Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano Specs and Review

Are you looking for an acoustic piano that can record and play and connect you to your home theater? This piano can do other amazing things as well. In this Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano review, I’ll list all its features and specs to help you see if it’s the right piano for you.

A Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid piano is a real acoustic piano equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology, high-performance solenoids, and fiber-optic sensing systems. It can record a piano performance accurately and play it back, complete with all the nuances and expressions of the original performance.

With such capabilities, this hybrid piano can be considered a high-quality reproducing piano. Whatever is played on its keys can be recorded and then played back. You can save what you have played in its internal memory or through a USB flash drive. This piano can also be used as a midi controller. 

Read on to learn more about the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano, its features and specs, and everything you need to know to see if it’s the piano you are looking for.

About the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano

Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano

Hybrid Pianos

All Yamaha Disklavier pianos are hybrid pianos. This means they are true acoustic pianos, but at the same time, they are equipped with high-tech electronic components to enhance their function and performance. A typical Yamaha Disklavier will come with state-of-the-art technology, high-performance solenoids, and a fiber-optic sensing system.

Record and Playback Feature

What’s attractive with this piano is that it can record and playback whatever is played on its keys with all the nuances you have expressed while playing the music piece. So, if you play a piano piece and then play it back, it’s as if you are again hearing yourself playing.

Its ability to produce the exact sounds that you have played is remarkable. Your piano playing is stored in the piano’s internal memory or a USB thumb drive. You can also use it as a midi controller. Hooking it up to your PC or laptop or your android and playing it with headphones are some of the things you can do with this hybrid piano.

Combination of Acoustic Piano Elements and Actions With Digital Technology

It is considered a hybrid piano because it combines acoustic piano elements and actions with digital instruments or technology. Another way of looking at it is that it is an acoustic piano enhanced by an amplifier and some speakers in place of a soundboard and a set of strings.

Hybrid Technology Started in 1982

This hybrid technology started in 1982. After over 30 years of continuous innovations and refinements, we now have an acoustic piano that can record and faithfully reproduce whatever is played on its keys. You can even stream the playback wirelessly over the internet anywhere in the world.

Yamaha is already producing its 7th generation of the Disklavier piano. This is the Disklavier ENSPIRE which replaces the Disklavier E3. It is the only factory-installed, fully integrated reproducing piano that can do two things: play music on its keys and record the piano playing simultaneously.

Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano Models

There are three models of the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano:

  1. ENSPIRE PRO
  2. ENSPIRE ST
  3. ENSPIRE CL

An upgrade is also available. This is the DKC-900 Upgrade Kit. A Yamaha ENSPIRE hybrid piano price usually starts at $24,000 plus, which is quite reasonable considering its attractive features.

Key Features of the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano

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Yamaha Disklavier Enspire Pro

You will be amazed at the ability of the Yamaha Disklavier hybrid piano to reproduce exactly what you have heard in the original piano performance. This is possible because of the many features that are integrated for this purpose. This hybrid piano also has some remarkable features that you will like:

1. Accurate Reproduction of the Original Performance

All Yamaha Disklavier hybrid pianos can record piano performances exactly as they were played and then play them back, complete with the nuances and expressions of the original performances.

2. New Piano Soft Audio Format

This audio ensemble includes solo piano music pieces to full orchestra recordings, consisting of vocals and live instruments, synchronized to the piano performances.

3. Self-Calibrating Record and Playback System

The sensing system of the Yamaha Disklavier hybrid piano is integrated completely with the playback section of the system. It is also self-calibrating because it is automated and integrates both the playback and the sensing system in the process of calibration.

4. Hundreds of Built-In Songs

This hybrid piano has 500 built-in songs and over 6,000 performances that can be downloaded and played live or on-demand video concerts.

5. Proprietary Video Sync Technology

You will be able to sync your recordings of piano concerts, recitals, and rehearsals and play them back on this hybrid piano. This piano makes any live musical performance come to life. You can save them and then share them with family and friends.

6. More Life-Like Performances

No two pianists can play the same type of piano piece the same. This is the power of a Yamaha Disklavier hybrid piano. It features two patented systems that work together to reproduce the intangible and subtle human variations that no other reproducing pianos can do.

The Optical Sensor System of the Disklavier constantly measures the subtle movements of the key, pedal, and hammer. And then, AcuPlay Technology translates these details in real-time and fine-tunes them, so each note is authentically produced.

7. Accurate Capturing of Key and Hammer Articulation

The presses and releases of a piano artist are very subtle. This determines the quality of the sound produced. The Disklavier hybrid piano is the only reproducing piano that can accurately measure both key attack and key release.

It can accurately capture the articulation of the performance with its 256 pedal positions and up to 1,024 dynamic levels of key and hammer.

