Kawai ES100 88-key Digital Piano with Speakers

88-key Digital Stage Piano with AHAIV-f Graded-hammer Action, 192-note Polyphony, Dual and Split Modes, and Built-in Stereo Speaker System
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Kawai Tone and Touch, Unbeatable Value

In the market for a stage piano? If performance and value are your two top concerns, Sweetwater has an excellent suggestion: Weighing just 33 pounds, the Kawai ES100 makes an ideal gigging partner. Playing feel is superb - Kawai's Advanced Hammer Action IV-F gives the ES100 the feel of a real acoustic piano, complete with graded hammers. And the sound is sublime: Harmonic Imaging technology and 192-note polyphony deliver impeccable grand piano sound. And with 19 great sounds onboard, plus Dual and Split modes, you'll have everything you need to take the stage.

Kawai ES100 Digital Piano at a Glance:
  • Advanced Hammer Action IV-F gives you the feel of a real acoustic piano
  • Harmonic Imaging technology delivers stunning grand piano sound
  • Features to foster your growth as a pianist
Advanced Hammer Action IV-F gives you the feel of a real acoustic piano

Kawai developed their Advanced Hammer Action IV-F (AHA IV-F) used in the ES100 to capture the distinctive feel of an acoustic grand piano. With an innovative springless design that provides consistent upward/downward motion, this action gives you a natural, smooth, piano playing experience. Just as acoustic piano hammers are heavier in the bass and get lighter as you move up towards the treble end of the keyboard, the AHA IV-F action uses different hammer weights that are graded for each playing range. This fastidious attention to detail gives you maximum stability when playing fortissimo passages, while giving you the delicate pianissimo control you need.

Harmonic Imaging technology delivers stunning grand piano sound

Sit down at the Kawai ES100 and play. The stunning piano sound you hear is none other than the meticulously sampled sound of a hand-crafted Kawai concert grand piano, with all 88 keys painstakingly recorded and faithfully reproduced using Kawai's Harmonic Imaging technology. This proprietary process accurately re-creates the immense dynamic range of the grand piano, giving you a truly impressive measure of expressiveness, from ppp to fff. If this were the only sound onboard the ES100, it would be a fabulous value, but there's a total of 19 amazing sounds, including orchestral strings, electric pianos, organs, vibes, harpsichord, choir, and more.

Features to foster your development as a pianist

Kawai's ES100 digital piano includes a 3-song recorder, letting you record your performances to internal memory and play them back at the touch of a button. What's more, there's a cool lesson feature that helps aspiring pianists to learn the piano using an onboard collection of Burgmueller etudes, as well as songs from popular Alfred course books. You can practice left and right hand parts for each piece separately, and adjust the tempo to master the more difficult passages. Dual and Split modes (and dual headphone jacks) let you collaborate with a teacher or duet partner, while 192-note polyphony is more than enough to ensure that all your notes are heard.

Kawai ES100 Digital Piano Features:
  • Harmonic Imaging sound technology
  • 88-key piano sampling
  • AHAIV-F Graded-hammer action
  • 19 sounds, including 8 exceptional piano sounds
  • Dual and Split modes
  • 192-note polyphony
  • Built-in Alfred piano lessons
  • Damper pedal with half-dampering
  • Built-in stereo speaker system
  • Optional matching stand, optional triple pedal assembly
The Kawai ES100 is a superb digital piano value!

Additional Media

ES100 88-key Digital Piano with Speakers User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Advanced Hammer Action
Presets 19
Polyphony 192 Notes
Effects Yes (Reverb)
Sequencer 1-track
Audio Outputs 2 x Headphones
Pedal Inputs 1 x Damper
MIDI I/O In/Out
Amplifier 7W x 2
Number of Speakers 2 x 8cm
Height 5.7"
Width 51.6"
Depth 11.2"
Weight 33 lbs.
Number of Pedals 1 x F-10H Damper
Manufacturer Part Number ES100

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Finally...a gorgeous, rich piano sound...

