Kawai ES520 Digital Piano

Brand: Kawai
Stock Id: 290915

Kawai ES520 Digital Piano

Brand: Kawai
Stock Id: 290915

At home, on stage, your music.

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.

This new mid-range ES model incorporates the Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action, which features grade-weighted keys and an accurate triple-sensor hammer detection system that delivers a highly-authentic playing experience. The ES520 includes a variety of realistic acoustic piano sounds, ranging from the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand pianos to the Kawai upright, while also boasting the same harpsichord, electric piano, organ, and strings sounds as the flagship ES920 model.

As with Kawaiʼs recent console instruments, the ES520 incorporates technologies developed in collaboration with premium audio equipment manufacturer, Onkyo, and features the same powerful 40W speaker system as the premium ES920. The pianoʼs intuitive control panel, OLED display, and general operation are largely identical to that of the ES920, albeit without the 4-band EQ fader controls and Rhythm Section accompaniment function. In addition, the ES520 retains the ES920ʼs excellent connectivity features, with standard MIDI, USB, and audio connectors, as well as built-in Bluetooth MIDI and Bluetooth Audio for wireless communication with smart devices.

The ES520 adopts the same body and exterior design of the ES920, while weighing even less at 14.5 kg – just 2.5 kg more than the entry-level ES110 model. Thanks to its supreme portability, the ES520 is an excellent choice for gigging musicians, academic and religious institutions, or any environment that requires an affordable, lightweight instrument, with a high quality keyboard action, excellent sounds, and a powerful speaker system. The ES520 can also be attached to the separately available, dedicated HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar, transforming the instrument into a stylish, ultra-compact piano replacement, for the lounge, office, or bedroom.


  • ES520:

    ■  Authentic Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action grade-weighted keys and triple-sensor system
    ■  Matte key surfaces, triple sensor hammer detection
    ■  Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound engine with 88-key sampling
    ■   34 authentic sounds, including acoustic pianos (Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX grand piano sounds), electric pianos, organs, strings, bass etc.
    ■  Premium amplification & motherboard hardware developed in partnership with Onkyo, powerful 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

    ■   Stylish rounded case design and lightweight chassis weighing 14.5 kg
    ■  Matching stand (HM-5), triple pedal bar (F-302) or triple pedal unit (GFP-3) available separately

ES Series


・ 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)* Compatible with GFP-3 triple pedal unit, F-302 triple pedal board accessories – sold separately

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 Sounds34 voices
Reverb6 types
Other Effects16 types + amp simulator (3 types)
Speakers(8 x 12) cm x 2
Output Power40 W (20 W × 2)
Headphone EnhancementsSpatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Display128 x 64 pixel OLED
Key Cover
Music RestTransparent, detachable type (included)
Size & Weight
Width134 cm (52 3/4″)
Depth37.5 cm (14 3/4″)
Height14.5 cm (5 3/4″) [music rest detached]
Net Weight14.5 kg (32 lbs.)
Size & Weight
Dimensions143 (W) x 45 (D) x 27.5 (H) cm
Gross Weight23 kg
Available FinishesBlack (ES520B)
White (ES520W)
Basic FunctionsDual
Four Hands
Registration (28 memories)
Startup Setting
Internal SongsSound Demo23 sound demo songs
Piano Music
Concert Magic
Lesson Songs9 books, 377 pieces (via PiaBookPlayer app)
Internal RecorderTotal Memoryapproximately 5,000 notes
No. of Songs3 songs
Parts1 part
MetronomeTime Signatures1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8
Drum Rhythms100 patterns
Bluetooth *Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
Bluetooth Audio with aptX support
USB Audio RecorderRecord/PlaybackKSO [Kawai song format]
SMF (Playback only)
Other Functions
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 In1/8″ Stereo [unbalanced]
USB to Host
USB to Device
OthersDamper (for F-10H)
Damper/Soft/Sostenuto (for GFP-3, F-302)
Speakers on/off switch
Power Consumption18 W
PowerPower cable
AC adaptor (PS-154)
OthersOwner’s manual
Transparent music rest
F-10H damper pedal (with half-pedal support)

Specifications are subject to change without notice. * Availability of Bluetooth function dependent on market location.