KAWAI NOVUS NV5S Hybrid Digital Piano

Kawai’s NV5S is the latest in the evolution of the NOVUS series of pianos. It features the acclaimed Millennium III Hybrid upright piano action with real damper mechanism, Bluetooth MIDI / audio connectivity, and incredible piano sounds, including the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX grand piano sounds. With a large LCD touchscreen and an ultra-compact cabinet design, the NV5S piano’s unique hybrid technology delivers a true acoustic playing experience.



Original price was: $12,499.00.Current price is: $9,999.00.

Kawai Novus NV5S

The Kawai Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano delivers the touch of a world-class upright piano through its Millennium III Hybrid upright piano action with a real damper mechanism, which authentically replicates the natural motion and feel of an acoustic piano. A modern touchscreen LCD display, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity create a cutting-edge playing experience. With impressive sounds powered by Onkyo transducers – including the renowned Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano – the NV5S hybrid sets a high standard for competitive hybrid digital piano technology.


  • Superb Millennium III Hybrid upright piano keyboard action
  • Unique real upright piano damper mechanism
  • SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
  • Premium audio processing and amplification technologies
  • High-performance speaker system with Kawai’s proprietary TwinDrive soundboard
  • Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio with aptX support
  • Support for Kawai’s latest PianoRemote and PiaBookPlayer iOS/Android apps
  • Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen embedded within the left cheek block
  • Flexible Virtual Technician function with 21 adjustable parameters
  • MP3/WAV playback, record, and overdub to USB
  • Ultra-slim ebony polish cabinet with Soft Fall fallboard system


Millennium III Hybrid Upright Piano Keyboard Action

The Novus NV5S digital piano incorporates Kawai’s industry-leading acoustic upright piano keyboard action technology, renowned for its extended spruce key sticks, and innovative ABS-Carbon components that are stronger, lighter, faster, and more dimensionally stable than conventional wooden parts.

The specially adapted Millennium III Hybrid keyboard action utilized by the NV5S replaces traditional felt hammers with new ABS equivalents that are individually graded in weight from bass to treble. High-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, precisely reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.

Upright Piano Damper Mechanism

In addition to featuring a full acoustic upright piano keyboard action, the Novus NV5S incorporates a real upright piano damper mechanism. While there are no strings inside the NV5S to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of an upright piano damper pedal, while also mechanically easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed.

Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano Sound

The magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano. Widely regarded as the “premier pianos of Japan”, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world and are prized for their tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering – a meticulously robust piano sound engine that blends multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modeling technology. Multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, allowing a broader range of tonal characteristics to be reproduced, and providing a more lively, authentic response to changes in dynamics. This naturally expressive sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, pedals, and various other parts of an acoustic piano, giving players the impression that they’re sitting at a living, breathing instrument.

Large Selection of Acoustic Piano Sounds and Instrument Voices

In addition to the latest SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine, the Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano also incorporates Kawai’s highly regarded Harmonic Imaging XL technology, showcasing a variety of alternative acoustic piano sounds and a strong selection of additional instrument voices. The Kawai EX full concert grand piano has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, while the Shigeru Kawai SK-5 chamber grand and Kawai K-600 upright allow performers to enjoy the contrasting tonal characteristics of different piano sizes and voicing configurations.

Supplementing these realistic acoustic piano voices, the Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano also features an excellent selection of additional instrument sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar and church organs, to strings, human choirs, and even atmospheric synth-style pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances. Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and 4-Hands playing modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections.

Virtual Technician Adjustments

The Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano’s Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of the selected acoustic piano, electric piano, or harpsichord sound to be shaped from the instrument’s touchscreen display, with settings to adjust voicing and regulation, string, damper, and cabinet resonances, and subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes, before storing one’s favorite instrument configuration to memory.

Integrated Bluetooth Midi and Audio Connectivity

In addition to standard MIDI jacks for connecting to other instruments, the Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI and Audio technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a phone, tablet, or laptop, NV5S owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience or stream audio from songs and videos through the instrument’s speakers without any additional cables.
* Availability of Bluetooth function dependent on market location.

USB to Device Functionality

The Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano is equipped with USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This “USB to Device” features standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently played back without additional hardware.

USB memory devices can also be used to playback MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favorite songs. It is even possible to save performances as MP3 or WAV files for emailing to friends and family, listening to on the move, or for further editing using an audio workstation.

Premium Audio Hardware

Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the Novus NV5S hybrid digital piano is one of the first Kawai musical instruments to utilize specialized components designed for high-end audio reproduction.

With cutting-edge technologies such as 1-bit processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s DIRDC filtering, the NV5S’s optimized power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning clarity, richness, and power, while the high-performance Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier ensures the finest quality listening experience, even when playing in privacy.

FullColor Touch Screen Display

The Novus NV5S features a full-color 5″ touchscreen display. Discreetly embedded within the left cheek block, this high-resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface with the swipe of a finger. The display can also be set to turn off automatically while playing, thus preserving the NV5S’s acoustic piano-like appearance, and minimizing any visual distraction to the pianist.

KeyboardMillennium III Hybrid Upright Piano Action– 88 Wooden keys
– 88-Key graded ABS hammers
– IHSS contact-less optical sensors
– Damper mechanism
Pedal– Damper (with half-pedal support)
– Soft
– Sostenuto
Piano SoundSK-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 ResonanceSK-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
Adjustable Piano ParametersVirtual 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 SoundsSK-EX Rendering:10 rendering characters
Harmonic Imaging XL:90 voices
ReverbSK-EX Rendering:Ambience (10 types)
Harmonic Imaging XL:Reverb (6 types)
Other Effects24 Types
SpeakersTwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System plus
8 cm x 4 (Onkyo top speakers)
2 cm x 2 (Onkyo dome tweeters)
Output Power130 W
Headphone EnhancementsDiscrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier
Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Headphone Amplifier
Display5″ LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Key CoverUpright piano fallboard with Soft Fall system
Music RestUpright piano type
DimensionsWidth:59″ (149.5 cm)
Depth:18 1/3″ (46.5 cm)
Height:43 1/3″ (110 cm)
Weight249 lbs. (113 kg)
Available FinishesEbony Polish
Basic FunctionsDual
Four Hands
Low Volume Balance
Internal SongsSound Demo:39 songs
Piano Music:29/42 songs *
Concert Magic:176 songs
Lesson SongsBurgmüller 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
(Lesson books sold separately)
Internal RecorderTotal Memory:approximately 90,000 notes
No. of Songs:10 songs
Parts:2 parts
MetronomeTime 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
USB RecorderPlayback:MP3
Record:MP3, Wav, Overdub Audio,
Line In & Bluetooth Audio Recording
App FunctionsPianoRemote (iOS/Android)
PiaBookPlayer (iOS/Android)
Connector JacksHeadphone: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:
USB to Device:
Power Consumption60 W
PowerPower Cable
BenchPadded Matching Bench with Storage
HeadphoneHeadphone Hook
OthersWarranty Card*
Owner’s Manual
Internal Song Lists
ResourcesOwners Manual:Download
MIDI Manual:Download
* Depending on market location.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
WarrantyKawai Novus NV5S Warranty:5 Years Parts and Labor – Click Here To Download Owner’s Registration Card

Customers should retain their store receipt or purchase statement as proof of the date of purchase.

Please contact Kawai’s Technical Services Division if you have any questions or concerns, or to request a copy of your new warranty.


Weight167 lbs
Dimensions57 × 18 × 37 in
Select Finish:

Ebony Polished

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