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Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench  

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The Yamaha Arius Series provides true piano sound and feel. The graded-hammer keyboard of the Yamaha Arius YDP-181 digital piano makes it a true joy to play both in practice and in performance. The 3-... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha Arius Series provides true piano sound and feel. The graded-hammer keyboard of the Yamaha Arius YDP-181 digital piano makes it a true joy to play both in practice and in performance. The 3-level AWM dynamic stereo sampling voices deliver remarkably authentic sound. Moreover, the damper pedal includes a half-damper effect, giving you nuanced expressive control over the sustained sound. The Yamaha Arius digital piano's dual voice capability lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time, while a 2-track song recorder allows you to capture original musical ideas and performances. Comes with Headphone Hanger, Song Book "50 greats for the Piano" and BC-100 Standard Bench.

Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard:
Just as on a traditional acoustic piano, lower notes on a GH keyboard have a heavier touch while the higher notes are more responsive to lighter playing. The Yamaha Arius digital piano's GH keyboard features an extra key sensor capable of reproducing fast, repetitive playing of a single note with perfect articulation.

Variable touch sensitivity:
Select the hard, medium, or soft setting to match your playing style or finger strength. Turn off sensitivity for a fixed response setting, which is ideal when playing the organ.

Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) dynamic stereo sampling:
The 88-key Yamaha Arius digital piano comes equipped with AWM (Advanced Wave Memory), a sampling system that creates the realism of an acoustic instrument by using digital technology to record the instrument sound and apply high-quality digital filter technology to the recorded audio samples. The waveform of the sound created by playing the key of an acoustic piano differs depending on the playing strength from pianissimo to fortissimo. AWM dynamic stereo sampling can produce dynamic nuances by recording samples of various playing strengths. The greater the number of samples used, the higher the expression.

128-note polyphony:
Conventional digital pianos quickly run out of notes during fast, dense legato passages: sustained notes are cut off as the instrument "steals" notes to make room for new notes. On the YDP-181, a maximum of 128 notes can be played all at once.

Damper resonance:
Damper resonance samples provide the rich and broadening tones produced in pedaling. Using these comprehensive gradations, the Yamaha Arius YDP-181 can realistically reproduce the complex sounds of a grand piano.

Half-pedal control:
Half-pedal control allows the sustain length to vary step-by-step depending on how far the pedal is pressed. The farther you press the pedal, the more the sound sustains.

Song recorder:
The electronic piano's built-in, 2-track performance memory allows you to record a backing track and then step into the spotlight and solo over it. Best of all, you can change tempo or voices even after you've recorded your performance. The Yamaha Arius digital piano also a built-in metronome to help you stay in perfect time.

50 preset piano songs:
The Yamaha digital piano also has a selection of 50 different piano songs built-in for your listening pleasure. These recordings were chosen for their beauty as well as their functionality. Since many of the songs are classic piano pieces, anyone taking lessons can use them as a reference.

Features
  • Keyboard:
  • Touch response: hard, medium, soft, fixed
  • Type: GH
  • Voice:
  • Number of voices: 14
  • Number of polyphony: 128
  • Piano voice quality: AWM dynamic stereo sampling
  • Number of dynamic steps: 3
  • Effect:
  • Reverb: 4 types
  • Effect: 4 types
  • Brilliance: yes
  • Damper resonance: yes
  • Dual: yes
  • Split: no
  • Song:
  • Playback: number of preset songs: 14 (voice demo), 50 (piano)
  • Recording: number of songs: 3; number of tracks: 2
  • Metronome: yes
  • Pedals: number of pedals: 3 (damper with half pedal effect, sostenuto and soft)
  • Overall control:
  • Tempo: yes
  • Transpose: yes
  • Tuning: yes
  • Scale tuning: yes
  • Display: type: 7-segment LED
  • Jacks and terminals:
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • To host: no
  • Headphone: 2
  • AUX. In (L/L+R, R): no
  • AUX. Out (L/L+R, R): no
  • AUX. Out (L, R): no
  • USB to device: yes
  • Outboard content:
  • Song: pianosoft solo: yes
  • Amplifier/speaker:
  • Output: 20W x 2
  • Speaker: 16cm x 2
  • Speaker/headphones control: yes
  • Cabinet:
  • Key cover: sliding
  • Headphone hanger: yes
  • AC power cord included
  • Sustain pedal sold separately
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YamahaArius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Responsive / good action (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Chamber music (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice piano. Balanced price and features

I did quite a lot of research on digital pianos and I found this YDP181 my best option. Key things you want to consider when selecting a digital piano:
- Number of...Read complete review

