Kawai CA49 Digital Piano - Satin Black

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Kawai CA49 Digital Piano - Satin Black

The CA49 digital piano serves as the introductory model for Kawai's award-winning Concert Artist Series and picks up where the CA48 model left off.

Here, players get natural-feeling action and responsiveness through the Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard and Progressive Harmonic Imaging™ samples from Kawai's Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX Concert Grand Pianos.

The CA49 continues to advance Kawai's usage of digital technologies, here featuring upgraded OLED graphics for improved clarity, a motherboard and amplification system reconfigured through the assistance of Onkyo for a richer, more complex sound, and the inclusion of the new Low Volume Balance function for tone consistency even when you have to lower the volume level to practice at home. The result improves playability, offering a more natural experience and easier access to advanced technologies.

Along with features, Kawai revised the cabinet design to provide a taller height and rounder edges - details present on larger Concert Artist Series models.

Features for the Kawai CA49

  • The Grand Feel Compact Action keyboard features long pieces of wood, textured with Ivory Touch surfaces, that feel as if you're playing on an acoustic.
  • Kawai crafts the CA49 with acoustic-like action, created through a metal balance pin moving up and down for even weight distribution and grade-weighted hammers, bass simulation and a triple-sensor key detection system for clean articulations over repeated notes.
  • The CA49 digital piano samples from the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, Kawai's flagship grand piano, and the EX concert grand piano. Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology applies their tones across 88 keys to recreate their timbre and dynamic range.
  • Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI technology lets the CA49 communicate wirelessly with a phone, tablet or laptop, which provides additional controls for sounds and other capabilities via an app.
  • A three-song recorder lets players record their songs to internal memory and listen to them through playback.
  • A built-in collection of technique books, including the Chopin Walzer (1~19) lesson book, helps players improve their skills.
  • Virtual Technician gives players the option to tune each note's tone and voicing through 10 preset configurations based on different musical styles. Updated with Smart Mode presets.
  • Grand Feel reproduces the sound of an acoustic piano's damper pedal as it touches and releases the strings, altering the sound and allowing for a natural degree of speed.
  • Add additional sounds into your playing, including electric pianos, church organs, synth pads, strings and a human choir.
  • Concert Magic lets you feel like you're playing the piano, even if you have no experience. A player simply needs to tap or touch the keys in rhythm.
  • Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) ensures the sound quality remains consistent even when you plug in headphones and provides three presets for spatial positioning of the sound.
  • New Tone Control setting offers eight presets.
  • The new Low Volume Balance function allows for tone consistency even at lower volumes.
  • The new Light Touch Curve setting accommodates younger children learning to play.

Where You Can Try Out the Kawai CA49 Digital Piano

Even if you're a beginner player, you still might be wondering if the Kawai CA49 feels like the right instrument. Although Kawai digital pianos can be purchased online to be shipped to your home, Alamo Music Center has a handful of brick-and-mortar locations for trying out these keyboards in person.

We've been in the San Antonio area for over 90 years and now have two stores in the city. Additionally, we're a factory-authorized Kawai dealer and oversee two dedicated showrooms with digital, acoustic and hybrid pianos ready to play on: our Austin location and our recently opened St. Louis gallery. We offer wholesale pricing for all instruments, plus safe, efficient delivery to your home or school. Make an appointment today.

  • Depth18.1" (46 cm)
  • Width53.5" (136 cm)
  • Height36" (91.5 cm)
  • Weight128 lbs (58 kg)



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.

The CA49 possesses an updated cabinet design, adopting the taller body and rounded edge details of the larger Concert Artist models, for a more impressive, premium experience. It also boasts an improved cheekblock control panel that includes a modern OLED graphic display for easy operation. The Kawai Concert Artist (CA) Series is one of the most award-winning lines of digital pianos available today, and the Kawai CA49 Digital Piano is a model that will deliver players of all levels a premium piano experience.


  • NEW: Motherboard developed in partnership with Onkyo for improved tonal clarity.
  • NEW: Updated control panel layout with modern OLED graphic display.
  • NEW: Chopin Walzer (1~19) lesson book.
  • NEW: Tone Control setting with 8 selectable tone presets.
  • NEW: Low Volume Balance function for improved touch consistency at reduce volume.
  • NEW: Modern cabinet design modelled after larger Concert Artist instruments.
  • IMPROVED: Improved Shigeru Kawai grand piano sounds.
  • IMPROVED: Enhanced ‘Light’ Touch Curve setting for young children.
  • IMPROVED: Updated Virtual Technician “Smart Mode” presets.

