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Kawai ES920 vs ES520 | Side By Side DEMO & Comparison

Kawai ES920 vs ES520 | Side By Side DEMO & Comparison

Each one of these portable ES Series digital pianos can easily be considered the best in its class. Both options will give you Kawai's latest Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technologies, with modern Bluetooth® connectivity and a powerful 40W speaker system onboard. Both deliver excellent touch and tone, and a selection of excellent instrument sounds in a portable package suitable for the home, studio, or stage. The big difference between these two is in the keyboard action. The ES520 employs a Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action while the ES920 incorporates the highly-regarded Responsive Hammer III keyboard action. Let's take a look at the ES920 and the ES520 side by side.

 

Keyboard

ES920

・Responsive Hammer III action
 - 88 keys
 - Grade-weighted hammers
 - Ivory Touch white key surfaces
 - Let-off simulation
 - Triple sensor key detection
 - Counterweights

ES520

・ Responsive Hammer Compact II action
 - 88 keys
 - Grade-weighted hammers
 - Matte key surfaces
 - Triple sensor hammer detection


Pedal

ES920

・ F-10H pedal unit
 - Damper (with half-pedal support)

ES520

・ F-10H pedal unit
 - Damper (with half-pedal support)


Sound

Piano Sound

ES920

・ Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)
 - 88-key stereo sampling
 - SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording
 - 256 note maximum polyphony

ES520

・ Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
 - 88-key stereo sampling
 - SK-EX, EX recording
 - 192 note maximum polyphony

Piano Resonance

ES920

・ Acoustic Rendering
 - Damper Resonance
 - String Resonance
 - Undamped String Resonance
 - Cabinet Resonance

ES520

- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance

Piano Adjustment

ES920

・Virtual Technician (21 parameters)
 - Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
 - Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
 - Damper Resonance
 - Damper Noise
 - String Resonance
 - Undamped String Resonance
 - Cabinet Resonance
 - Key-off Effect
 - Fall-back Noise
 - Hammer Noise
 - Hammer Delay
 - Topboard Simulation
 - Decay Time
 - Release Time
 - Minimum Touch
 - Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)
 - Temperament (incl. User Temperament)
 - Temperament Key
 - Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)
 - Half-Pedal Adjust
 - Soft Pedal Depth

ES520

・Virtual Technician (17 parameters)

 - Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
 - Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
 - Damper Resonance
 - Damper Noise
 - String Resonance
 - Key-off Effect
 - Fall-back Noise
 - Hammer Delay
 - Topboard
 - Decay Time
 - Minimum Touch
 - Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)
 - Temperament (incl. User Temperament)
 - Temperament Key
 - Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)
 - Half-Pedal Adjust
 - Soft Pedal Depth

No. of Sounds

ES920

38 voices

ES520

34 voices

Reverb

ES920

6 types

ES520

6 types

Other Effects

ES920

Brilliance, 16 types + amp simulator (3 types)

ES520

Brilliance,16 types + amp simulator (3 types)

Output System

Speakers

ES920

(8 x 12) cm x 2

ES520

(8 x 12) cm x 2

Output Power

ES920

40 W (20W X 2)

ES520

40 W (20W X 2)

Headphone Enhancements

ES920

Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type

ES520

Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type

Design

Display

ES920

128 x 64 pixel OLED

ES520

128 x 64 pixel OLED

Music Rest

ES920

Transparent, detachable type (included)

ES520

Transparent, detachable type (included)

Dimensions

 

Width

ES920

134 cm (52 3/4")

ES520

134 cm (52 3/4")
Depth 37.5 cm (14 3/4") 37.5 cm (14 3/4")
Height 14.5 cm (5 3/4 ") [music rest detached] 14.5 cm (5 3/4 ") [music rest detached]

Weight

ES920

17.0 kg (37 1/2 lbs.)

ES520

14.5 kg (32 lbs.)

Available Finishes

ES920

Black (ES920B)
White (ES920W)

ES520

Black (ES520B)
White (ES520W)

Functions

Basic Functions

ES920

4-band EQ faders
Dual
Split
Four Hands
Transpose
Tuning
Registration
Startup Setting

ES520

Dual
Split
Four Hands
Transpose
Tuning
Registration
Startup Setting

Sound Demos

 

ES920

25 sound demo songs
4 Main demo songs
2 Rhythm Section demo songs

ES520

23 sound demo songs

Internal Recorder

Total Memory

ES920

approximately 90,000 notes

ES520

approximately 5,000 notes
No. of Songs 10 songs 3 songs
Parts 2 parts 1 part

Time Signatures

 

ES920

1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8

ES520

1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8

 


Drum Rhythms

ES920

・ Rhythm Section
 - 100 styles (x 2 variations)
 - 4-part accompaniment select
 - 100 preset chord sequences
 - Chord mode: Full Keyboard, 1 Finger, Preset
 - 'On Bass' chord detection

ES520

100 patterns

External Connectivity

Bluetooth

 

ES920

Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Bluetooth Audio with aptX support

ES520

Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Bluetooth Audio with aptX support

USB Audio Recorder

 

Record/Playback

ES920

MP3
WAV
SMF

ES520

KSO [Kawai song format]
SMF (Playback only)
Other Functions Overdubbing
Line In recording

App Functions

ES920

PianoRemote (iOS/Android)

ES520

PianoRemote (iOS/Android)

External Connectivity

Headphone

ES920

2 x 1/4" Stereo jacks

ES520

2 x 1/4" Stereo jacks
MIDI MIDI IN, MIDI OUT MIDI IN, MIDI OUT
Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced] 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In 1/8" Stereo [unbalanced] 1/8" Stereo [unbalanced]
USB to Host

ES920

Damper (for F-10H)
Damper/Soft/Sostenuto (for GFP-3)
Pedal (for F-302)
Speakers on/off switch

ES520

Damper (for F-10H)
Damper/Soft/Sostenuto (for GFP-3)
Pedal (for F-302)
Speakers on/off switch

Power Supply 

Power Consumption

ES920

18W

ES520

18W

Included Accessories

ES920

Power cable
AC adaptor (PS-154)

ES520

Power cable
AC adaptor (PS-154)
Warranty card *
Owner's manual
Transparent music rest
F-10H damper pedal (with half-pedal support)
Warranty card *
Owner's manual
Transparent music rest
F-10H damper pedal (with half-pedal support)

 

 

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