The Yamaha DGX-650 is an upgrade to its earlier cousin the Yamaha DGX-640 and tends to be an instrument of choice for those starting out on their digital piano journey. It’s an entry-level portable digital piano that combines a good quality piano sound with a touch that begins to feel more like a proper piano than a keyboard.
About Yamaha pianos
Yamaha digital pianos are widely considered to be the best digital pianos in the market ahead of companies like Kurzweil and Roland. They’ve been making a wide-range of digital pianos for an awfully long time. What makes Yamaha digital pianos so popular in comparison to other makes is their quality of construction and tone-quality. At the time of writing, their range currently comprises:
- NP-range: entry-level keyboard/synth pianos
- P-series: a “compact and stylish” portable range
- Arius/YDP-range: a mid-range selection of static digital pianos
- Clavinova CLP-range: a top-end selection of static and grand digital pianos
- Clavinova CVP-range: a top-end selection of electronic-functions based “show” pianos
- MODUS-range: a top-end selection of digital pianos that focus heavily on design
For more information about Yamaha digital pianos, please click here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/
About Yamaha DGX series
Like the Yamaha DGX-640 before it, the Yamaha DGX-650 doesn’t fit into any of the categories listed above as these two instruments are the only two digital pianos in the DGX-xxx range. In essence, these two instruments are entry-level portable digital pianos that combine a good quality ‘acoustic’ or ‘grand’ piano sound with a touch that feels more like a ‘proper’ piano than the Piaggero range. They are suitable for starters doing their first couple of graded exams and are priced at £600-£650.
There are 147 voices on the Yamaha DGX-650 (5 more than on the Yamaha DGX-640) but for many who are foraying into the world of digital pianos for the first time, it’s the remarkable recreation of the piano sound that sets this particular digital piano apart from competitors. Sound production has also been upgraded on the Yamaha DGX-650 and it’s boosted through a 6W+6W amplifier. With 4 in-built speakers (2 x 12cm and 2 x 5cm) and 128-note polyphony (meaning it can handle simple chordal passages adequately) – this compares to only 64-note polyphony on the earlier model – the Yamaha DGX-650 is perfect for piano practice. A very small detraction for more advanced pianists is that the last few notes at both the top and bottom end of the instrument can sound a little ‘tinny’.
The 88-key Yamaha DGX-650 is a lightly-weighted piano featuring “graded hammer standard” key grading (meaning the keys in the left-hand are slightly harder to depress than those in the right – see touch-weight in the terminology section). It features 4 levels of touch response (you can vary how hard you need to press the keys to illicit the required volume) and hence it makes the piano ‘touch’ more real than playing a keyboard but doesn’t replicate the response you might have playing a real piano. It’s still a joy to play and the keys certainly don’t feel ‘plasticky’.
Value for Money
The Yamaha DGX-650 is currently available in one of two colours: Black or White.
The Yamaha DGX-650 tends to be an instrument of choice for those starting out on their digital piano journey and the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) can certainly be an aid to this, helping out with certain musical functions. It’s certainly more portable too than the Yamaha DGX-640 (22.5kg compared to nearly 28kg on the older model).
Other pianos for consideration
Those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha DGX-650 may also consider the Yamaha DGX-640 (if it’s on particularly special offer) or one of the Casio PX-3xx series such as the Casio PX-330 or Casio PX-350 (or even the Casio PX-3 synth). The Kurzweil SP4-7 might also come into consideration too.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/dp_dgx_series_dgx-650/?mode=model
Here’s Bert Smorenburg playing the Yamaha DGX-650 for Yamaha:
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