The slim and highly portable Yamaha NP-V80 is a more powerful version of the Yamaha NP-V60: with two extra internal speakers this digital piano is perfect for beginners or those who want something highly portable.
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 (of which the Yamaha NP-V80 is one)
– 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 NP range
Yamaha describe their NP range or Piaggero Series as a range of digital pianos that are “slim, light and compact, yet with a multitude of sounds and features”. These Yamaha digital pianos combine entry-level products suitable for beginner students with affordability: all digital pianos in this Yamaha range are under the £400 mark.
Like its younger brother the Yamaha NP-V60, the Yamaha NP-V80 is more keyboard/synthesiser than digital piano. From a tone point of view, the speakers are more powerful (6W + 6W) on the Yamaha NP-V80 than the other models in the Piaggero range and in comparison to the Yamaha NP-V60, there are 2 extra small speakers. There are plenty of internal sounds (500 to be precise, although in reality it’s only 127 that are quickly accessible from the main panel). Whilst the Yamaha NP-V80 does allow layering (playing multiple sounds together), the 32-note polyphony restricts this to simple passages and struggles for anything particularly chordal. The piano sounds are adequate although they are quite bright and piercing towards the top notes.
The 76-key Yamaha NP-V80 is a light-weighted piano – relatively common at this end of the price spectrum and whilst there is a “graded soft touch keyboard” that attempts to reflect the heavier-depression on low notes on the piano, clearly you need to invest more in a fully-weighted or heavy-weighted digital piano to achieve true piano likeness. The keys don’t depress as much as piano keys and some people find them a little plasticky but the up-side is that there is a real smoothness moving between the keys.
Value for Money
The Yamaha NP-V80 is currently only available in Black.
People who tend to buy pianos like the Yamaha NP-V80 are usually beginners, those looking for a synth to plug neatly into a computer or those who don’t have a great deal of space to put a larger instrument. Specifically in Yamaha’s Piagerro range, the NP Vxx digital pianos are more slimline and weigh less than the Yamaha NP-11 and Yamaha NP-31 digital pianos.
Other pianos for consideration
Those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha NP-V80 may also consider the Korg microPIANO or Gear4Music PDP 220. If you’re looking to upgrade to something a little more piano like, you may also consider the Casio CDP-120, Casio CDP-220 or Casio PX-130, the Yamaha P95 or the Korg SP170.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalkeyboards/dk_-_piaggero/np-v80/
About.com have done a nice little review that focuses more on the specs of the Yamaha NP-V80 digital piano: http://piano.about.com/od/keyboard-reviews/fr/Yamaha-Piaggero-NPV80_Keyboard-Review.htm
To hear Yamaha representatives go through some of the product features of the Yamaha NP-V80 digital piano, listen here – it’s a bit cringe…
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