Tech Advancements in Piano


For more than 25 years, the Yamaha Disklavier has earned a stellar reputation for being the most popular, most reliable and most award-winning reproducing piano in the  world.

Introducing Disklavier ENSPIRE, the eighth generation of Disklavier pianos that offers an immersive new user experience, as well as exciting new ways to listen, learn and play the most advanced instrument on the market  today.

This is the company’s most ambitious launch to date for its “piano of unlimited potential”. With 3 system variations (CL, ST and PRO) spanning 14 models ranging from 48” uprights to a 9’ concert grand, Yamaha is giving consumers more options to enjoy this innovative  instrument.

Replacing the popular E3 series, Disklavier ENSPIRE retains its category-leading position as the only fully-integrated and most accurate high-resolution reproducing piano system  available.

A new streamlined design eliminates the control box of previous generations, while an intuitive app enables Disklavier ENSPIRE to be controlled seamlessly by Apple® iOS and Android™ devices, as well as PCs and  Macs.

The easy-to-use and intuitive controller app provides direct access to over 500 built-in songs and over 6,000 performances that can be downloaded directly to the instrument from the Yamaha MusicSoft online store. Exclusive high-quality streaming radio and video services are also available — from the Monterey Jazz Festival or the Newport Music Festival, even an Elton John concert on your big screen TV, while the piano performance is received “live” (or on-demand) on the Disklavier ENSPIRE, all in the comfort of your  home.

Users can now listen to unique stereo ensemble recordings with piano performances from the largest and most recognized artist roster in the world, including “The New Cool” (Bob James & Nathan East); “Angel” and “I Will Remember You” (Sarah McLachlan); “Gran Torino” (Jamie Cullum) and “Reverie” (Frederic  Chiu).

Solo piano connoisseurs will appreciate the instrument’s unprecedented high- resolution recording and playback accuracy – greater than all other systems. The instrument possesses an integrated DSP servo drive system that monitors key, hammer and pedal movement and automatically adjusts in real-time to ensure accurate performance reproduction. This means that the Disklavier ENSPIRE can recreate the subtlest nuances of a performance – from the softest pianissimo passages right through to the thunderous fortissimos – just as the original artist  intended.

“Disklavier ENSPIRE connects the piano music lover with the instrument like never before, and brings the entertainment experience to the highest level imaginable,” said Jim Levesque, marketing manager, hybrid pianos, Yamaha Corporation of America. “These instruments offer more features, functions and high quality content, and have the most accurate recording and playback capabilities. This is why ENSPIRE will continue to build on the Disklavier’s reputation as the market  leader.”

Yamaha has defined the touch and tone of concert-quality instruments for more than 100 years, having the most performed on, recorded and filmed pianos in history. The company manufactures some of the world’s most reliable, sought after pianos found on world renown concert stages, in the most respected academic institutions and in top recording  studios.

Yamaha has sold more Disklavier pianos worldwide than any other modern day reproducing piano manufacturer, and the instrument has been embraced by top schools worldwide for its unmatched educational and distance learning  capabilities.

Rounding out the key features on the new Disklavier  ENSPIRE:

  •     Instrument can be controlled by a new user interface that can be accessed by any HTML5 compatible browser
  •     Introduces new Disklavier ENSPIRE CL “playback only” model
  •     All Disklavier ENSPIRE ST and PRO models are equipped with a Yamaha Silent System, featuring a binaurally captured CFX Concert Grand sample
  •     Disklavier ENSPIRE PRO models now utilize an enhanced DSP servo system that includes hammer feedback in addition to key and solenoid monitoring
  •     Included WPS Wi-Fi adapter adds easy wireless connectivity to the controller app directly or through a wireless network
  •     Supports new PianoSoft Audio format that features stereo audio ensembles synchronized to piano performances
  •     New Premium Piano Radio channels stream PianoSoft Audio content
  •     New high-quality digital tone generator
  •     USB audio recording function
  •     Self-calibrating record and playback system

Yamaha Disklavier ENSPIRE is available in 14 models, 48” uprights and grand pianos ranging from 5’0” (DGB1K) to the flagship 9’ Concert Grand (DCFX). These instruments will ship beginning in July  2016.

For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2016 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 21-24, 2016, or

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