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

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An 88-key digital piano with a graded-hammer keyboard and bench that's ideal for beginning students and experienced players alike.

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.

  • 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

Order this Yamaha digital piano and get dynamic stereo sampling, a half-damper effect, dual voice capability, a 2-track song recorder, and more!


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YamahaArius YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano with Bench

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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...

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Love the quality of sounds

By keys

from Ukiah, CA

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


    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Seems like an excellent product

    By tim

    from Oil City, Pa

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


      Best Uses

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

        We use this for a worship team at our church

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