The CA49 digital piano utilizes Kawai’s Grand Feel Compact keyboard action, which draws upon 90 years of acoustic piano craftsmanship to provide an exceptionally realistic playing experience. All 88 black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, with finely textured Ivory Touch key surfaces applied to assist playing control.

As with an acoustic grand piano action, the keys rest on a metal balance pin and move with a smooth seesaw-like motion, while the extended pivot length ensures a consistent, evenly-balanced touch weight – even when playing towards the back of the key. The Grand Feel Compact action also incorporates grade-weighted hammers, bass region counterweights, and let-off simulation for added authenticity, while its accurate triple-sensor key detection system allows rapidly repeated notes such as trills to be performed smoothly, without unnatural breaks in sound.

CA49 Touch

The CA49 digital piano captures the magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano. Widely regarded 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 exceptional tonal clarity. In addition, the CA49 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.

Both instruments have been carefully recorded, meticulously analysed, and faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology. This unique process accurately recreates the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos, affording pianists an extraordinary level of expressiveness ranging from the softest pianissimo to the strongest, boldest fortissimo.



In addition to standard MIDI jacks for connecting to other instruments, the CA49 digital piano also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a phone, tablet, or laptop, CA49 digital piano owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience without additional cables.

*Availability of Bluetooth function dependent on market location.

Bluetooth Technology



Alfred Lessons

The CA49 digital piano features a three song recorder, allowing performances to be recorded to internal memory and played back at the touch of a button.

In addition, the convenient lesson feature allows aspiring pianists to learn the piano using a built-in collection of etudes from Czerny and Burgmüller, or songs from the popular Alfred course books. The left and right hand parts for each piece can be practiced separately, while adjusting the tempo allows more difficult passages to be perfected. Learn More »



An experienced piano technician is essential to fully realise the potential of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to meticulously tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing.

The CA49 digital piano’s Smart Mode Virtual Technician simulates these refinements digitally, with ten preset configurations that adjust various characteristics of the grand piano sound to match different musical styles.

Virtual Technician



Grand Feel Pedal System

When the damper pedal of an acoustic piano is pressed and released, it is often possible to hear the sound of the damper head touching and releasing the strings. The CA49 digital piano reproduces this sound with the Damper Noise setting allowing the volume of this sound to be adjusted. The speed at which the damper pedal is pressed will also influence the prominence of the damper noise, with fast pedalling creating a very pronounced sound.



Complementing 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.

CA49 Sounds
CA49 Concert Magic

This exclusive feature lets anyone enjoy the thrill of playing the piano, even if you’ve never played before. Concert Magic is a feature that allows any player to experience the thrill of playing real music by simply tapping any key. Concert Magic Learn More »



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.

Headphone Experience
Keyboard   Grand Feel Compact action

- 88 wooden keys
- Grade-weighted hammers
- Ivory Touch white key surfaces
- Let-off simulation
- Triple sensor key detection
- Bass region counterweights
Pedal   Grand Feel Pedal System

- Sustain (with half-pedal support)
- Soft
- Sostenuto
Piano Sound   Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)

- 88-key stereo sampling
- SK-EX, EX recording
- 192 note maximum polyphony
Piano Resonance   - Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
Piano Adjustment   Virtual Technician (17 parameters, via Virtual Technician app)

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

Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
No. of Sounds   19 voices
Reverb   6 types
Other Effects   -
Speakers   13 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
Output Power   40 W (20 W x 2)
Display   128 X 128 pixel OLED
Key Cover   Sliding type
Music Rest   Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability)
Dimensions Width 53.5" (136 cm)
Depth 18.2" (46 cm)
Height 36" (91 cm) (not including music rest)
Weight   128 lbs (58 kg)
Available Finishes   Premium Satin Black (CA49B)
Premium Satin White (CA49W)
Premium Rosewood (CA49R)
Basic Functions   Dual
Four Hands
Startup Setting
Vocal Assist
Sound Preview
Internal Songs Sound Demo 19 songs
Piano Music  
Concert Magic 40 songs
Lesson 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
Internal Recorder Total Memory approximately 10,000 notes
No. of Songs 3 songs
Metronome Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8
Drum Rhythms -
Bluetooth® *   Bluetooth® (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth® Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
App Functions   Virtual Technician app (iPad)
Sound Museum app (iPhone/iPad)
Connector Jacks Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
USB to Host
Power Consumption   12 W
Power   12 W (PS-154 AC adaptor)
Bench   Matching Bench
Headphones   Headphone hook
Sheet Music   -
Others   Warranty Card *
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