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CN29 with bench 1299 euro
CN39 with bench 1589 euro

I know it maybe an old question but I want to ask it myself.
I will only use the piano to practice. So, many kinds of tones, midi sequencer, audio recording for me are not so important. But the design and speakers of CN39 are better, however, I’m not sure how better it is. Does it worth for another 300 euro? I want the piano looks more expensive and has better sound. Is there any better choice of digital piano in cabinet under 1600 euro?

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To me, the CN39 sounded a bit better than the CN29 side-by-side, both notably better than the ES8, due to the speakers. But you shouldn't think the CN39 speakers are something exceptional, good external speakers sound better, so does a good VST piano compared to the built-in engine. Only you can tell how much the difference is worth to you.

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Originally Posted by Anonymouswww
CN29 with bench 1299 euro
CN39 with bench 1589 euro

I know it maybe an old question but I want to ask it myself.
I will only use the piano to practice. So, many kinds of tones, midi sequencer, audio recording for me are not so important. But the design and speakers of CN39 are better, however, I’m not sure how better it is. Does it worth for another 300 euro? I want the piano looks more expensive and has better sound. Is there any better choice of digital piano in cabinet under 1600 euro?

I'm a little biased, however if you can afford the CN39, this would be my recommendation. The premium is a relatively small amount to pay over the lifetime of the instrument.

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In that price range you should also check the Yamaha clp 725 (and the more expensive 735). The comparable cabinet models by casio are good value cost-wise, but reviews are not always positive... And do not forget Korg LP380 and the several roland models. You have a lot to compare.

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I bought a CN29 in august 2020, after playing for a couple of months on an old Roland keyboard.

Here is how I came to choose it:

1. I had budgeted around 1000eur for a piano with a weighted action. I had no intention to use any bells and whistles beyond headphones.
2. This left we with the likes of Yamaha YDP144 and CN17 from Kawai.
3. In the showroom Yamahas where out of stock and I did not find the sound better than Kawai or good enough to consider waiting.
4. When testing side by side the (now discontinued) CN17, the CN29 sounded so much better that I decided to go over budget.
5. I did not hear a difference as big between cn29 and cn39 as s there was with cn17, so I was quite confident of my choice.

I think I will go for a high tier digital or mid tier silent accoustic in 3-4 yrs, but quite happy of my choice for now.

So, as for advice, if you hear a compelling différent when playing cn39, go for it, you won’t regret the extra bucks. If not, cn29 is very good as well.

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Another possibility:

. . . Buy the CN29, and a pair of powered loudspeakers.

The CN39 amps / speakers are 20 watts per channel (40 watts total), and two drivers per channel -- one 13 cm, one 8 x 12 cm.

A pair of JBL 305p mkII powered monitors (about 100 Euros each, in Germany) would be a reasonable choice for the CN29:

. . . 82 watts per channnel (one HF amp, one LF amp)

. . . two drivers per channel, 5" (12.5 cm) and 1" (2.5 cm).

The JBL's would almost certainly be louder than the CN39. Maybe they would sound better than the "Onkyo-designed" speakers in the CN39 -- you'd have to listen to a pair, to be sure.

You would have to mount the JBL's properly -- they couldn't be hidden. If you want something that looks like an acoustic, upright piano, the CN39 would be a better choice.


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Originally Posted by Anonymouswww
CN29 with bench 1299 euro
CN39 with bench 1589 euro

I know it maybe an old question but I want to ask it myself.
I will only use the piano to practice. So, many kinds of tones, midi sequencer, audio recording for me are not so important. But the design and speakers of CN39 are better, however, I’m not sure how better it is. Does it worth for another 300 euro? I want the piano looks more expensive and has better sound. Is there any better choice of digital piano in cabinet under 1600 euro?

CN39 if the 300 euro doesn't matter to you. It has a higher aftermarket value.


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