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Top 10 Digital Piano Reviews of 2019 (Ratings & Comparisons Inside)

Top 10 Digital Piano Reviews of 2019 (Ratings & Comparisons Inside)

The brief

Main description

Rating Criteria

Audio & Video Performances & Examples

Visual and auditory demonstrations are important, and should be paramount from a manufacturer’s point of view. Potential buyers should be able to hear these products in action before coming to a final purchasing decision. For this reason and reader convenience, several video demos are linked to below!

Not all manufacturer websites offer demonstration videos; unfortunately there aren’t demo videos available for every product on this list. However, one could visit third party sources like ‘YouTube’ for outside demonstrations if desired. On the flip side, several of these manufacturers offer more than one demonstration at their main websites!

Whether or not demonstrations were offered is one of the factors considered when rating.

Pressure Sensitivity

Any digital piano enthusiast will contest to the importance of key sensitivity. In fact, lack of touch sensitive keys is the main reason why people make the switch from a digital piano to classic. The inability to play some keys louder than others makes it impossible to play the melody louder than the accompaniment.

Weighted Keys

Pressure sensitive keys are not the same as weighted keys. A weighted keys action is designed to provide additional resistance over the standard ‘organ tough’ digital keyboards, more closely simulating the gravity hammer action of a grand piano.

Price/Budget

You might wonder why the prices here range so greatly. Many factors go into a product’s pricing. To name just a few:

  • Manufacturing materials
  • Features provided
  • Sound/speaker system
  • Electronics
  • Brand name

As far as cost, pricier isn’t necessarily better. Sometimes a product may in fact be superior and sometimes a less expensive product may offer more features. In the end, it is important not to judge by a product’s name or brand alone. For this reason, the rating system here does not account for either the ‘brand name’ or price of the product.

See more: The Ultimate Guide for Purchasing a Digital Piano

Polyphony

Essentially, polyphony is the ability of instrument sounds and notes being played to be heard simultaneously.

In other words, if I am playing 2 or 3 sounds layered together in the right hand along with 4 instrument sounds & drum patterns (which includes auto chord arrangements) in the left hand on a digital piano, and I am playing about 6 or 7 notes minimum at a time on the keyboard using both hands with sustain pedal being depressed by my foot at the proper times along with recording it on separate tracks, I would need enough polyphony (digital note memory) to keep it all going Tim Praskins, AZ Piano Reviews.

Output Jacks

Because it is digital, there is no reason why the piano in question shouldn’t at least have headphone jacks. Whether it be USB or something else, the more is often the merrier.

Recording Capability

These days, most digital pianos worth their salt allow pianists to record their performance, whether it be for learning, progression/ comparison, or simple enjoyment. Recording and sequencing capabilities are important for those wishing to create their own material.

C.Privia PX160BK

Y. YDP143R Arius

W. R. 2

Y. DGX 660

W. O.

Y. YPG-235

Y. P71

Nord P. 3

K. CE220

K. SV-1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unsure

Yes

Yes

Yes

Key Count

The key count of a standard piano is 88. Unfortunately, many digital pianos, being smaller and more compact products, offer smaller keyboards. When purchasing a digital piano, many consumers want their product of choice to come as close to the real thing in sound and playability as possible, while offering several other features in addition. For this reason, products offering a full range of 88 keys are considered before those that do not.

standard piano key count is 88

Additional Features

Customer Reviews (Pros and cons partially based on customer reviews)

One of the main buying factors should rely on previous experience! Every original manufacturer out there wants to make their product sound fantastic, often giving a misleading sense of desire. The only real way to gauge performance and quality is by experience.

Available Manufacturer Descriptions

There are so many countless digital pianos out there offering a wide array of features and styles; buyers need to be able to discern between what they are getting. In this case, the more information provided the better.

Product Websites (Web Presentation)

The website setup potential buyers see is often the first thing they encounter on the road to choosing one digital piano over another. For this reason, it is very important manufacturers or distributors offer an attractive, organized and detailed layout for buyers to view. Pianists need to know exactly what they are getting before devoting, sometimes thousands, into a new product!

Simple Amazon descriptions won’t due. We want to know the exact specifications of a product in its entirety. How many features are available? What types of sounds can be produced- and better yet, are there audio/video demos available? Can we actually watch and listen to a pianist perform on any given product?

Most of the products included in this listing do include various demonstrations- a very important factor considered in our top ten digital piano rating system.

