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The Yamaha P-255 contemporary digital piano is for all musicians looking for an instrument suitable for both serious practice and live performance. Thanks to its portable design and built-in speaker s... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha P-255 contemporary digital piano is for all musicians looking for an instrument suitable for both serious practice and live performance. Thanks to its portable design and built-in speaker system, the P-255 can be played in any place or setting,with or without external amplification. And with the first-of-its-kind Controller App for iOS, you can customize your piano sound or quickly adjust your favorite settings with touch-screen ease-of-use. As part of the best-selling Yamaha P-Series, the P-255 offers a more authentic piano sound and feel than ever before. With Yamaha’s knowledge of digital audio and over 125 years of experience building fine acoustic pianos, you can rest assured that the P-255 will meet and exceed your expectations of a portable digital piano.

The Sensation of Playing a Concert Grand
The P-255 uses the Pure CF Sound Engine to produce its piano Voices. As the only digital piano in Yamaha's P-Series to feature the following three functions, the P-255 can also recreate the characteristic acoustics of the grand piano sound in a more realistic fashion.

Key-off Samples - This feature reproduces the slight change in sound at the instant you remove your fingers from the keys. What’s more, different key-off sounds are produced for staccato and legato playing.

Sustain Sampling - The resonance of the soundboard and strings heard when the damper pedal is used has been sampled in order to recreate this acoustic effect. The P-255 responds to how deep you depress the pedal.

String Resonance - When the hammer of a grand piano strikes its string, the other strings will also resonate. The P-255 can reproduce this effect using its String Resonance feature.

Synthetic Ivory Keytops – Built to be Played
With a heavier touch in the low keys and a lighter touch in the high keys, the Graded Hammer (GH) action makes the P-255 feel and respond more like a real grand piano. Additionally, the white keys feature synthetic ivory keytops with excellent moisture absorption properties. This means that your fingers won't slip even when playing for extended periods of time.

Meticulous Acoustic Design
The P-255’s circular speakers vibrate in a highly natural manner to produce a well-balanced tone. Thanks to this design, lower notes in particular have a much richer sound than on pianos with oval speakers. The P-255 also features built-in tweeters aimed directly at the performer, so that higher notes sound brighter. Also, the pair of 15W amps built into each P-255 can deliver a very powerful sound.

Adjust the Sound to Your Taste or Performance Environment
The P-255 is equipped with EQ sliders—one each for the low, mid and high frequency ranges. By simply moving these sliders, you can easily adjust the digital piano‘s sound to your liking or to better suit the current song or acoustic environment. You can produce bright and shimmering tones that are clear and highly present or powerful sounds that pack a punch.

The P-255 Controller App for iOS
The free P-255 Controller App for iPhone or iPad can be downloaded from the App Store here. With it, you can control a wide range of the digital piano’s functions with an easy-to-use, touch-screen interface. This visual approach to configuring the P-255 makes it easy to try out functions that you may not have considered using before. Graphically choose which Voices to layer, adjust the split point, manage songs you record to a USB device and more, all with the touch of a finger. You can also use the app to store your favorite settings and recall them instantly whenever needed. Explore the settings and sounds of the P-255 even before yours arrives at home.

Features Keyboard
  • Number of keys:88 Key
  • Action: Graded-Hammer action
  • Key size:Full
  • Aftertouch / Velocity:Velocity Sensitive
  • Key Type:Piano-style
  • Sounds
  • Number of voices: 24
  • Polyphony (max):256-note
  • Layers:Yes
  • Split:Yes
  • Connectivity
  • AUX input:Yes
  • MIDI Connectivity:MIDI In/Out
  • Line output:Yes
  • Line input:No
  • USB Connectivity:Yes
  • Headphone jacks: 2
  • Pedal inputs:2
  • Storage type:Internal / USB
  • Expandability available:Info not available
  • Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback: Yes
  • Accompaniment styles: Info not available
  • Preset songs:24
  • Display:LED
  • Effects:Yes
  • Built-in speakers:Yes
  • Pitch bend/Modulation:No
  • Other controls:Not applicable
  • Effects
  • Reverb:Yes
  • Chorus:Yes
  • Delay:No
  • Equalizer:Yes
  • Arpeggio:Info not available
  • Other:Yes
  • Other
  • Width:52.5" 
  • Height: 5.8" 
  • Depth:13.8"
  • Weight: 38.1 lb.
  • Power adapter:Included
  • Batteries:Not applicable
  • Stand or bench included:Sold Separately
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YamahaP-255 88-Key Digital Piano
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

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    (4)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive / good action (8)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Touch sensitive keys (6)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
  • MIDI (3)
  • Travel (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best bang for the buck!

