The CE220 is something of a limited edition instrument, available only in the USA and Canada, and has plenty of great features such as wooden keys, 192 notes of polyphony, individual note sampling, a solid, furniture-style construction, helpful and easy-to-use digital features, and responsively realistic pedals, that make the instrument very desirable even without regarding its rarity. In this Kawai CE220 review, we’ll take look at the various pros and cons of the instrument as well as provide a more in-depth analysis its various features and specifications.
*last price update on 2021-10-21
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One of the primary advantages of the CE220 over any digital pianos is its impressive list of easy-to-use digital features. Also, the CE220’s wooden keys provide a nicely unique key action and great textured feel.
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Despite all of its digital features, one of the things that the CE220 does not have that many would have liked to have seen included is a built-in rhythm or synthesizer. Also, the features of the CE220 come with a bit of a learning curve.
Sound Quality of the CE220
Each note of the CE220 is individually sampled, resulting in a clearer and more realistic sound than digital pianos whose sounds are recorded in some other manner are capable of producing. On top of being individually sampled, the sounds of the CE220 are recorded using Kawai’s relatively new Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology which also leads to a richer and more detailed sound.
Capable of 192 notes of polyphony, the CE220 is able to play any song without a hiccup, sounding pleasantly similar to the nuanced tone of an acoustic piano while doing so.
Key Action and Realism of the CE220
The keys of the CE220 are entirely wooden, which is a rarity for digital pianos, particularly those in the CE220’s price range. This alone leads to a realistic key action and a pleasing texture to the keys and also helps get away from the unwanted noises of plastic keys.
On top of this, the key action of the instrument is also weighted and graded—the two primary things to look for if you want a digital piano that will feel as close as possible to the touch response of an acoustic piano.
While there are a good many digital pianos with weighted and graded keyboards that cost near the CE220’s price range, there aren’t many of them that have wooden keys, setting the CE220 apart in this respect.
Other Features and Specifications of the CE220
Some of the other great features of the CE220 include a dual mode, in which two different sounds are played at the same time, a split mode, in which one half of the keyboard plays one sound while the other half plays a second, a 4-hands mode that splits the keyboard in half for duets or lessons, USB connectivity, Soft, Sostenuto and Damper pedals, 29 preset piano songs, a built-in metronome, two separate headphone jacks, a built-in recorder, 100 drum patterns, and 22 instrument sounds.
At 84.8 kilograms, the CE220 isn’t the lightest digital piano available, but is still relatively portable enough to fit most needs.
Kawai CE220 Review – Final Thoughts
If you can get your hands on one, the Kawai CE220 is certainly an excellent piano to have. Features such as wooden keys, dual headphone jacks, and 100 separate drum patterns are relatively unique to the CE220 and, combined with its great sound and realistic key action, help boost it to the level of a very high quality instrument.
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