Convenience/Portability

Digital pianos are often meant to be smaller, portable versions of regular pianos. Though not all pianos on this list are actually portable, some in fact being the size (or closer too) regular pianos, it is certainly an aspect to consider. What exactly are you looking for in a digital piano? Would a model that you can carry around, playing anywhere you go, fit your desired purposes better than something more stationary?

Review list

1. SV-1 Portable Digital Piano from Korg

Top 10 Digital Piano Reviews of 2019 (Ratings & Comparisons Inside)
Key features
36 sounds
8 favorites switches
4 insert effects + 2 master effects
Reverb/Delay: Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay
Modulation FX: Chorus1, Chorus2, Phaser1, Phaser2, Flanger, Rotary

An absolutely gorgeous, innovative design in addition to its wonderfully convenient portability, available in 4 separate models with a keyboard consisting either 73 or 88 weighted action hammer keys, various tones, sounds and effects, set the Korg SV-1 in a class of its own!

The Korg SV-1 was designed with performance in mind. Not only do they claim their RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action keyboard is the finest they offer, it offers a reliable, responsive feel. Clearly labeled knobs on the front panel offer easy, clear use, while pianists are allowed 8 settings for quick recall.

Appearance

The first thing noticeable about the Korg SV-1 is the unique shape and body style, looking almost like something out of a science fiction movie. As we embark upon a scientific and electronic age, this is the type of thing one would expect in the instrument of the age. Unquestionably one of the most attractive performance pianos out there today, the Korg SV-1 blows competition out of the water with its visual appeal.

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

3

5

5

2

3

4

Specs

Keyboard

73/88 weighted action hammer keys

Polyphony Max

80

Tones/Sounds

22 Exceptional Instrument Sounds

Effects

Dual, Split and Four-Hands Modes

Weight

45 lbs.

Ranked #1 out of 10

Korg’s beautiful, lightweight and conveniently portable design coupled with its amazing array of features and effects set this among the top five digital pianos on our list. Left without a tie breaker, we still needed to fine one last aspect that would make or break the Korg SV-1.

In the end, it was Korg’s astounding web presence and visual representation of their product that thrust them to the number one spot. Upon visiting the Korg website, viewers are immediately thrust into a futuristic, unrivaled style of visual appeal and musical desire that no other manufacturer is able to yet match!

  • Upon visiting Korg’s sales page, viewers are giving a beautiful product followed by an immediate, clear and concise list of specifications, rather than useless words and sales gimmicks.
  • The Korg SV-1 offers everything a musician could want in a digital piano without the unmovable 200 lb. plus bulk of other products.
  • Korg’s setup and connectivity is seamless, everything included a pianist could want.
  • Keyboard requires some troubleshooting along with a learning curve to operate; not recommended for beginners.
  • Even though it is portable, the tremendous amount of capabilities and features lumped into this piano give it a weight of about 45 pounds.

2. Privia PX160BK 88 Key Full Size Digital Piano from Casio

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Key features
Provides split and layer capability
Dual headphone front outputs
Grand Pianos
Electric Pianos
Harpsichord
Duet Mode
Two Track Recorder
Optional CS-67 stand
Optional SP-33 pedal system

Not only does it utilize Casio’s famous AiR Sound Source, providing grand piano sounds, the Casio Privia PX160 offers several other enhancements and impressive top-of-the-line features you won’t easily find anywhere else! With its’ Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard, players experience an incredible feel and unparalleled dynamic performance, as if they were part of a live world-class symphony.

Sound System

Offering an impressive 8w x 8w sound system, speakers are open to the front but ported to the back, providing especially remarkable sound quality when placed against a wall. This feature also provides for excellent performance when used in a classroom, teaching or other environment where sound will be projected outward toward the audience.

Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard

Simulated ivory and ebony textured keys offer an incredible feel while three sensors capture any performance with surprising speed and accuracy. Casio’s Hammer Response feature closely simulates the speed at which various hammers move inside an acoustic grand piano in relation to playing velocity, offering a superb key-to-sound experience!

