The Yamaha CFX Concert Grand and the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand; two of the world’s most revered pianos, each with its own distinctive character and each used in concert halls across the globe.
With both pianos measuring more than 9 feet in length and having the acoustic power to fill the largest concert halls unaided, fitting either into your home might not be practical.
For the AvantGrand N3X, we set out to create a piano that feels and sounds like both the CFX and Imperial – but one which you can use at home (whether that be a city apartment or a country retreat) and at any time of day or night.
AvantGrand N3X features our most advanced binaural sampling, world-class hifi-grade speakers and our best-ever integration between digital synthesis and physical cabinet in a digital piano. And, to ensure that N3X feels like a grand piano, we’ve used a true Yamaha grand piano keyboard and hammer action.
With AvantGrand N3X, you really can bring both the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial Grand into your living room.
- Specialised Grand Piano Action with Ivorite
- Spatial Acoustic Sampling
- Sound sampled on four channels from the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial
- Yamaha CFX Binaural sampling
- Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)
- Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
- Soundboard Resonator
- Tactile Response System
- Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
- USB Audio Recorder
- XLR jack outputs
Experience the response and feel of an authentic acoustic action
To express yourself musically, you need to form a physical bond with your instrument. In the case of the AvantGrand series, it starts with the keys. Real wooden keys with a comfortable touch, thanks to Ivorite keytops that look and feel just like natural ivory. Then comes the all-important key action, which the AvantGrand series has inherited from our esteemed concert grand pianos. Beneath your fingers you sense the same precise weight and responsiveness, the same scope for expression. To capture every nuance of your performance, Yamaha employs a non-contact optical sensor system that doesn’t affect the feel or performance of the action in any way. Under each key is a continuous optical sensor that captures the speed and depth at which that key is depressed. An additional optical sensor affixed to each hammer shank measures the timing and strength of the hammer hitting the virtual ‘strings’. This information is instantly translated into a beautifully authentic sound reproduction. The more you play, the more you find yourself becoming one with the piano.
Two world-class grand pianos in one
When it comes to judging piano tone, much depends on personal taste. To help you achieve the tonal palette you desire, Yamaha offers the choice of two world-class grand pianos in one – each with its own unique character to convey the emotion you want to express through a piece of music. At the touch of a button on the new AvantGrand N3X, you can opt for authentic sounds sampled either from a Yamaha CFX concert grand or from a Bösendorfer Imperial. As Yamaha’s flagship grand piano, the majestic CFX boasts a wide palette of tonal colors, from sparkling high notes to powerful bass tones. The legendary Bösendorfer, meanwhile, is renowned for its warm and subtle Vienna tone. Either way, the lifelike sounds of the AvantGrand N3X allow you to explore the outer reaches of your expressive imagination.
Evolving the sonic spectrum
The AvantGrand series takes a unique approach to reproducing the sound of an acoustic grand piano. When capturing the original source sounds from a specially selected full concert grand, Yamaha technicians took samples from four different positions across the soundboard: left, right, center, and rear. Compared to conventional left-and-right channel (stereo) recording, this yielded wonderfully rich and authentic results. To make the most of this four-channel source sound, AvantGrand pianos employ Yamaha’s Spatial Acoustic Speaker System – a four-point speaker configuration that allows AvantGrand pianos to deliver faithful three-dimensional recreations of the original instruments. For the N3X, speaker placement mirrors the four recording positions on the source piano.
Digital technology that resonates with you
In addition to the four-channel Spatial Acoustic Speaker System, the AvantGrand features a flat-panel Soundboard Resonator located beneath the music rest and spanning the width of the instrument. This component allows for a more subtle reproduction of the buildup of sound that you feel when playing an acoustic grand piano. It works by using an oscillating transducer to transmit vibrations to the flat-panel soundboard, giving a realistic sound response that is especially evident in the upper key range.
Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)
In a grand piano, strings and sounds resonate throughout the entire body of the instrument producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound. Not only are the strings you are playing vibrating, but other strings ring as a reaction to ones you play. This is one reason the piano sound is so complex and rich.
This phenomena is reproduced perfectly in the AvantGrand N3X through Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) which calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard from one instant to the next. As a result, the N3X reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in playing an acoustic piano such as which keys are pressed, the strength with which the keys are played and pedal timing.
