Yamaha’s range of home, contemporary and stage digital pianos 1


The Clavinova range of Yamaha digital grand pianos is impressive enough, with some 35 models to choose from.

If that weren’t enough, Yamaha have also created a range of digital pianos aimed at both home and professional musicians. Whatever your level of expertise, you are sure to find an instrument to suit you.

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Yamaha P200
Yamaha P200

Yamaha P250
Yamaha P250

Yamaha P80
Yamaha P80

Yamaha P90
Yamaha P90

Yamaha P140
Yamaha P140

Yamaha P120
Yamaha P120

Yamaha P120S
Yamaha P1205

Yamaha P60
Yamaha P60

Yamaha PF1000
Yamaha PF1000

Yamaha PF500
Yamaha PF500

Yamaha YDP113
Yamaha YDP113

Yamaha YDP223
Yamaha YDP223

Yamaha YDP323
Yamaha YDP323

As the specifications comparison chart shows, all have 88 notes – like a standard acoustic grand piano – and rely on Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Effect technology:

to provide the expressive feel and response of an acoustic piano. Just as on a real piano, the keys in the lower registers have a heavier touch, which gradually becomes lighter as you play up the keyboard. And unlike on an acoustic piano, the keyboard s sensitivity can be adjusted to match your own playing style.

All feature the superior AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sound, though the newer and more expensive models contain more advanced technology that simulates even more closely the sounds associated with real acoustic pianos.

To achieve the ultimate in piano realism, many feature Dynamic Stereo Sampling – three layers of precisely recorded digital samples each set at a different velocity point. In other words, when you play the keyboard lightly you hear the true sound of a piano being played pianissimo. And as you player harder, the sound switches to that of a piano being played mezzo forte or forte. But the realism doesn’t stop there. There s also a fourth sample layer that simulates the resonance of the piano strings and soundboard when the damper pedal is held down, and key-off samples to recreate the subtle sound piano keys make when released.

That’s pretty amazing.

This is the advantage of buying a higher-end digital piano from a manufacturer with many years of experience in both the digital and acoustic piano arenas.

Whilst the more expensive instruments in the range also contain other sounds that you’ll find on Yamaha’s other keyboards, you should ask yourself whether you really need them.

This will come down to:

  • what you want the digital piano for
  • how you want it to look
  • how musically proficient you are
  • how you might expand your equipment, or how your requirements may change in the future

If you’re simply after the best piano sounds available, it would be better to buy the most expensive instrument you can afford that doesn’t have all the additional voices, controllers, rhythms, etc.

It might be cheaper to buy another keyboard, or even a sound module, if you want additional sounds at a later date. However, if you’re buying the setup as an aesthetically-pleasing piece of furniture as well as a great sounding piano, you may not want the additional equipment and wiring on view.

You’ll also need to decide if you want a complete, free-standing system with full amplification (you might also want to look at the Clavinova’s for this) or whether you want a portable system, with or without speakers.

If you pick a keyboard without speakers, it will be lighter to transport, but will always need separate amplification.

If you want the best of the piano and synth worlds in one keyboard, it would be well worth looking at the Yamaha S90ES.

As usual, there’s a huge choice.

What would I buy? As I already have keyboards and modules that suit my synth/esoteric sound and portability requirements, I’d probably go for one of the systems with a high polyphony (at least 64 notes, probably 96), and the most advanced sampling technology currently available.

I’d have to spend extensive time playing them. What a hardship. 🙂

Specification Comparison Table

MODEL

P200

P250

P80

P90

P-140/P-140S

P120/P120S

P60

PF1000

PF500

YDP113

YDP223

YDP323

Type

Stage

Stage

Stage

Stage

Contemporary

Contemporary

Contemporary

Contemporary

Contemporary

Home

Home

Home

Keys

88

88

88

88

88

88

88

88

88

88

88

88

Action

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

GH

Tone System

AWM

AWM 3-layer DSS

AWM

AWM 3-layer DSS

AWM 3-layer DSS +

AWM

AWM

AWM DSS

AWM DSS

AWM DSS

AWM DSS

AWM DSS

Polyphony

64

128

64

64

64

64

32

96

128

32

64

64

Voice Count

12

579

12

24

14

14

10

804

530

10

14

10

Voices

Piano 1, Piano 2, Piano 3, Piano 4, E Piano 1, E Piano 2, E Piano 3, Vibes, Organ 1, Organ 2, Strings, Bass

1Preset panel voices: 45 voices, Preset performance voices: 32 performances x max. 135 files, XG voices: 480 voices + 12 drum kits”

Grand Piano, Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Rock, E. Piano 1, E. Piano 2, Harpsichord, Strings, Pipe Organ, Church Organ, Jazz Organ, Bass

Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, E.Piano 1, E.Piano 2, Clavicord, Harpsicord, Vibes, Guitar, Church Organ, Jazz Organ, Strings, Choir, Wood Bass, E.Bass (plus variations for each voice)

Unlisted

“Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, E. Piano 1, E. Piano 2, Harpsichord, E. Clavichord, Vibraphone, Church Organ, Jazz Organ, Strings, Choir, Guitar, Wood Bass, E. Bass”

“Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, E. Piano 1, E. Piano 2, Harpsichord 1, Harpsichord 2, Vibraphone, Church Organ 1, Church Organ 2, Strings”

