The Kawai NOVUS NV5 hybrid is the latest addition to Kawai’s NOVUS series. The NV5 features Shigeru Kawai SK-EX grand piano source, the Millennium III Hybrid upright piano action with real damper mechanism, Bluetooth MIDI and audio connectivity. With a large LCD touchscreen display and an ultra-compact cabinet design, the NV5 piano’s unique hybrid technology delivers an authentic acoustic playing experience.
Kawai merges two excellent piano crafting disciplines into one, with the new Kawai NOVUS NV5 Hybrid Piano. Its strikingly ebony polish cabinet leaves the impression of a professional upright, with a compact depth smaller than a conventional upright. Like the NOVUS NV10, the NV5 was designed for and tested by professionals. The NV5 delivers the distinctive feel and tonality of a premium quality acoustic upright, with practicality and flexibility of a modern digital.
The Millennium III Hybrid Upright Action represents the latest accomplishment in Kawai’s rich heritage of piano innovation. The design of the Millennium III Hybrid Action adopts ideas from those of the Kawai K series; both utilize ABS Carbon, and extended length key sticks. The ABS Carbon gives the action the properties of rigidness and lightness, while the extended key sticks administer greater control and response. The Millennium III Hybrid Upright action replaces conventional felt hammers with individually-weighted ABS counterparts, allowing the IHSS contact-less high-resolution optical sensors to precisely register fine movements.
The first hybrid integrated with a real grand piano damper mechanism, the NV5 offers the true playing experience with a real damper. The tactile changes produced by the depressed damper contributes to the authentic realism of the NV5. Although there are no metal strings in the NV5, the hybrid audibly reproduces the damper’s effects digitally, most notably through sympathetic resonance.
In partnership with Onkyo, the surveyors of premium audio technology, Kawai creates filtering and amplifications components for high-resolution sound production. These components preserve the harmonic characteristics of the Shigeru Kawai piano. The latest SK-EX Rendering technology combines digital sampling with the approach of physical modelling, resulting in a natural acoustic character. The specialized speaker system conveys power, depth, and clarity, with dynamic responses that easily translates musical expression.
The NV5’s upward facing topboard speakers project mid-range frequencies outward, closely reproducing the sound field of an acoustic piano. These speakers are protected from dust and other foreign objects by fabric created by esteemed Danish textile house, Kvadrat.
The Virtual Technician allows players the freedom to customize the sounds and performance of their piano. With 19 parameters, players can make refinements in real-time through the Virtual Technician app.
The NV5 features a stunning 5″ LCD touchscreen display. Discreetly nestled in the left cheekblock, the intuitive interface is easy to navigate through the internal digital features. The NV5 can be connected to a number of devices. Audio jacks can connect the piano to project in larger settings, while USB and MIDI ports transfer music data into/out of a computer. Bluetooth® provides wireless connectivity to smart devices.
Dimensions: 58.75″(W) x 18.25″(D) x 43.25″(H)/149(W) x 46(D) x 92.5(H)cm
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