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The Kawai CN Series Digital Pianos share an award-winning legacy for excellence. Built upon that heritage is the CN39, with its impeccable piano samples, hundreds of authentic instrumental sounds, and innovative sound system. With a keyboard touch that is considered by many to be the very best in its class, the CN39 stands in a class all its own.
Kawai CN39 Digital Piano
Combining the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action and stunning SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand piano sounds, with a powerful Onkyo 4 speaker delivery system, convenient USB audio features, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a broad selection of sounds, the CN39 delivers impressive specifications at an unbeatable price.
- Motherboard developed in partnership with Onkyo for improved tonal clarity
- Speaker system developed by Onkyo, delivering superior sound
- Updated control panel layout with modern OLED graphic display
- Bluetooth Audio functionality for wireless audio playback
- Shigeru Kawai SK-5 grand piano, electric piano and electric grand sounds
- Tone Control setting with 8 selectable tone presets
- Progressive Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology w/88-Note piano sampling
- Class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action
- Ivory touch key surfaces, let-off, triple sensor, counterweights
- Updated Virtual Technician “Smart Mode” presets
- 355 instrument sounds
- Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio
- Digital Audio – Play/Rec MP3 and WAV Files
- Built-in classical etudes, Chopin waltzes and Alfred lessons books
- Grand Feel Pedal system
- Modernized key cover appearance
The Touch of a Grand Piano: Responsive Hammer III keyboard action - The CN39's class-leading Responsive Hammer III action recreates the supreme touch of an acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and rigid, springless design providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience. The instrument's triple-sensor key detection system enhances responsiveness and accuracy, while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to minimize noise and key wobble during staccato and fortissimo passages.
The Sound of a Grand Piano: Three world-class instruments - 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.
The new CN39 captures the magnificent tone of two premier Shigeru Kawai instruments: the flagship SK-EX Concert and mid-sized SK-5 Studio grand pianos, allowing musicians to enjoy the contrasting properties of each.
In addition, the CN39 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
All three instruments are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using proprietary Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality.
Kawai CN39 audio demos
Full 88-key stereo piano sampling - The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the CN39, 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 the CN39’s weighted keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.
Harmonic Imaging technology - 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.
The CN39 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.
Personalized piano adjustments - 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.
The CN39’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, damper, and cabinet resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.
Powerful Effects & Reverb - The CN39’s powerful digital effects engine enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life.
Studio-quality reverb allows pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practice room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
Premium audio technologies, Powered by Onkyo - Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the CN39 features a brand new motherboard and speaker system design. These premium components combine to deliver best-in-class audio quality, producing an extremely rich, clear sound with minimal distortion.
Onkyo designed sound hardware - The CN39 motherboard and sound hardware is designed for precise signal conversion and optimum sound quality. Onkyo's unrivaled knowledge and experience in producing premium audio components ensures clear, high-fidelity sound with minimal distortion.
Premium Onkyo speaker drivers - The CN39's premium quality Onkyo speaker drivers were selected for their flat frequency response and ultra-low distortion characteristics, ensuring the most accurate reproduction of the original Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano.
High-performance 4-speaker output system - Unrivaled in its price range, the CN39's high-performance 4-speaker output system is designed to reproduce the harmonic spectrum of an acoustic piano. Lower-range frequencies are delivered through the underside of the instrument, while mid and high frequencies are projected outward via top-mounted speakers, resulting in an expansive tone that closely mirrors the sound projection of a grand piano.
The Variety of a Digital Piano: Convenience & Flexibility - Complementing the instrument's class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging piano sounds, the CN39 also offers a strong selection of digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
Wireless Bluetooth® connectivity, USB audio record/playback, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of instrumental voices add greater variety to players’ performances, while the convenient metronome function and integrated lessons ensure that regular practice is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity - In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the CN39 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, CN39 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 premium amplifier and speaker systems without the need to connect additional cables.
Rich sound selection - Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the CN39 also features an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads, including a full palette of GM2 compatible instrument and drum kits.
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.
The latter feature is particularly useful in learning environments, allowing teacher and student (or student and student) to play together at the same time using a single instrument.
Flexible USB connectivity - The CN39 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 registrations, and memorable recorder songs stored within internal memory to be safely preserved on USB flash drives, or for 16-track standard MIDI files (SMF) to be recorded, played back, and enjoyed using the instrument’s superb Progressive Harmonic Imaging sounds.
MP3/WAV Playback & Record - USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favorite songs.
It is even possible to record and overdub entire performances directly as MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual listening away from the piano.
Grand Feel Pedal System - Reinforcing the CN Series’ reputation as the most realistic digital pianos in their price range is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This unique feature accurately replicates the position and individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of a Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano to further enhance the CN39's acoustic piano-like authenticity.
Superior headphone experience - The CN39's Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) 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, the CN39 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) for an optimized listening experience.
Built-in lesson function - The CN39’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Chopin, Burgmüller, Beyer, Bach, and Beethoven etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred's Basic, Adult, and Premier course books.
With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism, the CN39 also features traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and includes companion books for all classical scores to further aid one’s piano development.
Grand performance within a modern, premium cabinet - The CN39's modern cabinet incorporates a curved leg design, with minimalist toe blocks for additional stability. Its flat fascia and tall upper board give the instrument a traditional, upright piano-like quality, while the extruded side panels contribute to a premium appearance that belies the CN39's affordable price.
Broad, adjustable music rest - The CN39’s broad music rest is engineered to accommodate the most ambitious musical works, with a high-quality surface and attractive round design.
As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the instrument's music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer's playing position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores or sketching musical ideas
Every New Kawai CN Series piano is covered by a Five (5) Year Warranty on Parts and Labor. This warranty is the seal of Kawai's craftsmanship—and the assurance of your satisfaction for many years to come.
- Kawai CN39
- Padded Bench
- Power Cable
- Five (5) Year Factory Warranty
- LP's Exclusive Trade Up Program
Kawai CN39 Specifications
Responsive Hammer III (RHIII) Action
Ivory Touch white key surfaces
Triple sensor key detection
Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
88-Key stereo sampling
SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording
256 note maximum polyphony
Pianist Mode: Resonance Modelling
Undamped String Resonance
Grand Feel Pedal System
Damper (with half-pedal support)
Virtual Technician (19 parameters)
Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
Damper Resonance - Damper Noise
Undamped String Resonance
Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)
Temperament (incl. User Temperament)
Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)
Soft Pedal Depth
Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
Number of Sounds
355 voices (incl. 9 drum kits), GM2 compatible
13 cm x 2 (Onkyo low-mid range speakers)
8 x 12 cm x 2 (Onkyo mid-high range speakers)
Spatial Headphone Sound
40 W (20 W x 2)
128 x 64 pixel OLED
Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability)
32 Demo songs
29 or 42 (depending on market) Piano songs
176 Concert Magic songs
Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
J.S. Bach: Inventionen
Sonatinen Album 1
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series 1-19)
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1
Approximately 90,000 notes memory
Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
100 Drum Rhythm patterns
Bluetooth® (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth® Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
USB Audio Recorder
SMF (16 track recording)
Virtual Technician app
Sound Museum app
Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Bluetooth® MIDI
Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R (with volume adjust knob)
Line In 1/4" Stereo (with volume adjust knob)
USB to Host
USB to Device