Kawai Novus NV5S Hybrid Digital Piano in Polished Ebony


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A hybrid instrument that delivers the true acoustic piano experience.

Featuring Kawai’s high performance Millennium III Hybrid upright piano action with real damper mechanism, SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine, and the unique TwinDrive soundboard speaker system developed in collaboration with audio specialists Onkyo, the Novus NV5S delivers true acoustic piano authenticity within a stunning, ultra-slim digital instrument.

  • Height: 110 cm
  • Superb Millennium III Hybrid upright piano keyboard action
  • Unique real upright piano damper mechanism
  • High-performance speaker system with TwinDrive soundboard
  • Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio with aptX support
  • MP3/WAVplayback, record, and overdub to USB
  • Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
  • Flexible Virtual Technician function with 21 adjustable parameters
  • Slow-close fallboard
  • Support for Kawai’s latest PianoRemote and PiaBookPlayer apps
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Free boxed delivery within 50-mile radius of Amersham showroom. Contact us for quotes for deliveries outside of this area and for installation charges
  • Price matching (terms and conditions apply)
  • 0% finance available, subject to terms and conditions

Detailed Description

The True Acoustic Piano Experience

The Novus NV5S is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation. A stunning hybrid instrument that combines a full acoustic piano keyboard action and damper mechanism, with the latest digital sound and amplification technologies.

Designed for and tested by professional pianists, the NV5S provides the unmistakable feeling of playing a premium quality acoustic instrument, with all the practicality and convenience of a modern digital.

Introducing the Novus NV5S – a hybrid instrument that delivers the true acoustic piano experience.

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The Touch Of An Acoustic Piano

The Millennium III Hybrid action represents the latest milestone in Kawai’s rich legacy of piano innovation, and serves as the centrepiece of the Novus NV5S. It comprises over 6,000 individual parts, each playing a crucial role in allowing the performer’s fingertips to express feeling and emotion through music.

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The Future Of The Piano

Based on the ‘K’ series’ proven action design, Millennium III Hybrid retains the composite parts and extended key sticks of its acoustic cousin, while replacing the traditional felt hammers with individually-weighted ABS equivalents.

As a hybrid piano, there are no metal strings inside the Novus for these hammers to physically strike when the keys are played, therefore their precise movements are instead captured using high-resolution optical sensors mounted over the action.

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Millennium III Hybrid delivers all of the benefits of a premium Kawai upright piano action within a digital instrument. This feat of engineering allows pianists to enjoy the unmatched feeling of playing an acoustic piano, regardless of the time of day, or the size of their home.

ABS Hybrid Hammers

The Novus NV5S’ precision-engineered ABS hammers have been designed for structural stability and optimum keyboard touch-response.

Each individual hammer is grade-weighted to mirror the heavier bass and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, ensuring that the NV5S’ key touch-weight feels the same as a well-regulated acoustic instrument.

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Optical Hammer Sensors

The precise movements of each hammer are measured using high-resolution optical sensors, providing greater accuracy than conventional key-based sensor systems.

This more advanced approach closely reproduces the mechanical flow of an acoustic piano, and allows rapid pianissimo passages with mordents or trills to be performed with greater fluency.

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The Feel Of An Acoustic Piano

The Novus NV5S’ beautiful chrome plated pedals are sourced from the same ‘K’ series instruments as the premium Millennium III keyboard action. Moreover, in addition to featuring a full acoustic piano action, the NV5S also incorporates a real acoustic piano damper mechanism.

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There are no metal strings inside the Novus to require physical damping, as the instrument’s sound is produced digitally.

However, in order to reproduce every aspect of playing an acoustic piano, the NV5S retains the damper mechanism behind the keyboard action, replicating the extra load of traditional wood and felt parts, as the keys and pedal are pressed.

This innovation allows pianists to not only hear how the damper pedal affects the Novus’ generated sound, but also feel the various mechanical interactions through their hands and feet.

Such attention to detail is unprecedented in a digital instrument, and further reinforces the NV5S’ objective of delivering a true acoustic piano playing experience that is indistinguishable from the real thing.

The Sound Of An Acoustic Piano

The spirit of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the Novus NV5S. Each world-class instrument is hand-crafted by Master Piano Artisans (MPAs), utilising the finest available materials to ensure optimum touch, tone, and artistic expression.

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Naturally Expressive Sound

In order to reproduce the stunning tonal qualities of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano digitally, the Novus NV5S incorporates Kawai’s latest SK-EX Rendering technology.