I did a lot of research before replacing my beloved Fatar controller of 25+ years. Sure, this isn't a dedicated MIDI controller, per-se. But it has the best piano action I've played...Read complete review

I did a lot of research before replacing my beloved Fatar controller of 25+ years. Sure, this isn't a dedicated MIDI controller, per-se. But it has the best piano action I've played (outside of a real grand piano, that is). The "USB to host" and "USB to device" options are great -- no need for a standalone MIDI interface for your computer. Of course it comes with standard MIDI-in,out,thru as well as connections for a piano-style 3-pedal system and a sustain pedal jack which works with continuous action to allow partial pedaling.

The built-in sounds are good for general-purpose use. The piano sounds as good as the Native Instruments New York Grand...at least when played through a good sound system. The built-in speakers are mediocre. They do the job, but they add a lot of undesirable color to the overall sound and overdrive easily. BUT, they're fine for a small chamber music gig (which saves hauling a separate amp for many of my gigs).

The controls and display are basic, but straightforward. I haven't played with the iPad interface as I'm not an Apple fanboi. That looks to have some nice features -- if Yamaha releases a PC or Android version, I'll ammend this review!

Bottom line -- this would work great as a standalone digital grand in a home (with a good sound system) or as a more general purpose MIDI controller and "main stage piano." I'm planning on augmenting my rig with a separate control wheel / MIDI fader box so I don't really miss those on my main keyboard. But it's the action that wins this game. It can in many cases completely replace a real piano...something I was beginning to doubt was possible for me.

Oh, and Musician's Friend allows their coupons to apply to this (unlike some other brands). I got 20% off!! ;-)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ouch!

I bought the P-255 in the hope of having a portable version of my beloved Yamaha Clavinova. I wanted a simple stage piano with good samples but not too many bells and whistles...Read complete review

I bought the P-255 in the hope of having a portable version of my beloved Yamaha Clavinova. I wanted a simple stage piano with good samples but not too many bells and whistles (I can always add those with the DAW). The sounds on the Clavinova are way, way better than those on the P-255, and the Clavinova is about 10 years old now. The P-255 sounds tinkly and very cheap, and actually is painful to listen to in the higher register, especially an octave and a half above middle C. (I thought maybe it was just me, and so I asked my wife, but she agreed.) The four offered piano sounds are pretty much equally bad. Fiddling with the on-board EQ did not help much. Their electric piano sound is also not nearly as good as the one on the Clavinova. Yamaha went from great to terrible, in my estimation - why use such cheap, tinny sounding samples? So before you buy this, I'd suggest borrowing a really good set of headphones from the salesperson (those stores are usually noisy!) and make sure you can live with these sounds. Everything else about the piano, I like - two headphone jacks (for teacher and student), it's relatively light weight, and the keys feel good. Such a shame they did this with the samples. I guess the one silver lining is that, because there's essentially no bass, you are unlikely to be able to disturb the neighbors with this.

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5.0

I would buy this item again

By Bw

from Sayre, OK

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

      Feels and sounds like a real piano

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I own it, and I love it.

      By John Stebbe

      from Indianapolis

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Learning
        • MIDI

        Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

        I play piano with various jazz quartets and big bands around Indianapolis, and this keyboard is ideal for that.

        The good:

        1) Not too heavy. My previous board was a Yamaha P120, and it was about 3 pounds heavier. I really do notice the weight difference.

        2) Four different acoustic piano sounds to choose from, and they are all pretty good.

        3) 1/8" stereo mini-plug input on the back. You can use your auxiliary cord from the car on this board, to connect your phone or iPod to the keyboard. Very very handy.

        4) Two headphone jacks on the front. Very easy to get to.

        5) Several different basic rhythm patterns are included in an onboard drum machine. They are not super fantastic, but they are very useful nonetheless.

        6) The keyboard accepts a thumb drive on a USB port in the front. You can store audio tracks (must be stereo WAV format) from your computer on your thumb drive, and play them back through this keyboard. You can also store midi files from your computer, and play them back through this keyboard. And you can create midi files on the keyboard, to be stored on the thumb drive. Same thing with audio files.

        7) There is a three-band EQ with physical sliders on the front panel.

        8) Onboard speakers in the back pointing towards the audience, are very good. Not much bass, of course, but good for practicing alone.

        9) The synthetic ivory keytops really are nice.

        10) The optional iPad app is really great. You can control any function from the app. You'll find many functions that you did not know this keyboard had. Nice to have a big screen from which to operate the keyboard.

        12) The realistic touch and feel of the keyboard is unmatched by any other digital piano manufacturer, in my opinion.

        The bad:

        1) The sustain pedal scoots away from your foot as you use it.

        2) The Rhodes piano sound is just so-so.

        3) When you are not using the iPad app to control the keyboard, the functions are not easy to figure out.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very satisifed

        By KLM

        from FL

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

            As a classical pianist, I use this to steal a few minutes of practice here and there. The action is excellent and the samples are generally good and usable--better samples, in my option, than the Roland fp-80, which I had and returned.

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love This Piano!