Other Standard Features of the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano

The Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid piano comes with a long list of features. Aside from the key features mentioned above, this hybrid piano also comes with the following standard features:

  • USB audio recording function
  • New Premium Piano Radio – use it to stream PianoSoft Audio content, with hundreds of videos and 30 channels of music directly to this piano 24/7. It can stream live performances from a concert stage to your living room.
  • WPS Wi-Fi adapter – use it to wirelessly connect directly to the controller app or through a wireless network
  • Quiet Please – turn the Quite Mode on and you will be able to control the volume of the piano at your desired level. The piano turns into a completely digital instrument and the sound is produced through its speakers or through your headphones.
  • Connect with your Mobile – you can connect the Disklavier hybrid piano to your smartphone, laptop or tablet, wirelessly so you can quickly access the ENSPIRE Controller app.

Again, what does the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano offer? Apart from having state-of-the-art computer technology, high-performance solenoids, and fiber-optic sensing systems, the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano can record your piano performance and play it back for you later.

Full Specs of the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano

yamaha disklavier enspire pro

As I have already mentioned before, the Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano is available in three different models:

  1. ENSPIRE PRO
  2. ENSPIRE ST
  3. ENSPIRE CL

The table below gives the detailed specifications of each:

Section/PartENSPIRE PROENSPIRE STENSPIRE CL
Record/Playback SystemFully integrated, high-resolutionFully integrated, high-resolutionA fully integrated playback system
Supported File FormatsXP and Standard MIDI, MP3, WAV 500 built-in songsStandard MIDI, MP3, WAVStandard MIDI, MP3, WAV, Analog-MIDI
Recording FormatXP MIDI, Standard MIDI, Audio WAV, Audio Sync, Video SyncStandard MIDI, Audio WAV, Audio Sync, Video Syncn/a
Streaming video serviceFree with radio subscriptionFree with radio subscription(free with radio subscription)
Streaming radio serviceMore than 30 channelsMore than 30 channelsMore than 30 channels
Key Release Velocity1,024 levels128 levels128 levels
Keying Velocity1,024 levels128 levels128 levels
Incremental Pedaling256 levels128 levels128 levels
Drive System Sensor typeMagnetic solenoid sensorn/an/a
Sostenuto Sensor typeOn/Off detection systemOn/Off detection system (grand models only)n/a
Damper and Shift Pedal Sensor typeContinuous grayscaleMovement Reproductionn/a
Key Sensor typeContinuous grayscaleContinuous grayscalen/a
Hammer Sensor typeContinuous grayscaleShutter typen/a
Sensor SystemNon-Contact OpticalNon-Contact Opticaln/a
DSP servo feedback systemAccuPlay (key, hammer, pedal, and key drive system)Standard (key and pedal)n/a
Polyphony256 notes256 notes256 notes
Voices480 ensemble voices with 12 Drum Kits480 ensemble voices with 12 Drum Kits480 ensemble voices with 12 Drum Kits
Playable Digital Voices16 (binaural CFX Concert Grand for headphones)6 playable digital voices (binaural CFX Concert Grand for headphones)n/a
Built-In Songs500500500
Available Songs9,0009,0009,000
Listening ModeQuiet mode and Silent mode with motorized muting systemQuiet mode and Silent mode with motorized muting systemQuiet mode and Silent mode with motorized muting system
Audio connectivityAnalog audio IN x 2, analog audio OUT x 4, digital coax OUT (2CH)Analog audio IN x 2, analog audio OUT x 4, digital coax OUT (2CH)Analog audio IN x 2, analog audio OUT x 4, digital coax OUT (2CH)
MIDI connectivity5-pin MIDI IN/OUT, USB TO HOSTUSB TO HOST, 5-pin MIDI IN/OUT (grand models only),5-pin MIDI IN/OUT, USB TO HOST
Data connectivityLAN, USB TO DEVICE x 3LAN, USB TO DEVICE x 3 (uprights x 2)LAN, USB TO DEVICE x 3 (uprights x 2)
Headphone connectivity1/8” mini stereo1/8” mini stereon/a
Compatible storage mediaUSB Flash Memory (up to 128GB)USB Flash Memory (up to 128GB)USB Flash Memory (up to 128GB)
Control integrationiOS/Android app Mac/PC browser MusicCast app Custom APIiOS/Android app
Mac/PC browser MusicCast app
Custom API
iOS/Android app
Mac/PC browser MusicCast app Custom API
Integrated speakersYamaha MSP3 powered monitors x 2Yamaha MSP3 powered monitors x 2Yamaha MSP3 powered monitors x 1
Available modelsC3X
C5X
C6X
C7X
S3X
S5X
S6X
S7X
CF4
CF6
CFX
GB1K
GC1
GC2
C1X
C2X
U1
YUS1
YUS5
GB1K
DSP servo feedback systemAccuPlay (key, hammer, pedal, and key drive system)Standard (key and pedal)n/a
Auto-calibration and real-time auto-adjusting playbackYesYesYes

Conclusion: Yamaha Disklavier Hybrid Piano

The Yamaha Disklavier hybrid pianos are actually true acoustic pianos. They are extra special because they also have the most advanced computer technology, fiber-optic sensing systems, and high-performance solenoids. That is why they are considered hybrid pianos.

With the additions of these high-tech features, these pianos can record piano performances very accurately and then play them back with all the nuances and the expressions you heard from the original performances. If you have the budget for it, this piano is really worth considering.