I own a es920 and some iloud mtms hooked up to it, I also use vsts through it all. I've come to grow to love the kawai samples inside the es920, so much so that i am abandoning the use of vsts all together.
Now here's the thing, do i get a CA79 as the next logical step up, i mean in terms of overall playing enjoyment? I like the GF3 action more than es920 action, and I'm guessing the built in speaker system on the CA79 will be an overall pleasing experience.
You may ask why not just keep the es920 set up if you're liking it so much, well i dont like the action as much as the CA79 GF3, no where near, although it's probably faster it feels quite bad compared to the longer pivot GF3.
So my question basically is, would a CA79 be an improvement sound wise compared to my es920 piano with iloud monitors? Is the sound system on the CA79 very good, i presume the cabinet and speakers would make a more involved experience, or could they just make the sound boxy and not open like i currently have with the iloud mtms?
Its my understanding a cabinet speaker system is always going to be superior when considering piano as opposed to monitors just hooked up to a slab piano, and I'm not referring to vsts etc...
In my opinion, maybe don't. The gap between digital actions compared to the gap between digital and hybrid actions is noticable but small IMO.
It's a lot to pay to get the CA79 with limited gain. Instead, I would start saving for a hybrid. If you want better sound, I would argue that decent monitors are an investment. IMO, iLouds MTM aren't the solution. Midrange monitors that might be better and would cost around the 'Focal Alpha 50' level of expenditure. If you want really nice sound, the amount to spend goes up to monitors like Neuman KH120A. I would not do that either, as it's nearly £950 for monitors that good. However, they would last at least a decade.
I would instead consider waiting until the new MP series comes out. If you still want an upgrade, sell the ES920 for what ever replaces the MP11SE, so that at limited increase in expenditure, you get the sound quality level of the ES920 but with the grand feel action.
If you do that, the monitors or a good set of cans would complement an MP12 and get you an action upgrade without breaking the bank.
However, if money is less of an obstacle, why not go for the ca99 or straight for a hybrid or silent piano.