Kawai CA49 Digital Piano

The introductory model in Kawai’s Concert Artist line of digital pianos, the CA49 includes a number of new features and improvements. With new sound technologies and amplification systems, the CA49 delivers phenomenal sound and quality. Through the Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action, the CA49 maintains an organic, acoustic keyboard touch. The CA49 utilizes Progressive Harmonic Imaging to replicate the tones of the famed Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and the Kawai EX Concert Grand Pianos. The versatility of digital features enhances the playing experience, with features like the improved OLED graphic display, SHS headphone system, and Bluetooth MIDI connectivity. The CA49 cultivates this impressive collection of features to offer the most enjoyable musical experiences of any digital piano in its class.


Proceeding the CA48, the Kawai CA49 Digital Piano continues the legacy of premium digital pianos with new features and improvements. In collaboration with Onkyo, Kawai introduces a new motherboard and amplification system to deliver rich, high-fidelity audio. For an organic and genuine playing experience, the CA49 retains the Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action and piano sources of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and the Kawai EX Concert Grand Pianos. The CA49 is improved with reduced volume levels, along with an updated control panel. The CA49 demonstrates playing excellence, providing pianists of all levels an immaculate piano experience.





  • Motherboard developed in partnership with Onkyo for improved tonal clarity.
  • Updated control panel layout with modern OLED graphic display.
  • Chopin Walzer (1~19) lesson book.
  • Tone Control setting with 8 selectable tone presets.
  • Low Volume Balance function for improved touch consistency at reduced volume.
  • Modern cabinet design modeled after larger Concert Artist instruments.


  • Improved Shigeru Kawai grand piano sounds.
  • Enhanced Light Touch Curve setting for young children.
  • Updated Virtual Technician Smart Mode presets.



Depth: 18.1″/46 cm
Width: 53.5″/136 cm
Height: 36″/91.5 cm




CA49 TouchThe 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.



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.



Bluetooth TechnologyIn 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.


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 »



Virtual TechnicianAn experienced piano technician is essential to fully realize 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.


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 pedaling creating a very pronounced sound.


CA49 SoundsComplementing 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 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 »


Headphone ExperienceThe 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.


KeyboardGrand Feel Compact action

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

PedalGrand Feel Pedal System

– Sustain (with half-pedal support)
– Soft
– Sostenuto

Piano SoundProgressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)

– 88-key stereo sampling
– SK-EX, EX recording
– 192 note maximum polyphony

Piano Resonance– Damper Resonance
– String Resonance
Piano AdjustmentVirtual 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 Sounds19 voices
Reverb6 types
Other Effects
Speakers13 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
Output Power40 W (20 W x 2)
Display128 X 128 pixel OLED
Key CoverSliding type
Music RestCollapsible type (3 angle adjustability)
DimensionsWidth53.5″ (136 cm)
Depth18.2″ (46 cm)
Height36″ (91 cm) (not including music rest)
Weight128 lbs (58 kg)
Available FinishesPremium Satin Black (CA49B)
Premium Satin White (CA49W)
Premium Rosewood (CA49R)
Basic FunctionsDual
Four Hands
Startup Setting
Vocal Assist
Sound Preview
Internal SongsSound Demo19 songs
Piano Music
Concert Magic40 songs
Lesson SongsBurgmüller 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 RecorderTotal Memoryapproximately 10,000 notes
No. of Songs3 songs
MetronomeTime Signatures1/4, 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 FunctionsVirtual Technician app (iPad)
Sound Museum app (iPhone/iPad)
Connector JacksHeadphone1 x 1/4″, 1 x 1/8″ Stereo jacks
USB to Host
Power Consumption12 W
Power12 W (PS-154 AC adaptor)
BenchMatching Bench
HeadphonesHeadphone hook
Sheet Music
OthersWarranty Card *
Owner’s Manual

Brochure: Download
Owners Manual: Download



Weight128 lbs
Dimensions53.5 × 18.1 × 36 in
Select Finish:

Premium Rosewood, White Satin, Black Satin

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