Yamaha YDP164 – read our review here
Yamaha YDP164 | An authentic-feeling and expressive instrument
The Yamaha YDP164 plays like a grand piano, featuring Yamaha’s revered CFX III concert grand piano sample (among others), and a dynamic, characterful 88 key Graded Hammer 3 (GH3) key action.
Expression and feel are crucial aspects of piano performance, and fortunately the YDP164 delivers this with a three-sensor key mechanism – capable of detecting the position of the key in three positions; synthetic ebony and ivory key-tops for grip and tactility, and low-to-high end ‘weighting’ of the keys – simulating the length of the strengths and their relative resistance as they are to play on a genuine Yamaha CFX concert grand piano.
The Yamaha YDP164 uses the Yamaha CFXIII concert grand piano sample, and is therefore capable of generating both sparkling high-end and rich, textured bass.
There are many other voices to choose from, including strings and harpsichord to name a few, but from the moment the instrument is switched on, the CFX sample is the first you’ll encounter.
Yamaha’s Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) allows the volume of the instrument to be adjusted without sacrificing definition across both low and high frequencies – this is usually the first thing to suffer from a reduction in volume, but Yamaha’s clever algorithms manage to keep everything in balance.
Through headphones, Yamaha’s smart Stereophonic Optimiser technology removes the listener to a subtle, but instantly perceptible degree, allowing extended practice to be both non-fatiguing and authentically ambient-sounding.
The Yamaha YDP164 features an elegant, understated design, and is available in a variety of finishes to accommodate any decor. Practice, sostenuto and sustain pedals, are included, and there is little evidence that the YDP164 is a digital instrument.
A simple, but intuitive, control panel is provided discretely to the left of the keyboard, featuring voice and recording access, amongst other settings.
Using Yamaha’s Smart Pianist app for iOS and Android, you are able to control the on-board settings of the YDP164 in no time at all via your tablet or phone, giving touch-screen control of the instrument.
The Smart Pianist app is able to scan songs in your iOS music library and show you the chords of those songs, so you can play along with your favourite music! You can even load MIDI song data into the app, so you can follow along with sheet music.