Magazine article USA TODAY

The Grand Sound of Casio's Grand Piano

Magazine article USA TODAY

The Grand Sound of Casio's Grand Piano

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The Casio CGP-700 Compact Grand Piano is loaded with impressive features--and yet it's easy to use. The centerpiece is a 5.3" Color Touch Interface. This high-resolution display is bright and clear, and makes full use of a huge color palette to keep the user informed and in control. Navigating through tones and rhythms using touch and swipe gestures is a breeze. There's also a handy Grand Piano button, which lets you enjoy the CGP-700's grand piano sound instantly, and the nearby Transpose buttons allow you to shift quickly to a different key.

The CGP-700 has four speakers in the top panel, and two low-frequency speakers in its included stand, with a massive 40 watts of power. Whether you're enjoying the sonic experience of a nine-foot concert grand piano, playing along with the built-in rhythms, or listening to your MP3 player via the stereo aux input, this unique speaker system easily fills the room with rich, detailed sound.

At your fingertips is the Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard, accurately re-creating the touch and response of a concert grand piano with 127 times the resolution of traditional keyboards. Suitable for the most demanding pianist, this keyboard also enables beginning players to develop proper playing technique. Just like a grand piano, the keys have a heavier feel in the lower register, and a lighter feel up top. Even the surface of the keys feels natural, with the reproduced textures of both ebony and ivory.

Having great keys means you need a truly great piano sound. The CGP-700's nine-foot concert grand piano sound is as impressive as it is thanks to a meticulous recording session with more than two dozen microphones. The result is a dynamic and expressive concert grand piano that can be used in stereo or mono, and even includes damper resonance simulation. …

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