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Yamaha Digital Piano YDP 144 Full Review Is it a good choice?

Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese company with a wide range of products and services, mainly musical instruments and electronics. Now we will have the review of the Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius. This piano is a top seller and I always include it in my top selection of the best digital pianos. This is a very balanced digital piano for an appropriate price. One of the best values for the money.

Features:

  • 88-note GHS keyboard with matte black key tops (the GHS is the same weighted keyboard that is included in bestsellers such as the Yamaha P125)
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound. Superior engraving technology compared to inferior models
  • Three factors that help enhance the experience of playing this piano and make it more like playing an acoustic piano:
    • Intelligent Acoustic Control: When you turn down the volume on a digital piano, the lower and higher frequencies are not heard well. IAC helps balance this frequency imbalance so that they sound even.
    • Acoustic Optimizer – Detects speaker connections, measures distances from the listening position, and automatically optimizes speaker settings, such as volume balance and acoustic parameters, to suit the room
    • Stereophonic Optimizer: Interesting feature that adjusts the distance between you and the piano when you play with headphones so you have the feeling that the sound comes from the piano and make the experience of playing the piano even more real.
  • 192 notes of polyphony. More than enough to play all the pieces we want. Polyphony, that’s how many notes can be played at once.
  • 10 sounds.
  • Reverb and damping resonance.
  • Duo mode
  • Key-Off samples (escape effect of acoustic pianos, which is the bounce of the hammer and the type of attack that can be made with the mechanism of a piano)
  • 2 track recording (1 song). It’s very useful to be able to record what you play, especially if you want to hear how you played a piece later or want to record something fast without having to use the computer.
  • 3 pedals, including the sustain pedal, which is the most important to keep the note in time.
  • 10 sound demonstrations and 50 pre-recorded songs
  • Keyboard cover
  • USB to host connection (very important MIDI connection for the computer).
  • 2 headphone jacks (so two people can play).
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W (enough power to rehearse at home, or with friends)
  • Dimensions: 1357 x 815 x 422 mm
  • Weight: 38 Kg.
  • Color: Black.

yamaha ydp 144 review
This piano usually costs around €777/$1000/£715.

This is a piano thought for someone who wants to study at the conservatory or wants to study piano thinking a little bit about the classical or acquiring a strong technique. It is suitable for intermediate level of classical music conservatory and also for beginners. It must be said that there are also people with a small budget who study the higher level with digital pianos from this range. This is not at all unusual. Not everyone has a budget of 3000 euros or more.

The good thing about these pianos is that they don’t go out of tune, although sometimes they need to be replaced, but these are cheap repairs. They depend on whether you study for many hours.

It is a piano that also has a very acceptable counterbalance, plus it has USB MIDI which allows you to connect it to a laptop and write MIDI tracks that can then be exported directly to a score.

Sound

Now that we have seen the features of this Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius piano look at this video review. Although it is in English it describes quite a lot of the functions, and you can also hear how the piano sounds. You will also see how the piano functions can be controlled with the accompanying Yamaha Smart Piano app.

 

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Well, let’s compare this piano with other options that are around its price and are very interesting. Let’s compare it with two digital pianos without support and two with acoustic piano support.

Yamaha YDP-144 Arius vs Casio PX-S3000 Privia

The Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius Keyboard is usually €777/$800/£715 and the Casio PX-S3000 BK Privia is around €825/$849/£755 . The letters B and BK only refer to the color black, not that they are different models.

Casio presents a very interesting model to compete in the £755 range and does so with a very complete keyboard.

The main difference is that it is not a piano with furniture and it is a portable piano with a very light weight of 11.4 kg. This makes it perfect if you want to go to a concert with a keyboard that has many functions and will give you a lot of freedom of interpretation without giving up the keyboard with weighted keys and a real piano feel. Portability is one of the main reasons why you have to decide between the Casio or the Yamaha. The YDP 144 is not a model designed to be moved. It’s more suited to practice at home.

The Casio PX 3000 is a very interesting proposal because it has a lot of sounds and it also has the weighted keyboard of a piano. This allows you to experiment with many effects and sounds without sacrificing a real acoustic piano feeling.

In addition, the Casio PX S3000 has enough polyphony to play all existing scores.

