keys, 192 notes of polyphony, a selection of individual notes, a very strong construction in the style of furniture, convenient and very easy-to-use digital functions, as well as realistic pedals that make the instrument a very interesting option for acquisition, even though it is rare. In this Kawai CE220 review, we’ll take look at the various pros and cons of the instrument as well as provide a more in-depth analysis its various features and specifications.
Kawai CE220 Digital Home Piano
Keys: 88, Fully Weighted
Dimensions: 35 x 54 x 20 inches
Weight: 126 pounds
- This instrument has several advantages over digital pianos, one of which has a huge number of interesting and easy-to-use digital features. Also, the CE220’s wooden keys provide a nicely unique key action and great textured feel.
- Despite all of its digital features, one of the things that the CE220 does not have that many would have liked to have seen included is a built-in rhythm or synthesizer. Also, the features of the CE220 come with a bit of a learning curve.
Each note of this instrument is approximated individually, as a result, the sound is much clearer and more natural than it is able to reproduce digital pianos, the sounds of which are recorded in a different way. On top of being individually sampled, the sounds of the CE220 are recorded using Kawai’s relatively new Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology which also leads to a richer and more detailed sound.
Capable of 192 notes of polyphony, the CE220 is able to play any song without a hiccup, sounding pleasantly similar to the nuanced tone of an acoustic piano while doing so.
What is surprising is that the keys of this instrument are wooden, which is a rarity in digital pianos, especially in this price range. This alone leads to a realistic key action and a pleasing texture to the keys and also helps get away from the unwanted noises of plastic keys.
On top of this, the key action of the instrument is also weighted and graded—the two primary things to look for if you want a digital piano that will feel as close as possible to the touch response of an acoustic piano.
While there are a good many digital pianos with weighted and graded keyboards that cost near the CE220’s price range, there aren’t many of them that have wooden keys, setting the CE220 apart in this respect.
It is also worth noting that this instrument has other incredible features such as dual-mode, in which two different sounds are played simultaneously, a split mode, in which one half of the keyboard plays one sound, and the other half plays the second, 4-handed mode, which divides the keyboard in half for duos or lessons, USB connectivity, Soft pedals, Sostenuto and Damper, 29 built-in piano tunes, a built-in metronome, two separate headphone jacks, a built-in recorder, 100 drum patterns, and 22 instrument sounds Rumenta – all this makes the CE220 even more attractive.
At 84.8 kilograms, the CE220 isn’t the lightest digital piano available but is still relatively portable enough to fit most needs.