Price: $499.00

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

3

4

2

4

4


Specs

Keyboard

88 keys weighted scaled hammer action with 3 sensitivity levels, ebony & ivory keys

Sound Source

Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source Stereo-sampled Piano Tones

Polyphony Max

128

Tones

18 Built-in tones Grand Piano (Concert, Modern, Classic, Mellow, Bright), Elec Piano 1, Elec Piano 2, FM E. Piano, 60's E. Piano Harpsichord, Vibraphone, Strings 1, Strings 2, Pipe Organ, Jazz Organ, Elec Organ 1, Elec Organ 2, Bass (Lower)

Digital Effects

Hall Simulator/Reverb - 4 (Reverb) Chorus - 4 Brilliance - -3 ~ 0 ~ +3DPS - Yes (Preset for some tones)

See full list of specs here!

View the Privia PX160!

(Amazon Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars)

Ranked #2 out of 10

A whopping 128 polyphony, wide array of tones and digital effects, weighted keys with various sensitivity levels and more features than anyone could hope for send the Privia up to the number two spot in our rankings!

  • Affordable Price. Comparing this product to many others, certain Yamaha products for example, you appear to get more in some areas for a third the price.
  • Experienced pianists claim no noticeable difference between this and acoustic grand piano.
  • Several tones available.
  • Entire piano required to be sent into manufacturing factory if repairs needed. Even so, from a distributing stand, this is not at all unreasonable.
  • Some customers reported equipment damage/ failures shortly after purchase. However, this was only a few out of a vast majority of positive reviews.
  • Metronome programming complaints reported.

3. YDP143R Arius Series Console Digital Piano from Yamaha

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Key features
Realistic peadeling
Pre-loaded with a variety of classic piano songs
Recording function built into the instrument
Digital Piano Controller application optimized for iOS interface
Yamaha exclusive Intelligent Acoustic Control

As an already well known name in digital pianos, Yamaha has truly outdone themselves this time! The Yamaha Arius YDP-143 digital piano boasts authentic piano touch and tone with all important Graded Hammer Standard keyboard action to closely resemble a grand piano. On top of all this, Yamaha offers 192 note polyphony for even the most complex piano compositions.

Sound System

The Pure CF Sound Engine combines state of the art sound technology with many years of expertise as one of the industry leaders in piano making technology. Yamaha’s exclusive Intelligent Acoustic Control feature allows for playing in any environment, whether in an auditorium in front of large groups of people or at home without disturbing others.

Stereophonic Optimizer

Unique to Yamaha, the Stereophonic Optimizer automatically adjusts the spacing of sound and separation from the digital piano, offering a beautiful surround sound quality equaling the highest level of headphone experiences.

MSRP (Manufacturer’s recommended price): $1,499.00

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

4

4

1

5

3


Specs

Keyboard

88 keys with 4 levels of touch response

Sound Source

Pure CF Sound Engine

Polyphony Max

192

Tones

Pure CF Sound Engine

Digital Effects

4 types of reverb effects with intelligent acoustic control


See full list of specs here
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View the Yamaha YDP143R Arius Series here!

(Amazon Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars)

Ranked #3 out of 10

On top of a breathtaking product, players get a sky-high 192 polyphony that can stand up to the fastest musicians with ease, an advanced sound engine that automatically adjusts bass and treble so you don’t have to, and a wealth of other features send the Yamaha YDP134R digital piano up to the second place on our list.

However, this product is very stationary. Portability is one of the main reasons pianists invest in a digital piano.

  • Full richness and amplitude of a real piano. As one of the leaders in the music industry, Yamaha is well known for the quality of their products.
  • Max 192 Polyphony, the highest grouping on our list.
  • Some buyers reported damage to finishing & faulty keys upon delivery. Poor customer service reported.
  • This digital piano isn’t portable, a quality many buyers look for.

4. CE220 Digital Piano from Kawai

Key features
Progressive Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology
88-Note Piano Sampling
88-Key AWA PROII Wooden-Key, Graded-Hammer Action w/Counterbalancing
22 Exceptional Instrument Sounds
Dual, Split and Four-Hands Modes

Kawai’s Progressive Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology along with an impressive top of the line 192 note polyphony, three pedals and a high quality design (not to mention several other features) place the Kawai CE220 Digital Piano high on our list of top ten digital pianos and a very worthy musical product to consider for those who can afford it!

Sound Quality

Kawai’s Progressive Harmony sound technology produces an exceptionally well sampled piano sound on top of seamless connection between registrars. With the highest level of Polyphony offered on our list, the CE220 Digital Piano will keep up with even the most advanced, fastest musicians with ease while maintaining an even level of sound quality only a pro can expect.

