Roland HP102e
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Roland HP102e

HP102e, Digital Piano from Roland in the HP series.

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Audiofanzine FR 12/03/2008

Roland HP102e : Audiofanzine FR's user review

5

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(Originally written by Momo-piano/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Features:

Eight octaves, 88 hammer action keys.

Max. polyphony: 64 voices

Power consumption: 55 watts

Three pedals: damper, sostenuto, soft.

Two headphone outputs (useful for four-hand playing)

Midi input and output, audio input and output

Two integrated speakers

Wood cabinet with piano key cover.

Several functions:

- Song recording: allows you to record a song. The memory gets lost when you power off the piano.

- Metronome: Internal metronome. You can change the tempo and adjust the metronome's volume.

- Five different instruments : Piano, electric piano, harpsichord, organ, strings, variation (allows you to change the pitch of an instrument)

- Two effects: Grand Space (to give you a grand piano feel) and Dynamic Emphasis (enhances the sound dynamics)

- Transposition of two instruments (for example piano and strings)

- The piano is provided with some demo songs (for example Mozart's Turkish Rondo) and a corresponding score book.

- Key split function that allows four-hand playing with two key ranges (two 4-octave pianos).

- Key split function that allows you to play two different presets with the left and right hands (for example double bass with the left hand and piano with the right hand).

- Key touch function that allows you to adjust the playing feel: medium, heavy, light, fixed.

And many other functions.

UTILIZATION

The keyboard is weighted and the keys are quite loud.

No operation problems (easy to understand how it works).

I haven't tested the Midi functions yet.

Very clear user's manual with detailed information on every function.

Easy and comfortable to use.

SOUNDS

The sound is ok but not authentic. Don't expect too much from the sound of a digital piano, nothing can reach the quality of a real grand piano.

The speakers are powerful enough.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for about six years and it still works perfectly.

It's an excellent instrument for beginners in spite of its price. It's a good digital piano. It's not bulky, doesn't get out of tune and looks nice. (sold in white or black finish)

I recommend it to all beginners.