The Yamaha CLP725 signals a new entry-point into Yamaha’s prestigious Clavinova piano series, and gives you everything you could want from a first piano.
GrandTouch-S™ key action
Yamaha are continuously researching progressively advanced and realistic ways to bring a grand piano sound and feel into your home, and they achieve this with the Yamaha CLP725 with the introduction of their GrandTouch-S key system.
It’s all about response – being able to capture all the subtle nuances of an individual’s performance using sophisticated key sensor technology – and by also using synthetic ebony and synthetic ivory keytops, slipping as a result of extended play and perspiration is a completely unavoidable event.
The CLP725 features ‘escapement’ – the means by which, on an acoustic key mechanism, the hammer is withdrawn from the piano string(s) quickly, to negate any resonant interference with other played notes. This is all performed algorithmically on the CLP725, and it’s a system which brings you closer still to that grand piano experience.
This revised escapement system even replicates the slight ‘clicking’ sensation that is discernible on a concert grand piano keyboard, when keys are very lightly depressed, providing the player with greater feedback – particularly useful for fast key repetition.
Yamaha CLP725 | Sound & Design
The CLP725 sits as the smallest of the instruments in the CLP Clavinova range – relative in size, in fact, to what is (ostensibly) the model directly below, the Yamaha YDP164. There is tradition still inherent in the design of the cabinet, but none of the bulk on a traditional upright.
The benefit of this minimalistic approach is the removal of any background distraction for the player. What you are left with is a beautiful-sounding instrument, with a discrete, compact menu, and a superb Yamaha CFXIII 9′ concert grand piano sound from the moment you switch the instrument on.
Amongst other voices available on the CLP725, the Yamaha CFXIII and Bosendorf Imperial grand piano samples are the most immediate – the most awe-inspiring. From the bright, crisp clarity of the CFXIII to the more sombre, muted and mellow tonality of the Imperial, these two voices alone provide enough of a sonic palette to create and perform beautiful compositions.
The CLP725 features many more tricks up its sleeve, in its pursuit to deliver a first-class grand piano-playing experience.
Virtual Resonance Modelling (VRM) is a method of recreating the way in which the vibration from sounded notes interact and affect the cabinet, soundboard, and other strings, generating subtle sympathetic tones in played notes – a key feature of acoustic grand pianos. Damper Resonance continues this unparalleled pursuit of detail to the extent of mimicking the micro-tones made when a damper is released from the strings of a piano.
Stereophonic Optimiser technology endows the Yamaha CLP725 with a ‘breathing space’ between the player and the earpiece of worn headphones, reducing listening fatigue and giving a more realistic ambience to headphone play.
Binaural Sampling ensures that high notes are perceived as to be coming from the right hand side of the instrument, and low notes to the left (when playing through headphones) – just as they would if the instrument were to feature an acoustic string mechanism.
CLP725 & Grand Expression Modelling
One of the greatest additions to the CLP700 series, and present here in the Yamaha CLP725, is the introduction of Grand Expression Modelling.
Through a complex series of computer algorithms, the CLP725 is able to determine any number of combinations of key positions, resonant models and pedal positions, meaning the player has truly limitless expression when playing.
All the subtle – and not so subtle – effects of an acoustic instrument and the way it interacts with itself are captured here, so however you play, Grand Expression Modelling means that the Yamaha CLP725 is always your piano, for the way you play.