Price: MSRP $2199

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

4

3

1

5

3

Specs

Keyboard

AWA PROII Wooden-Key keyboard

Polyphony Max

192

Tones/Sounds

22 Exceptional Instrument Sounds

Effects

Dual, Split and Four-Hands Modes

View the Kawai CE220 Digital Piano here!

Ranked #4 out of 10

It was the CE220 Digital Piano’s level of sound and advanced ability to handle rapid movements without lacking in quality that placed it among the top four products on our list. Surprising for the price consumers are asked to pay, Kawai doesn’t offer an immediately clear and concise list of specifications or features upon visiting their internet offering.

If visitors are willing to do a bit of navigating in order to get the full scope of this product, the information is there (along with a video and audio demo)!


  • With 192 notes of polyphony, this product offers superior sound quality and performance few others can match.
  • Kaiwai offers a useful ‘brochure’ or potential buyers to view, a unique idea not used by many others.
  • The product website is surprisingly lacking in direct immages or performance examples of their product, requiring visitors to navigate further for a better scope of performance.
  • This piano is priced the second highest of any on our list, making it unaffordable for many.

5. Rhapsody 2 88-Key Console Digital Piano from Williams

Key features
12 high-definition custom sounds on 32 Mbyte sample ROM
Sustain and Sostenuto pedals for realistic playability
Modulation/FX control
Intuitive control panel w/ easy-to-read blue LCD display
USB/MIDI connection, stereo outputs w/ 1/4” jacks
Headphone output for private practice
Music rest
5 free songs w/ McCarthy Music educational software

If you want to fill your home studio with impressive organic sound and breathtaking looks and loaded features, the Williams Rhapsody 2 is the digital piano for you! Built around 12 custom sounds and crafted with several pianists in mind, you aren’t going to find yourself lacking here.

Modulation/FX control

An improved weighted keyboard with modulated FX control provides rotary and vibrato effects while closely simulating the gravity action of a grand piano!

12 High Definition Custom Sounds

12 high def. Custom sounds on an additional cd-rom offers pianists a chance to experience grand pianos, electric pianos, organs, classical guitar, upright bass, electric bass, strings, synth pad, and vibes in a varying symphony of experiences!

It’s important for our top digital pianos to offer multiple musical experiences; one sound can become mundane and monotonous after a time. We want pianists to be able to continuously challenge themselves in new and harmonious ways long after the initial purchase.

Price: $499.99

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

4

3

1

2

3

Specs

Keyboard

88 hammer action, fully weighted keys

Polyphony Max

64 (as stated by manufacturer)

Tones/Sounds

12- Grand Pianos, Electric Pianos, Organs, Classical Guitar, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Strings, Synth Pad, Vibes

Effects

Reverb, Chorus, Rotary Depth & Effects

View the Williams Rhapsody 2 here!

View the User’s Manual for an in-depth look here!




Ranked #5 out of 10

Though the Williams Rhapsody 2 offers plenty of high quality features and is certainly a high quality digital piano worthy of our top ten list, polyphony falls a bit short. The Williams Rhapsody 2 also isn’t portable- a very important feature many pianists desire. These two fallbacks prevented this digital piano from ranking above the fifth position on our list.

  • Wide array of tones/ options with 12 demo songs
  • Elegant Ebony gloss or PVC wood-like finish for attractive quality and high visual appeal.
  • 64 Polyphony; lower than others. Polyphony is important for any advanced pianist, this product falling short.
  • The Williams Rhapsody 2 digital piano isn’t portable and can’t be easily used anywhere but its’ stationary housing.

6. DGX 660 Digital Piano from Yamaha

Key features
Sing while playing with microphone connection
Wireless iOS connection/integration
Pure CF Sound Engine
Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard
Damper Resonance

Yamaha’s latest ensemble digital piano boasts a variety of intriguing interactive features, offering perhaps the most room for the creative mind yet! Yamaha’s new ‘Piano Room’ feature allows musicians to choose from a variety of piano and acoustic settings while offering the ability to ‘sing while you play’ with microphone connection, recording options, and digital effect enhancement.

Go Wireless with iOS

Available from Yamaha, optional wireless adapters stream both audio and MIDI to and from an iOS device with compatible applications. The Chord Tracker app, for example, provides the ability to play back songs from your iOS device via the DGX-660's speaker system. In addition, Chord Tracker can analyze audio songs and display the chord symbols for you.

