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:

CabinetColorPolished Ebony/Polished Brilliant WhitePolished Ebony
DimensionsWidth1,501mm (59-1/8″)1,465mm (57-11/16″)1,471mm (57-15/16″)1,481mm (58-5/16″)
Height1,024 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″)
Depth463 mm (18-1/4″)618mm (24-5/16″)531mm (20-7/8″)1,195mm (47-1/16″)
WeightWeight111 kg (240 lb, 11 oz)120.5kg (265lbs., 11oz.)117 kg (257 lbs., 15 oz)142kg (313lbs., 1oz.)199kg (438lbs., 12oz.)
Control Interface
KeyboardNumber of Keys88
Key Surfaces – WhiteAcrylic resinIvorite®
Touch SensitivityHard/Medium/Soft/Fixed
Keyboard ActionSpecialized Upright Piano Action for NU1XSpecialized Grand Piano Action
Tactile Response System (TRS)YesYesYes
PedalTypeGP Responsive Damper PedalGP Responsive Damper PedalSpecialized Grand Piano Pedal
Number of Pedals3
Half PedalYes
FunctionsDamper (with half-pedal effect) , Sostenuto,SoftDamper (with half pedal effect), Sostenuto, SoftDamper (with half-pedal effect) , Sostenuto,Soft
Sensor/DriverHammer SensorsNon-contact optical fiberNon-contact optical fiber
Key SensorsNon-contact optical fiberNon-contact optical fiberNon-contact optical fiber
Key CoverSoft-Close FallboardYes
Music RestYes
Tone GenerationPiano SoundCFX/Bösendorfer Imperial SamplingSpatial Acoustic Sampling
Binaural SamplingYes (CFX Grand Voice only)Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)
Key-off SamplesYesYesYes
Smooth ReleaseYesYesYes
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)256
PresetNumber of Voices15515510
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)YesYesYes
Stereophonic OptimizerYesYesYes
PresetNumber of Preset Songs50 Classics, 15 voice demo songs1010 preset songs, 15 voice demo songs1010 preset songs, 10 voice demo songs
RecordingNumber of Songs10110110
Number of Tracks1
Data Capacityapprox. 550 KB/Song300KB (approx. 30,000 notes)approx. 550 KB/Song300KB (approx. 30,000 notes)approx. 550 KB/Song
Recording FunctionYes
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0, 1)SMF (Format 0, 1)SMF (Format 0, 1)
RecordingSMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0)
Overall ControlsMetronomeYes
Tempo Range5 – 500
Transpose-6 – 0 – +6Yes-6 – 0 – +6YesYes-6 – 0 – +6
Tuning414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Scale Type7 types
Audio Recorder/PlayerRecording Time (max.)80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song80 minutes/Song
RecordingWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
PlaybackWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Storage and Connectivity
StorageInternal Memoryapprox. 1.5 MBapprox. 1.3 MBapprox. 1.4 MB
External DrivesUSB Flash DriveUSB Flash DriveUSB Flash Drive
ConnectivityHeadphonesStandard stereo phone jack (x 2)
AUX INStereo MiniL/L+R, RStereo MiniL/L+R, RL/L+R, RStereo 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, RL/L+R, R[L/L+R] [R] (Standard stereo phone jack)
OUTPUT[L] [R] (XLR jack, balanced)
Power Supply
Auto Power OffYesYesYes
Power SupplyAC Inlet
Sound System
Spatial Acoustic Speaker SystemYes
Soundboard ResonatorYes
Amplifiers(45W + 45W)x225Wx1 + 30Wx530Wx622Wx10 + 80Wx222Wx10 + 30Wx4 + 80Wx280Wx2 + 45Wx4 + 35Wx5 + 25Wx4
Speakers(16cm + 1.9cm)x28cmx3 + 13cmx2 + 16cmx1(13cm + 2.5cm)x3 + (8cm + 2.5cm) + 16cmx2(16cm + 13cm + 2.5cm)x4
Acoustic OptimizerYesYes