Yamaha AvantGrand N1X revealed

Yamaha has updated its groundbreaking AvantGrand N1 hybrid piano with the introduction of the AvantGrand N1X.

Yamaha’s latest instrument features two high quality sample sets from premium acoustic pianos: the CFX and the Bösendorfer. The CFX samples have been optimised for listening through headphones, offering an immersive experience for the pianist, while the instrument is considered ‘hybrid’ because of its purported accuracy in touch, action and physical resonance.

Yamaha AvantGrand NX1 front

Yamaha technologies include Spacial Acoustic Sampling and a four-channel speaker system, which sends subtly different frequency information to each channel’s speaker, allowing the sound to appear more natural and akin to a real acoustic instrument.

Virtual Resonance Modelling captures the details of how the internal components in an acoustic piano vibrate in response to struck notes, including nuances like sympathetic string resonance, damper pedal resonance, natural resonance of the soundboard, and others.

Construction-wise, real wooden keys and hammers give the same playing feel as a grand piano. Hammers strike sensors instead of strings, while non-contact optical key sensors detect nuances in timing, velocity, legato and other musical techniques.

Bluetooth allows songs to be wirelessly streamed through the instrument, and the Smart Piano App allows voice selection and control of the N1X using various iOS and Android devices. It will create chord charts for songs in a user’s library. There’s onboard audio recording and integration with Yamaha’s MusicSoft library.

The N1 and N1X form the mid-range of the current six-strong AvantGrand family, with the factory price of the N1X just $1,000 more than the N1, at $10,999.

Dimensions are near identical, as are many of the technical specifications. The N1X has 15 preset sounds and a bigger recording capacity. Yamaha’s specification tables make it difficult to do a precise comparison, as it does seem as if some data is missing. However, both the N1 and N1X are capable instruments probably best suited to the semi-professional/serious amateur pianist wanting something compact but without compromise on the quality of sound or feel.

They lack the Ivorite key finish of the more expensive models and have differing speaker systems.

The AvantGrand N1X is due to launch in February.

Here’s a comparison table showing all six AvantGrand models and their key specifications:

NU1X N1 N1X N2 N3 N3X
Cabinet Color Polished Ebony/Polished Brilliant White Polished Ebony
Finish Polished
Dimensions Width 1,501mm (59-1/8″) 1,465mm (57-11/16″) 1,471mm (57-15/16″) 1,481mm (58-5/16″)
Height 1,024 mm (40-5/16″) 995mm (39-3/16″) With music rest : 1,170mm (46-1/16″) 1,001 mm (39-7/16″) With music rest : 1,167 mm (45-15/16″) 1,009mm (39-3/4″) With music rest : 1,181mm (46-1/2″) 1,014mm (39-15/16″) Lid up : 1,734mm (68-1/4″)
Depth 463 mm (18-1/4″) 618mm (24-5/16″) 531mm (20-7/8″) 1,195mm (47-1/16″)
Weight Weight 111 kg (240 lb, 11 oz) 120.5kg (265lbs., 11oz.) 117 kg (257 lbs., 15 oz) 142kg (313lbs., 1oz.) 199kg (438lbs., 12oz.)
Control Interface
Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Key Surfaces – White Acrylic resin Ivorite®
Touch Sensitivity Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed
Keyboard Action Specialized Upright Piano Action for NU1X Specialized Grand Piano Action
Tactile Response System (TRS) Yes Yes Yes
Pedal Type GP Responsive Damper Pedal GP Responsive Damper Pedal Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes
Functions Damper (with half-pedal effect) , Sostenuto,Soft Damper (with half pedal effect), Sostenuto, Soft Damper (with half-pedal effect) , Sostenuto,Soft
Sensor/Driver Hammer Sensors Non-contact optical fiber Non-contact optical fiber
Key Sensors Non-contact optical fiber Non-contact optical fiber Non-contact optical fiber
Key Cover Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Music Rest Yes
Tone Generation Piano Sound CFX/Bösendorfer Imperial Sampling Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Binaural Sampling Yes (CFX Grand Voice only) Yes (CFX Grand Voice only) Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)
Key-off Samples Yes Yes Yes
Smooth Release Yes Yes Yes
VRM Yes Yes Yes
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 15 5 15 5 10
Types Reverb Yes
Brilliance 5 5
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) Yes Yes Yes
Stereophonic Optimizer Yes Yes Yes
Preset Number of Preset Songs 50 Classics, 15 voice demo songs 10 10 preset songs, 15 voice demo songs 10 10 preset songs, 10 voice demo songs
Recording Number of Songs 10 1 10 1 10
Number of Tracks 1
Data Capacity approx. 550 KB/Song 300KB (approx. 30,000 notes) approx. 550 KB/Song 300KB (approx. 30,000 notes) approx. 550 KB/Song
Recording Function Yes
Compatible Data Format Playback SMF (Format 0, 1) SMF (Format 0, 1) SMF (Format 0, 1)
Recording SMF (Format 0) SMF (Format 0) SMF (Format 0)
Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose -6 – 0 – +6 Yes -6 – 0 – +6 Yes Yes -6 – 0 – +6
Tuning 414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Scale Type 7 types
Audio Recorder/Player Recording Time (max.) 80 minutes/Song 80 minutes/Song 80 minutes/Song
Recording WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo) WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo) WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Playback WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo) WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo) WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Storage and Connectivity
Storage Internal Memory approx. 1.5 MB approx. 1.3 MB approx. 1.4 MB
External Drives USB Flash Drive USB Flash Drive USB Flash Drive
Connectivity Headphones Standard stereo phone jack (x 2)
AUX IN Stereo Mini L/L+R, R Stereo Mini L/L+R, R L/L+R, R Stereo Mini
AUX OUT [L/L+R] [R] (Standard stereo phone jack) L/L+R, R [L/L+R] [R] (Standard stereo phone jack) L/L+R, R L/L+R, R [L/L+R] [R] (Standard stereo phone jack)
OUTPUT [L] [R] (XLR jack, balanced)
Power Supply
Auto Power Off Yes Yes Yes
Power Supply AC Inlet
Sound System
Spatial Acoustic Speaker System Yes
Soundboard Resonator Yes
Amplifiers (45W + 45W)x2 25Wx1 + 30Wx5 30Wx6 22Wx10 + 80Wx2 22Wx10 + 30Wx4 + 80Wx2 80Wx2 + 45Wx4 + 35Wx5 + 25Wx4
Speakers (16cm + 1.9cm)x2 8cmx3 + 13cmx2 + 16cmx1 (13cm + 2.5cm)x3 + (8cm + 2.5cm) + 16cmx2 (16cm + 13cm + 2.5cm)x4
Acoustic Optimizer Yes Yes
RRP $7,199 $9,999 $10,999 $14,999 $19,999 $22,199