Kawai Kawai Novus NV5 Hybrid Digital Piano Polished Ebony

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Kawai Novus NV5 Hybrid Digital Piano Polished Ebony

The touch of an acoustic piano

Kawai understands that the key to an authentic piano experience is the action. This is why the Millennium III hybrid action serves as the centrepiece of the Novus NV5. 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. Since the Novus NV5 is a hybrid piano, there are no strings for these ABS hammers to strike. Instead, the precise movements of the hammers are captured using high-resolution optical sensors mounted over the action. With the touch and feel of an acoustic piano, the NV5 really is indistinguishable from a grand piano.

Integrated hammer sensing system

The NV5 gives you more control over your performance. Created with lighter materials, the NV5 allows you to play with extra speed, without compromising comfort. Thanks to the Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS), the NV5 reveals the subtle nuances of every single note. The key sensors are carefully placed so to respond to the lightest of touches. This is perfect for more complex performances where notes are repeated in quick succession.

The sound damper system

Advanced piano players require a high-quality dampening system for an expressive performance. The NV5 utilises an updated hybrid method to achieve the most dynamic response possible. Despite there being no strings, the high precision optical sensors can 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.

Onkyo collaboration

Kawai's collaboration with hi-fi audio company Onkyo gives the NV5 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. This feature maintains the classic tone assigned to Kawai pianos, while eliminating any unwanted background noise.

The NV5's 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 NV5 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 standard split function or 4 hands.


Keyboard Action

  • Type: Millennium III Hybrid, upright piano keyboard action
  • Keyboard: Extended length spruce keys, acrylic/phenol key surfaces
  • Hammers: ABS grade-weighted hammers
  • ABS Carbon parts: Yes
  • Sensing system: Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS), contact-less optical sensors


  • Type: Upright piano pedals
  • Damper: Upright piano damper mechanism
  • Soft/Sostenuto: Grand Feel pedal system


  • Finish: Ebony Polish
  • Keyboard cover: Upright piano type, Soft Fall fallboard
  • Music rest: Upright piano type
  • Dimensions: 149 (W) x 46 (D) x 110 (H) cm 58 3/4" (W) x 18 1/4" (D) x 43 1/4" (H)
  • Weight: 113.0 kg / 249 lbs


Pianist Mode

      • Sound Engine: SK-EX Rendering
      • Piano Source: SK-EX
      • No. of Sounds: 10 Rendering Characters
      • Polyphony: Max. 256 notes (depending on selected sound)
      • Virtual Technician: Advanced Mode: 9 Parameters

Sound Mode

    • Sound Engine: Harmonic Imaging XL
    • Piano Source: SK-EX, EX, SK-5, K-60
    • No. of Sounds: 88 sounds
    • Polyphony: Max. 256 notes (depending on selected sound)
    • Virtual Technician: Smart Mode: 10 Types Advanced Mode: 19 Parameters
  • Onkyo Technology: 1-bit processing, Dual DAC, DIDRC filter, Premium Power amp, Premium Headphone amp
  • Output Power: 135 W (45 W x 3)
  • Speaker System: 8 cm x 4 (top speakers), 2 cm x 2 (dome tweeters), TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker


  • Display: 5'' colour LCD touchscreen
  • Recorder: 10 x internal song recorder, MP3/WAV record/playback (USB), Metronome


  • Headphones: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
  • Audio LINE IN: (1/8" STEREO), LINE OUT (1/8" STEREO)
  • MIDI/USB MIDI: (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth MIDI, Bluetooth Audio
  • Power: AC IN (60 W power consumption)

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