What we think of the Yamaha AvantGrand N2 hybrid piano
The N2 offers a significant upgrade to the AvantGrand N1, as the price difference would suggest. As well as the superb sampling and the real acoustic grand piano action, this model has several key differences. The AvantGrand N2 incorporates the Yamaha 'ivorite' keyboard. This gives a much more tactile feel to the keyboard and replicates the feel of the traditional Ebony and Ivory keyboard. The N2 also has a larger speaker system with more output for a clearer more defined tonal quality. The N2 also features the 'Tactile Response System'. This feature focuses on reproducing the resonance that spreads throughout the body of a standard acoustic grand piano for the ultimate player feedback. A real step up from the already excellent N1.
88 note specialised grand piano action with Ivorite keytops
Three piano style pedals with half pedaling 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
Incredible Spatial Acoustic Speaker System, with 10 x 22 watt and 2 x 80 watt amplifiers
The speaker system comprises: (13cm + 2.5cm) x3 + (8cm + 2.5cm) + 16cm x2
The innovative and revolutionary AvantGrand-Technology built into an elegant slim-cabinet
True Grand Piano Performance from a Vertical Grand that is minimal in design and aesthetically gratifying. Featuring the same grand piano action as the N3 in a form that molds beautifully to any wall, the N2 is an instrument for the future, yet one that holds firmly to its identity as a grand piano. With a revolutionary speaker system and a touch that simply compels you to play, the compact form and feel of this elegant piano exudes refinement. For piano-lovers wanting a grand piano for small spaces, the AvantGrand series now offers yet another choice.
Specialized Grand Piano Action and Piano Keyboard
The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard yardstick for piano quality. It offers the player a specially-developed grand piano action that features the same configuration as the action of a real grand. The hammers strike the "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, this instrument 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. The wood construction of the keyboard mirrors that of the grand piano, and features New Ivory II on the white keys. This is a unique new material developed by Yamaha, with a texture superbly close to that of natural ivory, allowing you to play swift passages with ease while also offering a sure response for slower pieces.
Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Together with a variety of piano sounds, this instrument features samples of the actual vibrations from within the soundboard of the instrument. To permit the sound to travel well to the player's position, as it does with a grand piano, we sampled the sound from four locations in the left, right, center, and rear of a grand piano. Sampling from deeper inside the instrument, we were able reproduce the attraction of the original sound almost perfectly. It was the experience of our engineers, and a reiterative cycle of trial and error conducted with piano tuners that made this success possible. And of course, the samples in this instrument are all taken from a specially-selected example of Yamaha's CFIIIS full concert grand piano.
Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
This instrument utilizes a four-channel multi-speaker system, designed in a three-way configuration with woofer, squawker and tweeter, to allow more natural reverberation in the soundboard. Each of the speakers in this layout is equipped with its own dedicated amplifier, a luxury that reduces the interference in each pitch range and offers more natural expression to the delicate nuances in each sound. Moreover, by using speaker positioning that mimics the positions in the grand piano from which the original samples were taken, it offers a more natural sound to the pianist.
Tactile Response System (TRS)
The sound of an acoustic piano resonates throughout its entire body. The bass range in particular is an essential part of the reverberation that is continually transmitted to a player's body. This is replicated by our newly-developed Tactile Response System (TRS) that focuses on reproducing reverberation. This system features two transducers in the soundboard, the area underneath the keyboard, resonating natural reverberation throughout the entire instrument. The player's hands on the keyboard transmit the natural sound felt from the feet as they depress the pedals; the epitome of real piano playing. This system can be turned on and off, and the vibration set to one of three levels.
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. We aim to deliver as quickly as possible but this may take up to 7-10 days depending on your location and our carrier's scheduling. Call our piano sales team for further information on delivery times.
Manufacturer's warranty: 5 years
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