Kawai KDP-110 Digital Piano Review

Kawai KDP-110

The Brand New Model KDP 110 From Kawai

Following its release at NAMM this week, I have been lucky enough to have played the brand new Kawai digital piano – the KDP110. Having bought a Kawai KDP90 digital piano several years ago, I had exceptionally high expectations from the new model, seeing as the KDP-90 is such a fantastic all round instrument which has proved invaluable to me. It has been undoubtedly the best piano (digital or acoustic) that I have ever owned. The new model KDP-110 digital piano boasts a far more impressive list of features than its predecessor which was evident when playing the instrument. Here are just some of the highlights:

The Best New Features on the KDP110 Digital Piano

The Touch

The touch of this digital piano is phenomenal – this is the show stopping feature for me. Kawai have reworked the way the hammer action works in order to make it even better to the touch than other digital pianos in the same class. They have developed the new Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action system and introduced an additional sensor so there is now a total of three sensors for every key – allowing the player additional sensitivity when playing, and providing better accommodation for faster playing.

Other digital pianos in the same class from other leading brands, such as the Yamaha YDP-143 employ a much less authentic system such as the ‘Graded Hammer Standard’ action which feels clunky and outdated in comparison. The key tops themselves feel much more authentic than any other digital piano in this class, and it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between playing an acoustic grand piano and the KDP-110 with regards to touch.

The Keys

The new matte finish on the keys not only gives a texture much closer to that of a top end grand piano, but it also reduces key slips and they have an exceptionally high quality appearance. I have never seen a key finish this good on a digital piano before. Before moving on it is also worth noting that the KDP-110 has more piano sounds than Yamaha pianos in the same price range; the KDP 110 has 4 different piano sounds while both the Yamaha YDP-143 and the Yamaha YDP-163 only have 3.

The Sampling

When it comes to sound, again, there is an enormous improvement on previous digital piano models. While the KDP 90 was sampled from the EX Concert Grand, the KDP 110 has been sampled from an even better piano – the SK-EX Concert Grand, which makes a notable upgrade on the sound produced. 88 note sampling has been used as opposed to the old ‘stereo sampling’ method which is used inside the Yamaha YDP163.

The built in speaker system on the KDP110 is also leaps and bounds in front of the KDP90 and each of the two speakers is a powerful 20W – a whopping 7W upgrade.

Kawai KDP-110
Kawai KDP-110

Overall Conclusion on the KDP 110

Overall, I can’t think of anything to fault on the new KDP-110. It feels like a top end grand piano, sounds better than any other digital piano, looks smart, has all of the technical features I could wish for, and is under £1000! This piano is even more energy efficient than other digital pianos – it really does come out on the top of every category when compared to other pianos in this class. I would not hesitate to advise my piano pupils to invest in this piano as it is perfect for both beginners and accomplished pianists alike, and has all the features anyone could wish for.


Would you like to invest in a KDP-110?

If you would like to purchase one of these magnificent instruments, then they are available to buy at Chase Direct for the fantastic price of just £849. Following the release of the new model KDP 110, the predeceasing model, the Kawai KDP 90 has been reduced in price to just £699 which is an absolute bargain.

If you would like to discuss your digital piano options and work out which digital piano would suit your needs and budget best, call Chase Direct and talk to one of the piano experts on 0161 244 5555.


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