I did quite a lot of research on digital pianos and I found this YDP181 my best option. Key things you want to consider when selecting a digital piano:
- Number of voices: this one has 128 (which is the max you can expect)
- Key sensitivity: this has "Graded Hammer" which is better than "Graded Hammer Standard" that you may find in other Yamahas.
- Half pedal: the damper pedal supports half pedal, so it's not only "on/off"
Other than this, the rest if quite the same for most of the digital pianos out there: 2x20W speakers, recording function, USB (to upload/download music you recorded), metronome, etc.
One thing I would love it to have is USB to host, so you don't need to buy a separate MIDI to USB interface to connect the piano to a PC. By the way, I have tried the M-Audio interface and works perfect with my Mac (add 40 dollars to your budget).
In a nutshell, if you are after a digital piano, this is the best I found that still "feels like a grand", but costs as a digital. In terms of sound quality is excellent; sound level is good (not a grand, of course!).
And remember this is a piano, not a keyboard. I you are looking for tons of different sounds and accompainments, your better go with a Yamaha V240 or something else.
My final and best advice, you may want to try the piano in a music shop first to feel it. Once you make a decision, Musician's friend can do the rest.
Very complete set of features including Graded Hammer key sensitivity, half pedal, USB to device, 14 different sounds and 128 polyphony (VERY IMPORTANT FEATURE).
Has no USB to host interface...
Very good quality. The sound is very realistic. The two speakers located at the sides of the piano resemble how a grand sounds: bass on the left, treble on the right.
Although somehow expensive (you can buy a similar style piano for 500 bucks) for it class, it is worth your money. I would give it a 10 if it was USD1600...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Problematic noise

I couldn't wait to set this piano up, however, right out of the box, there has been an occasional sputtering sound. Although I took out the pro coverage, it wouldn't make sense...Read complete review

I couldn't wait to set this piano up, however, right out of the box, there has been an occasional sputtering sound. Although I took out the pro coverage, it wouldn't make sense to keep it and bank on it being fixed and having the same issues three years from now. So, very unfortunately, I will have to find someone to disassemble and get it back to the store.

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5.0

Seems like an excellent product

By tim

from Oil City, Pa

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

      We use this for a worship team at our church

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Problematic noise

      By Carol

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

        I couldn't wait to set this piano up, however, right out of the box, there has been an occasional sputtering sound. Although I took out the pro coverage, it wouldn't make sense to keep it and bank on it being fixed and having the same issues three years from now. So, very unfortunately, I will have to find someone to disassemble and get it back to the store.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely satisfactory!

        By Meaghan E.

        from Hallandale

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music

        Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

        The product was in new and beautiful condition! However, the package and top piece were quite heavy so unpacking and setting the digital piano up was a two-person job for me! The Yamaha-YDP 181 is suitable for all needs such as accompaniments or even learning. My favorite features are the key touch as you can choose if you would like the keys to be soft, medium, or hard. This digital piano is one of the closest to a grand with the sound, key touch, and more! There are absolutely no cons for this one except for the weight but that's easy to overcome with another person. The Yamaha-YDP 181 is magnificent and never fails on me, I'm more than satisfied with this purchase!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All preconceived ideas out the window...

        By GEO

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Chamber Music
          • Learning

          Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

          Preconceived idea 1: digital keyboards don't deserve to be called pianos. I reluctantly accepted the idea I needed an electronic keyboard to practice my classical music repertoire at night when my wife prefers to sleep (how strange...). I have a wonderful fifty year old baby grand from a famous German manufacturer. The Yamaha is a great companion to it, and it absolutely deserves the P in "YDP". The heavier action is a welcome practicing opportunity for me after having gotten too used to the feather light German action which I don't find on any other piano. After practicing on the YDP for two weeks I was able to sit down at a piano with a more normal action and didn't have any difficulty. The tone quality is good enough that I ended up returning an expensive set of headphones when they didn't reproduce what the YDP can do. The pedal action is somewhat less graded than most real pianos but I met similar pedal response on American pianos. I view this as "flexibility training" opportunity to accept different mechanisms.

          Peconceived idea 2: Don't expect much from a giant retailer, especially with online orders. Customer care from Guitar Center was absolutely superb. They made sure that my credit card order was legit, shipped the piano in a very reasonable time to a local store in NM where the staff was very courteous and efficient.

          In summary I couldn't be happier with my purchase of the YDP 181 at Guitar Center. I would recommend this piano up to intermediate level classical musicians as their primary piano and to everybody as a secondary practice piano. The Clavinova IS nicer but it is much more expensive.