This piano is to replace my Roland FP7. I've owned another bigger Roland keyboard, the Motif 8 and General Music's Pro 88 key ~ that's the only size I get because I use it for classical practice. I was quite disappointed with SupraNatural keys as it lacked the power in the low register and was thin in the highest register. The Motif 8 had everything else besides a good piano. And the General Music keyboard is so long ago that I don't recall what it sounded like, although I don't recall a bad experience, just the the keyboard quit working and there was no place to get it fixed. I also entertained the Vicount Physis pianos, but the nearest place for me to walk in and play it is Toronto. I spoke to a rep at another store who was a pianist to narrow down the field. I was trying to narrow the field between Korg, Roland and Physis. I didn't want to get burned with another Yamaha that could do everything except give me a sweet grand piano sound. So, imagine my surprise when he mentioned the ES8 ~ yes, the same one that sold out the same day Sweetwater sent me the email that it was back in stock. I started researching the ES8 -- it had a whole lot of features I wanted, specifically great piano sound, great touch and the ivory feel, and the ability to key in a part of a sample track to practice to repetitively. I've put my hands on an ivory feel Kawaii feel keyboard a couple years ago and it is indeed realistic. But...I did not want to make another $2 grand mistake. So I looked down the Kawaii line for something PORTABLE - heck, lugging that FP7 around the country was a royal pain - and I've done it for what, five years, and other monsters like my Motif 8 for decades. I needed a lighter piano for sure for travel practise. That is when I found the ES100. OK...at 35 pounds, that is light. I can bring my folding german stand or the Z stand - no problem. I liked 196 polyphony (the ES8 has 256) and I liked that other buyer who mainly play piano have commented that it has a good piano sound. OK...you tell me I can get all that at this CHEAP price? Please PINCH me. OK...so I ordered one and made sure I got the custom stand and foot pedals for home use. I plugged it in after assembly and briefly scanned the manual.Then it dawned on me what it didn't have -- a screen. Oh groan. I didn't have a clue how I'd figure out exactly where the sound is. Good thing there's a pull out card. Now I got why the price point, sort of. So I put on my headphones and started playing. WHAT??? No that can't be. What effused from the headphones was a rich, gorgeous piano sound. The upper register enthralled me. And although the lower register could have a little more presence, I am thrilled. I know from the manual that there is a way to change the touch and a whole lot of other things, but this played WELL straight from the box. I haven't even wanted to turn on my FP7 since receiving this -- and the FP7 cost 3 times as much. I am beyond pleased with this purchase. It has got to be the best keyboard purchase I've made in well over 2 decades. It has also made the next purchase -- that of the ES 8 -- a sure bet. To protect this when traveling, I did order the Gator GKB 88 Slim case. The only other downside to this keyboard, beside the lack of a screen, is that the speaker are more than a little weak. Good thing I practice to headphones.The sound is so sweet on my Audio-Techinica ATH T22
Music background: classical pianist, songwriter, accompanist
5/5

Awesome digital piano

I own several Roland pianos 300gx and a Kwai no 7 and I play this one over the other ones except for my acoustic Kwai. This piano sounds great feels good under my fingers even over the mp7. It's simple to use and light weight not a long learning curve. I haven't used it on a gig but may. I don't like the organ sound but the regular piano and Rhodes sounds are great. The split bass sounds like a real stand up bass player. You have to use s TRS cable to plug into an external amp from the ear phone jacks. It made me wish I didn't spend the money on an MP7 which is a techie nightmare to figure out. I'm an old rock and roller 70 years old still doing an occasional gig so light weight is what I need. I play this through a Beheringer amp drum machine and sing. I sound like a 3 piece band all by myself. On vacation rented a Korg basic keyboard. I found it to be junk. No comparison. It's like comparing a Chevy to a Lexus. This is an incredible piano b
Music background: Many years of rock and roll
5/5

Light weight keyboard with built-in speakers

Great sound and feel.
Music background: 47 years as hobbyist and professional.
5/5

Most impressed

I have a couple of Kurzweil keyboards and a Kawai MP8, and wasn't expecting the sound and feel that this keyboard has. Very portable, simple to use and comes with a nice size music stand. Absolutely no buyer's remorse.
Music background: Pro Musician
5/5

Review Update

I need to update my review. The manual for the ES100 is lacking in some detail. So, I sent an email to Kawai Support with a question I had. Not only did I get a quick response (next day), but 3 or 4 very personal and entertaining emails later Sean O'Shea had found a solution to my issue. Kawai now has a life-long customer. That level of customer service, unfortunately, is not prevalent these days. Besides that the ES100 just plain sounds great at this price range!
Music background: Getting busier weekend warrior
See also: Electric Pianos, Kawai, Kawai Digital Pianos