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Kawai NV10 NOVUS Hybrid Digital Grand Piano

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Kawai NV10 NOVUS Hybrid Digital Grand Piano

Kawai is extremely proud to announce the NV10, the very first model in the new NOVUS series of hybrid digital pianos.  This remarkable instrument combines Kawai’s finest Millennium III acoustic grand piano keyboard action, including a real damper mechanism, with the latest SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine and premium amplification technologies developed in collaboration with audio specialists Onkyo, to deliver the most realistic grand piano playing experience ever accomplished by a digital instrument.

The ultra-modern NV10 also features built-in Bluetooth® MIDI and audio connectivity, and a stunning 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within the instrument’s left cheekblock.  It’s strikingly beautiful ebony polish cabinet gives pianists the impression of playing a premium grand piano, while occupying less floor space than a standard upright.


A celebration of Kawai’s 90 years of piano innovation, the NOVUS NV10 encapsulates the company’s many acoustic and digital achievements, fusing tradition with technology to redefine the grand piano experience for players and audience members alike.


Main Features

- Peerless Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action with optical hammer sensing system
- Unique real grand piano damper mechanism for true key and pedal weighting
- Latest SK-EX Rendering sound engine with multi-channel piano sampling
- Premium audio processing and amplification technologies powered by Onkyo
- High-fidelity 7-speaker delivery system for enhanced depth and clarity
- Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and audio for wireless communication with smart devices
- Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display with intuitive swipe operation
- Flexible Virtual Technician function with 19 adjustable parameters
- Convenient WAV/MP3/MIDI file record and playback via USB memory
- Stunning ebony polish cabinet design with Soft Fall fallboard system
 
Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action, with optical hammer sensing system

The NOVUS NV10 is the first digital instrument to incorporate Kawai’s leading acoustic grand piano keyboard action technology, renowned for the pioneering use of extended spruce key sticks and innovative ABS Carbon components that are stronger, lighter, and more dimensionally stable than conventional wooden parts.

The specially adapted Millennium III Hybrid keyboard action utilized by the NV10 replaces traditional felt hammers with modern  ABS equivalents that are individual graded in weight from bass to treble, while high-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, accurately reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.


In addition to featuring a full acoustic grand piano keyboard action, the NOVUS NV10 is the first hybrid instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism.  While there are no strings inside the NV10 to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also mechanically easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed – an important acoustic piano characteristic that, until now, has been overlooked.

 
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano reproduced with new SK-EX Rendering sound technology

The magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano is at the heart of the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano.  Widely regarded as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering – a brand new piano sound engine that blends multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modeling technology.  Multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, allowing a broader range of tonal characteristics to be reproduced, and providing a more lively, authentic response to changes in dynamics.  This naturally expressive sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, dampers, and various other parts of an acoustic piano, giving players the impression that they’re sitting at a living, breathing instrument.
 
Premium audio processing, amplification, and speaker technology – powered by Onkyo

Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano is one of the first Kawai musical instruments to utilize specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction.  With state of the art technologies such as 1-bit DSD processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s exclusive DIDRC circuitry, the NOVUS’ optimized power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning richness and clarity.

This high-fidelity sound is delivered using a custom 7-speaker output system, designed to reproduced the three-dimensional sound field of an acoustic grand piano.  Lower-range bass frequencies are transmitted with power and precision from the underside of the NOVUS via a large woofer, while higher frequencies are projected outward using four top-facing speakers.  These mid-range units are calibrated to expand the depth of sound beyond the instrument, thus recreating the length of a grand piano, while still providing a feeling of proximity and presence for the player.  Finally, two dome tweeters placed behind the upper board ensure crisp, clear treble frequencies, allowing the authentic resonances generated by the SK-EX Rendering sound engine to sparkle and shimmer like an acoustic instrument.


The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also incorporate Onkyo’s brand new high-performance Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier, which combines with Kawai’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology to guarantee the finest quality and most engaging listening experience, even when playing in privacy.

 
Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio connectivity

In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also features integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.  Once paired to a phone, tablet, or laptop, NOVUS owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience, or stream audio from songs and videos directly through the instrument’s premium amplifier and speaker system without the need to connect any cables.

 
Full-color touchscreen display for intuitive, button-less operation

The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano is the first instrument of its kind to feature a full-color 5″ touchscreen display.  Discreetly embedded within the left cheekblock, this high-resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface simply by tapping or swiping the display with a finger.  The screen can also be set to turn off automatically while playing, thus preserving the instrument’s acoustic piano-like appearance, and minimizing any visual distraction to the performer.


