Kawai CA98 Hybrid Piano - Satin Black

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Kawai CA98 Hybrid Piano - Satin Black

  • Depth18 1/3” (46.5 cm)
  • Width57 1/3" (145.5 cm)
  • Height37” (94 cm)
  • Weight187 lbs (85 kg)

The CA98 is one of the most award-winning hybrid digital pianos in the music products industry. In designing it, we combined our renowned “Grand Feel II” wooden-key keyboard action with the power of our unique Shigeru Kawai EX Rendering piano sound engine for an amazing synergy of touch and tone. Our advanced Soundboard Speaker System with its authentic wooden soundboard is a defining feature that helps to create one of the finest grand piano experiences available in a digital instrument.


With our advanced Soundboard Speaker System featuring an authentic wooden soundboard, the CA98 Hybrid Digital Piano delivers an amazing concert piano experience that can be heard in the comfort of one’s home. To provide outstanding performance, we combined our industry-leading “Grand Feel II” wooden-key keyboard action with the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine (featuring multi-channel sampling and resonance modeling) for unparalleled touch and tone.

With amplification and speaker technologies developed in collaboration with premium audio maker Onkyo and our new 5″ touchscreen display, the CA98 offers the discerning player a truly satisfying piano experience. Try it yourself and understand why the CA98 digital piano of the CA Series and its hybrid predecessors have received more major international awards than any other line of hybrid digital pianos.


  • NEW – Shigeru Kawai EX Rendering piano sound engine
  • NEW – Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display
  • NEW – Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
  • NEW – Premium Onkyo speaker system featuring Twin-Drive soundboard
  • NEW – Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
  • NEW – Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
  • Industry-leading Grand Feel II wooden-key action
  • Ebony & Ivory Touch key surfaces, 3-sensor, let-off, counterweights
  • MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record and overdub MP3/WAV to USB
  • 256 Polyphony (max.)
  • Grand Feel Pedal System
  • Attractive, modern cabinet with 6-position adjustable music rest



The flagship CA98 Hybrid incorporates the latest version of Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System… the Premium Onkyo “Twin Drive” soundboard speaker. This unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of wood, channelling sound energy onto a traditional soundboard to produce a natural, organic tone.

CA Series Soundboard
CA Series Soundboard



CA Series Touch
CA Series Touch

Embracing many of the long established piano-building principles associated with an acoustic piano, the Grand Feel II, fully wooden-key keyboard utilized by the CA98 Hybrid combines realistic materials, motion and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of our finest concert grand pianos. 



Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the CA98 is the first musical instrument to utilize specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction. With cutting-edge technologies such as 1-bit DSD processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s exclusive DIRDC circuitry, the Concert Artists’ optimized power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning richness and clarity.


CA Series Tone
CA Series Tone



LCD Touchscreen Display
LCD Touchscreen Display

The CA98 Hybrid is the first instrument of its kind to feature a full-color 5” touchscreen display. Discreetly embedded within the left cheekblock, this high-resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface simply by tapping or swiping the display with a finger.



In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the CA98 Hybrid also features integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio technology that allows these instruments to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a phone, tablet, or laptop, Concert Artist 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 instruments’ premium amplifier and speaker systems without the need for any cables.

Bluetooth Technology
Bluetooth Technology



USB Audio and Storage
USB Audio and Storage

The CA98 Hybrid 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. USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files.



Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the CA98 Hybrid also features an excellent 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.

Sound Selection
Sound Selection



Concert Magic
Concert Magic

This exclusive feature lets anyone enjoy the thrill of playing the piano, even if you’ve never played before. 



The CA98 Hybrid comes with the first year’s lesson songs from Alfred Publishing’s Basic Piano Course 1, Premier Course 1 and Adult Course 1 built in. We’ve also included the printed music and recordings for time-tested finger exercises such as scales, arpeggios and Hanon songs. 

Alfred Lessons
Alfred Lessons



Grand Feel Pedal System
Grand Feel Pedal System

The CA98 Hybrid features three pedals – soft, sostenuto, and damper (with half-damper capability). The new Grand Feel Pedal System reproduces the individual weighting of each of the three pedals of the Kawai EX Concert Grand.

Keyboard   Grand Feel II Action

- 88 Wooden Keys
- Grade-weighted Hammers
- Ivory Touch White Key Surfaces
- Ebony Touch Black Key Surfaces
- Let-off Simulation
- Triple Sensor Key Detection
- 88-key Graded Counterweights
Pedal   Grand Feel Pedal System

- Damper (with half-pedal support)
- Soft
- Sostenuto
Piano Sound   Pianist Mode: SK-EX Rendering

- 88-Key Multi-channel Sampling
- SK-EX Recording

Sound Mode: Harmonic Imaging XL (hi-xl)

- 88-Key Stereo Sampling
- SK-EX, SK-5, EX Recording
- 256 Note Maximum Polyphony
Piano Resonance   Pianist Mode: Resonance Modelling

- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
- Undamped String Resonance
- Aliquot Resonance

Sound Mode: Acoustic Rendering

- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
- Undamped String Resonance
- Cabinet Resonance
No. of Sounds   Pianist Mode: 10 Rendering Characters
Sound Mode: 88 Voices
Reverb   Pianist mode: Ambience (10 types)
Sound mode: Reverb (6 types)
Other Effects   24 Types
Speakers   TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System
8 cm x 4 (top speakers)
2 cm x 2 (dome tweeters)
Output Power   135 W (45 W x 3)
Headphone Enhancements   Discrete SpectraModule™ Headphone Amplifier
Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Headphone Amplifier
Display   5" LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Key Cover   Sliding Type
Music Rest   Collapsible with 6 Angle Adjustments
Dimensions Width 57 1/3" (145.5 cm)
Depth 18 1/3” (46.5 cm)
Height 37” (94 cm) (not including music rest)
Weight   187 lbs (85 kg)
Available Finishes   Premium Satin Black (CA98B)
Premium Rosewood (CA98R)
Basic Functions   Dual
Four Hands
Internal Songs Sound Demo 39 Songs
Piano Music 42 Songs
Concert Magic 176 Songs
Lesson 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)
Chopin Etudes (Opus 10)
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
Internal Recorder Total Memory Pianist mode: approximately 10 mins. per song
Sound mode: approximately 90,000 notes
No. of Songs Pianist mode: 3 songs
Sound mode: 10 songs
Parts Pianist mode: 1 part
Sound mode: 2 parts
Metronome Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Drum Rhythms 100 Patterns
Bluetooth® *   Bluetooth® (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth® Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio
USB Audio Recorder Record MP3
Playback MP3
Other Functions Overdubbing
Line In recording
App Functions   -
Connector Jacks Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In 1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced]
USB to Host
USB to Device
Others -
Power Consumption   55 W
Power   Power Cable
Bench   Matching Storage Bench
Headphones   Headphone Hook
Sheet Music   Finger Exercises Only
Others   Warranty Card
Owner's Manual
Hymn Player Manual
Internal Song List 

Kawai CP, CA, CS and CN Series products:

5 Years Parts and Labor –

Customers should retain their store receipt or purchase statement as proof of the date of purchase. Please contact Kawai’s Technical Services Division if you have any questions or concerns, or to request a copy of your new warranty.

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This instrument has been thoroughly inspected by our service department and maintained to ensure it is sold in optimal playing condition. It includes a 90-day full-service warranty with purchase and will be tuned before delivery. Additional service plans are available at the time of purchase.