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Roland HP605 VS LX7: What Is The Difference?

by Richard Blenkinsop. Posted on 2018-03-23 13:22:58

If you want to know the differences between the Roland HP605 and the Roland LX7, then youíve come to the right place! Both are premium digital pianos, fitted with a lot of Rolandís flagship features. If you look at the spec, you might notice that there are more similarities than differences between the two instruments, however, both do provide slightly different playing experiences.


Roland HP605

Roland LX7

Key Action PHA-50 PHA-50

Piano Sound SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling
Voices 307 307
Polyphony Limitless (on piano setting)

384

Limitless (on piano setting)

384

Bluetooth Bluetooth Audio & MIDI Bluetooth Audio & MIDI
Dimensions (rest down in mm) Width: 1379

Height: 959

Depth: 456

Width: 1391

Height: 1039

Depth: 446

Speaker System 30W x 2, 7W x 2 amplifiers

12cm x 2, 5cm x 2, 5cm x 2 speakers

30W x 2, 7W x 2 amplifiers

25cm x 2 (with speaker box), 5cm x 2,
(12cm x 8cm) x 2 (with speaker box) speakers

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HP vs LX

HP stands for home piano, and LX means luxury. That, in a nutshell is the main difference between the HP605 and the LX7. The HP605 offers players Rolandís flagship keyboard action - PHA-50, alongside their incredible SuperNATURAL piano modelling sound engine (more on those later) and houses it all in a traditional looking piano cabinet. Itís available in four finishes - black, white, rosewood and polished ebony so you can match it to the decor of your room.

The LX7 houses the same amazing technology in a more luxurious cabinet. With the music rest of the HP605 down, the LX7 stands taller so it makes more of a visual impact. The cabinet of the LX7 has also been designed in a way that makes it look more like an acoustic piano. This, along with the authentic piano action and sound can make you forget youíre playing a digital instrument at all. The design of the LX7 cabinet also contributes to its sound. The back piece that houses the speakers is bigger than it is one the HP605; the sound travels all the way through it, like it would on an acoustic piano. More resonance within the actual instrument means a slightly richer sound and a more authentic playing experience.

HP605 vs LX7 - Speakers

Along with the more acoustic piano-like cabinet design, the Roland LX7 also has an improved speaker system. The main two speakers housed towards the bottom of the cabinet are much bigger than those of the HP605. They're also housed in a speaker box that help wield a more impressive bass responsive, so when youíre playing those lower notes, youíll get a richer and more powerful sound. You also get bigger spatial speakers, housed in a speaker box, again giving you a richer, and slightly clearer tone. Bigger speakers will also mean that even at quieter volumes, you get a better quality sound, with a better dynamic range - that is, more detailed shades of quiet and loiud. How the speakers are placed in the cabinet of the LX7 also improves the acoustic projection, so the sound is emitted from the same part as it would be on an acoustic piano.

Many people now take advantage of the bluetooth audio feature on these two digital pianos - both the HP605 and LX7 allow you to stream music from your phone or tablet through them, essentially using the piano as a sound system. The improved speaker setup on the LX7 means that youíll get a better sound when playing music through it too.

Key Action & Piano Sound

Both pianos have Rolandís best key action to date - PHA-50. The keys have a good weight to them and respond very similarly to those of an acoustic. Theyíre also made from a combination of wood and plastic so the feel is right, but wonít require any maintenance. The piano sound comes courtesy of Rolandís truly impressive SuperNATURAL modelling technology - unlike a lot of other digital pianos, the sound that you hear through the speakers is calculated in real time, depending on hard or softly you press the key, and what other keys youíre playing. The result is a rich, full and warm tone, with all the subtle overtones and cabinet noise that youíd hear when playing an acoustic piano.

Conclusion

The Roland HP605 and LX7 are premium digital pianos from different series, with a very similar specification. They share the same key action, piano sound and features, so is the LX7 really worth the extra money? If you donít think youíd benefit from the improved speakers, then probably not. However, the speakers in the LX7 does give the piano a slightly richer sound, which, when combined with the more piano-like cabinet design does make for a more authentic and immersive playing experience. It also emits a more luxurious vibe - as suggested by its name, so if youíre after a piano that will impress visually as well as aurally, itís certainly one to consider.

Browse all Roland Digital Pianos

Remember that both of these piano comes with free home delivery and ground-floor installation, done by our own in-house piano team. If you need any more information on any of the pianos, please do get in touch with us. Check out more of our piano buying guides below:

Roland LX7 vs LX17

Roland GP607 vs Yamaha CLP665GP

Introducing the HP603 and HP605


By Richard Blenkinsop for Reidys. Posted on 2018-03-23 13:22:58