Stunning cabinet design with 6-position adjustable music rest and Soft Fall fallboard


The NOVUS NV10’s strikingly beautiful grand piano-like cabinet is finished from top to bottom in a luxurious ebony polish finish, with gleaming silver-chrome fittings and an exposed pedal trap-work design.  The instrument’s broad music rest is designed to accommodate the most ambitious musical works, with smoothly rounded edges and simulated leather lining the base. 

As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position, or even set to a special ‘composer desk’ angle for greater convenience when notating scores or sketching musical ideas.  Finally, the NOVUS incorporates the ultra-slow Soft Fall fallboard closing system from Kawai’s premium acoustic instruments, protecting the player’s hands and the piano’s luxurious finish from any harm that a jarring close might cause.

 
The finest acoustic grand piano keyboard action, a real grand piano damper mechanism, stunning multi-channel grand piano sounds, premium audio, amplification, and speaker technologies, modern Bluetooth and touchscreen convenience, and a strikingly beautiful ebony polish cabinet.

Introducing the Kawai NOVUS NV10: A hybrid instrument that delivers the true grand piano experience.


Main Features:

   HIGHLIGHTS

    ■  Peerless Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action
    ■  Unique real grand piano damper mechanism
    ■  SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
    ■  Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
    ■  High-fidelity 7-speaker delivery system for enhanced depth

    ■  Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
    ■  Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
    ■  Flexible Virtual Technician function with 19 adjustable parameters
    ■  MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
    ■  Stunning ebony polish cabinet with Soft Fall fallboard system



Depth: 25.3" (64.5 cm)
Width: 58.2" (148 cm)
Height: 36.4" (92.5 cm) (not including music rest)
Weight: 279 lbs. (127kg)
Finishes: Ebony Polish

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Specifications - Kawai NV10 37" 'Hybrid' Digital Grand

Warranty - Five year parts and labor

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Kawai NOVUS NV10


A brand new hybrid instrument that fuses Kawai’s finest acoustic and digital achievements, to redefine the grand piano experience for players and audience members alike.


The NV10 is the first digital piano to incorporate Kawai’s finest Millennium III grand piano keyboard action, a real damper pedal mechanism, and premium audio technologies developed by Onkyo. NOVUS is the embodiment of Kawai’s ‘the future of the piano’ company motto.

Grand Appearance, Compact Size

Celebrating 90 years of acoustic piano craftsmanship, the NV10’s stunning grand-like cabinet is finished from top to bottom in a luxurious ebony polish, with handsome silver-chrome fittings and an exposed pedal trap-work.


The instrument’s stately appearance and wide fallboard, proudly embellished by the Kawai family crest, gives the impression of playing a fine acoustic. Yet the Novus’ surprisingly compact cabinet occupies a depth of less than 65 cm, allowing pianists to enjoy the full grand piano experience in spaces usually restricted to an upright.

Real Grand Damper Mechanism

In addition to featuring a Kawai acoustic grand piano action, the Novus NV10 is the first hybrid piano to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism.


While there are no strings to require physical damping, the instrument’s unique mechanism still replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed. These special details allow professional pianists to practice with complete confidence, and minimize any awkward transition time when performing in concerts.

Flagship Sampling & Modelling

The beautiful sound of the SK-EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the NV10, with all 88 keys of this world-class instrument lovingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.


This rich, multi-sampled acoustic portrait of the original grand piano is then brought to life using Kawai’s unique Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology and advanced Acoustic Rendering resonance modelling. The results are stunning, with smooth, detailed tonal transitions from pianissimo to fortissimo, across the length of the keyboard.

Digital Heart, Acoustic Soul

As the mutual relationship between the two companies continues to prosper, Kawai and Onkyo demonstrate their shared philosophies.

In the 90th anniversary year, Kawai is proud to unveil the Novus NV10, a stunning hybrid piano that fuses the finest acoustic and digital technologies, to redefine the playing and listening experience for pianists and audience members alike.

Hybrid Grand Innovation

The Millennium III Hybrid action represents the latest milestone in Kawai’s rich legacy of piano innovation, and serves as the centerpiece of the Novus NV10.


