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What you need to know before buying a Yamaha DGX670

Before you buy a Yamaha DGX670, we have a few important things for you to know. These things might not be obvious in the online brochures or manuals. So, at ePianos it's our job to explain such things to you to help you make the right buying choice.

Chris Hammond

Firstly, and this might surprise you. The Yamaha DGX670 is not controlled with a touchscreen as many of Yamaha’s keyboards now are. With DGX670 you navigate your way around the various features and functions by using physical buttons around the screen, and the data entry wheel. This doesn’t detract from the capabilities of this keyboard, nor your potential enjoyment of it. But we know that some people have been surprised to get the piano home, touch the screen, and only then it becomes apparent.

Unlike the previous version, the DGX660, the DGX670 does not come with its own wooden stand in the box. You are given the option to buy it separately. Or, indeed buy a different type of stand altogether. The wooden stand for the DGX670 is called the L300, and it has the advantage of not only looking very neat and tidy if you plan to have the piano in your sitting room or similar, but it also attaches to the DGX670 with screws. So it cannot be knocked off. It is very, very stable.

Apart from having a rather uninspiring name, the other downside of the L300 wooden stand is that it’s not very portable. Yes, it’s lightweight enough to pick up and carry, but it doesn’t easily fold down should you want to pack it away or transport it in a car. For these purposes, we would recommend the rather more Star-Wars-y named XX keyboard stand. The XX keyboard stand folds open and closed rather like an ironing board, and although not as stable as the L300, I have always found this type of stand perfectly stable for playing live performances on stage. Getting your feet underneath to reach the pedals is no problem either, in case you’re wondering. And you can adjust the height of it enough to suit playing sitting down or standing up. It’s also considerably cheaper than the L300 wooden stand.

On the subject of stands and pedals. If you wanted to add the 3-pedal unit (called the LP1) to the DGX670, then you are required to have the L300 wooden stand because the LP1 attaches to it with screws. There is no way to use the LP1 3-pedal unit without the L300. The DGX670 does come with a sustain pedal in the box, but it’s not a great one, to be frank with you. It’s a rather lightweight square one that has a nasty habit of sliding around on the floor beneath you, and you end up chasing it around with your foot! If you’re happy with a single pedal (most people are), then we recommend upgrading the included pedal to a piano-style one with the metal paddle. They feel more authentic and are heavier so they stay in one place. (You can easily do this during checkout on our website).

Where can I put my sheet music or music book? – This is a question we get quite often. The good news is that a music rest is supplied in the box along with the DGX670. It simply slots into the top of the piano and is grooved along the bottom so holds your pages open nicely enough. If you’re a ‘play by ear’ only person like me then you might not need it for sheet music however, it does comfortably hold a tablet or smartphone for use with all the great music apps out there. As of now, Yamaha’s brilliant SmartPianist app is not compatible with the DGX670, but I hope that this changes before too long. Do check out our Yamaha SmartPianist video demo here. It’s really good fun.

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The DGX670 weighs 21.4 kg (47 lb, 3 oz). One able-bodied person should be able to move it on their own fairly easily. Watch me demonstrate and judge how heavy it is by listening to the amount of groany noises I make. It’s worth knowing that the wooden stand adds quite a lot of extra weight when connected to the piano. This piano is definitely light enough to move from room to room in your home, or even move upstairs to a bedroom or office.

The DGX670 has the standard 88 keys that you will find on a traditional acoustic piano and they are weighted using Yamaha’s superb Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard to mimic the feel of a traditional piano. Although the keys feel great to play and really are authentic in the way they feel heavy, they are plastic. Plastic keys in this price range is quite normal but in my opinion, they do not feel as authentic to play as the Yamaha P515 portable piano which has wooden keys (white keys only). Granted, the P515 is over the £1000 mark, but go and have a look at our reviews or come in store to try one, because, for pure piano playing enjoyment, nothing beats P515 in the portable range. Not that you should discount the DGX670, because it more than makes up for it by offering so many more creative options than P515.

The headphone socket is on the DGX670 is a quarter-inch jack (stereo phone jack). This is the larger plug. Not like the ones that you typically see on iPhone wired headphones. So you may need an adaptor to get your headphones to plug in properly. Incidentally, when you buy headphones with a piano from ePianos, we always make sure the appropriate adaptor is included.

Although you have the ability to Bluetooth audio from your device through the Yamaha DGX670’s speakers, Bluetooth headphones cannot be paired. You could technically use a 3rd party receiver/transmitter to achieve a wireless headphone set up, however, we don’t recommend it as the slight time delay between playing a note and hearing it can cause havoc!

If you’re a songwriter or composer of music, you might be wondering about the practicalities of getting your recording from the DGX670 onto a computer for sharing online, etc. As you will know, you have in effect a mini-recording studio built into this piano. The good news is, it’s easy! To take your recording from the piano onto a computer you only need a standard USB memory stick. Your recordings can be transferred as MIDI or .wav audio files, which should cover your needs whatever your intentions are.

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Can you record your whole performance including your singing voice? Yes, you can do this. (Just a reminder, in case you didn’t already know, that you can plug a microphone into the DGX670 for singing and take advantage of the reverb settings too) But you can’t save your entire performance including vocals onto the piano’s internal memory. You must do this directly to a USB memory stick in the .wav audio format. Which you can then transfer to a computer if you need to. For performing live, you are able to have the microphone plugged in to sing while you’re playing, and the entire performance will be coming out of the speakers, or the audio output into a P.A. system if you prefer.

I hope I’ve covered your question, but if I haven’t, just comment below or email us and we’ll get right back to you.

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Chris Hammond Manager
Chris is the manager of ePianos.co.uk and the driving force behind the demonstration, comparison and review videos that we feature on our website. He is responsible for overseeing all areas of the sales and marketing team, with extensive product knowledge and many years of experience as a musician and composer.
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1 Reply on

What you need to know before buying a Yamaha DGX670

  • Hello Chris,

    Very informative. I’m coming back with my last reply, and I ask the same to David Cooper.
    It would be very helpful to have your explanation of the procedure for ” memory, bank and
    laylist” on the DGX 670.
    Doing what is said in the manual is not ”easy going”. I’ve done all the procedure in memory,
    but the bank won’t play it.
    Please, when you have time.
    Thanks, JP

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