Price: MSRP $1,299

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

3

3

3

2

5

3

Specs

Keyboard

88-note weighted GHS keyboard

Polyphony Max

192

Tones/Sounds

Pure CF Sound Engine

Effects

Reverb, Chorus, DSP, Master EQ, Intelligent Acoustic Control

Weight

46/ 61 lbs. With stand


Ranked #6 out of 10

The rating here might be a bit deceiving. Offering the highest tier of Polyphony on our list with the sound quality Yamaha is known for on top of huge music database, the DGX 660 packs a whole lot of punch in such a small (ish) device!

This digital piano weighs about 46 pounds, 61 with the stand. That being said, the photos above are a tad bit misleading, as far as size. Of course, one can’t really expect too much without the added weight, as far as today’s digital pianos.

See full list of specs here.

View the Yamaha DGX 660 here!

  • A sky-high 192 polyphony offers the possibility to play just about anything you could want.
  • The Yamaha DGX 660 Digital Piano is also available in white if desired.
  • Perhaps not quite as flashy or visually appealing at first glance, compared to others.

7. Overture 2 Digital Piano from Williams

Key features
147 total sounds
Modulation/ FX control
Intuitive control panel with blue LCD display
4 speaker stereo system

Redefining Digital Piano Excellence, the Williams Overture 2 offers a beautifully classic ebony or mahogany gloss finish on top of a breathtakingly realistic feel. A fully weighted, hammer action keyboard provides top notch response on top of an impressive array of modulation/ FX effects. On top of this, aspiring musicians are afforded a ‘song tutor’ with 50 play-along songs. Believe it or not, all this is just the tip of the iceberg, as far as features go.

Ebony or Red Mahogany Gloss Finish

Perhaps the most realistic (compared to an actual grand piano) product on our list, the lcd screen might be the only thing that gives this digital piano away for what it really is. With its superb gloss finish and immaculate structure, one couldn’t ask for a more appealing digital piano! For visual appeal, the Williams Overture 2 gets an A+. If you wanted all the features of a digital piano while able to forget you aren’t playing on a grand, this is your product.

Price: $700

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

5

3

1

3

3

Specs

Keyboard

88 hammer action, fully weighted keyboard

Polyphony Max

64

Tones/Sounds

147 total sounds, including 15 high-definition custom sounds; 64 Mbyte sample ROM for higher-sampled sounds: Grand Piano, Electric Pianos, Organs, Pipe Organ, Clavinet, Harpsichord, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Strings

Effects

Reverb, Chorus, Modulation Effects


View the User’s Manual for an in-depth look here!

View the Williams Overture Digital Piano here!

  • The Williams Overture 2 is absolutely breathtaking, probably the most attractive product on our list.
  • Unfortunately, portability is traded for fashion with this very stationary product. This isn’t a digital piano for anyone planning on playing in more than one place.
  • 64 Polyphony is middle of the road here, and a bit limited for professional pianists who seek the ability to play rapidly.

8. Piano 3 88-Key Stage Piano from Nord

Key features
88-note Triple Sensor keybed with improved grand weighted action
Nord Virtual Hammer Action Technology for greatly improved key response
OLED-display for better overview
1 GB memory for Nord Piano Library
256 MB for Nord Sample Library
Layer and split-functionality
Nord Triple Pedal

Outstanding grand weighted action, virtual hammer technology, plenty of features, a unique style and expanded memory straight out of the Nord piano library places the Nord Piano 3 among pur list of top ten digital pianos.

Extended Triggering Range

Nord’s advanced keyboard technology makes both top and bottom triggering possible, resulting in additional control while playing passively as well as panissimo with the keys half-pressed.

Price: $2,999

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

3

2

3

2

3

3


Specs

Keyboard

88-note Triple Sensor keybed

Polyphony Max

40/60 voices (Stereo/Mono) *as provided by nordkeyboards.com

Effects

Pan, Tremolo, Stereo Wah/Auto-wah, Stereo Phaser, Flanger and Chorus, Delay, EQ, Reverb (6 modes)


View Nord Comparison Chart for an in-depth listing here!

View the Nord Piano 3 here!

Ranked #8 out of 10

Though the Nord Piano 3 offers a lot of features and excess memory for the user, it may not be quite as easy to use for the beginning pianist. The style of the product may also dissuade some, and the manufacturer’s descriptions of their product aren’t as clear as others.

As far as Polyphony, Nord uses a system of measurement different than any other on this list, further adding to the confusion.