This advanced piano sound engine combines the well-established process of sampling with the modern approach of physical modelling, to produce a piano sound that is both rich in natural acoustic character, and dynamically responsive to the player’s musical desires.

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The Features Of A Digital Piano

While the Novus NV5S’ core features are unquestionably derived from an acoustic piano, the instrument neatly incorporates various additional technologies that provide the modern conveniences of a premium digital piano.

These features are primarily controlled through the NV5S’ touchscreen LCD, which is discretely embedded within the instrument’s left cheekblock. This high resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be adjusted from an attractive user interface simply by tapping or swiping the display with a finger.

For piano purists, the screen can be set to fade out automatically while playing, thus preserving the Novus’ classic appearance, and minimising any visual distraction to the performer.

Novus NV5S

Unlike an acoustic piano, the Novus NV5S provides a variety of options for connecting to other devices. Headphone and audio jacks allow the instrument to be played in silence, or for the sound to be amplified for halls and other large settings, and USB and MIDI ports for transferring music data to and from a computer.

The NV5S even supports Bluetooth® MIDI and audio functionality, providing an effortless way to connect and enjoy smart devices wirelessly.

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PianoRemote App

The NV5S’ redesigned communication standard allows the user-friendly touchscreen interface to also be accessed via the dedicated PianoRemote app for iOS and supported Android devices. The app connects to the piano wirelessly via the Novus’ integrated Bluetooth, providing an effortless way to change sounds, or enjoy the vast array of built-in music content from the comfort of an armchair.

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Generous Part Exchanges Available

Get in touch with us if you have an existing digital or acoustic piano that you’d like to part exchange with us, and we’d be happy to let you know how much it could be worth.

Width 149.5 cm (59″)
Depth 46.5 cm (18 1/3″)
Height 110 cm (43 1/3″)
Weight 113 kg (249 lbs.)
Keyboard Millennium III Hybrid upright piano action: 88 wooden keys, 88-key graded ABS hammers, IHSS contact-less optical sensors, Upright piano damper mechanism
Pedal Damper (upright piano damper mechanism with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto
Piano Sound SK-EX Rendering: 88-key multi-channel sampling, SK-EX recording.
Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL): 88-key stereo sampling, SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording. 256 note maximum polyphony.
Piano Resonance SK-EX Rendering: Resonance Modelling: Damper Resonance, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Aliquot Resonance.
Harmonic Imaging XL: Acoustic Rendering: Damper Resonance, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance.
Piano Adjustment Virtual Technician (21 parameters): Touch Curve, Voicing, Damper Resonance, Damper, Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time, Release Time, Minimum Touch, Stretch Tuning, Temperament, Temperament Key, Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth* Available parameters may vary depending on selected sound.
Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets).
No. of Sounds SK-EX Rendering: 10 rendering characters. Harmonic Imaging XL: 90 voices
Reverb SK-EX Rendering: Ambience (10 types). Harmonic Imaging XL: Reverb (6 types)
Brilliance Yes
Other Effects 24 types
Speakers TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System, 8 cm x 4 (Onkyo top speakers), 2 cm x 2 (Onkyo dome tweeters)
Output Power 130 W
Headphone Enhancements Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier, Spatial Headphone Sound, Headphone Type, Headphone Amplifier
Display 5″ LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Key Cover Upright piano fallboard with Soft Fall system
Music Rest Upright piano type (fixed position)
Available Finishes Ebony Polish
Basic Functions Dual, Split, Four Hands, Transpose, Tuning, Low Volume Balance, Favorite
Internal Sound Demos 39 songs
Internal Piano Music 29/42 songs *
Internal Concert Magic 176 songs
Lesson Songs Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
J.S. Bach: Inventionen
Sonatinen Album 1
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series)
Chopin Etudes (Opus 10)
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1
Total Memory approximately 90,000 notes
No. of Songs 10 songs
Parts 2 parts
Time Signatures
1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Drum Rhythms
100 patterns
Bluetooth * Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible), Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio with aptX support
Record/Playback MP3, WAV, SMF (Playback only)
Other Functions Overdubbing, Line In recording
App Functions PianoRemote (iOS/Android), PiaBookPlayer (iOS/Android)
Headphone 1 x 1/4″, 1 x 1/8″ Stereo jacks
Line Out 1 x 1/8″ Stereo [unbalanced]
Line In 1 x 1/8″ Stereo [unbalanced]
USB to Host Yes
USB to Device Yes
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Power cable
Headphones Headphone hook
Sheet Music Classical Piano Collection *, Classical Lesson Scores *, Finger Exercises
Others Warranty Card *, Owner’s Manual, Internal Song Lists

* Depending on market location.

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