Yamaha Arius YDP - Your Opportunity to Own Top Class Upright Pianos
Yamaha Arius YDP Pianos: Here is an opportunity for you to own a top class upright piano that not just sounds and feels great, but also looks like an expensive piano that will suit the decor of the surrounding.
Serious beginner students and experienced players looking for an elegant piano in a classic upright design, and a true piano sound and feel can look forward to this series. The advanced stereo sampling ensures that the voice sound remarkably authentic and the graded hammer keyboards make these perfect for practice and performance. There are several more features that you can expect from a quality digital keyboard instrument.
Here's a comparison of the various products in this series.
Yamaha ARIUS YDP-V240 With Bench
The YDP-V240 is the best piano in this category, and just short of being a Clavinova. It is even better than some of the inexensive acoustic pianos. Overall, a great home digital piano for the price.
Price Range: $1800 to $2200
Features include 64-note polyphony, 131 Voices + 361 XGlite Voices + 12 Kits; 160 styles; 30 preset songs, 6-track recorder, USB connectivity for storing data or interfacing with computer.
Yamaha ARIUS YDP-141 with Bench
The YDP-141 is ideal for the beginning students and for experienced players who want an affordable upright piano. It is an elegant upright piano with a nice piano sound and feel.
Price Range: $900 to $1100
Features include 88-key GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action keyboard, New Dynamic Stereo Sampling AWM piano with 64-note polyphony, 2-track recorder with Flash-ROM song storage, Polished silver-colored Damper, Soft and Sostenuto pedals, New dark rosewood and light cherry finishes.
Yamaha ARIUS YDP-161 with Bench
Better sound and touch than the earlier model, the YDP-161 comes with an 88-key GH(Graded Hammer) weighted action keyboard with
Dynamic Stereo Sampling AWM piano and 128-note polyphony.
Price Range: $1400 to $1600
It also comes with a 2-track recorder with Flash-ROM song storage. A polished gold-colored Damper, Soft and Sostenuto pedals are provided along with damper resonance for richer piano sustain tones
Yamaha ARIUS YDP-181, with Bench
Ideal for the more demanding students and experienced players, has half-damper effect, the Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard offers quality and a natural playing feel.
Price Range: $1600 to $1800
The touch sensitivity can be varied, polyphony of 128 notes, 14 Demo Songs, 50 Preset Piano Songs.
Yamaha Home Digital Pianos
There is no doubt that digital pianos are easier to maintain, and are practical considering most of us have limited space at home.
But then the charm of an upright piano, including its elegance and the sound, is something that most keyboard owners miss.
But with the YDP series of digital upright pianos from Yamaha, you can get a top class upright piano, that is almost like the real thing, but much more affordable.
What Does it Offer?
These are upright digital pianos, but without any accompaniments. They do however give you an authentic piano playing experience.
The top products in this series come with 128-note polyphony, provides half-pedaling, and comes with multi-track recording feature.
The Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard offers quality and a natural playing feel whereas the Advanced Wave Memory technology provides the best sampled sounds.
You can read here for more on the various graded hammer actions found on Yamaha pianos.
Here's a brief explanation of the various technologies involved:
Dynamic Stereo Sampling (DSS)
A piano can play a note louder if you hit the key harder and softer if you hit the key softly. But then there are not just two levels of sound for every key. The degrees of softness or loudness can vary and accordingly the sound has to be produced.
That is where this technology helps you to get a more natural tone compared to simply raising and lowering the volume. The piano use soft recordings when you play softly, medium recordings when you play recording and so on.
This is another technology that tries to recreate the sound on an acoustic piano. On acoustic pianos, when pedaling the dampers are all raised that allows complex overtones to wash over your performance.
The damper resonance features tries to recreate that feeling digitally, and adds additional piano realism when you use the damper (sustain pedal).
Pure CF Sampling
Used in the high-end ARIUS pianos such as the YDP-V240, this is used to recreate the sound of a true concert grand piano.
Yamaha is one of the few manufacturers out there who have experience of building acoustic pianos, as well as expertise in making high-end electronics.
So they have taken the sounds from their finest concert grand pianos (the CFIIIS), captured the sound samples digitally, and reproduced them in their YDP-V240 digital piano.
Whom is It For?
This can be used by anybody who dreams of owning an upright piano.
The ydp-141 is perfect for beginning students who are serious about learning to play the piano, with plenty of built-in songs to learn and a 2-track recorder that can be used for creating songs or even to aid you in practicing.
This is an excellent product for a first digital piano; however serious pianists might prefer the other two models, such as the ydp-161 is perfect for those who want a better sound and more polyphony.
For the experienced players, and for those who want the best, the ARIUS ydp-181 is a much better product that provides true piano sound and feel, along with half-damper effect for more control.
The best of the lot is of-course the ydp-v240 with concert grand sound, LCD display, several accompaniment styles, and more.
Overall, these pianos are ideal for the more demanding students and even the experienced piano players.
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