          (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Piano-like quality Plus more!

          By Danette

          from Woodstock GA

          Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

          After researching and trying many keyboards AND pianos, I ended up choosing the Yamaha Arius YDP181 88-Key Digital Piano! From researching the internet and calling many stores, I had narrowed my choices to a Suzuki micro-mini grand and the Roland Supernatural. I came to Guitar Center expecting to buy the Roland but walked out with the Yamaha! The Suzuki did not even come close to my expectations, and after many questions to my salesman, Alex Reyes, nor did the Roland. I had a Roland ep9 for 20 years and liked the sound but not the keyboard "look". Being a church pianist means I need to practice all kinds of music from church service, wedding and funeral. I also write music and LOVE the USB capability that the Yamaha offers to use with my computer software. I must say that I love the look of this keyboard because it reminds me of a spinet piano - which is what I wanted. A lot of friends come over and think that it is an actual acoustic piano instead of electronic. I was nervous about putting the cabinet together but found the directions printed right on the box! I wish more companies would do that! I'm a 44 year-old woman and had no troubles putting the cabinet together but did need help putting the electronic component on top to complete the piano. Thank you, Alex Reyes and Guitar Center for having so many choices on hand to try and answering all my questions. And, thanks for your patience as this was a big buy for me! The only "trouble" I've had is this: I had my carpets cleaned and walked across the carpet (when dry) to play the piano. There is a 3-pedal unit that comes with the cabinet, and now the damper pedal is now discolored. The solution the company used was "green" but I will try to get some brass cleaner as the discoloration would not buff off. Should anyone have any suggestions about this, please let me know.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love the quality of sounds

          By keys

          from Ukiah, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Chamber Music
            • Concerts

            Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

            I am really enjoying playing this instrument. It is a great value for the price. Transposing and no tuning are great features.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AMAZING

            By Finn Goodwin-Bain

            from Ohio

            Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

            I moved into the US from New Zealand and needed a new piano, this is perfect for what in need and is wonderful to play. Defiantly recommend it.

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love my piano!

            By CAROLYN THORNTON

            from Louisville, KY

            Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

            I have always had an acoustic piano and was hesitant about a digital. My husband bought this for me for our 20th wedding anniversay after me trying out every piano in town. I love that it looks and sounds like an acoustic piano. Also, the keys are weighted so it feels like you are playing an acoustic. I also love the fact that I can plug in the headphones and practice and not disturb anyone else in the house. It arrived very well packed and was easy to assemble. I am loving my new piano!

            (60 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice piano. Balanced price and features

            By Pablo Strika

            from Miramar, FL

            Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

            I did quite a lot of research on digital pianos and I found this YDP181 my best option. Key things you want to consider when selecting a digital piano:
            - Number of voices: this one has 128 (which is the max you can expect)
            - Key sensitivity: this has "Graded Hammer" which is better than "Graded Hammer Standard" that you may find in other Yamahas.
            - Half pedal: the damper pedal supports half pedal, so it's not only "on/off"
            Other than this, the rest if quite the same for most of the digital pianos out there: 2x20W speakers, recording function, USB (to upload/download music you recorded), metronome, etc.
            One thing I would love it to have is USB to host, so you don't need to buy a separate MIDI to USB interface to connect the piano to a PC. By the way, I have tried the M-Audio interface and works perfect with my Mac (add 40 dollars to your budget).
            In a nutshell, if you are after a digital piano, this is the best I found that still "feels like a grand", but costs as a digital. In terms of sound quality is excellent; sound level is good (not a grand, of course!).
            And remember this is a piano, not a keyboard. I you are looking for tons of different sounds and accompainments, your better go with a Yamaha V240 or something else.
            My final and best advice, you may want to try the piano in a music shop first to feel it. Once you make a decision, Musician's friend can do the rest.
            Very complete set of features including Graded Hammer key sensitivity, half pedal, USB to device, 14 different sounds and 128 polyphony (VERY IMPORTANT FEATURE).
            Has no USB to host interface...
            Very good quality. The sound is very realistic. The two speakers located at the sides of the piano resemble how a grand sounds: bass on the left, treble on the right.
            Although somehow expensive (you can buy a similar style piano for 500 bucks) for it class, it is worth your money. I would give it a 10 if it was USD1600...

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            PERFECT

            By Jada Horn

            from Manchester, CT

            Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench:

            I loved it. I was looking for a great piano were I can play music, record, and listen to other songs from it, also with a organ. It's wonderful and not that pricey.

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