Three New LX Series Digital Pianos from Roland

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Roland has added three new models, the LX-5, LX-6 and LX-9, to its range of premium digital pianos. These are aimed primarily at the home market. They have a classic upright look and are designed to faithfully emulate the sound and playability of an acoustic grand piano.

Composite studio image of the three models
Roland LX-9 (-PW) main, LX-6 (-DR) top, and LX-5 (-LA) bottom

Roland has two premium digital piano ranges — the GP and LX series. GP models (GP-9M, GP-9, GP-6, and GP-3) have a grand piano styling whilst the LX series (LX-9, LX-6, LX-5, LX-708, LX-706 and LX-705) are designed along the lines of an upright instrument with a smaller physical footprint.

At the heart of these new models is a technology Roland calls “Piano Reality Modelling”. This sound engine features in the GP Series. It is a complex method of note generation that mathematically emulates the rich timbral qualities of a grand piano whilst responding to every nuance of the pianist’s performance.

The three new models feature a full 88-note keyboard and have sleek, refined cabinets. And all offer the same comprehensive collection of tones which include four acoustic grand pianos and five uprights. All the piano voices have limitless polyphony.

The differences between the three models primarily lie in the speaker configurations, cabinet styles, and keyboard technologies. Full details are listed in the specifications table at the end of this article.

Roland LX-9

Studio images (front and side) of the Roland LX-9
Roland LX-9 (-PE) digital piano

The LX-9, with its tall elegant lines, is the new flagship of the range. Like an acoustic piano, the top lid can be opened to enhance the projection of the sound from the instrument’s eight speakers. The design also incorporates a traditional fallboard key cover.

The piano uses Roland’s Hybrid Grand Keyboard which features a progressive hammer action, escapement, key acceleration sensing, hybrid wood/moulded keys with “Ivory Feel” key tops, and haptic key vibration. The haptic feature simulates the subtle vibrations from an acoustic piano’s body.

The aforementioned speakers deliver up to 160 watts of sound.

The LX-9 is available in three finishes — Polished Ebony (-PE), Polished White (-PW), and
Charcoal Black (-CB)

Roland LX-6

lifestyle photo of the Roland LX-6
Roland LX-6 (-CH) digital piano

The mid-level LX-6 incorporates most of the features of the LX-9, but is a slightly scaled-down version. The keyboard is the same but without haptic key vibration.

Also, the amplification section, with five speakers, is somewhat less powerful delivering a maximum of just over 110 watts. The cabinet is a little smaller and the top lid doesn’t open.

The LX-6 is available in three finishes — Polished Ebony (-PE), Charcoal Black (-CB), and Dark Rosewood (-DR).

Roland LX-5

The LX-5 uses Roland’s PHA-50 Hybrid Keyboard. This has a shorter key length than the Hybrid Grand Keyboard, and this, coupled with a simpler 4-speaker sound system, enables the designers to give the LX-5 a slightly smaller cabinet. Nevertheless, the LX-5 retains many of the LX-6’s and LX-9’s features, in particular in the sound engine department.

Roland LX-5 (-LA) control panel

The LX-6 is available in four finishes — Polished Ebony (-PE), Charcoal Black (-CB), Dark Rosewood (-DR), and Light Oak (-LA).

Roland Piano Apps

These Roland digital pianos can be linked to the Roland Piano app and the Roland Piano Designer app. Both are available for iOS and Android devices and provide interactive learning tools, recording and playback facilities, and access to many additional parameters that make up the instruments’s sound.

Image showing the Piano AR tool
The Roland PIano AR tool

Roland also now presents Piano AR on their website. This is a new augmented reality tool that lets potential customers visualise how different Roland models will look in their own rooms.

Prices for these new pianos are currently unavailable, but are expected to be in the range of $3,750 to $7,250.