The Yamaha P144 with its IAC systems described above offers a more realistic acoustic piano feel. The Casio PX 3000, on the other hand, is designed for you to be able to practice with it but also to take it to concerts and rehearsals.

In addition, the Casio PX has speakers with decent power.

The Casio PX S3000 offers the possibility of battery operation but also has 8 W speakers with enough power to play indoors. If you want to play in the street in a very open space it might be short, so I recommend you to accompany it with the popular Roland Cube street amplifier

I think the differences between the two pianos are already very clear and the choice is much clearer. If you only want to practice the YDP 144, but if you want to go outside or move it to the rehearsal room, the S300 is a real wonder at a very good price.

Let’s put the characteristics of these pianos on a table so you can compare

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius

Casio PX-S3000 BK Privia

  • 88 GHS keyboard.
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound.
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control.
  • Acoustic Optimizer
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • 192 notes of polyphony.
  • 10 sounds.
  • Reverb and damping resonance.
  • Duo mode.
  • Key-Off samples.
  • 2 track recording (1 song).
  • 3 pedals.
  • 10 sound demonstrations and 50 pre-recorded songs
  • Keyboard cover.
  • USB host connection.
  • 2 headphone jacks.
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W
  • Dimensions of 1357 x 815 x 422 mm
  • A very suitable weight 38 Kg.
  • 88 ivory/synthetic ebony Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard keys
  • 700 sounds.
  • 200 rhythms.
  • Audio and MIDI recorder.
  • 192 voice polyphony.
  • Partition and layer function.
  • Chorus and Brilliance.
  • DSP.
  • Pitch Bend.
  • 60 pre-recorded songs.
  • Transposition.
  • Metronome.
  • Bluetooth audio.
  • 2 headphone connections.
  • Input for sustain pedal.
  • USB to host.
  • USB to device.
  • Mono R/L line output.
  • 2 x 8W speaker system.
  • Possibility to use it with batteries.
  • Dimensions 1322 x 232 x 102 mm (W x D x H)
  • A very portable weight of 11.4 kg
  • Includes SP-3 pedal, power supply (AD-A12150LW) and score holder.

And here is a video of the Casio PX-S3000 Privia digital piano with its enormous number of rhythms:

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Casio PX-S3000 Privia

Yamaha YDP-144 Arius vs Yamaha DGX-660

The Yamaha DGX-660 is around €735/$800/£666, so it’s really close to the Yamaha YDP-144 Arius.

In this case we are dealing with a case similar to the previous one. The Yamaha DGX 660 is also designed to be transported, although in this case it is more suitable for the rehearsal room, since it can be used to play in the street or in a place without electricity.

What we talked about in the previous point also applies when comparing these two models. The Yamaha YDP 144 aims to imitate an acoustic piano more and gives you more stability when playing thanks to its structure.

I mention this option too because it’s cheaper than the previous Casio PX and also has a good weighted keyboard and many sounds and effects to experiment with.

An interesting feature is that it has an “In” input so you can connect a microphone and have the signal output through the piano speakers. On the other hand it has no line output as such and that can limit a bit in case you want to play in big concerts because of the power of its audio output signal. The above Casio does not have this problem because it has a line output with enough power.

It is cheaper than the Casio we have seen before and has a very good sound quality. It’s a top seller for its price.

Let’s put the features of these pianos in a table so you can compare:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius

Yamaha DGX-660 B

  • 88-note GHS keyboard.
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound.
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control.
  • Acoustic Optimizer
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • 192 notes of polyphony.
  • 10 sounds.
  • Reverb and damping resonance.
  • Duo mode.
  • Key-Off samples.
  • 2 track recording (1 song).
  • 3 pedals.
  • 10 sound demonstrations and 50 pre-recorded songs.
  • Keyboard cover.
  • USB host connection.
  • 2 headphone jacks.
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W
  • Dimensions of 1357 x 815 x 422 mm.
  • A very suitable weight 38 Kg.
  • 88 keys with GHS keyboard.
  • Pure CF Sound Engine.
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)
  • 192 notes of polyphony.
  • 554 sounds.
  • 205 styles.
  • 41 types of reverberation.
  • 44 types of chorus.
  • 237 types of DSP.
  • Master Equalizer by presets (5 types).
  • 100 songs preset.
  • Style recommendation.
  • One-key adjustment.
  • Audio recorder (WAV recording and playback).
  • Graphic display for scores and lyrics.
  • Metronome.
  • Transposition.
  • Connections: USB to host, USB to device, headphone output, auxiliary input, microphone, sustain pedal.
  • Speaker system: 2 x 6W
  • Dimensions: 1399 x 445 x 761mm
  • Height without support: 146mm.
  • Weight: 28Kg.
  • Color: Black.
  • Includes keyboard support, PA-150 power supply, music stand and footswitch.
  • LP-7A 3-pedal unit available as an option (item no. 207186)

