Roland’s new LX708 piano recreates the acoustic piano playing experience with a sound that moves through you and allows for incredible expressiveness.
At first these are the most noticeable improvements: The purity of the piano tone. The responsiveness of the keyboard. The ambience of the room now even further enhances the sound. But instead of just imagining how it would feel, why not find out for yourself? Roland’s new LX708 piano series recreates this immersive playing experience with superior sound and peerless expression, housed within refined, elegant cabinet designs that invite you to perform. But while the sound and action are like that of the flagship traditional pianos, Roland’s digital expertise lets you go much further. Dial up and discover the unique atmosphere of a world-class concert hall or studio (even with headphones). Explore the distinctive tonal qualities of European or American-style grand pianos through our powerful Acoustic Projection multi-speaker systems. The LX08 has 8 speakers. Be inspired to play more often with Roland’s unique Piano Every Day app. Play a piano in the LX708 and you’ll quickly find getting started is easy, yet stopping is much harder.
The Piano sound
If you’ve got high expectations of piano tone, the LX708 is designed to satisfy. Even at the most basic level – the way the sound is created – the LX range stands apart. There’s the choice of two world-class pianos in one, each with remarkable tonal character that you won’t find anywhere else, and a powerful speaker system that’ll give you goosebumps. If you prefer the finer things when it comes to playing music, the LX708 is a sound investment. Tone is a priority for any serious pianist. The rich sound of a grand piano is created by a multitude of physical interactions; keys are pressed, hammers strike, strings resonate, and sound emanates. These and many other elements all contribute to the final sound that reaches the player. Roland’s entirely new PureAcoustic Piano Modelling uses advanced technology to reproduce the interactions within each of these stages, resulting in a beautifully rich sound that, until now, could only come from a grand piano.
Why modelling is better than sampling
Most digital pianos use ‘sampling’ technology, which records the individual notes from an acoustic piano and combines them to deliver the final sound. This approach results in a limited range of expression, similar to when animation is composed by still images. Roland takes a different approach, producing the sound using advanced digital modelling technology that recreates the process of piano-tone-generation in real-time. It’s so accurate that your expression and touch is captured as you perform, and reflected onto the tone, resulting in a beautifully rich sound that compels you to play.
The best of both worlds – in one instrument
Even experienced pianists need fresh inspiration. The LX708 includes two completely different piano models; a classic European grand with a rich, deep tonal character, and an American grand that emphasises clarity and brightness. This approach goes far beyond the typical sound variations found on conventional digital pianos. Think of it as owning two world-class pianos, representing two distinct-but-complementary sides of the piano’s tonal spectrum. You can even customise the sound so it’s exactly how you like it.
Sensational sound that surrounds you
Each LX708 includes an Acoustic Projection System, reproducing the rich, room-filling sound of a grand piano in a great venue – without needing the floor space. The flagship LX708 houses a four-way, eight-speaker system, driven by a powerful amplifier, with each speaker fulfilling a specific role in delivering superior piano tone. The powerful cabinet speakers produce the all-enveloping main sound, while the top-mounted spatial speakers reproduce the resonance of the piano’s frame, projecting through the front C-shape wide aperture. Finally, the near-field speakers and tweeters project the sounds you’re most likely to notice, including dramatic, dynamic overtones and even the noise of the hammers hitting the strings through the keyboard section. The sound can be made even clearer by opening the top lid.
The luxury eight-speaker piano with grand tone and auditorium ambience
A striking, elegant design that invites you to play
There’s no mistaking the LX708. Standing out from the LX series with its taller cabinet, one-piece side panels and an open-able lid that reveals a subtly different tonal flavour, this luxurious flagship model is designed to draw your gaze and attract your fingers. Classic and timeless – but with a twist – it’s an instrument that makes a strong presence in any room, without shouting. Available in polished ebony, polished white and charcoal.
Express yourself with Hybrid Grand Keyboard & Responsive Damper Action Pedals
The LX708’s Hybrid Grand keyboard has a longer key action compared to most digital pianos. Because the key action is longer, the pivot point of each key is set further back, so you don’t need to press harder the further up the key you play. The white keys combine sleek wooden sides with a durable inner frame for maintenance-free reliability. And when playing, you’ll feel the ideal balance of pressure, momentum and return movement, along with smooth vertical travel. The premium LX708 even reproduces the physical vibrations that resonate through a grand piano’s keyboard, while the addition of pedals that enable a variety of advanced techniques makes this an authentic and thrilling piano experience.
A keyboard that keeps up
Each keyboard in the LX700 range feels natural and expressive to play, thanks to a number of innovations. The white keys combine beautiful wooden sides with a durable inner frame, ensuring years of reliable service without ongoing maintenance. The pivot point on the black keys is 2cm further back than on the white keys, so they’re easier to press which avoids fatigue when you’ve been performing for a while. And both the black and white keys are longer than you’d normally find on a digital piano, with the extra length reducing the weight difference between the key’s edge and its end. Plus, all the keys include a stabilizing pin to ensure smooth and precise vertical travel, avoiding the sideways key movement and noise of playing glissandos on some pianos. The result is a series of keyboards with the optimum balance of resistance, momentum and return movement, capable of anything – and everything – you ask of them.
