Kawai ES520 Portable Digital Piano (Black)


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ES520 delivers best-in-class touch and tone within a stylish, highly portable package for the home, studio, or stage.

Kawai ES520 Portable Digital Piano (Black)


Combining Kawai's authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technologies, with modern Bluetooth® connectivity and a powerful 40W speaker system, the superb ES520 delivers best-in-class touch and tone within a stylish, highly portable package for the home, studio, or stage.


At home, on stage, your music

The Kawai ES920 and ES520 have been designed to deliver the finest playing experience possible within a portable piano. These stylish instruments are ideally suited to musicians seeking a piano that provides an authentic keyboard action and a selection of inspiring sounds, yet can still be moved easily, or placed on an attractive furniture stand without occupying too much space.

The latest ES models are also an excellent choice for gigging musicians, academic institutions, and places of worship, thanks to their lightweight body, powerful speaker systems, and great audio connectivity.  And with a slew of customisable settings, Bluetooth MIDI and audio, and engaging apps, the ES920 and ES520 are also extremely personal pianos, that players of all ages and abilities can take pride in owning.


The touch of a grand piano

The ES520’s Responsive Hammer Compact II (RHCII) keyboard action has been developed to represent the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano.  Based on the highly-regarded RH keyboard action design, its spring-less technology and sturdy construction delivers consistent upward and downward motion for a smooth, natural, and highly authentic piano playing experience.


Acoustic piano key weighting

Just as acoustic pianos utilise heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers, the RHCII keyboard action also employs different hammer weights, appropriately graded for each playing range. Such details provide greater stability during fortissimo passages, while preserving delicate pianissimo control, to satisfy the demands of even the most discerning pianist.


More realistic & responsive

The Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action utilises an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism. The added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and unlike conventional two sensor keyboard actions found in most portable pianos, allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered' without the previous tone being lost. In addition, Kawai’s action technology also monitors the speed at which each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.


The Sound of a Grand Piano: Two world-class instruments

Earning a reputation 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 outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range. The ES520 captures the magnificent tone of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano. This peerless instrument is hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, and widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class.

In addition, the ES520 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.

Both the SK-EX and EX are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using advanced Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality, and allow musicians to appreciate the contrasting properties of each.




True character in every note

The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the ES520, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms. Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the grand pianos’ unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the ES520's weighted keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.


Rich, dynamic, expressive

When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note.  Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of each grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volumes, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.

The ES520 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, employing Kawai’s proprietary Progressive Harmonic Imaging sampling technology to ensure smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.


Studio quality effects & reverb

The ES520’s powerful digital effects engine enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life. Tailor an instrument’s character and feeling with a range of studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects. Add vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs using the dedicated Amp Sim speaker models, then adjust the instrument’s reverb controls to position yourself within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.


The Variety of a Digital Piano: Convenience & Flexibility

Complementing the instrument’s authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging grand piano sounds, the ES520 also offers a strong selection of digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.

Wireless Bluetooth® connectivity, USB memory load/save, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of instrumental voices are just some of the features accessible from the piano’s intuitive control panel and large OLED display.


Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity

In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the ES520 also features integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio technologies that allow the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.

Once paired with a phone, tablet, or laptop, ES520 owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience, or stream audio from songs and videos directly through the instrument’s powerful speaker system without the need to connect additional cables.

*Availability of Bluetooth® function may vary depending on market area.


PianoRemote app

The latest ES520 is compatible with Kawai’s new PianoRemote control app for iOS and supported Android devices. This app connects to the piano wirelessly via the instrument’s integrated Bluetooth feature, providing an effortless way to change sounds or adjust settings from an attractive user interface.


Flexible USB connectivity

The ES520 is equipped with modern USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly.

This latter USB to Device functionality allows favourite instrument settings, registrations, and memorable recorder songs stored within internal memory to be safely preserved on USB flash drives, or for standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be played back and enjoyed using the instrument’s superb Progressive Harmonic Imaging sounds without additional hardware or cables.


Additional instrument sounds

Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the ES520 also features a strong selection of additional sounds.

Vintage electric pianos, drawbar organs, and warm synth pads allow this portable piano to serve as a convenient gigging board, while church organs, strings, and graceful choir voices ensure that the versatile ES520 is equally at home in places of worship.

Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections, with volume balances adjustable in real-time from the front panel.


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Kawai ES520 Portable Digital Piano Specs:



  • Responsive Hammer Compact II action

  • 88 keys

  • Grade-weighted hammers

  • Matte key surfaces

  • Triple sensor hammer detection



  • F-10H pedal unit

  • Damper (with half-pedal support)


Piano Sound:

  • Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)

  • 88-key stereo sampling

  • SK-EX, EX recording

  • 192 note maximum polyphony


Piano Resonance:

  • Damper Resonance
  • String Resonance


Piano Adjustment:

  • Virtual Technician (17 parameters)

  • Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)

  • Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)

  • Damper Resonance

  • Damper Noise

  • String Resonance

  • Key-off Effect

  • Fall-back Noise

  • Hammer Delay

  • Topboard

  • Decay Time

  • Minimum Touch

  • Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)

  • Temperament (incl. User Temperament)

  • Temperament Key

  • Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)

  • Half-Pedal Adjust

  • Soft Pedal Depth


No. of Sounds: 34 voices
Reverb: 6 types
Other Effects: 16 types + amp simulator (3 types)
Speakers: (8 x 12) cm x 2
Output Power: 40 W (20 W × 2)
Headphone Enhancements: Spatial Headphone Sound
Display: 128 x 64 pixel OLED
Music Rest: Transparent, detachable type (included)


Product Size & Weight:

  • Width: 134 cm (52 3/4")

  • Depth: 37.5 cm (14 3/4")

  • Height: 14.5 cm (5 3/4 ") [music rest detached]

  • Net Weight: 14.5 kg (32 lbs.)


Packing Size & Weight:

  • Dimensions: 143 (W) x 45 (D) x 27.5 (H) cm

  • Gross Weight: 23 kg


Available Finishes:

  • Black (ES520B)

  • White (ES520W)


  • Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)

  • Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant

  • Bluetooth Audio with aptX support


App Functions:

  • PianoRemote (iOS/Android)

  • PiaBookPlayer (iOS/Android)



  • Headphone: 2 x 1/4" Stereo jacks


  • Line Out: 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]

  • Line In: 1/8" Stereo [unbalanced]

  • USB to Host:     ✔

  • USB to Device:     ✔

  • Damper (for F-10H)

  • Damper/Soft/Sostenuto (for F-302 or GFP-3)

  • AC adaptor (PS-154)


Model # ES520B
Brand Kawai

12 Months

Kawai ES520 Portable Digital Piano Features:


  • Authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action

  • Matte key surfaces, triple sensor hammer detection

  • Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound engine with 88-key sampling

  • Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX grand piano sounds

  • Hardware developed in partnership w/Onkyo, 40W speaker system

  • Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology

  • Standard MIDI, USB to Host/Device, Audio In/Out connectivity

  • Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism

  • Intuitive control panel layout with high quality OLED display

  • Modern, lightweight case with matching stand and triple pedal unit


Free pick-up from store Brisbane only - $0.00
Free in-store pick-up from Level 2, 34 Campbell Street Bowen Hills

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