- Sound quality
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I am so excited to review the Yamaha P105 for my fellow lovers of both regular and digital pianos alike. I recently purchased this awesome digital piano to replace my old and out dated Yamaha and I cannot rave about it enough. This is the digital piano that gives all other digital pianos a run for their money. The price (around $599) is an absolute bargain for what your are getting and it is loaded with so many awesome features. This is absolutely the perfect substitute for a real piano and will be a real game changer for those that are on the fence and considering a switch from a grand piano to a digital. For starters, take a look at just a portion of the features and specifications that it has to offer. I’m sure you will be as blown away by all it has to offer as I am.
- 88 notes, weighted GHS action keyboard
- Hard/medium/soft/fixed touch sensitivity
- Pure CF sound engine tone generating technology
- 128 note polyphony
- 14 preset voices
- Effects: reverb, intelligent acoustic control and damper resonance
- Recording: 1 song with 2 tracks
- Data capacity: 100KB
- Recording function
- Compatible data format: playback/recording: SMF
- Metronome, transpose and tuning controls
- 10 rhythm and 10 style choices
- DC in 12V
- 2 headphone ports
- USB to host for computer or iPad connectivity
- Sustain pedal
- Comes with footswitch and music rest
Our Yamaha P105 Review
The first thing I noticed about the Yamaha P105 was how incredibly light weight and portable it is. I am on the small side and I had absolutely no issue with packing it in my car and moving it around my house. This is such a nice departure from some of the other, super heavy and bulky digital pianos that are available. It weighs only 26 pounds and measures 52-3/16 x 6-7/16 x 11-5/8 inches, so in other words it is fantastic for a traveling musician as well as anyone that likes to play in different rooms of their home.
[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B008FVBX7A” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”ragtimedigital-20″]I am completely blown away by the how truly amazing this piano sounds. Most digital pianos only have tiny speakers on the each side of the keyboard. That is not the case with the Yamaha P105 at all. There are great speakers on each side of the keyboard and separate woofers and tweeters installed as well. The combo of speaker, woofers and tweeters allows for a strong and clear sound to be emitted. This type of sound quality is rare for a piano of this low price point and is usually seen in much more expensive digital pianos.
The Yamaha P105 can emit low frequency notes, but leaves treble clear and gives the lower register a more weighted feel like a real grand piano. The two acoustic piano sounds are very realistic and come through strong and clear, totally passing for a real piano to a listener that did not know you were playing on a digital piano. I am really impressed with how realistic the non-piano sounds are as well. The drawbar organs, pipe organ, harpsichord, string pad (good for layering) and electric and upright basses are all sound options and sound like the real deal too. The only thing that seems to have been excluded is any contemporary pop and hip-hop type sounds, but that is certainly not something that would be a deal breaker.
This piano is absolutely perfect for music teachers or anyone that wants to learn to play the piano. There is a really cool feature called “duet mode” that will allow the keyboard to be split in half so to speak. What this essentially allows you to do is have the teacher and student play the identical music in the same note range on each side of the keyboard. This is an amazing and ideal feature for lessons. I tested this out with one of my friends and it was so fun to play the same thing at the same time. I have never seen this feature on another piano and can’t wait to use it some more.
The keyboard is pretty great on the Yamaha P105 and I feel like I could talk about it for days. I love the 88 note, weighted GHS action keyboard. It is a graded scaled keyboard and that has a great impact on the amazing sound that is produced as well. A graded, scaled keyboard allows for a more authentic sound much like what you would hear from a real grand piano. Key velocity is nearly perfected on this piano. It can be adjusted with ease to soft, medium, hard or you can fix it to remain the same at all times.
Another cool feature that this piano has is the USB to host capability. It is awesome and allows you to transfer your musical ideas to your computer to work on further and edit as needed. This is a really simple feature to use and the software is super user friendly as well. You can use the ¼” stereo line to easily connect to your recording interface, additional speakers or mixer too. I particularly like this function for live shows as it will allow you to really make the most out of your performance. This feature also makes recording your songwriting sessions or performances incredibly easy compared to other digital pianos. The piano is able to be plugged into any computer and even has the ability to be connected to an Apple iPad.
There are a few other features that the Yamaha P105 has that make it stand out among its other competitors in the digital piano market. It has 14 preset voice recordings and each one is pretty amazing in terms of sound, clarity and function. I was pleasantly surprised to find a built in metronome, along with transpose and tuning controls built into the keyboard. This is yet another capability that I have not seen on other digital pianos. There is also a little bonus of a music rest and footswitch included with the piano.