What’s the difference between a Yamaha Silent and Yamaha TransAcoustic piano?

By Lucy Maddox - July 16, 2019

Pianos have come a long way since they were first invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in the 17th century.

 

There are many options on the market now, including Silent and TransAcoustic systems that are available on both Yamaha upright and grand pianos.

 

If you are wondering what the differences are between these two technologies, look no further.

Silent

 

As the name hints, Yamaha Silent Pianos can be played silently, much like a digital piano.

 

Unlike a digital piano though, these are actually the authentic acoustic pianos normally offered by Yamaha. A small, neat Silent System is simply added to the traditional piano for increased flexibility.

 

When activated, the system allows the player to use the piano with headphones in silence to reduce the disturbance caused to others whilst practising.

 

An amazing additional feature of the Silent System are the piano sounds sampled from the flagship CFX grand, as well as app interactivity, USB connectivity and dual headphone sockets.

 

Silent Pianos are a fantastic tool for both teaching and practising. So, whether you are a student studying piano at home, or a professional pianist in shared rehearsal space, the Silent piano might just suit you.

 

The addition of the recording function allows you to record your own music pieces to a high-standard, as well as track your progress as you learn.

 

TransAcoustic

 

Yamaha TransAcoustic Pianos are the next stage in piano technology, a step up from the Silent range.

 

The TransAcoustic piano has all the headphone aided Silent play, recording capabilities and app interactivity offered by the Silent piano.

 

But there is a major difference.

 

Unlike Silent Pianos, which require the use of headphones to hear the different pianos sounds and effects available, TransAcoustic models project their digital sounds from a tone generator using the acoustic soundboard of the piano as a loudspeaker.

 

This means that the soundboard, body and most importantly strings of the piano resonate as they would during normal acoustic play, creating a truly natural playing & listening experience.

 

These can also be overlaid with the live acoustic piano sound to create a mesmerising tonality that a purely digital piano simply doesn’t compare to.

If you are interested in finding out more about Silent, TransAcoustic or any other piano, we would be happy to help.

 

We understand that everyone has different preferences and requirements, so to discuss yours feel free to give us a call on 01792 584 584, or use the live chat on our website.

 

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