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Yamaha DGX505-AD DGX505 88-key Electronic Piano Keyboard

by Yamaha
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Notation display - USB connectivity - Large Wave ROM - Backlit LCD - Card slot

Product Description

The Yamaha 88-Key Touch-Sensitive Piano-Style Light-Weight Keyboard is the absolute top of the line in the Portable Grand series. It has an attractive, easy-to-use panel and a wealth of features such as high resolution stereo piano sample; SmartMedia storage; USB computer connectivity; a large bitmapped LCD screen capable of displaying notation and lyrics for songs; 6-track sequencer that is designed for the utmost simplicity; Yamaha Education Suite system; and much more. Also includes a matching wood grain keyboard stand, sustain pedal, and ac power adapter. Imported.

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Awesome For My Purposes February 17, 2005
So I'm 19 living in a dorm room on campus. I figured the Clavinova was way too steep on my pockets. I played piano once upon a time, but never took lesssons really. I was attracted to the price of this keyboard and the fact that it was actually full-size. Being sick and tired of my 61-key keyboard, I figured I'd go seek out shopping for a better one and one that is full size.

I don't know digital pianos too well but from experience I've noticed that Yamaha and Roland were pretty formidable with their products. I wouldn't have given a second look to the other brands. I've tried this product out at a store some time ago several times before actually thinking about buying it. I thought it was very nice for a consumer based instrument.

After reading reviews and what not, I was determined then that I would put serious thought into buying it. One minute later I was already pulling out my card to pay for this online. After receiving the product, I was faced with an even bigger burden... carrying it back across campus to my dorm room.

So the package was pretty big. Makes for a good workout if you plan on carrying it back to your home. The contents were packed nicely. The stand was very easy to setup too. Being a computer freak, I have the keyboard sitting next to my computer. The whole USB interface was another thing that turned me on about the keyboard. Little did i know how great it would become when I actually connected it to my computer. The software was easy to use. I can transfer MIDI files to the keyboard via USB and store them on little memory cards.

The thing boasts about how you can take midi files and have them display the sheet music on the LCD screen. I thought that was nifty and all, but I would never use that feature.
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from a teacher December 30, 2004
Having read the other reviews of this item, it is interesting to me that someone complained that the keys are not "weighted". I will agree with them that the keys do not feel like the stiff unyeilding keys of some pianos however, my much loved and much played but still wonderful baby grand has keys that feel very similar. Having taught piano and various other instruments for many years, if you are not in the market for a "real" piano or don't have the space or move around a lot, then this one will serve very well. I have this as well as my "real" piano. I play them both regularly and have no problem going back and forth. Neither do my students whether they are beginners or advanced. This is well worth the price tag!
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent digital piano. I love it! September 13, 2004
I'm very pleased with this product. The DGX-500 was a popular and highly-touted digital piano in its price range. The DGX-505 does everything the 500 did, and adds USB, Smart Media capability, and other great features. I'm not going to compare this to a $2,000 or $3,000 piano, because that's ridiculous. If you were in the market for a $3,000 piano, you wouldn't be browsing in the $600 price range. For the average person, just looking to have home access to a full-featured digital piano, the Yamaha DGX-505 is perfect. It has more features than most people will ever need, and the sound is excellent. I also really like the look of the wooden side panels and the bench that came with it. The bench really makes it resemble a piano - rather than just a keyboard with a fancy stand. I have no regrets at all about buying this digital piano, and I can't imagine upgrading for many years. I'd buy this again in a second.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good digital piano for the price February 22, 2006
By Jay E.
I have had this digital piano for one month now, playing it almost every day. I love everything about it EXCEPT for one very important thing - the keys are NOT weighted. Yamaha says the keys are "lightly weighted," and I suppose they are, but you can barely tell. I know other people have written reviews saying that "it feels just like a real piano." I'm sorry to say that it does not. It feels like a regular keyboard and does not at all feel like a real piano. One does not have to play the piano for several years to know that the Yamaha DGX-505 feels more like a keyboard than a real piano. You will realize it the moment you lay your hands on it.

I will be returning the Yamaha soon to get something in the Casio Privia line of digital pianos. I hope this helps others who are not sure about which unit to purchase.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most amazing keyboard ever November 26, 2005
I went to BJs today just looking around, and I happened to start playing on this piano. I couldn't take my hands off of it. Now, I am not a pianist nor have I studied piano much, except for a bit of Alfred's. I have a cheaper keyboard I got for $100 so I would have something to attach to the Mac so I could use Garageband (part of Apple's iLife package). But this keyboard.. one word: "wow". The instruments are absolutely beautiful, and sound exactly like the real things.

I'm amazed at all the reports about the keys not being weighted. Honestly, if I hadn't read these reviews, I wouldn't have even known. The keys certainly FEEL weighted. Maybe if you have been playing piano for 10 years you can tell the difference, but I'd like to emphasize that in NO WAY do the keys feel cheap or in any way (that I can tell) detrimental to your playing. To me, they feel absolutely perfect.

It seems to me that a lot of parents who are used to pianos may be slightly obsessed that their child learn on a "real" piano. Me being born in the digital age though, I honestly can't see why the comparison with a "real" piano is really all that relevant anymore. Modern keyboards and computer software are so good that IMHO they can replace concert pianos, and nobody the purists would be able to tell the difference. If you're going to get an instrument you're going to be playing on for a long time (which this is), then what does it matter if it's not exactly like a real piano? Look guys, the purpose of playing music is to enjoy the experience, and to share that experience with others. If the instrument sounds good, feels right to you, and people love it, then what does it matter if it's "real" or not? What matters is the music, not the method of expression. And this instrument is very, very good at making music. Certainly as good as any piano, if not better.
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I'd long been looking for something that might be a little safer than lead to use to isolate my nuclear experiments. I mean, sure, lead's not bad -- it's even the standard! Read more
Published on December 22, 2010 by maxh
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointed
I bought the previous version of this keyboard (the DGX 505) back in 2005 before they discontinued it and started making this "updated" version. Read more
Published on July 21, 2008 by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, great sound, portable.
My daughter saved up to buy this for herself. She also plays an expensive keyboard at church, but she loves this one more. Read more
Published on November 30, 2007 by TeeKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect apartment piano!
I hadn't played in about 15 years and decided to get back into it. Living in an apartment certainly poses problems with noise, etc. Read more
Published on May 23, 2007 by Simon Petrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Keyboard!
I was somewhat skeptical about purchasing a digital piano that "claims" to sound like an authentic grand, but I took a chance because of my past experiences with Yamaha... Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by mikadobetacam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
I bought this keyboard probably a litte more than a year ago. I have been playing Keyboard for about 6 or 7 years now, and I think this keyboard is terridic quality. Read more
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