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Yamaha Arius YDP161 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench - Rosewood Finish

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Yamaha's Arius Series digital pianos embody a blend of Yamaha's 100-year history of crafting world-class concert grand pianos and modern digital expertise to give you true piano sound and feel. The gr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Yamaha's Arius Series digital pianos embody a blend of Yamaha's 100-year history of crafting world-class concert grand pianos and modern digital expertise to give you true piano sound and feel.

The graded-hammer keyboard of the 88-key Yamaha YDP-161 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 keyboard's dual voice capability lets you play 2 different instrument sounds at the same time, while a 2-track song recorder allows you to capture original musical ideas and performances.

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. GH keyboards such as the one on this Yamaha Arius digital piano feature an extra key sensor capable of reproducing fast, repetitive playing of a single note with perfect articulation.

Variable touch sensitivity:
The Yamaha Arius electronic piano lets you 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 Yamaha Arius 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 Yamaha Arius YDP-161 digital piano, 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-161 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 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, the electronic piano lets you change tempo or voices even after you've recorded your performance. There's also a built-in metronome to help you stay in perfect time.

50 preset piano songs:
The Yamaha Arius YDP-161 digital piano comes with a selection of 50 different piano songs provided 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.


  • Touch response: hard, medium, soft, fixed
  • Type: GH
  • Number of voices: 10
  • Number of polyphony: 128
  • Piano voice quality: AWM dynamic stereo sampling
  • Number of dynamic steps: 3
  • Reverb: 4 types
  • Brilliance: no
  • Damper resonance: yes
  • Dual: yes
  • Split: no
  • Playback: number of preset songs: 10 (voice demo), 50 (piano)
  • Recording: number of songs: 1; number of tracks: 2
  • yes
  • number of pedals: 3 (damper with half pedal effect, sostenuto and soft)
Overall control:
  • Tempo: yes
  • Transpose: yes
  • Tuning: yes
  • Scale tuning: no
  • type: no
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: no
Outboard content:
  • Song: pianosoft solo: yes
  • Output: 20W x 2
  • Speaker: (12cm x 6cm) x 2
  • Speaker/headphones control: no
  • Finish: Rosewood
  • Key cover: sliding
  • Music rest: Yes
  • Headphone hanger: yes
  • AC power cord included
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YamahaArius YDP161 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench - Rosewood Finish

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Nice Piano

By Jeremy Florence

from Saranac Lake, NY

Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP161 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench - Rosewood Finish:

As far as features go it has everything I was looking for as my first digital piano. It has some other cool voice like harpsichords and organs which is fun to play with as well as the ability to record. It looks nice, although the one complaint I have is that assembly is a pain, and the back piece of wood is very thin and flimsy and feels like it would break without much force, also the pedals feel slightly flimsy and I guess I am expecting a little more durability for the price paid but as long as your careful you should be fine.

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Very happy with the YDP161

By David de Yarza Perez

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Yamaha Arius YDP161 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench - Rosewood Finish:

I got this digital piano for my daughter but I seem to be playing it just as much as she is. We are both very happy with it. It has all the features that I was looking for, and it does not have too many complicated buttons and controls. Everything I wanted and nothing else as far as I can tell. The MIDI out would allow connection to Logic or a PC for anyone looking for more voices and features. Me, I mostly play the default piano voice which sounds great. The record feature is nice, as is the built in metronome. Like I said, I don't need anything else. The key feel is very good, and I chose this model to go up one step from the cheaper GHS keys to GH. I think it was worth it. Installation was pretty simple with good instructions provided, but it does help to have two people to do it. Build is pretty solid, with the exception of the back panel under the keyboard which is pretty flimsy. I hope it does not get kicked too hard as I don't think it would do too well. Otherwise the sliding keyboard cover feels nice and solid as are the few buttons and volume control, and it looks great in rosewood. Unless I was going to step up to the Yamaha NU-1 at well over twice the price, I don't see a need for anything else that what the YDP161 offers.

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