20 July 2017
The CLP-600 series promises breakthrough innovations in digital fidelity
A range of new digital instruments from Yamaha features a new action which, it is claimed, will further refine the relationship of a pianist to their piano. GrandTouch is the first major innovation in the Clavinova’s action for 21 years; it is based around the mechanical ‘escapement’ characteristic found on acoustic instruments. Each model in the range includes synthetic ebony and ivory key-tops with the upper-end models enhanced by natural-wood white keys.
There are six new models: the CLP-625, CLP-635, CLP-645, CLP-675, CLP-685, and the CLP-665 Grand Piano. Prices range from around £1139 to around £3499. Each piano offers the sounds of the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial and incorporates the Binaural sampling system, in which samples are recorded from the player’s perspective: this particularly enhances the sound through headphones. GrandTouch is included with the CLP-675 and CLP-685. All the models from the CLP-645 onwards feature, for the first time, Bluetooth audio. This allows the player to stream audio from devices such as phones and tablets.
Watch this presentation on the CLP-685, from the Frankfurt Musikmesse earlier this year:
A further development in the CLP-600 series is Virtual Resonance Modelling technology, which has been designed to recreate the natural resonance of nearly every aspect of an acoustic grand piano. See uk.yamaha.com for prices and full specifications.
A feature on the new Clavinova range appears in the next issue, out a week from tomorrow!