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Yamaha YDP163B Arius Series Console Digital Piano with Bench, Black
- 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.
- Graded Hammer 3 (GH3) weighted action provides increasingly heavier touch from the high keys to the low keys, with grand piano-style response and an outstanding dynamic range.
- 50 classic piano songs are provided in the built-in song memory as well as in a music book, "50 Greats for the Piano."
- The Controller App for iOS devices adds a rich graphical user interface, allowing for quick and easy navigation and configuration.
- The 2-track song recorder allows players to practice one hand at a time, or record their next hit single!
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Yamaha Arius Series Digital Console Pianos
From the makers of the world's finest acoustic pianos for over a century, come 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. Yamaha is the industry leader in digital piano technology, and this is evident when listening to Yamaha digital pianos that utilize the Pure CF Sound Engine. The sound of the renowned Yamaha CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano is faithfully reproduced, allowing for incredible dynamics and expressiveness, making Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worthy of the Yamaha name.
Superb Playability and Feel
A Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) 88-key piano keyboard provides a heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, and is similar to the hammers inside an acoustic piano. GHS is great for the aspiring pianist, because practicing with the GHS action builds proper finger technique for playing on an acoustic piano. Additionally, the matte finish of the black keys makes them less slippery when playing for extended periods of time.
Realistic Pedal Performance
Half-damper pedal control creates more detailed nuance and subtlety when playing, similar to pedaling on a grand piano. This feature allows for continuously increasing lengths of sustained notes, from slight to full, as the sustain pedal is depressed. Stereo Sustain samples provide mellow reverberations when the player depresses the damper pedal. The result is more realistic sound, similar to that of an acoustic piano. Subtle changes occur when the player begins to press the pedal while striking a key.
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.
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 synthetic ivory keytops||GH3 3-sensor Graded Hammer keyboard with synthetic ivory key tops||Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard with Matte Black Keytops||Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard with Matte Black Keytops|
|Voices||10||10||10||14||131 + 361 XGlite + 12 Drum/SFX Kits|
|Songs||10 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs||10 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs||10 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs||14 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs||30 Piano Preset Songs|
|Finish Options||Dark Rosewood, Black Walnut||Black Walnut, Satin White||Dark Rosewood, Black Walnut||Dark Rosewood||Dark Rosewood|
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|Item Dimensions||22.9 x 57 x 18.9 in||16.1 x 58.2 x 11.8 in||15 x 58 x 16 in||22.99 x 57.05 x 18.86 in|
|Number of Keys||88||88||88||88|
The best digital piano is one that can grow with a musician as they progress. On the YDP-163, Graded Hammer Standard 3 (GH3) action combines with Pure CF sampling and a powerful 20W x 2 amplifier system to deliver authentic piano touch and tone. The optional iOS app, Digital Piano Controller, makes navigation and configuration easier than ever.
Top Customer Reviews
So I went shopping for digital pianos, and I was amazed to find so many good choices that are out there today. Things had changed dramatically since I had played my friend's digital with the weighted keys. I discovered the Yamaha's and fell in love with the graded hammer action, I can't believe how much like a real piano the touch is. And for me the touch is everything, that's what makes this digital piano feel like the real thing. And if you close your eyes, I don't believe you will discern any real difference in the sound, either. Simply amazing.
I wasn't sure I really needed all the bells and whistles such as all the voices and I really didn't think I would do any recording or anything like that. But after wading through the manual I decided to try some of the different voices, as well as record accompaniments so I could play duets with myself, and I've had a blast. It's a lot of fun to try different things on this piano, and I'm constantly glad that I didn't go for a model with less features after all.
The finish is really very nice, and it does look like a nice piece of furniture, and like a real piano, especially with the cover that pulls down over the keys.
Having played classical music for many years, I didn't want to have to "settle" for less than what I was used to. And with this piano, I don't feel like I "settled" at all. I don't think I could have asked for or found anything better without spending many thousands more.
I went to a music store about an hour's drive from my home to choose a digital piano. My main keyboard is an eight-year-old Yamaha DGX500, which was the closest I could come to owning a Clavinova at the time. The DGX500 has a lot of nice features, but it still performs and sounds like a keyboard, as opposed to a digital piano.
The moment I sat down at the Arius I found it a true joy to play. It was sitting next to a CVP503 Clavinova, which I also played for comparison. The piano sample in the Clavinova was slightly better than the Arius, but not by much. There was also a slight difference between the Graded Hammer Standard and the Graded Hammer touch, but again, not by much. People talk about the Graded Hammer Standard mechanism being noisy. Perhaps it depends on how one plays and the type of music one plays. I didn't find noise to be an issue at all. The touch was satisfyingly pleasant to me. It is certainly better than any of the other keyboards I currently own.
This Arius model has everything anyone could possibly want in a fine digital piano. There is a ton of instrument voices and loads of rhythms with automatic accompaniment styles. I even hooked up a USB portable disk drive to play some piano MIDI files. And wow! The sound blew me away! It sounded as if someone were sitting at the piano playing this wonderful recital for me.
This instrument even looks like a piano, with its wood cabinet design, three pedals, and sliding key cover, which not only conceals the keys, but also the instrument's knobs and buttons. What's not to like? The fact that I wasn't in a hurry to get up from the piano bench speaks for itself. I said to the salesman, "This piano has my name on it."
I decided to purchase the instrument from this particular Yamaha dealer because we came up with a comfortable payment plan and the store will deliver it to my house fully assembled.
For 20 years I've been clamoring for a Clavinova, which always seemed just beyond my reach. Until the Yamaha Arius YDP-V240. I look forward to owning this instrument because it's as good as it gets.