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#2208296 - 01/04/14 07:52 PM Speakers for Yamaha CP4?
Sucom Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
Posts: 6
Loc: England
I would be really grateful if someone could tell me something about the Yamaha CP4 stage piano. I've never considered buying a stage piano before so am not sure about speakers. Does this stage piano require speakers to produce the sound or does it have internal speakers? What would I need to produce a good sound?

Many thanks

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#2208314 - 01/04/14 08:21 PM Re: Speakers for Yamaha CP4? [Re: Sucom]
Charles Cohen Online   content
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Some "stage pianos" have loudspeakers, some not. [If I were a manufacturer, I'd have "slab pianos" with loudspeakers, and "stage pianos" without loudspeakers. But that terminalogy isn't standard.]

The CP4 (and CP40) have no built-in loudspeakers.

As to "What would I need to produce good sound":

. . . What is "good sound" to you?

There are many prior threads on this subject. A pair of powered studio monitor loudspeakers with 6" - 8" woofers works, for most people. I have an ElectroVoice ZXA1 powered PA speaker (8" woofer, horn-loaded tweeter), and it works nicely.

And good headphones work, too.

. Charles
. Charles
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#2208317 - 01/04/14 08:26 PM Re: Speakers for Yamaha CP4? [Re: Sucom]
David Farley Offline
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Registered: 10/27/13
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Loc: Chicago, Illinois
The CP4 and CP40 have no internal speakers. You'll need external powered speakers or headphones. There is a lot of latitude in what might suit you for internal speakers, from a decent set of 2.1 computer speakers to high-end nearfield powered studio monitors. A decent set of headphones will give you a better idea of what the piano can really do.

What kind of speaker to get if you're going to be playing it on stage is a totally different discussion.

The CP4 has 1/4" unbalanced LR outputs and XLR balanced outputs in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack. The CP40 doesn't have the XLR.

#2208322 - 01/04/14 08:44 PM Re: Speakers for Yamaha CP4? [Re: Sucom]
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Registered: 11/01/13
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Loc: UK
Some of the 2.1 systems can produce surprisingly good sound (better than any internal speakers). Studio monitors can be tricky because you need to position them correctly. You can't just sit them on the floor next to your keyboard and expect them to sound good! They basically have to be pointing at your head from a few metres away, and you can't move your head much if they're close. Cheap headphones will sound better than any speakers, no matter how expensive (although, they can't make the furniture rattle).
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#2208475 - 01/05/14 03:39 AM Re: Speakers for Yamaha CP4? [Re: lolatu]
Sucom Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
Posts: 6
Loc: England
I appreciate all your replies which have been really helpful. Thank you smile

#2208576 - 01/05/14 10:59 AM Re: Speakers for Yamaha CP4? [Re: Sucom]
Aidan Offline
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Registered: 01/23/08
Posts: 377
Loc: UK
We need a little more detail before we can make some sensible suggestions, to be honest. Are these purely for home use (in which case, a pair of nearfield studio monitors are probably your best option) or will you be gigging with the CP4 (in which case, one or two active PA monitors are the best call). And how much budget have you available for this? It makes no sense to buy a top-end piano like the CP4 and then put it through a pair of cheap speakers.
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#2208612 - 01/05/14 12:38 PM Re: Speakers for Yamaha CP4? [Re: Sucom]
David Farley Offline
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Registered: 10/27/13
Posts: 862
Loc: Chicago, Illinois
Oops - I made a little mistake. The headphone jack is 1/4". It's the AUX IN that's 3.5mm.


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