And here is a video of the Yamaha DGX-660 digital piano:

If you want to know more about this option click on the following link to see the Yamaha DGX-660 digital piano review

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius v Yamaha YDP-S34 B Arius

The Yamaha YDP-S34 Arius is around €792/$999/£722, so it’s really close to the price of the Yamaha YDP-144 Arius.

Well, let’s go now with another digital piano that this case is very similar to the Yamaha YDP 144. We could say that they are almost twin pianos but there are some differences.

To start with the YDP S34 is a slightly smaller and lighter model. This is an important factor if you want to bring it into the house and have just enough space.

The Yamaha YDP 144 also has a duet mode for playing two people but the most important point is the previous one. The S34 was created in case you didn’t have enough space for the Yamaha YDP 144

Let’s put the characteristics of these pianos on a chart so you can compare

Yamaha YDP-144 Arius

Yamaha YDP-S34 B Arius

  • 88-note GHS keyboard with matte black key tops
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound.
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control.
  • Acoustic Optimizer.
  • Stereophonic Optimizer.
  • 192 notes of polyphony.
  • 10 sounds.
  • Reverb and damping resonance.
  • Duo mode.
  • Key-Off samples.
  • 2 track recording (1 song).
  • 3 pedals.
  • 10 sound demonstrations and 50 pre-recorded songs.
  • Keyboard cover.
  • USB connection to host.
  • 2 headphone jacks.
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W.
  • Dimensions: 1357 x 815 x 422 mm.
  • A very good weight of: 38 Kg.
  • GHS keyboard with 88 keys.
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound.
  • 192-voice polyphony.
  • 10 sonorities.
  • Reverb effect.
  • Resonance damping.
  • Internal memory with 10 demo songs and 50 piano songs.
  • Recording on two tracks (1 song).
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control and Acoustic Optimizer functions.
  • Keyboard cover
  • 3 pedals.
  • USB to Host.
  • 2 headphone outputs.
  • 2x 8 W speaker system.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 1353 x 792 x 296 mm.
  • Weight: 35.9 kg.

And here is a video of the Yamaha YDP-S34 B Arius digital piano:

If you want to know more about this option click on the following link to see the Yamaha YDP-S34 review digital piano

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius vs Korg LP-380

The Korg LP-380 is around €689/$1150/£679. In this case we compare it with another model that is also designed for studying piano, has furniture and is a little cheaper, but it depends on your country or store.

The Korg is a digital piano that has much less background and this can be important if you have little space. On the other hand, the Korg LP 380 has more sounds and a decent polyphony of 120 notes that you can play almost anything.

The Yamaha has several escape effects and the Korg doesn’t.

The Korg has much more powerful speakers but does not have the added features of the Yamaha YDP 144 to control the sound sensation and make it more real. On the other hand the Yamaha has a duo mode for playing with an instructor.

The Korg LP 380 can be a very interesting option if the price difference reaches 80 euros. But if you can afford it you will have a better experience with the Yamaha YDP 144

Let’s put the characteristics of these pianos on a chart so you can compare:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius

Korg LP-380

  • 88-note GHS keyboard with matte black key top
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control
  • Acoustic Optimizer
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • 192 notes of polyphony
  • 10 sounds
  • Reverb and damping resonance
  • Duo mode
  • Key-Off Samples
  • 2 track recording (1 song)
  • 3 pedals
  • 10 sound demos and 50 pre-set songs
  • Keyboard cover
  • USB to host connection
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W
  • Dimensions: 1357 x 815 x 422 mm
  • Weight: 38 Kg
  • Color: Black
  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys (RH3)
  • 3-level touch control
  • 30 sounds
  • 120-note polyphony
  • 30 demo songs
  • Transposition function
  • Reverb and chorus effects
  • Metronome
  • 3 pedals
  • Stereo mini-jack output
  • 2 headphone outputs
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • Cover for the keys
  • 2 x 22W speaker system
  • Dimensions: 1355 x 351 x 772mm (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 37kg

And here is a video of the Korg LP-380 WH digital piano

If you want to know more about this option click on the following link to see the Korg LP-380 digital review

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius vs Kawai KDP-110

We will now compare the Yamaha YDP-144 with the Kawai KDP-110. The Kawai is about 90 euros more expensive than the Yamaha, we will analyze if this increase is valid according to the features it offers.