The following web pages provide further information on the above products:
Roland LX-9 Digital Piano
Roland LX-6 Digital Piano
Roland LX-5 Digital Piano
Roland Piano app
Roland Piano Designer app
Roland AR

Roland LX-9, LX-6 and LX-5 Specifications

ROLAND LX-9ROLAND LX-6ROLAND LX-5
SOUND GENERATOR
Piano SoundPiano Reality Modelling<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Max. PolyphonyPiano: Limitless (solo playing using ‘Piano’ category tones)
Other: 256
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
TonesTotal 324 Tones
Grand: 4 Tones
Upright: 5 Tones
Classical: 5 Tones
E.Piano: 12 Tones
Organ: 12 Tones
Other: 286 Tones
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
AMBIENCE
Piano Reality AmbienceType: Studio, Lounge, Concert Hall, Wooden Hall, Stone Hall, Cathedral
Depth: 11 steps
Type: Studio, Lounge, Concert Hall, Cathedral
Depth: 11 steps
<— (as LX-6)
KEYBOARD
KeyboardHybrid Grand Keyboard (88 keys Hammer Action Keyboard):
with Escapement, Ebony/Ivory Feel, High Precision Sensing and Haptic Key Vibration
Hybrid Grand Keyboard (88 keys Hammer Action Keyboard):
with Escapement, Ebony/Ivory Feel and High Precision Sensing
PHA-50 Hybrid Keyboard (88 keys Hammer Action Keyboard)
with Escapement, Ebony/Ivory Feel and High Precision Sensing
PEDAL
PedalDamper (Responsive Damper Action Pedal, capable of continuous detection, Damper Modelling)
Soft (capable of continuous detection, function assignable)
Sostenuto (function assignable, with muffler pedal function)
Damper (Progressive Damper Action Pedal, capable of continuous detection, Damper Modelling)
Soft (capable of continuous detection, function assignable)
Sostenuto (function assignable, with muffler pedal function)
Damper (Progressive Damper Action Pedal, capable of continuous detection, Damper Modeling)
Soft (capable of continuous detection, function assignable)
Sostenuto (function assignable, with muffler pedal function)
SOUND SYSTEM
Sound SystemPiano Reality Projection<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
SpeakersCabinet Speakers (boxed): 25 cm (9-7/8 inches) x2
Near-field Speakers (boxed): (12 cm (4-3/4 ins) x 8 cm (3-3/16 ins) x2
Center Near-field Speakers: 8 cm (3-3/16 ins) x2
Spatial Speakers (dome type): 2.5 cm (1 in) x2
Cabinet Speaker (boxed): 25 cm (9-7/8 ins) x1
Near-field Speakers (boxed): (12 cm (4-3/4 ins) x 8 cm (3-3/16 ins) x2
Spatial Speakers (dome type): 2.5 cm (1 in) x2
Cabinet + Spatial Speakers (coaxial): 12 + 2.5 cm (5 + 1 in) x2
Near-field Speakers: 8 cm (3-3/16 ins) x2
Rated Power Output33W x2
21W x2
13W x2
14W x2
32W x1
21W x2
21W x2
24W x2
21W x2
HEADPHONES
HeadphonesPiano Reality Headphones Ambience<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
TUNING, VOICING
Touch SensitivityKey Touch: 100 steps, fixed touch
Hammer Response: Off, 10 steps
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Master Tuning415.3–466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Temperament10 types (Equal, Just Major, Just Minor, Pythagorean, Kirnberger I, Kirnberger II, Kirnberger III, Meantone, Werckmeister, Arabic), selectable temperament key<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
EffectsBrilliance<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Piano DesignerLid
Key Off Noise
Hammer Noise
Duplex Scale
Full Scale String Resonance
Key Off Resonance
Cabinet Resonance
Soundboard Type
Damper Modeling
Soft Pedal
Single Note Tuning
Single Note Volume
Single Note Character
Lid
Key Off Noise
Hammer Noise
Duplex Scale
Full Scale String Resonance
Damper Resonance
Key Off Resonance
Cabinet Resonance
Soundboard Type
Damper Modeling
Single Note Tuning
Single Note Volume
Single Note Character
<— (as LX-6)
INTERNAL SONGS
Internal SongsTotal 394 songs
Listening: 27 songs
Ensemble: 30 songs
Entertainment: 20 songs
Do Re Mi Lesson: 30 songs