Voices: 308 + 480 XG, 16 drum kits

Voices: 38 voices + 480 XG, 12 drum kits

Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, Electric Piano 1, Electric Piano 2, Harpsichord 1, Harpsichord 2, Vibraphone, Church Organ 1, Church Organ 2, Strings plus Dual Voice (combine two voices at once)

GrandPiano 1, Grand Piano 2, Electric Piano 1, Electric Piano 2, Harpsichord 1, Harpsichord 2, Vibraphone, Church Organ 1, Church Organ 2, Jazz Organ, Strings1, Strings2, Choir, Guitar plus Dual Voice (combine two voices at once)

Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, Electric Piano 1, Electric Piano 2, Harpsichord 1, Harpsichord 2, Vibraphone, Church Organ 1, Church Organ 2, Strings plus Dual Voice (combine two voices at once)

Touch Sens

7: Normal, Soft 1-3, Hard 1-3, Fixed 1-3

7: Normal, Soft 1-3, Hard 1-3, Fixed 1-3

4: Hard, Medium, Soft, Fixed

4: Hard, Medium, Soft, Fixed

3: Hard, Medium, Fixed

1

1

1

4: Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed

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4: Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed

4: Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed

Reverb

3: Room, Hall, Stage

5 types

4: Room, Hall 1, Hall2, Stage

4: Room, Hall 1, Hall2, Stage

5

4: Room, Hall 1, Hall2, Stage

1

2

1

1

1

1

Effects

3: Chorus, Symphonic, Tremolo

“Preset voices: Reverb x 5 types, Chorus x 3 types, Insertion effect x 13 types, XG voices: Reverb x 18 types, Chorus x 19 types, Variation/Insertion effect x 123 types”

4: Chorus, Symphonic, Tremolo, Delay

4: Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo, Delay

5 Different Reverbs, Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo, and Rotary Speaker

4: Chorus, Symphonic, Tremolo, Delay

Reverb

Reverb x 2, Chorus x 2, DSP x 2, Brilliance x 2

Reverb, Chorus, Brilliance, Variation, Insertion Effect x 3

Reverb

Reverb, Effect, Brilliance

Reverb, Chorus

Equalizer

3: Low, Mid, High

5-band with variable Q

Mellow-Bright slider

Mellow-Bright slider

Unspecified

Mellow-Bright slider

None

No

No

No

No

No

Other

Dual, Split

Dual, Split

Dual, Split

Dual, Split

Dual, Split

Dual, Split

Dual, Transpose

Dual, Transpose

Dual, Transpose

Dual

Display

16-char x 2-line LCD

24-character x 2-line LCD with backlight

7-segment, 3-digit LED

7-segment, 3-digit LED

7-segment, 3-digit LED

7-segment, 3-digit LED

None

320 x 240 dots Backlit Graphic LCD

LCD

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Recorder

24 banks

16 tracks, 150,000 notes, max. 224 songs

1 song, 2 tracks, 10,000 notes

1 song, 2 tracks, 10,000 notes

3 songs, 2 tracks, 11,000 notes with Flash ROM Storage

3 songs, 2 tracks, 10,000 notes

None

16-track recording/playback

2-Track recording/playback; 1 User Song, Tempo Adjustment, Synchro Start

1-track, 11,000 notes

Controller

PB, Mod, Data, Assignable x2

PB, Mod, Volume

None

None

None

None

None

3 pedal

3 pedal

3 pedals

Amplifiers

30W x 2

30W x 2

N/A

N/A

6W x 2

12.5W x 2

8W x 2

30W x 2

30W x 2

20W x 2

20W x 2

20W x 2

Speakers

5-1/8″ (13 cm) x 2

13 cm (5 1/8″) x 2

N/A

N/A

12 x 6 cm x 2

5-3/64″ (12.8 cm) x 2

12 x 6 cm x 2 Oval

(16 cm + 5 cm) x 2

(16 cm + 5 cm) x 2

12cm x 6cm x 2 (Oval)

16cm x 2

12cm x 6cm x 2

Dimensions

54-11/16″ x 18-1/8″ x 6-9/16″ (1,389 x 460 x 166 mm)

54 3/4″(W) x 6 2/3″(H) x 18 1/10″(D)

53″ x 11-1/4″ x 5″ (1,347 x 285 x 128 mm)

53″ x 11-1/4″ x 5″ (1,347 x 285 x 128 mm)

1,334 x 351 x 140 mm (52-1/2″ x 13-13/16″ x 5-1/2″)

53-5/16″ x 13-5/32″ x 5-5/16″ (1,354 x 334 x 135 mm)

52-13/16″(W) x 13-15/16″(D) x 5-7/16″(H)

“1430 x 507 x 165 mm [56-5/16 x 19-5/16 x 6-1/2 “”]”

“1430 x 507 x 165 mm [56-5/16 x 19-5/16 x 6-1/2 “”]”

52 15/16″ x 16 ?” x 32 ?”

53 15/16″ x 20 3/8″ x 33 7/16″

53-5/8″ x 16-5/8″ x 32-3/8″

Weight

66lb (30kg)

70.6 lbs

37 lb. (16.8 kg)

37.3 lbs (16.9kg)

17.8 kg (39.2 lbs)

40.8 lb. (18.5 kg)

35.3 lbs

68lbs (31kg)

66lbs (30kg)

79 lbs

112 lbs 7 oz

90 lbs 6 oz


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