  • OLED display offers clear controls and high customization, beyond the point of many others here.
  • There is a large amount of space and memory offered for the Nord Piano Library.
  • Depending on one’s preference, the styling and coloring of this product may seem unattractive.
  • The manufacturer’s website can be considered more confusing than many, not offering clear and concise descriptions without excess searching.

9. P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano from Yamaha

Key features
Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling
Multiple keyboard voices to choose from
Amazon specific
Effects pedal, piano stand & headphones at extra cost.

With its 88 realistic weighted action keys held by Yamaha’s entry-level Graded Hammer Standard, the P71 offers premium acoustic piano tones on top of beautiful resonance. The P71 offers a slim, lightweight and easily mobile body style at a depth of less than 13 inches; conveniently transportable anywhere you wish to travel!

On Board Drum Rhythms

There is no need for a drummer with this one! The Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano offers on board drum rhythms for practice, added performance, or to simply help complete any piece of music. Use the extra drum beats to add an element of fun to your practicing!

Price: $399.99 (basic package)

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

2

1

2

2

2

Available Specs

Keyboard

88 weighted action keys

Polyphony Max

64 (as described on Amazon)


View the Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano at Amazon!

Ranked #9 out of 10

The Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano is perhaps a better choice for beginner musicians, and is only offered by Amazon. Amazon does not offer in depth descriptions and specifications like many listed above; it is difficult to know what a buyer is getting exactly. Basic equipment like the effects pedal, headphones and piano stand offered at additional cost, whereas they are included in the price with many above, also affected this product’s rating.

However, the price being a meager $400, compared to around $1500 for Yamaha’s main products, makes this a very affordable device!

  • On board drum rhythms for practice or added performance, including a variety of rhythm patterns to choose from.
  • Yamaha’s free ‘Digital Piano Controller’ app offers additional control over several aspects of their device.
  • Weighing about 25 pounds, this product is easily portable anywhere a musician wants to go!
  • Only offered on Amazon, with a very poor description as compared to the others listed here.
  • Features and sounds are somewhat constrained; a propelled pianist would have limitations in this area.
  • This product offers no LED screen, limiting customization.

10. YPG-235 from Yamaha

Key features
Graded soft touch keyboard
Easy song arranger
Performance assist technology
Music database & external files
Yamaha Education Suite
Two way speaker system with bass boost

Along with superb sound quality, Yamaha’s YPG-235 portable digital piano features ‘soft- touch’ GST keys that require less effort to play but with the ability for players to adjust resistance to suit their needs. Offering 30 pre-programmed songs in addition to 70+ on a bundled CD-ROM and the ability to connect to a computer and download even more, the Yamaha YPG- 235 offers an enormous library.

Music Database & External Files

After time, the same style can become redundant and plain. Why not shake things up a bit by playing in a different style, or even several? Musicians are given the option to select a music style from Yamaha’s music database, thereby mimicking a desired voice and style of play. Music database files can even be transferred from a computer or stored on a USB flash drive!

Price: MSRP: $519

General Rating Scale (1-5)

Ease of Use

Visual Appeal

Web Presentation

Portability (1-2)

Polyphony

Features

4

2

3

2

1

3

Specs

Keyboard

76 graded soft touch keys

Polyphony Max

32

Effects

9 types Reverb, 4 types Chorus, 5 types Master EQ

View the full list of specifications here!

View the Yamaha YPG-235 here!

Ranked #10 out of 10

Offering the lowest level of Polyphony among any on our list of top ten digital pianos, Yamaha’s YPG-235 has often been described as more of a product better suited for beginners. At 76 keys, the keyboard also falls short of a standard 88 key piano. Though it is still a superb product for its class, the other pianos here are perhaps better for their purpose.

  • At a weight of 20 pounds, this product is easily portable, especially considering some other ‘portable’ pianos out there reach 45 pounds or more!
  • Yamaha’s YPG-235 isn’t overly complicated with buttons or obscure switches, perhaps easier to work with or troubleshoot than many others.
  • A two way speaker system, with two sets of separate woofers and tweeters, in addition to its bass boost system, give this product a high level of quality sound.
  • With a polyphony of 32, Yamaha’s YPG-235 offers the lowest polyphony of any product on our list.
  • The keyboard offers only 76 keys, 12 short of a standard piano board.
  • The champagne gold coloring is unique and somewhat unexpected for a piano. Like the Nord product above, this could be good or bad, depending on one’s preferences.

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