The award for the most interesting audio device at CEDIA 2016 assuredly goes to Yamaha for its MusicCast enabled Disklavier Enspire reproducing piano. Times have you heard that nothing beats a live performance when it comes to audio quality? With the Enspire, you don't have to compromise by listening to a piano performance through a speaker. Instead, you can have the actual piano.
Yamaha's quite cool Disklavier Enspire reproducing piano. Video by Mark Henninger.
You are probably wondering what MusicCast has to do with a reproducing piano, so here's the scoop. The Disklavier line features DisklavierTV, a subscription service that streams live or on-demand, note-for-note piano performances from music events. Not only can the Enspire accurately reproduce live piano performances with the absolute fidelity that can only be achieved with an actual piano, it also has built-in music synthesis (Yamaha is a leader in building both pianos and music synthesizers).
As Yamaha explains, "As top artists and their ensembles perform in one location, their entire performance is streamed to Disklavier pianos throughout the United States – the remote instruments’ keys and pedals moving up and down to faithfully recreate the original artists’ performance."
The Enspire can reproduce live piano performances at home.
If you are in the same room as the piano, then obviously you're going to listen to the piano. However, thanks to MusicCast, you can also stream the performance to the wide variety of audio products that are part of Yamaha's networked, multiroom audio ecosystem.
"The integration of MusicCast wireless multiroom audio capability in the Disklavier Enspire marks yet another exciting example of Yamaha leveraging the power of its Keyboard and AV divisions to create a dynamic new concept in home entertainment. These instruments were already loaded with the most advanced features, functions and high quality sound in the world," says Roger Eaton, chief marketing director, Yamaha Corporation of America. "Now, the listener can leave the room and not have to miss a note of a brilliant piano performance, thanks to outstanding Yamaha multiroom audio technology."
I spent a few minutes on the show floor at CEDIA watching and listening to the Enspire do its thing, and I must confess it's the first time in my life I thought a piano was something I'd like to own. Convention centers are not exactly the best places for piano demos (or speaker demos for that matter) but it's hard to argue with the fidelity of actual instrument.
There are three variations of the Enspire; the CL, ST, and PRO. Furthermore, Disklavier Enspire is available in 14 models, including 48” uprights and grand pianos that range from a five-foot model (DGB1K) to the flagship nine-foot concert grand (DCFX). These remarkable, networked musical instruments are available now.