The Clavinova CVP 500 series is here! As amazing as the CVP 400 series have been, it was time to take a great digital piano and make it even better! From the new 5-level (CVP 509 only) CFIIIS piano samples to the Super Articulation 2 voices (CVP 509 only) and .wav audio recorder (CVP 503-509), the CVP 500 lineup is Yamaha's most advanced Clavinova CVP to date.
Today, we review the CVP-505. The CVP-505 is the next model up from the Clavinova CVP-503. Just like the CVP-503, the CVP-505 features a new and beautiful 4-level CFIIIS grand piano multi-sample with 291 new voices and 4 more drum/sfx over the already wonderful CVP-503 voices.
What are some of the added enhancements to CVP-505 compared to the CVP-503 and CVP-405? Here are the comparisons:
|Features||CVP 505||CVP 503||CVP 405|
|Piano Sample Levels:||4 (new CFIIIS piano samples)||4 (new CFIIIS piano samples)||3 (max)|
|Keyboard:||GH3 with synthetic ivory keytops||GH3 with synthetic ivory keytops||GH3|
|Onboard amps & speakers:||Two 40W amps & 2 16cm speakers & 2 5cm||Two 40W amps & 2 16cm speakers & 2 5cm||Two 40W amps & 2 16cm speakers & 2 5cm|
|Preset Voices:||689 sounds + 480 XG sounds & 23 drum/sfx kits + GM2 & GS sounds||398 sounds + 480 XG sounds & 19 drum/sfx kits + GM2 & GS sounds||414 sounds + 480 XG sounds & 19 drum/sfx kits + GM2 & GS sounds|
Voices/Sounds Breakdown CVP-505, CVP-503 & CVP-405:
|Voices/Sounds||CVP 505||CVP 503||CVP 405|
|Super Articulation Voices:||38||None||24|
Aside from these tables the Clavinova CVP-505 also comes with the following additional enhancements:
- USB Audio recorder: Capable of playing .mp3 files in addition to recording and playing .wav files
- Color LCD vs. monochromatic LCD (CVP-503/501)
- More accompaniment styles: 362 vs. 272 (CVP-503)
- More Music Finder storage (we'll go over what these are): 2500 vs. (1200 CVP-503/501)
- More USB ports: 2 vs. 1 (CVP-503/501)
- Video output port
Depending on what features are important to you, you may or may not think that the Clavinova CVP-505 really adds that much more over the CVP-503. For example, if you have a thing for pianos, and were deciding over the CVP-503 and CVP-505—you might want to go for the CVP-503. On the other hand, if super articulation voices and a ton of other interesting voices, styles and a refreshing color LCD are important to you, you might be happier with the CVP-505's features (or maybe even the CVP-509. That'll be our next review).
Before we conclude, we want to mention what are Music Finder presets since we've neglected to mention them in our previous Clavinova CVP-500 reviews. Music Finder presets are setups. What are setups? Setups are a collection of settings such as voices, styles, etc. that match the musical genre you would like to perform at the moment. The CVP-505 (as well as the other CVP-500's) come with some presets; however, you can download much more of these directly from your Clavinova if you need to. Overall if you are into live performances and looking for some inspiration and ideas, the Music Finder feature is a good feature to have.
The Clavinova CVP-505, overall, is a great digital piano—it builds upon the CVP-503 which if you read our article, is an extremely capable instrument with lots of great features. The piano sounds are the same as the CVP-503's so there was nothing for us to add here other than they are wonderful, expressive and very realistic (listen to our video demo above).
The bottom line here is: if you like a lot of sound variety such as saxophones, guitars, strings, horns and many other sounds as well as nice touches like a color LCD, mp3 player, and more styles over what the CVP-503 offers then we would recommend the Clavinova CVP-505 to you.