Here at Digital Piano Compare we’re full of praise for the Yamaha YDP-162. The piano sound is excellent and it’s an absolute joy to play.
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-162 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.
Here at Digital Piano Compare, we can’t stop raving about the Yamaha YDP-162 enough. The digital piano is essentially an upgrade to the earlier YDP-161 and it’s the sound quality, particularly of the piano sound, that’s most noticeable. It’s Yamaha’s new Pure CF sound engine (found in the new 2013 Arius models: Yamaha YDP-162, Yamaha YDP-142 and Yamaha YDP-S51) that makes the difference to the piano sound and it’s a noticeable upgrade to the previous sound production AWM dynamic sampling found in older models.
Along with the majority of models in the Arius range, the Yamaha YDP-162 has 128-note polyphony so it can handle chordal or multiple-note passages with ease. There’s power behind the sound too: the Yamaha YDP-162 houses a 20W+20W amplifier so it’s a significantly richer, stronger sound than that produced by its younger cousin the Yamaha YDP-142 (that only contains 6W+6W) amplifiers. The speakers are two 12cm x 6cm ovals seen on most of the Arius range and there are ten different voices available, although the overwhelming use will be the excellent piano sound.
The 88-key Yamaha YDP-162, like the earlier Yamaha YDP-161 before it, is a medium weighted piano (see touch-weight in the terminology section) and features a “graded hammer (GH)” keyboard action meaning that keys in the left-hand are slightly harder to depress than those in the right, as on an acoustic piano. “Graded hammer (GH)” is an upgrade to “graded hammer standard (GHS)”, Yamaha’s entry-level grading and hence makes for a more realistic playing experience.
In fact, it’s an absolute delight to play. Whilst some argue that the GH action makes the keys too hard to press, at DPC we like how much firmer and more stable it is than the GHS action and also how much quieter and less ‘clicky’ the keys are.
Value for Money
The Yamaha YDP-162 is currently available in one of four colours: Dark Rosewood, Light Cherry, Black Walnut or the more expensive Polished Ebony.
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-162 is usually bought by individuals who have been playing for a few years and are looking to make the step up to a more powerful, quality instrument or by institutions who want to use the instrument in a classroom.
One other thing to mention is the change in connectivity available on the Yamaha YDP-162: 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
Those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha YDP-162 might also consider other digital pianos in the Arius range namely the Yamaha YDP-142 (although the power behind the sound it produces is considerably less) or a further upgrade to the Yamaha YDP-181. Competitor instruments include the Casio Celviano range (Casio AP-200, Casio AP-220, Casio AP-245 or Casio AP-250), the Roland F-120 or perhaps the Kawai KDP90. If the earlier model (Yamaha YDP-161) was on a particularly good offer, this might be considered too.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/arius_series/ydp-162
Piano Review Hub have done a top-line review of the Yamaha YDP-162 here: http://pianoreviewhub.com/yamaha-arius-ydp-162-digital-piano-review/
Piano Review USA have done another top-line review of the Yamaha YDP-162 here: http://pianoreviewusa.com/yamaha-arius-ydp-162-review/
Adam Berzowski at Kraft Music gives a video tour of the Yamaha YDP-162 here:
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