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High specification digital piano featuring Kawai’s leading Grand Feel technologies.



Grand Feel Compact
Wooden key action

SK-EX Competition Grand 
Piano sounds

Bluetooth Audio + 
MIDI connectivity

PianoRemote App

Kawai CA501 Rosewood

Transform living rooms
into concert halls

A piano that will encourage enthusiastic players to become accomplished pianists – this is the ambitious philosophy behind Kawai’s latest Concert Artist Premium pianos to inspire musicians of all ages and abilities to realise their true artistic potential.

SK-EX Competition Grand

The Sound of a
Grand Piano

Widely regarded as ‘the premier piano of Japan’, the flagship SK-EX grand piano graces the stages of concert halls and musical institutions around the globe, receiving universal acclaim for its tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

The magnificent tone of the SK-EX is at the heart of the CA401, with this new model featuring the latest SK-EX Competition Grand, capturing the sound of the latest generation SK-EX instruments that in recent years have achieved success at the Chopin, Hamamatsu and Sydney International piano competitions.

This piano sound possesses a brilliant, clear tonal character, with a distinctive thick attack, and is specifically recorded from the pianist’s position for the ultimate performance experience.

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88 Key Sampling

Every single one of the 88-keys of this world-class instrument are painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed and accurately reproduces as high-fidelity 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,

Harmonic Imaging

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.

The CA501 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.

Virtual Technician

Virtual Piano Artisan

The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to realise the full 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.

Virtual Technician simulates these refinements digitally, allowing you to shape various aspects of your piano’s character to suit the environment of the piano and your personal preferences.

The Touch of a
Grand Piano

Kawai Grand Feel Compact wooden key action
Intuitive control
Bluetooth connectivity
4-speaker output system
Kawai CA501 PianoRemote app

PianoRemote App

The latest CA401 is compatible with Kawai’s latest PianoRemote control app for iOS and supported Android devices. This app connects to the piano wirelessly via the Concert Artists’ integrated Bluetooth feature, providing an effortless way to change sounds, adjust settings, or enjoy the vast array of built-in music content from the comfort of an armchair.

360° Speaker diffusers

360° Speaker Diffusers

In addition to utilising high quality speaker components, the CA501's upward facing speakers also feature custom-engineered diffuser panels, which help to expand the piano's tonal projection in all directions.

The speaker diffusers create a 360° sound field around the instrument, ensuring a natural piano sound for both the player, and those listening elsewhere in the room.


Superior Headphone Experience

The CA501’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.

In addition, the CA501 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) for an optimised listening experience.

CA401 Lesson books

Built-in Lesson Books

The CA501’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Chopin, and Beyer etudes, or collections of songs from the popular Alfred’s Basic Piano course books.

The left and right hand parts of each etude/song can be practiced separately, using the adjustable metronome feature to perfect timing in difficult passages, before recording the completed piece for self-evaluation.

*lesson books sold separately


Flexible USB Connectivity

In addition to wireless functionality, the CA501 is also equipped with USB ports that allow the instrument to be connected directly to a computer for MIDI use, or to load and save data to USB memory devices.

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 exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware or cables.


MP3/WAV Playback & Record

USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favourite songs.

It is even possible to record and overdub entire performances directly as MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual listening away from the piano.


Grand Feel Pedal System

The Grand Feel Pedal feature accurately replicates the position and individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of a Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano, ensuring that players master the proper pedalling technique required to perform on an acoustic piano.


Broad Adjustable Music Rest

The CA501’s broad music rest is engineered to accommodate the most ambitious musical works, with smoothly rounded edges, a sturdy base for supporting large score books, and score support pins to hold everything in place.

As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the instrument’s music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores or sketching musical ideas.

Three attractive
cabinet finishes

Ebony Satin
White Satin


Product Specifications

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

  • Damper (with half-pedal support)

  • Soft

  • Sostenuto

Piano SoundHarmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)

  • 88-key stereo sampling

  • SK-EX-L, SK-5, EX, K-60 recording

  • 256 note maximum polyphony

Piano Resonance

  • Damper Resonance

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Cabinet Resonance

Piano AdjustmentVirtual Technician (21 parameters)

  • Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)

  • Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)

  • Damper Resonance

  • Damper Noise

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Cabinet Resonance

  • Key-off Effect

  • Fall-back Noise

  • Hammer Delay

  • Topboard Simulation

  • Decay Time

  • Release 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

Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
No of sounds45
Reverb6 types
Other Effects24 types
Speakers13 cm x 2 (woofers)
(8 x 12 cm) x2 (top speakers, with diffusers)
Output Power100 W (50 W + 50 W)
Headphone EnhancementsSpatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Display128 x 64 pixel OLED
Key CoverSliding type
Music RestCollapsible type (3 angle adjustability)
Score support pins
Size and WeightWidth142.5 cm
Depth48.5 cm
Height93 cm (music rest flat)
110 cm (music rest raised)
Weight66 kg
Available FinishesPremium Satin Black (CA501ES)
Premium Satin White (CA501WS)
Premium Rosewood (CA501R)
Basic FunctionsDual
Four Hands
Low Volume Balance
Startup Setting
Internal SongsSound Demo33 songs
Piano Music42 Songs
Concert Magic176 songs
Lesson SongsBurgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
J.S. Bach: Inventionen
Sonatinen Album 1
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series)
Alfred's Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A
Alfred's Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1
Internal RecorderTotal Memoryapproximately 90,000 notes
No of Songs10 songs
Parts2 parts
MetronomeTime Signatures1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Drum Rhythms100 patterns
BluetoothMIDI + Audio
USB Audio RecorderRecord/PlaybackMP3
SMF (playback only)
Other FunctionsOverdubbing
Bluetooth Audio recording
App FunctionsPianoRemote (iOS/Android)
PiaBookPlayer (iOS/Android)
Connector JacksHeadphone1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
Line Out1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
USB to Host
USB to Device
Power Consumption30 W
Power AdaptorAC adaptor (PS-242)
BenchHeight Adjustable (WB-35)
HeadphonesHeadphone hook


PianoRemote App iOS

PianoRemote App Android

Owner's Manual

Firmware Updates

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