Introducing the Kawai Novus NV5S Hybrid Digital Piano Package, Polished Ebony. This is the latest addition to Kawai’s premium hybrid range, featuring the upgraded TwinDrive soundboard speaker transducers that deliver an exceptional reproduction of the three-dimensional sound fields of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano. The NV5S is designed to feel natural, with the same keyboard action as Kawai’s acoustic upright pianos, making it indistinguishable from a grand piano.
The Touch of an Acoustic Piano
The Millennium III hybrid action is the centerpiece of the Novus NV5S. Renowned for the revolutionary use of extended spruce key sticks and individually weighted ABS-Carbon components, the keys are made stronger, lighter, and inevitably more stable than conventional wooden parts seen in acoustic pianos. The precise movements of the hammers are captured using high-resolution optical sensors mounted over the action. This gives the NV5S the touch and feel of an acoustic piano, making it a great option for pianists who prefer the feel of an acoustic piano but want the benefits of a digital piano.
Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS)
The NV5S allows for more control over performance, with the Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS). Created with lighter materials, the NV5S allows you to play with extra speed, without compromising comfort. The key sensors are carefully placed to respond to the lightest of touches, making it perfect for more complex performances where notes are repeated in quick succession.
Kawai’s brand new PiaBookPlayer app enables you to view the notated scores of the lesson songs and practise pieces built into your digital piano. This allows you to listen to them playing with meticulous detail via the Shigeru grand piano sound. You can use the app instead of sheet music, and with the piano’s soft or sostenuto pedals, you can enjoy hands-free page-turning. With the wireless Bluetooth MIDI feature, you can also listen to your favourite classical piano music from the comfort of your armchair.
Sound Damper System
The NV5S utilises an updated hybrid method to achieve the most dynamic response possible, with a high-quality dampening system for an expressive performance. The high precision optical sensors transmit detailed information levels to pick out the subtle nuances in your style. When engaged, the pedal subtly releases key pressure for a more authentic likeness to acoustic pianos.
Kawai’s collaboration with hi-fi audio company Onkyo gives the NV5S the sound projection and clarity it deserves. The DIDRC filter technology removes the unnecessary high frequencies and static noise that digital instruments produce at loud volumes, resulting in a more natural sound. The NV5S’ speakers are specifically positioned to project groups of frequencies. The lower facing speakers produce warm, thick bass tones, while the top speakers project clear highs. The result is a rounded overall sound with an authentic projection for both the audience and the performer. Onkyo have also designed the headphone speaker experience, so your rehearsals and private use remain immersive.
Sound and Functions
Built into the NV5S is a 5” LCD touchscreen display to access a range of functions to enhance your enjoyment of the hybrid piano. In Pianist mode, you can adjust the rendering characteristics of the piano to change the tonal qualities and also the resonance depth for even more control. The Virtual Technician allows various characteristics of the sounds to be adjusted from the key volume, damper noise, and touch curve, for example. Kawai’s multi-instrument sound engine includes electric and acoustic pianos, organs, and strings to name a few. Sounds can also be layered and split for a