Kawai ES8 Digital Piano - Black

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The Kawai ES8 Digital Piano is a compact, all-in-one digital piano ideal for players of all abilities and experience. Featuring the innovative Responsive Hammer III keyboard action with 3-sensor technology and Ivory Touch surface, the ES8 delivers a realistic playing experience along with the supreme touch of an acoustic grand piano. This digital piano is equipped with studio-quality organs, choirs, basses and other essential sounds that keep your playing inspired. Offering extensive functions with comprehensive controls and endless creative possibilities, the Kawai ES8 is suitable for performances on stage, at home or in the studio.

Since being established in 1927, Kawai has grown to become one of the largest music manufacturers in the world. The sole focus from Kawai is to create the best quality digital and acoustic pianos and as a result, Kawai has produced some of the world renowned concert grand pianos such as the Shigeru Kawai EX and Shigeru Kawai SK-5. Kawai use their years of knowledge and expertise to recreate the experience of playing and authentic acoutic grand piano. Through Kawai's pionering wooden key components for their digital pianos the are always being innovative to create the best piano playing experience as possible.

Harmonic Imaging® Sound Technology

The Kawai ES8 Digital Piano is equipped with proprietary Harmonic Imaging® technology which delicately captures the sound of Kawai's flagship SK-EX, SK-5 and EX grand pianos; with each of the 88 keys pain stakingly recorded, analysed and accurately reproduced. As a result, it recreates the broad dynamic ranges and expression of the original grand piano and provides notes from the strongest fortissimo right down to the softest pianissimo.

Responsive Hammer III Action

The ES8's Responsive Hammer III keyboard action imitates the unique feel of an acoustic grand piano by the way that the keys move and the 3-sensor technology creating an accurate, smooth, expressive and natural experience. The weight of the individual keys is graded to match the heavier bass hammers and the lighter treble hammers of acoutic pianos. This is supported by structural reinforcements inside the action assembly to creae increased stability during staccato and fortissimo passages. The Responsive Hammer III keyboard action also mimics the delicate let-off feeling experienced when softly playing an acoustic grand piano, enhancing the subtle pianissimo playing to please the most particular of players. The finely finished IvoryTouch keys gently absorbs any surface moisture to aid with playing control whilst the matt finish of the keys provides a smooth surface.

Virtual Technician Technology

Kawai's inventive Virtual Technician technology allows you to tailer the tonal characteristics to your needs. The ES8 offers adjustable settings for string and dampner resonances; voicing and regulation; delicate hammer and key release sounds, even the volume and precise tuning or each individual note. The Virtual Technician feature allows you to store your personal instrument settings to the ES8's in-built memory, allowing you to customise the instrument to your particular needs to achieve the sound of your dreams.

Professional Accompaniment Styles

With a wide variety of styles from latin, jazz-funk, rock and pop ballads and dance, the Rhythm Section on the Kawai ES8 digital piano enables solo performers to rehearse and perform with professional standard backing accompaniments by the touch of a button. Also, the 100 preset chord progression and One Finger Ad-lib™ solo phrases facilitates musicians to breathe life into their performances and also keep control over their repertoire.

Kawai 5 Year Warranty

Kawai has such confidence in the design and manufacture of their products that they offer a 5-year warranty on parts and labour of all their newly released digital pianos (only available in the UK).



  • Width: 1362mm
  • Depth: 361mm
  • Height: 149mm
  • Speakers: 8x12cm x 2 with Bass-Reflex
  • Weight: 22.5KG


  • Keys: 88
  • Sound Source: Harmonic Imaging XL
  • Action: Responsive Hammer III
  • Key Tops: Ivory Touch
  • Feel: Triple Sensor System

Sounds & Effects

  • Polyphony: 256 Maximum
  • Reverb: Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
  • Reverb Parameters: Reverb Depth, Reverb Time
  • Virtual Technician: 14 Parameters
  • Effects: Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary
  • Sounds
    • E-Piano: 4
    • Organ: 4
    • Harpsichord/Mallet: 4
    • Strings/Choir: 8
    • Bass: 4


    • USB Playback: MP3, WAV, SMF
    • USB Recording: MP3, WAV
    • Keyboard Modes: Dual Mode, Split Mode
    • Touch Curves: Light, Normal, Heavy, Off, User
    • Internal Recorder: 10 Songs, 2 Tracks, 90,000 Maximum Notes
    • Piano Music: 29
    • Metronome Signatures: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
    • Metronome Tempo Range: 10-400 BPM


    • Display: 16 x 2 Character LCD
    • Pedals: F10H Sustain Pedal with Half-Damper
    • Output Power: 15 Watt x 2
    • Line In: Stereo
    • Line Out: L/MONO, R
    • USB Jacks: 1 to Host, 1 USB to Device
    • Headphone Jacks: 2
    • Pedal: 1
    • MIDI In/Out: 1
    • Finish: Black
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