Yamaha YDPV240 Digital Piano

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Experienced acoustic pianists are turned-off by the digital sound and unrealistic feel of generic digital pianos. The soft and irregular-sized keys are enough to throw-off the timing of acoustic pianists.

However, The Yamaha YDPV240 digital piano from the Arius line is the exception. Each digital piano manufactured by Yamaha offers an authentic sound and feel.

Pros of the Yamaha YDPV240

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Needless to say the YDPV240 digital piano produces vibrant, crisp and clear tones because of Yamaha's patented Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) dynamic stereo sampling for authentic Yamaha piano tones. The YDPV240 is actually an ensemble digital piano that offers a lot of new features. The “V” actually stands for the word “Versatile,” as indeed this model is.

Its 88-key Graded Hammer Standard weighted action ensures that the keys progressively become lighter to depress as the hands move up the higher register. Though technology cannot (as of yet) simulate a true acoustical keyboard, the YDPV240 keys are close enough to true acoustic feel.

The keys are responsive and produce great sound and tone. There are 131 sound voices (including Sweet, Cool and Live instrument voices) that are in synch with the digital piano's tempo. It also includes 191 auto-accompaniment styles and XGlite song file that are compatible with thousands of downloadable MIDI files. By pushing some buttons, you can re-arrange a song into a new tempo.

Entry-level students can play a song flawlessly just by keeping in tempo with the sample song. You can plug the keyboard into a computer and record songs and performances.

This Yamaha digital piano looks like an acoustic spinet. The Rosewood cabinet would go well with any house interior and it does not take up so much space.

Cons of Yamaha YDPV240 Digital Piano

This digital piano is the newest in the Arius line. It hasn't been reviewed much, but on average it has a customer rating of 4.7 out of 5. Priced from $1,800 to $2,200, this digital piano is not cheap. However, it is still a lot cheaper than a quality acoustic piano.

The YDPV240 is not portable. It is not for the gigging musician but more for piano hobbyists and entry-level students. The Graded Hammer Standard is a little bit slow in response. A GHE or GH would have been better for the Yamaha YDPV240 digital piano.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a crisp and clear sound quality digital piano, then the Yamaha YDPV240 is an amazing piece of electronic instrument. Costing under $2000, this piano is still very affordable for price conscious buyers. Click here to find the lowest discounted price online. (US only)

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