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Not everyone can own a concert grand piano. But hanks to the inclusion of Acoustic Reflection Technology, the new SX-PC26M can convey clear, brilliant sound with a three-dimensional quality, and reproduce the open-lid effect of a concert grand. To achieve this, the digital piano's rear cabinet panel is angled within range of the sound emanating downward from the speakers. This positioning directs some of the radiated sound to the rear, helps reduce sound waves around the player's feet, and adds indirect sounds to create a rich, complex sound field.

The Technics SX-PC26M is accented by Natural Response Action for the delivery of truly expressive performances. Like a concert grand piano, where the key touch changes naturally from one end of the keyboard to the other as a result of the thickness of the strings, this new technology replicates this progression by using four sets of graduated hammers to provide substantial, authentic response.

Adding to the instrument's realism is a Dynamic Acoustics feature that helps recreate all the subtleties of a fine acoustic instrument. This technology replicates the direct sounds of hammers striking string, delivering the reflective and resonating sounds of an acoustic piano performance. Thanks to more discrete sampling, these string resonances are clearly differentiated depending on how hard the key is struck and whether or not the damper pedal is played. Performers will also appreciate other easy-to-use features such as reverb, which helps add depth and spaciousness to their playing, Touch Sensitivity for pianissimo (very soft) and fortissimo (very loud) effects, and the ability to experiment with Transpose and Demo Song functions or Soft and Sustain foot pedals.

Using PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) source sampling, the new digital SX-PC26M recreates instrument sounds with extraordinary realism. It includes settings for Grand, Upright and Electric Piano, and also features the tones of a harpsichord, pipe organ and strings. Additionally, a Dual Functions setting lets the performer layer two different sounds for extra richness and variety.

As with a traditional piano, this new digital model has a full 88-key console. Thirty-two note polyphony allows for the faithful reproduction of individual notes in the most elaborate compositions.

The SX-PC26M outputs 30 watts of power (15W x 2), so every note will be heard clearly in the average-size room. The piano also features two headphone jacks and MIDI terminals (In/Out), so it can be easily linked to a personal computer or other similarly equipped instruments. An AUX IN Terminal allows an external source, such as a sound module or CD player, to be connected, allowing the performer to play along with their favorite recording artist.

The Technics SX-PC26M digital piano, available in a handsome, simulated Cherry Wood finish, will be available in August, 2002.

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