The authentic feel of a grand piano keyboard
An acoustic grand’s keyboard transmits the subtle vibrations from the piano’s body, and the player feels these through each key, adding to the physical pleasure of playing. The LX708 reproduces – and lets you adjust – the physical vibrations that resonate through the keyboard, even when using headphones. It’s especially noticeable on the lower keys where piano body reverberation naturally occurs, further complementing the authentic grand piano experience.
The keys replicate the look and feel of real ebony and ivory, and their textured, moisture-absorbing properties mean your fingers won’t slide off.
Experience a grand piano sound, and the space around it
The sound produced by a piano is only half the story; the acoustic characteristics of the performance venue also contribute to the final sound. The LX700 series includes newly developed PureAcoustic Ambience technology, recreating not just the piano’s sound but the space all around it. The result is so realistic, you’ll forget that you’re listening through the piano’s speakers or the headphones.
Play in a concert hall, while sitting at home
Pull up the stool, close your eyes and imagine playing a concert grand piano in a renowned concert hall. Transformed by the acoustic properties of the hall, the sound becomes even more dramatic and powerful. To recreate this experience at home, the LX708 not only reproduces the rich, powerful sound of a grand piano, but also the space in which it’s played. Discover how it sounds to play in larger spaces, including concert halls, cathedrals and studios, adding an extra dimension to an already wonderful instrument.
The Studio setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a top recording studio. It’s ideal for daily practice, or for playing jazz standards.
The Studio setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a top recording studio. It’s ideal for daily practice, or for playing jazz standards. The Lounge setting recreates the acoustic ambience of a small venue with an audience capacity of around 80. It’s perfect for practicing your set before you perform on a club tour.
The Cathedral setting recreates the acoustic ambience of a huge cathedral, giving you the depth and ambience to inspire your most epic piano playing.
The Concert Hall setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a larger 2000-capacity concert hall. It’s a great choice for playing classical repertoire.
The Wooden Hall setting recreates the acoustic ambience of a medium-sized 500-capacity hall with wooden walls. It’s ideal when you need a warm sound with immersive ambience.
The Stone Hall setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a medium-sized 600-capacity hall with stone walls. Choose this setting for solid atmospherics that let your playing shine.
Practice in peace without disturbing others
A key advantage of a digital piano is using headphones, to avoid disturbing others. But the LX708 takes it a step further, using Headphone Acoustic Projection technology to optimize the sound sent to the headphones. As you play, you’re enveloped in rich, warm sound that seems to emanate from the piano itself. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of the PureAcoustic Ambience feature on the headphones, too – just close your eyes and you could be playing a midnight concerto in a concert hall, from the comfort of your own home.
More than just a piano
Roland’s digital advantages can endlessly enhance your playing. Slip on headphones to practice in peace or perform late at night. Wirelessly connect your smartphone to the piano’s powerful speakers, then play along with your favorite music. Try an inspiring choice of non-traditional sounds, including electric pianos, organs, harpsichord and strings, plus a library of on-board songs, from modern pop to classical repertoires with full orchestra backing – perfect for a change of pace. There’s even a selection of on-board extras – from on-board metronome to recorder – to make learning easier. You won’t pay for regular maintenance either, as LX700 models never need tuning. For the discerning pianist, a piano should always be a piano. But when you choose an LX708, it can be something more too.
Transforms into an impressive Bluetooth® speaker system
Sometimes you want to make music. Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy it. Either way, the high-quality speaker systems found in the LX700 series will fill your home or venue with rich, exceptional sound. When you’re entertaining friends, Bluetooth audio functionality allows the piano to replace your hi-fi, wirelessly connecting to your tablet or smartphone and playing your favourite songs and playlists through the speakers.
Connect to your smart device and make piano practice fun
Piano practice is a pleasure, not a chore, when you use the LX708 integrated Bluetooth MIDI functionality. You can wirelessly connect to educational apps like Roland’s Piano Every Day, accessing digital sheet music, song libraries, and more. And when you’re just relaxing, the Piano Every Day app lets you control the piano’s internal song library from the comfort of your sofa.
The piano you’ll want to play every day
If you’re serious about mastering the piano, the LX708 offers a range of digital extras that put you in control of your learning. Convenient onboard features for daily practice include metronome and recording function – plus songs that cover a variety of genres, helping you with everything from listening and ensemble work to entertainment and basic skill-building. Another key advantage is compatibility with smartphone apps – you’ll be amazed how fast your skills improve with Roland’s Piano Every Day app.
Piano Every Day app
Playing piano makes you feel good – and Piano Every Day is a unique smartphone app that encourages you to play more often. Create your own library of scores or purchase the latest music from Sheet Music Direct. Try the ‘1-week master’ option to track and display your progress as you learn a new piece, complete with exercises if required. If you love playing piano, learn something new and play more often with Piano Every Day.
Onboard educational features improve your piano playing
The LX708 provides an alternative to conventional book-learning with an array of educational features. Playing alongside the onboard songs prepares you for joining a band or orchestra, while Twin Piano mode lets a learner and teacher play side-by-side in the same key range. The built-in metronome develops accurate timing, while the onboard recorder lets you capture what you’ve just played, then listen back to evaluate your progress.