Both are digital pianos with furniture included, the Yamaha as we have seen has its CFX piano sound and the Kawai offers the SHIGERU KAWAI SK-EX concert piano sound capture, which is an excellent grand piano.

Both have 88 weighted keys, with different hammer actions, typical of their respective brands. An important difference is the number of sounds, which in the Yamaha we find 10, while the Kawai is 15.

Both have 3 pedals. And they have a cover to protect the keys.

A relevant difference is the output of the speakers, while in the Yamaha we have 8W of power per speaker, in the Kawai we find stereo speakers that add up to 40W (20W and 20W).

In a matter of measures they are very similar and in weight exactly the same, both in 38 kg.

Let’s put the characteristics of these pianos on a table so you can compare:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius

Kawai KDP – 110

  • 88-note GHS keyboard with matte black key top
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control
  • Acoustic Optimizer
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • 192 notes of polyphony
  • 10 sounds
  • Reverb and damping resonance
  • Duo mode
  • Key-Off Samples
  • 2 track recording (1 song)
  • 3 pedals
  • 10 sound demos and 50 pre-set songs
  • Keyboard cover
  • USB to host connection
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W
  • Dimensions: 1357 x 815 x 422 mm
  • Weight: 38 Kg
  • Color: Black
  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys (3-sensor Responsive Hammer Compact II).
  • 3 level touch control.
  • 15 sounds.
  • 192-note polyphony.
  • Demonstration songs.
  • Transposition function.
  • Reverb and brilliance effects.
  • Metronome.
  • Recording of 3 songs.
  • Bluetooth connection to PC.
  • 3 pedals.
  • Output jack and stereo mini-jack.
  • 2 headphone outputs.
  • MIDI input/output.
  • Cover for the keys.
  • 40 W stereo speaker system.
  • Dimensions: 1360 x 855 x 405 mm
  • Weight: 38kg.

And here is a video comparing the pianos:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius vs Casio AP 470

We will now have a comparison between the following digital pianos: the Yamaha YDP-144 which is priced at €777/$1000/£715 and the Casio AP 470 which is priced at €858/$1500/£777 , with a difference between them of approximately €120. We will see their similarities and differences in the following face-to-face:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted, touch-sensitive keys, the Yamaha with its GHS technology and the Casio with its Scaled Action Hammer II technology with synthetic ebony and ivory, giving a greater simulation of a real piano.
  • In terms of sound, the Yamaha has a Yamaha CFX sound engine, with 10 sounds and 192 notes of polyphony. The Casio with its Air Morphing Multidimensional sound engine has 22 sounds and 256 polyphony voices.
  • Both digital pianos have the following modes: Duo, Split and Dual.
  • The Yamaha offers: An Acoustic Optimizer, and a Stereo Optimizer, Reverb and Damping Resonance Effects, Keyboard Cover, and two 8w speakers.
  • The Casio offers: DSP (Digital Signal Process) effects, Chorus, Brilliance and Hall simulation (Reverb), Cover and Note deactivation simulator, concert performance and four 20W two-day speakers having a total of 80W.
  • The Casio is slightly heavier with a total of 43.3 kg.

As we can see, we have two pianos with excellent digital performance. For its part, the Casio offers optimizers that help to simulate a real piano.s that help to simulate a real piano. However, the Casio is the winner having a greater amount of sounds and polyphony also taking into account its great power of speakers that could serve in a closed room without the need for another amplification.

