Roland has unveiled four new digital pianos for the home: the compact HP603 and HP605, the upright LX-7 and flagship LX-17. Each model comes with special value-added accessories, new financing options, and a new, industry-leading 10-year warranty.
All four models feature SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling technology. According to Roland, this is unlike conventional sampling where hitting a key simply triggers a recording of a piano note. SuperNATURAL modeling reproduces the entire sound creation process of an acoustic piano and the interaction between its many critical elements. The result is authentic, complex and living piano sound that responds to the dynamics of a player’s touch.
Another key feature of these new models is Roland’s PHA-50 progressive hammer action keyboard– a unique, hybrid, wooden keyboard providing the finest piano feel. This best-of-both-worlds surface is playable and durable, combining wood sides with ivory-feel material to let players enjoy traditional acoustic feel and appearance, while avoiding typical maintenance costs and performance issues often associated with traditional keyboard actions. An inner stabilizing pin ensures each key’s travel is smoother and quieter in performance.
Smartphones and tablets are changing the way pianists learn, and the new pianos offer innovative technology, interactivity and connectivity to complement modern learning styles. The HP603 lets players access free music-score apps like PiaScore on their iOS device via Bluetooth® technology (and even turn the page onscreen by pressing the pedal). The HP605, LX-7 and LX-17 take it even further, allowing players to wirelessly connect to iOS/Android apps or online practice videos, then route the audio through speakers/headphones and play along.
The HP605, LX-7 and LX-17 feature Roland’s Acoustic Projection System, which uses a powerful multi-channel amplifier and scattered speaker placement to recreate the rich, deep sound field of an acoustic grand piano. The HP605 and LX-7 have six speakers in three positions, with cabinet speakers creating the immersive “main” sound, top-mounted spatial speakers reproducing the resonance of the piano’s frame, and nearfield speakers projecting the more dramatic tones. The LX-17 has an eight-speaker layout, adding tweeters for optimum projection (and as with an acoustic grand, greater clarity when the lid is open).
To support a variety of musical scenarios, the Roland HP603, HP605, LX-7 and LX-17 all feature a versatile selection of non-piano sounds, including strings, brass and organ. Customizable user sound setups can be easily stored in 25 onboard registration slots, or backed up to a USB memory stick.
The HP603 and HP605 offer a compact footprint that’s ideal for the home. HP603 features a classically-styled cabinet available in three premium finishes to match any décor (contemporary rosewood, black or white), while the HP605 has a taller cabinet design that further enhances sound projection, and is available in authentic polished ebony, contemporary rosewood or contemporary black/white.
Both the LX-7 and LX-17 deliver their flagship tone and performance from a classic upright cabinet design with a compact footprint. The LX-7 is offered in three premium finishes (authentic polished ebony, classic brown walnut and contemporary black), while the taller LX-17 comes in authentic polished ebony or polished white.
Inside the included piano bench for each model, players will discover nearly $600 worth of exclusive value-added media and merchandise for their enjoyment. Included are premium Roland headphones, an LED piano light and batteries, a digital instruction book that’s compatible with smartphones or tablets, two songbooks, interactive music apps, free interactive downloads, and more.
To learn more about the Roland HP603, HP605, LX-7 and LX-17, visit RolandUS.com/premiumuprightpianos.