A fully immersive headphone experience
AvantGrand pianos are designed to deliver flawless room-filling sound. But there are times when you may want to keep your playing to yourself. When you’re practicing at night, for example, or when people nearby are engaged in other activities.
In such cases, headphones offer a private sanctuary where you have the freedom to play however and whenever you choose.
Thanks to Yamaha’s advanced binaural sampling technology, the sound you hear through your headphones is remarkably lifelike. This technology uses piano samples recorded by specialized microphones that capture locational information and other nuances discerned by the human ear. The resulting sound is so natural, so enveloping, that you’ll soon forget you’re even wearing headphones at all. (CFX Grand Voice only)
An emotional response
When you play an acoustic piano, the entire instrument resonates. You feel it subconsciously, through your feet on the pedals and through your fingers on the keyboard. It’s this subtle physical sensation that our Tactile Response System (TRS) works to recreate. This digital technology conveys the natural vibrations that emanate from a grand piano, unifying the emotional energy between you and the instrument. Even if you’re wearing headphones, you can use TRS to enhance the realism of the playing experience.
Replicating subtle pedaling style of grand pianos
When you press down on a grand piano pedal, you notice subtly different stages. Light to the touch at first, slightly firmer partway through the travel, and then lighter again as you push through. Skilled players take advantage of these pedal movements by using extremely delicate pedaling to achieve finely nuanced expression in their playing. In developing the AvantGrand, we set out to reproduce as faithfully as possible the sensations of a grand piano’s pedals. The resulting pedals give you the scope to play music how it was meant to be played, while also offering the responsiveness to play more impressionistic pieces that require a lot of half-pedaling.
USB audio recorder
The USB to Device port allows you to connect your USB flash drive and use it as a built-in piano recording studio. You can store your performances directly on the USB flash drive as audio songs. These songs are stored in WAV format, so you can listen back using the keyboard’s on-board speaker system, or conveniently play them on a computer, transfer them to a portable media device or upload them to share with friends online.
XLR professional-quality connectivity
XLR balanced audio outputs give you a professional and stable output to connect to amplified speakers or to mixing consoles.
|Height||1,014mm (39-15/16″) Lid up : 1,734mm (68-1/4″)|
|Weight||Weight||199kg (438lbs., 12oz.)|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|Key Surfaces – White||Ivorite®|
|Key Surfaces – Black||Phoenolic resin|
|Tactile Response System (TRS)||Yes|
|Pedal||Type||Specialized Grand Piano Pedal|
|Number of Pedals||3|
|Functions||Damper (with half-pedal effect) , Sostenuto,Soft|
|Sensor/Driver||Hammer Sensors||Non-contact optical fiber|
|Key Sensors||Non-contact optical fiber|
|Key Cover||Soft-Close Fallboard||Yes|
|Tone Generation||Piano Sound||Spatial Acoustic Sampling|
|Binaural Sampling||Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||256|
|Preset||Number of Voices||10|
|Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)||Yes|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||10 preset songs, 10 voice demo songs|
|Recording||Number of Songs||10|
|Number of Tracks||1|
|Data Capacity||approx. 550KB/Song|
|Tempo Range||5 – 500|
|Transpose||-6 – 0 – +6|
|Tuning||414.8 Hz – 440.0 Hz – 466.8 Hz|
|Scale Type||7 types|
|Audio Recorder/Player||Recording Time (max.)||80 minutes/Song|
|Recording||WAV (44.1kHz, 16bit, stereo)|
|Playback||WAV (44.1kHz, 16bit, stereo)|
Storage and Connectivity
|Storage||Internal Memory||approx. 1.4 MB|
|External Drives||USB Flash Drive|
|Connectivity||Headphones||Standard stereo phone jack (x 2)|
|AUX IN||Stereo Mini|
|AUX OUT||[L/L+R] [R] (Standard stereo phone jack, unbalanced)|
|OUTPUT||[L] [R] (XLR jack, balanced)|
|USB TO DEVICE||Yes|
|USB TO HOST||Yes|
|Auto Power Off||Yes|
|Spatial Acoustic Speaker System||Yes|
|Amplifiers||80W x2 + 45W x4 + 35W x5 + 25W x4|
|Speakers||(16cm + 13cm + 2.5cm) x 4|