What we think of the Yamaha AvantGrand N1 piano
The Yamaha AvantGrand N1 instrument is the first in Yamaha's hybrid digital piano line-up to feature a grand piano action. Inherently different to an upright piano action, the keyboard of the N1 is more responsive than the upright NU1 and has a more finely judged weight. A more powerful and spatially aware speaker system adds an extra dimension to the sound too, making for a wonderful playing experience. A fine digital piano that is a very worthwhile upgrade from a Clavinova.
88 note specialised grand piano action
Three piano style pedals with half pedalling capability
Soft closing keyboard fall as you would find on an acoustic Yamaha grand piano
'Spatial Acoustic Sampling' piano sounds provide incredible realism
256 note polyphony prevents any notes from 'dropping out' during sustained passages
5 stunning instrument sounds, including two grand pianos, two electric pianos and harpsichord
10 preset songs
1 track song sequencer with 300KB/30,000 note data memory
Adjustable metronome for practicing
Transpose the instrument and adjust the tuning for accompanying other instruments Change the temperament for playing music from other eras such as Baroque
2 x headphone sockets
MIDI In/Out ports for easy connection to a PC or Mac
AUX IN L/L+R, R so you can play other digital instruments or an iPod through the on board speaker system
AUX OUT L/L+R, R for connection to a PA or bigger speaker system for use in a live performance environment
USB TO DEVICE port so you can save your performances to USB memory stick
Soundboard resonator to recreate the natural nuances of a grand piano sound
Incredible Spatial Acoustic Speaker System, with 1 x 25 watt and 5 x 30 watt amplifiers, coupled to 3 x 8cm speakers, 2 x 13cm speakers and 1 x 16cm speaker
Specialised Grand Piano Action
The AvantGrand N1 offers the player a specially-developed action that features the same configuration as that of a grand piano.. The hammers strike the “virtual strings” from underneath, allowing minute adjustments to the weight distribution of the hammers, and to the movement of the hammers themselves, for a smoother feel when playing. In addition to a hammer sensor, the AvantGrand employs a non-contact key sensor that has no effect on the movement of the keys, affording excellent recognition of the player's pressure on the keyboard, timing, and the other delicate nuances that affect musical expression. This combination provides an impressive sensitivity for the entire range from pianissimo through to fortissimo, and the ability to translate even the swiftest trills of the pianist with transparency.
Spatial Acoustic Sampling, Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
With the introduction of AvantGrand, Yamaha took a revolutionary approach to sampling, recording and playback of the notes of an actual acoustic piano. Treating the soundboard not simply as a point source of sound but as a plane, we took samples at four positions, adding optimum centre and rear locations to the traditional left and right. As a sound source, we carefully selected the best single instrument from our CFIIIS full concert grand pianos for sampling. The end result of these efforts is that AvantGrand instruments recreate the original sound of a superb grand piano almost to perfection. Meanwhile, the AvantGrand speaker system has been designed to ensure that this sound is heard at its very best. A three-way system featuring woofer, mid-range and tweeter speakers reproduce the rich natural resonance of the soundboard accurately. Furthermore, each of the low, mid, and high-frequency ranges have been given their own amplifier to prevent interference between ranges. This innovative configuration allows the instrument’s outstanding sound system to reproduce the nuances of each individual note. For even greater sonic accuracy, speaker layouts have been optimised to the shape of the instrument.
All Yamaha AvantGrand pianos from Chamberlain Music are delivered by our specialist delivery team. This ensures that they are handled carefully and set up correctly. This is FREE to all ground floor, mainland UK addresses.
Manufacturer's warranty: 5 years
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