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#3113087 05/03/21 03:15 AM
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Maybe it’s too much of an ask during these COVID times, but Does anyone around the London / Reading / Midlands areas have an Yamaha N3 (not N3x) I could try? I bought one myself just before Xmas, and I’m convinced it’s not right sound-wise but have nothing to compare it to, so just wanted to try another one (or just happy to listen to you play it).

I’ve had my first jab already, if that helps put your mind at ease.

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You might try changing the acoustics of the room a bit. Like slightly moving the piano around a few times. Maybe opening a door. Putting a rug in the room. Closing the window curtains. Moving some furniture.

These small changes can make a big difference is sound.

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Maybe it'd help if you describe what doesn't sound right on the N3 to see if it rings any bell with the N3 owners in this forum. I own an N3, my daughter has her own N3 and my son his own N3 as well, although I'm the only one on this forum. But @newerplayer has the right suggestions. Even if you found an N3 owner locally in your area who would let you try theirs out, theirs may sound very different from yours depending on the acoustic condition differences between yours and theirs.

Also, does it sound right through headphones?

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Hi. Thanks. I did the headphones test and it has the same sound through headphones as well - less so but still present. So I'm thinking maybe the sound engine rather than spearkers. And also moving it around the room to check acoustics. It's quite an unpleasant amount of artifacts, almost distortion I would say, around D5/E5 and around that area. It affects the whole sound. I've made two recordings that might give you some idea. The recordings were made at good gain so as not to overload the microphone, so what you hear is an accurate representation of what I hear.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ergxsl5m6beeg47/Chopin-audio.mp3?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0vy1iljx3d3k1g3/N3-xmas-normalgain-audio.mp3?dl=0

I find it hard to believe that's the factory sound of the piano. I've always enjoyed clavinovas and other yamaha digital pianos in the past and never had a problem with the sound.


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The 2 N3 my son and daughter own were bought brand new and there was no problem with them. My N3 was bought used and luckily I had the store warranty (factory warranty is non-transferrable), but I had to have a Yamaha tech come to my house twice to repair it under warranty. The first issue was that a couple of octaves in the lows did not sound loud enough even when struck harder. The second issue was that a few octaves in the mid areas would not trigger a sound consistently when struck very lightly, a hit or miss situation despite the same soft strike to the note.

Anyway, the tech had to replace a couple of sensor boards (the hammer sensor board and the velocity sensor board), then recalibrate all the keys thoroughly before everything works again. So what I'm trying to say here is that if moving it around for different acoustical conditions still doesn't help, it's possible that either the keys in that area need regulation, or it's also possible that the sensor boards in that area have become flaky for some reason. It may be the sensor board, it may be something out of calibration, it may be the velocity gradient films getting dirty in that area, or even a combination of things... I don't think it's likely an issue with the sound engine. Like you said, if it's so, then everybody would have complained already. It's more likely an issue with the action/sensors, causing the sound engine to sound bad.

At least if it sounds bad just the same through the headphones, then you've eliminated the amplification system as the culprit.


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