As the introductory model to the Concert Artist line of digital pianos, the CA49 digital piano is a worthy successor to the popular CA48 piano. It retains the“Grand Feel Compact” wooden-key keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound samples, while offering a number of new features and improvements. Most notable is its modernized OLED graphic display for greater visibility. This impressive collection of premium features work together to provide one of the most enjoyable playing experiences of any digital piano in its class.
Kawai CA49 Digital Piano
As the successor to the popular CA48 piano, the Kawai CA49 Digital Piano continues a legacy of authentic sound and premium features. The Kawai CA49 Digital Piano incorporates technologies developed in collaboration with premium audio equipment manufacturer, Onkyo, and features a new motherboard and amplification system designed to deliver richer, higher quality sound. This updated model also preserves the core Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action and acoustic piano sound of Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX Concert Grand Pianos, providing a more natural and realistic playing experience. The new Low Volume Balance function improves consistency when practicing at reduced volume levels.
- Motherboard developed in partnership with Onkyo for improved tonal clarity
- Updated control panel with modern OLED graphic display
- Chopin Walzer (1~19) lesson book
- Tone Control setting with 8 selectable tone presets
- Low Volume Balance function for improved touch consistency at reduced volume
- Modern cabinet design modeled after larger Concert Artist instruments
- Improved Shigeru Kawai grand piano sounds
- Enhanced ‘Light’ Touch Curve setting for young children
- Updated Virtual Technician “Smart Mode” presets
Grand Feel Compact action - As its name suggest, the GF Compact action has been designed to reproduce the authentic touch weight characteristics of the industry-leading Grand Feel keyboard actions, within a smaller form factor.
This action retains the long wooden keysticks used for all 88 black and white keys, and the familiar 'seesaw' mechanism employed by acoustic grand piano actions for centuries. However, despite its smaller unit size, GF Compact action features an extended key pivot length, providing a more consistent touch weight when playing towards the rear of the keyboard. This crucial detail, along with various other acoustic piano-like characteristics, ensures the CA49 delivers the most realistic playing experience in its class.
The Sound of a Grand Piano: Two 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 CA49 captures the magnificent tone of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano. This peerless instrument is hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, and widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class.
In addition, the CA49 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
Both the SK-EX and EX are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using proprietary Harmonic Imaging XL™ sound technology.
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 CA49’s Virtual Technician ‘Smart Mode’ simulates these refinements digitally, with ten preset configurations that intelligently adjust various characteristics of the grand piano to match different musical styles.
For greater flexibility, ‘Advanced Mode’ allows players to perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string and damper resonances using the dedicated PianoRemote app.
Premium audio technologies, powered by Onkyo - Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the CA49 features a redesigned motherboard and audio delivery system. 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 CA49 motherboard and its sound hardware are 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.
Powerful 4-speaker output system - The CA49 boasts an impressive 4-speaker output system, with lower range frequencies delivered through the underside of the instrument, and mid and high frequencies projected outward via front-facing speakers. The result is a broad, resonating tone that closely mirrors the immersive sound field of a grand piano.
A selection of different instrument voices, built-in lesson songs, and the ability to record and playback performances are just some of the features accessible from the cheek-block control panel, with built-in Bluetooth® functionality for connecting to smart devices wirelessly.
Additional sounds & playing modes - Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the CA49 also features a modest selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.
Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Four Hands mode divides the keyboard into two independent 44-key sections. This 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.
Built-in lesson function - The CA49’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Chopin, and Beyer etudes, or collections of songs from the popular Alfred’s Basic Piano course books.
The left and right hand parts of each etude/song can be practiced separately, using the adjustable metronome feature to perfect timing in difficult passages, before recording the completed piece for self-evaluation.
* Notated scores and Alfred lesson books sold separately.
Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity - In addition to standard USB and MIDI ports, the CA49 also boast integrated Bluetooth MIDI technology, allowing the digital piano to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.
Once paired with a phone or tablet, CA49 owners can easily control the instrument or display notated scores for built-in lesson songs using the dedicated PianoRemote app. Moreover, the instrument’s functionality can also be expanded using a broad range of 3rd party education, performance, and scoring apps.
PianoRemote app - The latest CA49 is compatible with Kawai’s new PianoRemote control app for iOS and supported Android devices. This app connects to the piano wirelessly via the Concert Artists’ integrated Bluetooth feature, providing an effortless way to change sounds, adjust settings, or enjoy the vast array of built-in music content from the comfort of an armchair.
Superior headphone experience - The CA49’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 CA49 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) for an optimized listening experience.
Grand Feel Pedal System - Reinforcing the CA 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 CA49’s acoustic piano-like authenticity.
Grand performance within a modern, attractive cabinet - The CA49’s modern cabinet incorporates a rounded top board and tapered 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 at just over 18 inches deep, the CA49’s compact body is suitable for apartments and other narrow spaces.
Every New Kawai CA 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 CA49
- Padded Bench
- Power Cable
- Five (5) Year Factory Warranty
- LP's Exclusive Trade Up Program
Kawai CA49 Specifications
Grand Feel Compact Action
88 wooden keys
Ivory Touch white key surfaces
Triple sensor key detection
Base region counterweights
Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
88-key Multi-channel Sampling
88-key stereo sampling
SK-EX, EX grands
192 note maximum polyphony
Grand Feel Pedal System
Damper (with half-pedal support)
Piano AdjustmentVirtual Technician (17 parameters)
Top Board Simulation
User Key Volume
Soft Pedal Depth
Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
Number of Sounds
13 cm x 2 (woofers)
5 cm x 2 (tweeters)
40 W (20 W x 2)
Spatial Headphone Sound
128 x 128 pixel OLED
Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability)
Low Volume Balance
19 Demo songs
40 Concert Magic songs
Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series)
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Approximately 10,000 notes memory
Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8
Bluetooth® (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth® Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Virtual Technician app
Sound Museum app
Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Bluetooth® MIDI
USB to Host
Height 36” (not including music rest)