Seven Yamaha Designs Selected in the Good Design Awards 2016


"Omotenashi Guide", a Universal Sound Design Support System, has Been Selected for the Good Design Best 100


Yamaha Corporation announces that seven of our product designs received Good Design Awards — one of the most prestigious design awards in Japan — in 2016.

Most notably, "Omotenashi Guide," a universal sound design support system, was selected for the Good Design Best 100, which is presented to award-winning products with an especially high rating.

&Y01, the power-assisted wheelchair that plays music — designed as a working concept model in partnership with Yamaha Motors — won a joint award and is the first design award we have shared with Yamaha Motors.

All of award-winning designs have the same fundamental Yamaha design philosophy behind them. This philosophy calls for creating products that realize the goals of being loved and used for the long term, gradually increasing in value over time, having simple designs, and achieving a balance between carefully selected materials and a beautiful finish.

Good Design Best 100: Universal Sound Design Support System "OMOTENASHI GUIDE"


From announcements at airports, transport facilities and shopping centers to guides at tourist spots, shows and parades at theme parks, and emergency announcements, our cities are full of sound-based information. However, this information is incomprehensible to people who do not understand Japanese and difficult to convey to the hearing impaired. "Omotenashi Guide" is intended to "design sound to provide universal understanding." It uses original Yamaha technology to deliver information to smartphones and digital signage in language people can perceive and understand.

Electric Violin "YEV Series"

YEV Series

Combining superb playability with a beautiful design, the YEV is a next-generation electric violin that’s perfect for live performances. Extremely strong and lightweight, the YEV stands out on stage for having no apparent rear surface regardless of the angle it’s viewed from. It breaks down the barriers of genre to represent greater freedom in the music world. There are four instruments in the series, including both four- (YEV104) and five-string (YEV105) models, in natural and black variations.

"YRS" and "YRA" Plant-based Plastic Recorders


Yamaha has created a series of environmentally-friendly recorders from biomass-derived resin developed from biological sources. In creating this resin, Yamaha was able to reduce CO2 output by 20% during production while simultaneously producing an instrument with the rich, mellow tone and excellent resonance of a wooden recorder.

The instruments themselves are the color of corn―one of the raw ingredients of the biomass resin―while the recorders’ case is a subtle color reminiscent of leaves.

Hi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker "NS-5000"


Next-generation technology has been integrated into these speakers, which represent a new standard in sound. The newly developed speaker diaphragm is made from 100% ZYLON®, a synthetic fiber, created in Japan, that’s rated as the world's strongest* and boasts optimum elasticity. The diaphragm delivers consistent and powerful sound with low distortion across a broad frequency range. The speaker’s cabinet features the same coating and base material as a grand piano, with a black piano finish that provides a uniform film for improved rigidity. We investigated the qualities needed in a flagship speaker in the era of high-resolution audio, and the resulting sound sets the standard for the next generation of hi-fi speakers.

*Comparative data concerning all existing organic fibers (source: Toyobo Co., Ltd., May 2015)

Digital Sound Projector "YSP-2700"


The YSP-2700 is a home audio system with a slim, single-bar body that offers real 7.1 channel surround playback. The 16 speakers located in the center of the enclosure body, which incorporates Yamaha YSP technology, emit sound beams that reflect sound off the room walls to create a sound field rich in ambience. The YSP-2700 also embraces the MusicCast® concept of sharing cloud-based music and streaming services, allowing simultaneous playback on compatible devices installed in multiple rooms.

Acoustic Equipment for Facilities in Commercial Spaces "MA/PA Series", "VXS Series/VXS Series F Model", "VXC Series/VXC Series F Model"

MA/PA series”,“VXS series/VXS series F model”,“VXC series/VXC series F model

System solutions that are safe and simple to set up and run enable commercial developers to create high quality sound environments in spaces such as restaurants, where background music systems are commonly found. The MA/PA series are highly efficient amplifiers that can be easily operated by people without in-depth knowledge of audio equipment. VCX/VXS series F model speakers are tuned to achieve expressive music reproduction even at low volume levels and have been designed with an emphasis on installation flexibility and the ability to match almost any decor.

The Electrically Power-Assisted Wheelchair That Performs Music "&Y01"


Jointly developed by Yamaha and Yamaha Motors as a design concept based on a yacht sailing freely through the waves, the &Y01 is appearing at various events and performances. A thin, light, flexible TLF speaker shaped to evoke the image of a boat's sail or a musical note's flag is mounted onto a JW Swing, a light and smooth-running power-assisted wheelchair. The speaker combines with slim percussive instruments on both wheels to create a new experience — of riding a musical instrument. Its users spontaneously become performers at one with their surroundings by producing sound and music as they move.

About the Good Design Award

The Good Design Award is a comprehensive annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. Its origin was the "Good Design Selection System" established in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Since then, it has been given to approximately 43,000 outstanding designs for about 60 years. Since 1957, Yamaha designs have won 273 awards.

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