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Yamaha Arius YDP-181 Traditional Console Style Digital Piano with Bench, Rosewood
- 88-key GH(Graded Hammer) weighted action keyboard
- Dynamic Stereo Sampling AWM piano with 128-note polyphony
- 2-track, 3-song recorder
- USB TO DEVICE port
- LED Display
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Yamaha Arius Series Digital Console Pianos
From the makers of one of the world's finest acoustic pianos for over a century, come one of the world's best digital pianos. The Arius Series has all of the conveniences of an electric piano without sacrificing the performance of an acoustic piano.
The best digital piano is one that can grow with a musician as they progress. When a pianist's skill level rises, they require a keyboard action built for more serious playing. The Arius Series features Graded Hammer keyboard action and synthetic ivory keytops, giving the performer a tactile surface with a response reminiscent of some of the finest pianos throughout history.
Unrivaled Sound Quality
The Pure CF Sound Engine is the result of many years of piano-making history and expertise, combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology (not included on YDP-103).
The Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled, acclaimed Yamaha 9' CFIIIS concert grand piano, allowing for incredibly dynamic and expressive playing.
Yamaha's CFX 9’ concert grand piano was played by the winner of the prestigious International Chopin Competition in 2010, and has since gained recognition as one of the greatest concert grands of modern times (included with YDP-184).
Superb Playability and Feel
All Arius Series models feature a Graded Hammer 88-key piano keyboard action (varies between models, see comparison chart below). Graded Hammer Action provides a heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, responding similarly to the hammers inside an acoustic piano.
The Arius Series is great for the aspiring pianist, because practicing with weighted action builds proper finger technique for playing on an acoustic piano. The synthetic ivory key tops provide a tactile surface to the white keys, absorbing moisture from the fingers and preventing them from slipping.
Realistic Pedal Performance
Stereo Sustain samples provide mellow reverberations when the player depresses the damper pedal. Similarly, Damper Resonance provides broad and deep resonance when the pedal is used. Similar to that of an acoustic piano, the result is more realistic sound.
Half-damper pedal control creates more detailed nuance and subtlety when playing, similar to pedaling on a grand piano. (included on YDP-181 and YDP-184) This feature allows for continuously increasing lengths of sustained notes, from slight to full, as the sustain pedal is depressed.
New Headphone Experience
The Stereophonic Optimizer is unique to Yamaha. When playing and listening to the instrument using headphones, the Stereophonic Optimizer adjusts the spacing of the sound and the separation from the piano, resulting in a spacious, surround sound quality that will inspire you to play for hours at a time. Within this private listening environment, the sound of the piano can be a more realistic and natural experience.
A standard USB cable can be used to connect the instrument to a computer or mobile device, opening up a world of creativity, entertainment, and education. iOS devices can be connected to the instrument using the the Lightning-USB Camera Adaptor or wirelessly using the Yamaha UD-BT01. The "Digital Piano Controller" app has an attractive interface optimized for iOS touch screens, adding a whole new level of functionality to your Yamaha instrument. Adjust settings, choose Voices, and even record performances.
Song Book Included
The Yamaha digital piano is pre-loaded with a variety of classic piano songs for your listening and learning pleasure. Players can use the accompanying book, "50 Greats for the Piano" to follow along with the music and learn how to play iconic pieces.
Capture your Performance
The recording function built into the instrument allows players to record performances* with a single touch. Additionally, players can record up to 2 tracks for simultaneous playback, meaning that both hands can be recorded separately.
|Number of Keys||88||88||88||88||88|
|Keyboard Type||Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard with matte black key tops||Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard with matte black key tops||GH3 3-sensor Graded Hammer keyboard with synthetic ivory key tops||Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard with Matte Black Keytops||GH3 3-sensor Graded Hammer keyboard with synthetic ebony and ivory keytops|
|Finish Options||Dark Rosewood||Dark Rosewood, Black Walnut||Dark Rosewood, Black Walnut||Dark Rosewood||Dark Rosewood|
|Pure CF Sampling||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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|Item Dimensions||58.96 x 24.88 x 20.12 in||59 x 15 x 16 in||35 x 54 x 20 in||56.26 x 22.2 x 17.09 in||53.5 x 15.8 x 33.5 in||18 x 60 x 23 in|
|Number of Keys||88||88||88||88||88||88|
Perfect for more demanding students and experienced players alike, the ARIUS YDP181 provides a true piano experience. The Graded Hammer keyboard makes it a true joy to play, both in practice and in performance. Dual Voice capability lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time, while a 3-track song recorder allows you to capture your original musical ideas and performances
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On to the appearance. The piano itself looks and feels very nice. Once assembled it looks as if it cost much more than it does. Its pressed particle board of course but the finish is clean and even. There are no rough edges dings, dents, or areas that are unfinished or uneven. I cant see how anyone would have issue with this piano being displayed in their home. We got what I think they call black walnut but its just a deep basic black.Very nice to look at.
Assembly was straight forward. The instructions are on the top of the box so don't throw it out or rip it when opening. It basically comes down to 8 support screws that hold the stand an main unit together and a combination of 6 other screws that attach the decorative back. All the support screw holes are metal inserts so no need to torque them too tight for them to hold.The wood screws that hols the back on are all pre-drilled so as long as you line everything up properly there's no drama there either. We got the optional Yamaha headphones (which i do not recommend) so there's a headphone hangar that needs to be installed as well. Its just two screws on the bottom, goes on very easy. As long as you have help lifting the main unit on to the stand to install it shouldn't take more than an hour to put together. Once its done it feels very sturdy. I saw a review that said the seat that comes with it wasn't very sturdy. Either they changed it or that person got a lemon. The seat we got with ours is rock solid.
Lastly is how it functions. I'm not a musician so you may want to take this part with a grain of salt. I have compared this unit with a real piano and I cant tell the difference. Granted I haven't done a side by side but I'm guessing only someone with a trained ear would be able to tell. There is no detectable telltale sign of synthesized reproduction like with a Casio or other type keyboard. To me it sounds like a real piano. The keys also feel like the ones on a real piano. You get the sensation that you are moving something inside the unit when you press them. There is resistance and subtle feedback like with mechanical keys on an acoustic. I found myself pressing them over and over wondering "how did they do that". I haven't gone through any of the functions or connected my I-pad to the unit yet but the player function is nice. I could imagine using it for pleasant background music during dinner parties or something.
I'll probably add a little more detail to this review once my daughter has used this piano for a while but my initial impression is very positive. I feel that I got every penny's worth in terms of quality and look forward to my kid learning to play.
I saw her do it and it really wasn’t that hard of a push open that did it.
I had to unscrew the top cover and repair the flimsy fasteners that held the hinges in place...very poorly designed/engineered Yamaha...had to use slightly larger wood screws which was challenging along with some strong 3M fiber tape to cover the hinges (all out of sight under the back cover.)
Either way I've upgrade my initial 2-star rating to 4-star as, when it's working, it sounds and plays extremely well.
If it hadn't broken I might give 5 stars. If it can be easily fixed them I'm downgrading to one star. I've had my Arius 143 for 3 months. At first it sounded great and no problems at all; assembly easy and teaching my kids to use it also easy. But then it started the weird behavior. When I press certain pairs of keys a third key plays (VERY LOUDLY) as I had had played that key. If, while holding down first two keys, try to play that 3rd key, nothing happens; as if I'm already holding that 3rd key down. I have to arrange service and take it apart. I hope this goes well because it looks and sounds very nice _when it's working_.
Will also contact Amazon but they may have a limited replacement for items like this. The "RETURN ITEM" button is not showing on my order list.
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