            By Kevin Songs

            from Phoenix, AZ

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Travel

              Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

              The P255 is the 2nd Yamaha digital piano that I've owned and I love it. It sounds and feels like a real piano and at shows, if people hear it before they see it, they think it's a real piano. The action is awesome and I have had absolutely no problem with it. I'm looking forward to the next generation.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This is an Awesome Board for anyone that loves to play.

              By Bebaby

              from Murfreesboro Tn

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

                Buy this keyboard you want be sorry that you did.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very quite keybed

                By misty

                from Pgh, Pa

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

                    Keybed is excellent very little noise compared to other companies. To my ears so is the tone. The pressure took about a hour to get use to. As they are not just higher n lower pressure Like everyone advertises. They feel just like a grand. Tone I think they nailed. For the few extra 100, well worth it.

                    (15 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Ouch!

                    By Chris

                    from Bellevue WA

                    Site Member

                    Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

                    I bought the P-255 in the hope of having a portable version of my beloved Yamaha Clavinova. I wanted a simple stage piano with good samples but not too many bells and whistles (I can always add those with the DAW). The sounds on the Clavinova are way, way better than those on the P-255, and the Clavinova is about 10 years old now. The P-255 sounds tinkly and very cheap, and actually is painful to listen to in the higher register, especially an octave and a half above middle C. (I thought maybe it was just me, and so I asked my wife, but she agreed.) The four offered piano sounds are pretty much equally bad. Fiddling with the on-board EQ did not help much. Their electric piano sound is also not nearly as good as the one on the Clavinova. Yamaha went from great to terrible, in my estimation - why use such cheap, tinny sounding samples? So before you buy this, I'd suggest borrowing a really good set of headphones from the salesperson (those stores are usually noisy!) and make sure you can live with these sounds. Everything else about the piano, I like - two headphone jacks (for teacher and student), it's relatively light weight, and the keys feel good. Such a shame they did this with the samples. I guess the one silver lining is that, because there's essentially no bass, you are unlikely to be able to disturb the neighbors with this.

                    (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Yamaha p-255

                    By doggrell3000

                    from new york ny

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Chamber Music
                      • Concerts
                      • Electronic Music
                      • Learning
                      • MIDI
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

                      I have played Steinway concert grands and cheap portable Casios and everything in between . the new yamaha p-255 is the best all around piano i have ever had the pleasure to play . the p-255 has 258 note polyphony so i never hear a dead key . the action is better than some acoustic pianos let alone most electric pianos . the built in sounds are excellent and i have the ability to hook up my computer and use sampled grands from Ivory and Native Instruments which are amplified in stereo with studio monitors . Other than the more expensive yamaha c series stage pianos ( which are not really any better than the p-255 ) the new Yamaha 2014 black p-255 is the best portable piano ever made .

                      (19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best bang for the buck!

                      By Dave

                      from Las Cruces, NM

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Nice Peripheral Options
                      • Realistic Sound
                      • Responsive / Good Action
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys
                      • Well-built

                      Cons

                      • Built-in Speakersmeh
                      • No Control Wheels

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Chamber Music
                      • Concerts
                      • MIDI
                      • Recording
                      • Small Combos

                      Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

                      I did a lot of research before replacing my beloved Fatar controller of 25+ years. Sure, this isn't a dedicated MIDI controller, per-se. But it has the best piano action I've played (outside of a real grand piano, that is). The "USB to host" and "USB to device" options are great -- no need for a standalone MIDI interface for your computer. Of course it comes with standard MIDI-in,out,thru as well as connections for a piano-style 3-pedal system and a sustain pedal jack which works with continuous action to allow partial pedaling.

                      The built-in sounds are good for general-purpose use. The piano sounds as good as the Native Instruments New York Grand...at least when played through a good sound system. The built-in speakers are mediocre. They do the job, but they add a lot of undesirable color to the overall sound and overdrive easily. BUT, they're fine for a small chamber music gig (which saves hauling a separate amp for many of my gigs).

                      The controls and display are basic, but straightforward. I haven't played with the iPad interface as I'm not an Apple fanboi. That looks to have some nice features -- if Yamaha releases a PC or Android version, I'll ammend this review!

                      Bottom line -- this would work great as a standalone digital grand in a home (with a good sound system) or as a more general purpose MIDI controller and "main stage piano." I'm planning on augmenting my rig with a separate control wheel / MIDI fader box so I don't really miss those on my main keyboard. But it's the action that wins this game. It can in many cases completely replace a real piano...something I was beginning to doubt was possible for me.

                      Oh, and Musician's Friend allows their coupons to apply to this (unlike some other brands). I got 20% off!! ;-)

                      (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great piano

                      By Kim

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      Comments about Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano:

                      I haven't utilized all of its functionality yet, but so far I love it. My main desire was for a digital keyboard that felt, played, and sounded like a real piano, and this one satisfies very well. I know it can do a great deal more, but for now I'm stuck on just playing and enjoying having a piano in the house again. Love the white, it's very sleek.

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