|CN25 with closed key cover|
|CN25 RH3 key action|
|CN25 with bench|
|CN25 control button panel|
OK, so that lack of a display screen is now no longer an issue, right? Well yes and no. One of the down sides is that when a person is playing a song on the piano and wants to make a function change, it is definitely distracting to hear this "voice" talk to you and call out a function in the middle of your song if you decide you want a new sound or function during your song. So the vocal assist is obviously something which has to be used with discretion and is not good for all situations. If you happen to be a "blind" person, then seeing anything is unfortunately impossible and therefore the vocal assist feature is the perfect solution to blind people in being able to use some of the functions that otherwise may be very challenging to use. However I must point out that almost all of the functions are accessed (with or without the voice assist) by pressing a button and then a specific white or black key somewhere on the 88-key keyboard which would then access that feature. So the bottom line is you still need to know (or eventually learn) which of those 88 keys accesses the specific feature you are looking for and in that way, the operating system is a bit cumbersome and annoying after awhile...even with vocal assist. Personally for the $1899US discount selling price, I would like to have seen both a digital user display screen and the vocal assist. Those two features together would have been a much better solution to accessing the many features on this new CN25 digital piano. By the way, if you do not want the vocal assist feature to be on then you just turn it off and you don't have to hear it:).
Along with the new vocal assist feature, Kawai has also included another new digital feature called sound preview. Kawai increased their instrument sound selections from 15 in the CN24 to 19 in the CN25 with 4 additional new acoustic piano variations for a total of 8 different acoustic piano sounds. This is double the piano sounds in the previous CN24 and also the current Kawai KDP90 and having 19 total instrument sounds including the 8 piano sounds gives the CN25 a good variety of tones for all styles of music. The previous strings, choir, synthesizer, harpsichord, and electric pianos are in the CN25 and those non-piano tones sound very good and are enjoyable to play. The new sound preview function allows you to hear the piano play a little demo of the sound you choose so you know what it sounds like before you select it. This pretty cool and can be helpful in the beginning since it's nice to hear a sound, especially from the 8 available different piano sounds) before you select one. However, once you learn what the 19 instruments sound like, you really won't need the sound preview feature as far as I am concerned, especially after you figure out how to use the instruments on the piano and where they are located within the sound button and keyboard.
Speaking of new digital features, Kawai has added new improved piano sound technology that definitely makes the piano sound come out more natural than previous Kawai digital piano models. This function adds more natural organic piano elements to the piano sound including voicing, damper noise, string resonance, key-off effect, hammer noise, and stretch tuning. Rather than explaining all these words in detail, it is only important to say that these new features do add to the piano sound realism and brings the CN25 to a level of piano sound authenticity which the older CN24 did not have. The new string resonance effect is one of those new features that makes the piano sound have a more realistic string vibration although this feature is also on the Casio
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|CN25 connector array|
The CN25 retains the built-in piano lessons, but with some additional lessons, as well as the Piano Magic feature of the CN24 which is very cool and useful for piano playing education & fun for any age. For some people these features will be useless because they just want to play piano and don't want extra "bells & whistles" that they will not use. But for other people, especially beginner students or young children, the extra on-board lesson songs can be helpful as well as motivating. For more info on those 2 things please go to the following link on my previous CN24 review so that I don't have to repeat all that info here as it is pretty extensive:). Kawai CN24 Review
|CN25 control button panel|
|Kawai CE220 control panel|
Casio AP460 Review
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