Review: Yamaha DGX 630 88 Full-Sized Digital Piano

With an assortment of useful features available both for beginners and professionals, the Yamaha DGX 630 88 Full-Sized Digital Piano is a great addition to the list of great digital pianos offered by Yamaha. This review will help you discover all of the features this model can offer together with some pros and cons that you should also be aware about.

The DGX 630 comes with a full-sized 88-key graded hammer standard keyboard which has a touch and sound similar to that of an acoustic grand piano (heavier on the low notes and lighter on the high notes). Two USB ports are also available which allows you to connect USB storage devices and other USB capable devices. The Yamaha DGX 630 also allows you to record up to six tracks so that you can also record accompaniments, rhythm parts, and sophisticated tunes — these are very cool features that will really help inspire the beginning and accomplished musician alike.

An optional must have upgrade is the Yamaha LP-7A Pedal Unit which is made expressly for this piano and gives you 3 different sustain modes and well worth buying in my opinion.

Optional Yamaha LP7A pedal unit

The Good:

What really impressed me about the Yamaha DGX-630 88 full-sized digital piano is its authentic feel and its surprisingly pleasing sound which is similar to that of an acoustic grand piano. Somehow the 2 way in-board speakers emanate a clear, warm and well-balanced sound. After trying this and some seriously expensive digital pianos at my local music store I found myself somehow always returning to this piano.

Another bonus is that the DGX 630 looks very attractive with its wood accent and it even comes with a sturdy matching stand. Even if the 630 is not considered as an entry level digital piano, some of its features like its six track recorder and its LCD screen that displays music scores while playing can really help beginners improve their keyboard skills.

Compared to other similar priced models and brands, the 630 has been proven to provide quite a few advantages like its multitude of additional voices, high quality built-in DSP reverb effects, the multi timbre feature (16-part), and the digital music notebook which enables you to download more sheet music over the Internet.

The Bad:

Part of the downside with lots of good features is that you end up with lots of buttons which may be confusing to some.

Another potential issue with the 630 will be the optional upgrades available using Yamaha’s Digital Music Notebook service which allows you to download pianos lessons, new sheet music and more are paid upgrades. Spending extra dollars for an optional upgrade can be a turn-off for some but a bonus for others who really want to unleash the potential of this versatile digital piano.

This Digital Piano is Perfect for:

  • beginner piano students as you can:
    • read digital sheet music on the display
    • record your practice sessions
    • use the built in metronome
  • accomplished musicians who wants the sound and feel of an acoustic piano without paying the high cost
  • someone with little space in their home or apartment as this portable digital piano can fit practically anywhere

A Yamaha DGX 630 Owner’s Review

By Maria Consuelo

I absolutely love this keyboard. Don’t sell yourself short and think that it’d be better to spend $200 or so less on a different keyboard. Trust me, the money is worth it. If you’re looking for a very acoustic piano sounding keyboard, this one is for you.

It comes with lots of bells and whistles, which is great for whatever need you see fit…but if you’re like me, than perhaps you just want a full-sized weighted keyboard that feels and sounds authentic. The keys are just about as sensitive as a piano, if not more, allowing you to gain emphasis in your playing. I’ve tested and played keyboards from $400 up to $3000 and I specifically chose this one for how it sounded. This one is the creme of the crop.

Here’s the official Yamaha DGX 630 demonstration video that shows quite a few of its many features:

Comments

  1. Your review of the Yamaha CP33 was helpful. My Yamaha Pf-15 died, and I’m toying with the idea of buying a replacement. I have a killer upright piano: a 52″ Bohemia, from Fandrich. But I worry about offending my neighbors late at night.

    I was thinking of a used P-90, thinking it might have a really good, heavy action, and be cheaper. Is the CP33 a real upgrade, or just newer do you think? Also, have you looked at the P-155? It’s only about $200 more than the CP33.

    Cheers,

    David

  2. Christopher Braun says:

    Thanks for the kind comments David!

    As far as the Yamaha P-155, I think it’s a fine piano from the feedback I’ve heard. Some folks have complained that the action is a bit heavy but within a few days this feeling goes away. I’ve also heard that although the piano sound is nice it could be a bit better.

    However, at least it has powered speakers which the CP-33 does not. Also it’s available in many different tones/colors.

    I would advise you to try this out in a retail store *before* you decide to buy. Then once you’ve settled on the piano you like start price shopping. :)

    -Chris