Based on the action mechanism of Kawai’s popular GX Series grand pianos, Millennium III Hybrid replaces traditional felt hammers with newly developed ABS equivalents that are individual weighted from bass to treble, while high-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.

Industry Leading Collaboration

With a distinguished background in premium audio equipment spanning over 70 years, Onkyo is widely respected as an industry leader, developing unique technologies that enrich the listening experience.


The NV10 is one of the first Kawai products to be engineered in partnership with Onkyo, and among the first digital musical instruments to utilize specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction. This supreme level of quality epitomizes the Novus concept, and reflects Kawai-Onkyo’s shared commitment to excellence.

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The Art of The Digital Piano


Combining Kawai’s finest Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action and real damper mechanism, with the latest SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine and premium amplification technologies powered by audio specialists Onkyo, the NOVUS NV10 delivers the most realistic grand piano playing experience ever accomplished by a digital instrument.


Just assembling these components into the mere form of a digital grand piano is, by itself, an immense undertaking. But the process of crafting them into a precision instrument capable of translating the subtle expressions of the soul into the language of music... creating an instrument that can truly “sing”... is an art.

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NOVUS NV10 Digital 'Hybrid' Grand Piano

The World's Most Advanced Digital Pianos
Kawai NV10 NOVUS Uses the Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action, with optical hammer sensing system

The NOVUS NV10 is the first digital instrument to incorporate Kawai’s leading acoustic grand piano keyboard action technology, renowned for the pioneering use of extended spruce key sticks and innovative ABS Carbon components that are stronger, lighter, and more dimension-ally stable than conventional wooden parts.


The specially adapted Millennium III Hybrid keyboard action utilized by the NV10 replaces traditional felt hammers with modern  ABS equivalents that are individual graded in weight from bass to treble, while high-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, accurately reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.


In addition to featuring a full acoustic grand piano keyboard action, the NOVUS NV10 is the first hybrid instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism.  While there are no strings inside the NV10 to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also mechanically easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed – an important acoustic piano characteristic that, until now, has been overlooked.



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Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Kawai
Model: NV10 Hybrid
Size: 37", 92.5 cm (not including music rest)
Type: 'Hybrid' Digital Grand Piano
Style: Classic
Finish: Ebony Polish
Price: Please Inquire
Styles/Finishes available:

        • Ebony Polish
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SPECIFICATIONS
NV10 Primary Specifications

Keyboard

Millennium III Hybrid action with 88-key graded ABS hammers and damper mechanism
Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS), contact-less optical sensors

Sound Source
Pianist mode
SK-EX Rendering: 88-key multi-channel piano sampling, 88-key resonance modelling
Sound mode
 Harmonic Imaging XL: 88-key piano sampling

Internal Sounds
Pianist mode
SK-EX Concert Grand, 10 rendering characters
Sound mode
88 sounds

Keyboard  Modes
Dual, Split, 4Hands (Volume/Balance adjustable)

Polyphony
max. 256 notes (depending on selected sound)

Effects
Pianist mode
Resonance Depth (10 types), Ambience (10 types)
Sound mode
Reverb (6 types), Effects (24 types)
(Chorus x 3, Delay x 3, Tremolo x 3, Auto pan x 2, Phaser x 2, Rotary x 6, Combination x 5)

Virtual Technician
Pianist mode
Touch Curve (incl. User), Voicing (incl. User), Damper Noise, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay,
Minimum Touch, Key Volume (incl. User), Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
Sound mode
Touch Curve (incl. User), Voicing (incl. User), Damper Resonance, Damper Noise,
String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect,
Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time, Minimum Touch,
Stretch Tuning (incl. User), Temperament (incl. User), Temperament Key,
Key Volume (incl. User), Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth

Internal Recorder
Pianist mode
3 song recorder (approximately 10 min. per song)
Sound mode
10 song, 2 track recorder (approximately 90,000 note memory capacity)

USB Recorder
Playback
MP3, WAV, SMF, KSO (internal song file)
Record
MP3, WAV, Overdub audio, Save as SMF/KSO, Line In Recording

Metronome
1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 + 100 drum rhythms
10~400 bpm (20~800 bpm for eighth note rhythms)

Internal Songs
Demo Songs
39 songs
Piano Music
29 or 42 songs ¹
Concert Magic
176 songs
Lesson Books
584 Songs from Alfred, Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, Bach, and Chopin lesson books ²,
140 Finger Exercises

Favorites
16 memories (4 x 4 pages)