Let’s put the characteristics of these pianos on a table so that you can compare:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius

Casio AP470

  • 88-note GHS keyboard with matte black key top
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control
  • Acoustic Optimizer
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • 192 notes of polyphony
  • 10 sounds
  • Reverb and damping resonance
  • Duo mode
  • Key-Off samples
  • 2 track recording (1 song)
  • 3 pedals
  • 10 sound demos and 50 pre-set songs
  • Keyboard cover
  • USB to host connection
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W
  • Dimensions: 1357 x 815 x 422 mm
  • Weight: 38 Kg
  • Color: Black
  • 88 Scaled Hammer Action II (Tri-Sensor) synthetic ebony/ivory keys
  • 22 sounds
  • Multidimensional Air Morphing
  • 256 polyphonic voices
  • Partitioning and Layer Functions
  • DSP, chorus, ‘Brilliance’ and ‘Hall’ simulation
  • 2-track sequencer
  • Hammer Response
  • Resonance attenuator
  • Cover and key deactivation simulator
  • Audio recording / playback
  • 60 songs
  • Concert performance
  • Note transposition
  • Metronome
  • Duet mode
  • Open/close the top cover
  • 3 pedals (semi-damper)
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • USB to Host
  • USB to device
  • 2 line outputs (L/Mono, R)
  • 4 x 2-way speakers 2 x 20W
  • Dimensions including lectern: 1417 x 427 x 861mm (height x width x depth)
  • Weight: 43,3kg
  • Includes lectern, headphone hook and power supply AD-E24250LW

And then a video of the Casio AP470:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius vs Roland FP30

Finally, we have the comparison between these two digital pianos the Yamaha GDT-144 aryan which as we have seen has a price of €777/$1000/£715 and the Roland FP 30 which has a price of €619/$700/£555, having a remarkable difference of £150 between both. We will have their differences and similarities in the following versus:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 touch-sensitive weighted keys, the Yamaha with its GHS technology and the Roland with its PHA-4 technology with ivory touch and fugue release, giving a greater simulation of a real piano.
  • In terms of sound, the Yamaha has a Yamaha CFX sound engine, with 10 sounds and 192 notes of polyphony. The Roland with its SuperNATURAL sound engine has 35 sounds and 128 polyphony voices.
  • Both digital pianos have the following modes: Duo, Split and Dual.
  • The Yamaha offers: An Acoustic Optimizer, and a Stereo Optimizer, Reverb and Damping Resonance Effects, Keyboard Cover, and two 8w speakers.
  • The Roland offers: Bluetooth wireless connection, a built-in microphone input, eight preset rhythms, and a light weight of 14. 1 kg (no cabinet included).

We found excellent digital pianos, however the Roland has better performance for its wall microphone input (if you like to sing), Bluetooth wireless connection, slightly more powerful speakers reaching 11 W each and its light weight of 14. 1 kg make it a very portable option too.

Let’s put the features of these pianos in a table so you can compare:

Yamaha YDP-144 B Arius

Roland FP30

  • 88-note GHS keyboard with matte black key top
  • Yamaha CFX piano sound
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control
  • Acoustic Optimizer
  • Stereophonic Optimizer
  • 192 notes of polyphony
  • 10 sounds
  • Reverb and damping resonance
  • Duo mode
  • Key-Off Samples
  • 2 track recording (1 song)
  • 3 pedals
  • 10 sound demos and 50 pre-set songs
  • Keyboard cover
  • USB to host connection
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • Speaker system: 2 x 8W
  • Dimensions: 1357 x 815 x 422 mm
  • Weight: 38 Kg
  • Color: Black
  • 88 keys
  • With built-in speakers
  • The PHA-IV action with ivory touch and leakage
  • Supernatural Piano Engine
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connection
  • 35 sounds
  • Maximum polyphony of 128 voices
  • Keyboard modes: integer, dual, split and double piano
  • Built-in Metronome
  • SMF recorder for ideas
  • 8 standard rhythms
  • USB playback of audio files (WAV 44.1 / 16 bit) and MIDI
  • Illuminated user interface
  • Powerful 2 x 11w speaker system – 12 cm
  • Maximum SPL of 102dB
  • Includes power supply, stand, foot switch
  • Dimensions: 130 x 28,4 x 15cm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 14,1Kg
  • USB connection for your computer: USB Type B
  • USB memory stick connection: USB Type A
  • Headphone jacks used as output jacks: stereo mini-jack and 6.3mm stereo plug

And now for our review of the Roland FP30:

If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to see our review of the Roland FP30 Digital Piano

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