What really makes the KDP90 stand out to me is its impressive graded hammer weighted key action, very nice stereo acoustic piano sound, and pedaling realism called "Grand Feel Pedal System" with 3 full size pedals...it's a lot of piano for the $1149US. When I first played the KDP90 I really did not expect it to be as good as it was, and in fact, I thought it would not compare very well to the popular Yamaha Arius series pianos (and other top brands). But the KDP90 not only was surprisingly realistic in recreating the acoustic piano playing & listening experience, it was noticeably better in that way than many of the competing brands including Yamaha & Korg cabinet pianos in this particular price range.
|KDP90 hammer key action|
The KDP90 also has some interesting additional functions which give the acoustic piano sound an even more realistic tone than it already has. One of the functions is called pedal resonance which means that which you press the pedal down you can hear the sound of the "virtual strings" echo or resonate just like in a real piano when the pedal is held down. This is not the normal sustain you find on most digital pianos when depressing the pedal (which the KDP90 does have), but also a natural organic string resonation that is in additional to sustain. You can control the amount of resonation of the strings from a control function on the keyboard, so that it is not too much or too little, something that the competitive brands in this price range cannot do.
|Left side panel controls|
A feature of the KDP90 which also impresses me is the 192-notes of piano polyphony memory, which is more than many of the competitors except for the Casio PX860 ($999 retail price) which has 256 note polyphony. Polyphony (pol-i-fony) allows for more piano processing power when playing while combining two sounds together at the same time. Having 128 notes of polyphony is generally plenty, even for more advanced musicians, so the 192-notes of polyphony is just "frosting on the cake." Also, if you layer 2 sounds together such as acoustic grand piano and string symphony, then the polyphony power becomes even more important to be able to handle the amount of polyphony it will take to allow those two instrument sounds to play properly together at the same time, especially if both of those sounds are in stereo. So the number of polyphony notes is somewhat relative to how the piano actually plays and what you do with it.
|Power switch & volume slider|
Another impressive feature is the exclusive Kawai educational features that are built into the computer software in the KDP90 piano. None of the other big manufacturers have anything like this in this price range and it's a pretty cool thing to have, assuming you would use it. One of the educational fun features on this piano is called Concert Magic, an intelligent interactive rhythm training feature with built-in perfect song playback. Concert Magic can be very useful if you are a beginner of any age including being 2 years old or 92 years old. Imagine if you wanted to play a full song on the piano with both left hand and right hand together and you could push/tap any key on the piano and it would play the correct note or notes of the song...well that's what Concert Magic does. There are 40 complete built-in popular songs in the Concert Magic piano memory which you can choose from. Once you make you song selection, then you can play it. But playing it means you
|Concert Magic for any age|
Another educational feature of the KDP90 is the built-in music lesson library consisting of Alfred's basic piano library of songs books 1A and 1B (a very popular lesson book series) along with Burgmuller 25 Etudes. With the built-in music library in the piano you can purchase the appropriate music books and then play along with the built-in songs at any tempo you wish (slower or faster) and also separate out the left hand and right hand parts for playback with controls in the piano accessed by the function button and keys. The Alfred piano leaning series of lesson books library is very popular with pianos teachers and is especially useful if you are a beginner or novice player so you can listen to left and right hand
|Recorder button controls|
|MIDI to USB cable connector|
|KDP90 with closed key cover|
|KDP90 with matching padded bench|
It is worth noting that I consistently have people asking me about 88-key furniture style digital pianos (without a lot of "bells & whistles") for around the $1500 or less (approx) price range. There is a variety of choices out there but I would suggest that you consider this new Kawai KDP90 ($1149 internet discount price) if you intend on keeping the piano for awhile and want a good investment in a quality instrument. The Kawai KDP90 is a piano even a good player can appreciate if they are on a budget, want limited but a useful amount of features, and are focused on realistic acoustic piano sound, pedaling, and key action in a lower price range. It is worth noting that KDP90 has two electronic key sensors under each each as opposed to three key sensors in higher priced Kawai pianos. Casio and Roland also have three key sensors per key in this price range and Yamaha Arius pianos use only 2 key sensors in their YDP143. However it seems that Kawai has optimized its key sensing for repetition in a way where I did not notice any real deficiencies with the 2 key sensors as opposed to three of them. Specs are one thing but reality is another and I felt the the Kawai key action responded well with a variety of music styles played on it. But no matter what brand or model you may chose, it's all about the music and having an enjoyable playing experience and ultimately you can get that on some (but not all) brands and models in this price range. The Kawai KDP90 isn't the only digital piano brand to get under $1500, and in fact if you have the budget to spend even more money, Kawai has some very nice digital pianos selling for over $1500 as do other digital piano manufacturers. But there's simply not much to complain about on this one and there is a lot to like, so it is definitely a winner for what it offers...especially with a prestigious name like Kawai attached to it. However, it seems as it is difficult to actually see and play a KDP90 in the US because the main music store chains do not carry this model in their stores...Kawai pianos are normally a more exclusive brand and generally just found in Kawai piano stores. Not only that, but even Kawai piano stores tend to not have them either due to low supply and higher demand. Why is that?...a couple of reasons would be that Kawai does not produce enough KDP90's to keep up with actual demand on the internet, and also that piano stores don't make enough money on this model at its low price to justify carrying it (for them it's all about making enough money). You will definitely see and find the Yamaha Arius brand more extensively in US music/piano stores than Kawai, but that does not mean the KDP90 is not worth your consideration because in my opinion it is an overall better piano in its price range than what Yamaha has to offer right now.
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*Go to the following link to hear actual song recordings on the Kawai web site taken directly from the KDP90: Kawai KDP90 song recordings
Click on the video below to see a short demonstration of the KDP90 Concert Magic feature