Transpose
Key Transpose: -12~+12 semi-tones, Song Transpose: -12~+12 semi-tones

Other Settings &
Functions
Sound Settings
Tuning (Sound mode only), Damper Hold (Sound mode only), Tone Control (incl. User),
Speaker Volume, Line In Level, Wall EQ, SHS Mode, Phones Type, Phones Volume,
LCD contrast, factory reset, MIDI setting, Bluetooth setting
System Settings
Bluetooth MIDI, Bluetooth Audio, Bluetooth Audio Volume, Rename File, Delete File,
USB Format, MIDI Channel, Send PGM, Local Control, Transmit PGM# On/Off,
Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, LCD Contrast, Auto Display Off, Auto Power Off,
Factory Reset

Display
5” LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)

Bluetooth
Bluetooth (Ver. 4.0; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio

Jacks
LINE IN (1/8” STEREO), LINE IN Level, LINE OUT (1/4” L/MONO, R), Headphones x 2 (1/4”, 1/8”),
MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device

Pedals
Damper (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto.  Grand Feel Pedal System

Speaker System
Speakers
10 cm x 4 (top speakers)
1.4 cm x 2 (dome tweeters)
16 cm x 1 (woofer)
Output Power
135 W (45 W x 3)

Power Consumption
60 W

Dimensions

1480 (W) x 645 (D) x 925 (H) mm
58 1/3” (W) x 25 1/2” (D) x 36 1/2” (H) (Not including music rack)

Weight
127.0 kg  /  280 lbs.
¹ Depending on market location.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
² Lesson books sold separately.
* Availability of Bluetooth function dependent on market location

WARRANTY - FIVE YEAR WARRANTY
To ensure your peace of mind and protect the value of your investment, every Kawai CP, CA, CS and CN digital piano is covered by a Five Year Parts and Labor Warranty. This warranty is the seal of Kawai craftsmanship—and the assurance of your satisfaction for many years to come.

Kawai NV10 'Hybrid' Grand Piano


Touch. Tone. Strength. Character. Precision. Experience.
Tradition and Innovative Spirit. The essence of NV Kawai


The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the NV Kawai are created by the craftsmen who dedicate their lives to building the world’s finest and most advanced pianos empowered with life, breadth and depth that lasts for generations.

Every single step, each intricately detailed design, is performed by our craftsmen drawing upon their years of experience to achieve their relentless pursuit of perfection. It’s this good, old-fashioned care and great individual pride that enables Kawai pianos to attract the greatest musicians from around the world.
 
For over 90 years, Kawai has been the architect of the modern piano boldly pioneering the use of state-of-the-art materials and ideas to advance the piano art form. Building upon decades of experience and tradition, our celebrated technology delivers extraordinary touch and tone that produces lasting enjoyment and peak performance.

Purity of Tone that Fills the Room... The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments in the world. Hand-built over many months by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each SK-EXL Concert Grand undergoes a through regulation and refinement process in a specially-designed anechoic chamber. Following this lengthy crafting process, the completed SK-EXL Piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections before eventually taking center stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.

88-Key Piano Sampling - The beautiful sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano is at the heart of the NV NOVUS 'Hybrid' Digital Series Sound, with all 88 keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, carefully analyzed and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital audio. Recording each key individually in this way (rather than stretching the same tone over several different notes) preserves the rich harmonic character of the SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any of the Concert Performer’s keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

Touch Texture. Responsive Fast Action.
Beautiful Quality of ‘Singing Strings’. Brilliant Rich Harmonics and Depth.

 

Playing the piano is as much an experience of "touch" as it is of tone. Day after day, the musician's hands come in contact with the piano keys. The piano's responsiveness can make a critical difference that can affect the player's performance, confidence and overall playing enjoyment. Consistent, ultra-responsive touch is a Kawai tradition.

 

The extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows the CS piano action to transfer energy with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience, for increased tone production that will last over time better than any other piano.


A Rare Treasure… A limited number of all Kawai instruments will ever bear the name NV. The rigorous degree of work and technology keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each NV piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
SPECIAL FEATURES:
   
MAIN FEATURES


• Peerless Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action
• Unique real grand piano damper mechanism
• SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
• Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
• High-fidelity 7-speaker delivery system for enhanced depth

• Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Auidio wireless technology
• Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
• Flexible Virtual Technician function with 19 adjustable parameters
• MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
• Stunning ebony polish cabinet with Soft Fall fallboard system