|DP90Se polished ebony|
What makes these models unique in their price range as far as appearance goes is the cabinet design. They are smaller and less deep than the average home piano in this price range and the special built-in folding lid of the pianos quietly and slowly (with built-in slow close key cover) folds down over the entire piano top creating a completely flat surface like a small table or desk. The music rest on the inside of the lid supports sheet music and books and it folds up as well. For apartment dwellers or people living in small condos or just have limited space, this cabinet design is definitely good at saving space and looking elegant at the same time...especially in the high polish finishes. I was also happy to see that Roland had improved these new models in a big way with regard to the fundamentals of piano playing including key action, sound & dynamic response, and pedaling. The best product change analogy I can use is when Apple computer company upgraded their iPad2 to the iPad 3 with Retina display screen. The iPad Retina display was a huge upgrade in terms of the screen display quality and realism for images. The processing power was greater too and buyers were very impressed and bought them in huge numbers. The new DP series are much the same way with its new upgrades of noticeably superior piano performance over previous models. The new key actions are much quieter and move better, the piano sound and dynamic range is much more realistic & pure, and pedaling is improved. For those people who play digital pianos or have played good acoustic grand pianos, they would be able to tell how nice these new Roland pianos really are as compared to anything that Roland and other piano companies have had before. The subtleties in tonality, nuance, dynamic range, and expressiveness are evident when playing complex music in ways not possible on Roland pianos in the past. It is important to note that I am not saying these digital pianos will replace a top name grand piano anytime soon!What I am saying is that for the money and its size, the playing experience on the DP pianos is very satisfying even for a skilled pianist and advanced student.
As I mentioned earlier, Roland has the two new upgraded piano hammer weighted graded key actions called Concert Keyboard (an appropriate name actually) and Premium Keyboard. The difference between the two is that the Concert Keyboard feels more like a real grand piano (upgraded design and construction) over the Premium keyboard found in the DP90e, which is not quite as realistic as the Concert Keyboard but still very enjoyable to play, and much better than most other brands in its price range. This is the first major key action upgrade in many years for the Roland company in terms of feel, key sensor ability and sensitivity, reaction time, and overall quietness of key movement and keybed. For the first time ever in any major brand of digital piano that I know of, Roland now has 3 electronic key sensors per key along with an additional key scanning processor dedicated to processing key velocity information This new 4-part electronics system is in all of the new DP, HP, & LX models and in my opinion makes a huge difference in overall touch sensitivity, expressiveness, dynamic range, and piano tone subtitles and is especially noticeable if you are a more advanced player. It's that natural organic experience which piano players look for when playing any good piano and I believe the Roland DP series rises to the occasion in that way. If you are a beginner player then I don't think you won't be impacted by these types of upgrades, but it's good to know they are there if you progress in your piano playing skills.
|Roland DP90Se ebony|
|New synthetic ivory keys|
The acoustic piano sound itself (taken from Steinway acoustic grand pianos) on both Roland DP pianos are identical and they both have 128-note polyphony piano memory (how many notes can be played and sustained at one time) which is more than enough for even the most complex piano pieces because of Roland's advanced polyphony voice allocation. It's a fancy way to say you won't run out of notes even when layering two sounds together or playing complex MIDI files. Roland calls its acoustic piano sound SuperNATURAL Piano meaning that Roland has attempted to reproduce a much more "natural & beautiful" acoustic stereo sound in their digital pianos and I feel they have done this quite well on these new models. In fact, if you plug in a good pair of stereo headphones to either piano they would both sound identical.
|DP90e satin black|
|General MIDI sound|
The best way I can sum up and identify the major changes from the previous models to these new models are as follows:
1. PHA-4 Concert Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel features Roland’s latest high-resolution touch-detection technology
2. Fortissimo (dynamically very loud) playing styles are fully expressed with the new Dynamic Harmonic feature, which provides both a unique tonal character and powerful sound
3. New Individual Note Voicing to customize the sound to your taste by adjusting the pitch (tuning), volume, and character of each note independently including Stretched Tuning: -50.0 – +50.0 cent, Note Volume: -50 – 0, Note Character: -5 – +5
4. Headphones 3D Ambience effect sound experience while using headphones for private practice
5. Display music scores and songs with Piano Partner app for iPad
6. Independent volume control for headphones and volume limit function
7. Better connectivity with mini stereo input and output jacks as opposed to just standard 1/4 jacks
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