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Yamaha P-255 88-Key Digital Piano

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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. T...Click To Read More About This Product

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Magnificent full 88 with free controller app for iOS.

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
  • Impressive Piano Voices
  • Authentic piano feel
  • Synthetic ivory keytops
  • Meticulous acoustic design
  • EQ, reverb and chorus
  • Controller app for iOS

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SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 88 Key
  • Action: Graded-hammer action
  • Key size: Full
  • Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity 
Sounds
  • Number of voices: 24
  • Polyphony: 256-note
  • Layers/Split: Yes
Connectivity
  • AUX input: Yes
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
  • Line output: Yes
  • USB Connectivity: Yes
  • Headphone jacks: 2
  • Pedal inputs: 2
  • Storage type: Internal / USB
Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback: Yes
  • Preset songs: 24
  • Display: LED
  • Effects: Yes
  • Built-in speakers: Yes
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: No
Effects
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Chorus: Yes
  • Delay: No
  • Equalizer: Yes
Other
  • Width: 52.5 in.
  • Height: 5.8 in.
  • Depth: 13.8 in.
  • Weight: 38.1 lb.
  • Power adapter: Included
  • Stand or bench included: Sold Separately
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YamahaP-255 88-Key Digital Piano
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive / good action (7)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
  • Chamber music (3)
  • Learning (3)
  • MIDI (3)
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(25 of 26 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 .

    (21 of 24 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!! ;-)

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very quite keybed

    By Km

    from Pgh, pa

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    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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very satisifed

        By KLM

        from FL

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        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.

            (2 of 2 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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent but?

              By Love the keys

              from N.Y

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Chamber Music
                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI
                • School Bands

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

                I love Yamaha products, best digi piano's IMHO, But I find the action to be too heavy, had one but I returned it because the key action was just too heavy for me!

                 
                5.0

                very happy with this product /i would recommend this

                By larryb

                from cookeville tn

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Learning

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

                plays great /realistic feel great sound

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