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 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:
|Cabinet||Color||Polished Ebony/Polished Brilliant White||Polished Ebony|
|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.)|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|Key Surfaces – White||Acrylic resin||Ivorite®|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||256|
|Preset||Number of Voices||15||5||15||5||10|
|Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)||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|
|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)|
|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)|
|USB TO DEVICE||Yes|
|USB TO HOST||Yes||–||Yes||–||Yes|
|Auto Power Off||Yes||–||Yes||–||Yes|
|Power Supply||AC Inlet|
|Spatial Acoustic Speaker System||–||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|