The Yamaha YDP-142 couples a natural touch with one of the most authentic piano sounds available (courtesy of the new Pure CF sound engine) all in a light and compact ‘furniture-style’ body.
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 (of which the Yamaha YDP-142 is one)
– 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 Arius (YDP) series
The Arius (YDP) series digital pianos are Yamaha’s static ‘furniture-style’ range. They’re digital pianos that combine great quality piano sounds with a decent touch. They’re perfect instruments for beginners through to experienced players and range in price from around £650 through to £1,400.
The Yamaha YDP-142 is essentially an upgrade to the Yamaha YDP-141 before it and the main improvements are around the quality of sound (specifically the piano sound) it produces. Featuring Yamaha’s Pure CF sound engine, the technology that re-produces the piano-like sound, it’s a noticeable upgrade to the AWM dynamic sampling found on the Yamaha YDP-141.
The other main improvement is the move to 128-note polyphony (compared to 64-note polyphony on the Yamaha YDP-141) that allows you to play multiple notes at once with no loss in sound quality.
In comparison to other digital pianos in the Arius range (specifically the YDP-162 and YDP-S51) the Yamaha YDP-142 features similar 2 12cm x 6cm speakers but only 6W+6W amplification (the other models feature 20W+20W amplification, so considerably more). Hence, the sound is slightly smaller and ‘thinner’ but it’s still great in a small room.
The 88-key Yamaha YDP-142, like its earlier cousin the Yamaha YDP-141, is a medium weighted piano (see touch-weight in the terminology section). The keyboard is “graded hammer standard (GHS)”, Yamaha’s entry-level ‘graded hammer action’, meaning that keys in the left-hand are slightly harder to depress than those in the right. This is great for those starting out on their digital piano journey but for more experienced players the “graded hammer (GH)” action on the more expensive models in the Arius range deliver a truer piano likeness. That said, the overall touch has a gentle “springy” feel to it and the build quality of the instrument is certainly the highest amongst its immediate competitors.
Value for Money
The Yamaha YDP-142 is currently available in Dark Rosewood, Black Walnut or Light Cherry.
Those who purchase ‘furniture-style’ pianos often have a clear idea in mind of where the digital piano will sit in a certain room. Specifically, the Yamaha YDP-142 is usually bought by individuals who have been playing for a couple of years (and are looking to take a step up from a keyboard or smaller instrument) or institutions who want to put a digital piano in a warm-up or practice room.
One other thing to mention is the change in connectivity available on the Yamaha YDP-142: gone are the MIDI ports to hook you up to a computer, it’s all USB inputs/outputs to make things a lot simpler.
Other pianos for consideration
There are a number of instruments those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha YDP-142 digital piano might look at. They include the Yamaha DGX-640 or Yamaha DGX-650 from Yamaha or potentially the Casio PX-750 if the ‘furniture-style’ casing isn’t important. The entry-level models of the Casio Celviano range might also come into contention, namely the Casio AP-220, Casio AP-245 or Casio AP-250. Finally, the Roland F-120 or Kawai KDP-90 are also a consideration.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/arius_series/ydp-142
AZ Piano News review the Yamaha YDP-142 in the context of the other new Arius digital pianos that Yamaha brought out at around the same time, namely the Yamaha YDP-162 and Yamaha YDP-S51: http://azpianonews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/review-yamaha-ydp142-ydp162-ydps51.html
There are a couple of good comparison threads on Pianoworld too comparing the Yamaha YDP-142 with other instruments.
Here’s a wonderful review of the Yamaha YDP-142 by Easy Music Center:
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