Lesson: 287 songs (Scale, Hanon, Beyer, Burgmuller, Czerny 100)
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
DATA
Playable SoftwareStandard MIDI Files (Format 0, 1)
Audio File (WAV: 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, MP3: 44.1 kHz, 64 kbps–320 kbps, requires USB flash drive)
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Recordable SoftwareStandard MIDI Files (Format 0, 3 parts, Approx. 70,000 notes memory)
Audio File (WAV: 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, requires USB flash drive)
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
BluetoothBluetooth Ver 5.0
Profile: A2DP (Audio), GATT (MIDI over Bluetooth Low Energy)
CODEC: SBC (Supports SCMS-T content protection)
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Compatible AppsRoland Piano App (iOS and Android)<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
CONVENIENT FUNCTIONS
Convenient FunctionsMetronome (adjustable Tempo / Beat / Downbeat / Pattern / Volume / Tone, with Rhythm Pattern: 80 patterns)
Dual
Split
Twin Piano (with Individual Mode)
Transpose (in semitones)
Speaker volume and Headphones volume automatically select function
Speaker Auto Mute
Volume limit function
Panel Lock
Panel Off
Auto Off
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
OTHER
DisplayGraphic LCD 128 x 64 px<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
ConnectorsDC In jack
Input jacks: Stereo miniature phone type
Output (L/Mono, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
USB Computer port: USB B (compatible with USB MIDI/Audio)
USB Memory port: USB A
Phones jack x 2: Stereo miniature phone type, Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Power SupplyAC adaptor<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
Power ConsumptionPower Consumption: 65 W (when using the included AC adaptor)
* Approximate power consumption when playing the piano at the center value of the volume: 25 W
* Power consumption when sound has not been played after power-on: 23 W
* Power consumption when in OFF mode (when the power automatically turns off): 0.2 W
Power Consumption: 28 W (when using the included AC adaptor)
* Approximate power consumption when playing the piano at the center value of the volume: 19 W
* Power consumption when sound has not been played after power-on: 18 W
* Power consumption when in OFF mode (when the power automatically turns off): 0.2 W
Power Consumption: 31 W (when using the included AC adaptor)
* Approximate power consumption when playing the piano at the center value of the volume: 17 W
* Power consumption when sound has not been played after power-on: 16 W
* Power consumption when in OFF mode (when the power automatically turns off): 0.2 W
AccessoriesOwner’s Manual
“Roland Piano Masterpieces”
Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”
AC adaptor
Power cord
Headphone hook
<— (as LX-9)<— (as LX-9)
CABINET
CabinetMusic rest: with Music holders
Key cover: Fallboard type, with Keyboard Lid Switch
Music rest: with Music holders
Key cover: Slide type, with Keyboard Lid Switch
<— (as LX-6)
DIMENSIONS
Width1,395 mm (54-15/16 ins)1,383 mm (54-½ ins)<— (as LX-6)
Depth491 mm (19-3/8 ins) (lid closed)
502 mm (19-13/16 ins) (lid open)
493 mm (19-7/16 ins)468 mm (18-7/16 ins)
Height1,179 mm (46-7/16 ins) (lid closed)
1,254 mm (49-3/8 ins) (lid open)
1,118 mm (44-1/16 ins)1,039 mm (40-15/16 ins)
WeightsLX-9-PE、LX-9-PW: 111.0 kg/245 lbs
LX-9-CH: 109.5 kg/242 lbs
LX-6-PE:88.5 kg/196 lbs
LX-6-CH、LX-6-DR:87.0 kg/192 lbs
LX-5-PE: 75.5 kg/167 lbs
LX-5-CH, LX-5-DR, LX-5-LA: 74.0 kg/164 lbs
FinishesPolished Ebony (-PE)
Polished White (-PW)
Charcoal Black (-CH)
Polished Ebony (-PE)
Charcoal Black (-CH)
Dark Rosewood (-DR)
Polished Ebony (-PE)
Charcoal Black (-CH)
Dark Rosewood (-DR)
Light Oak (-LA)


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