Anyone have any experience comparing the Acoustic Piano sound of the Nord Piano 2 and the Roland V-Piano? I briefly played the V but it had pretty crappy speakers hooked up and really couldn't get a feel for the piano sound as much as I'd like. I've heard the Nord Piano 2 has very large samples for the piano and of course the V is modeled but just wondering comparing just the sound of both acoustic pianos if the V is worth spending 3-4 grand more if only concerned about the sound.
1) What's most important for you? Do you want a playing experience more similar to playing a grand piano, or, do you really like a particular sound? Sound is very subjective. I've grown up with the Yamaha sound and picked the Tyros 5 grand piano in a blind test in comparison to Nord Stage 2, which was quite a surprise to me. Blind test: Nord vs. Korg vs. Roland vs. Yamaha piano sounds
2) For best comparison, you'll need to wear expensive headphones. As even top quality headphones vary in how they suit an instrument like the v-piano/AvantGrand/Nord P2 etc, that might take a bit of research.
3) Playing around with digital EQ's, DSPs, and other effects parameters is a great way to improve the sound to match your taste.
4) The basic v-piano out of the box isn't tweaked. By changing the parameters to remove the perfection (how each note is exactly perfect, homogeneous), you can vastly improve the sound. However, if you don't like the quality of the sound, tweaking won't make a difference. It is difficult to go to a music store and tweak a v-piano; however, some people have posted their alterations online, for instance: v-piano tweaking
5) What are you going to do with the stage piano you buy? Are you gigging or just playing at home? If it's a home piano, you could also try the Kawai MP11, that has a nice action and can be tweaked to sound pretty competitive with the Nord.
Leaving the cost out of the equation, first ask yourself what you want, what's important to you? Is it action, dynamic response, or sound? You could always buy a second hand v-piano if you decide you like it. I actually like the sound of the V-piano, but am not too keen on the Supernatural Roland grand piano sound. The Nord samples are good and the action reasonable (not great, but ok). What's cool about the Nord is the layout of the nobs (for live performance) and effects you can apply. I had good fun for about 40 minutes playing with the Nord's effects at the store. A V-piano is more fun to play as a piano, more involving, but needs to be set up well to appreciate. Also, the V is a bit of a beast to carry around.