Yamaha YDP-141 Digital Piano Review

The Yamaha YDP141 is an entry level digital upright piano from Yamaha’s Arius line. Despite being entry level it has the authentic concert grand piano sound that made Yamaha famous. Not only that, it comes with nice looking, sturdy stand and a comfortable padded bench. These nice bonuses will save you at least $150 in accessories that you’d otherwise have to buy yourself.

This particular Yamaha model can provide you with different features and advantages that other entry level digital pianos cannot offer. Moreover, there are also some important facts that you should be aware about before you decide to purchase this particular model so keep on reading this review to find out more…

Some of the standout features of the YDP 141 are:

  • 88 full sized Graded Hammer Standard weighted graded keys
  • Variable Touch Sensitivity – allows you to choose between hard, medium or soft setting to match your playing style or finger strength
  • 64 note polyphony – let’s you play more notes at the same time
  • Six different voices: includes grand piano, electric piano, organ and strings
  • Damper pedal includes an authentic half–damper effect, giving you nuanced expressive control over the sustained sound
  • MIDI Sequencer (with built-in MIDI IN and MIDI OUT)
  • 3 different types of reverb effects
  • Library of 50 piano songs you can play at a press of a button
  • Built-in song recorder and metronome make the instruments ideal for piano lessons, practicing, or even composing your own music

The Good:

Like most digital pianos from the Yamaha, expect strikingly realistic and high quality voices from the YDP141 as the piano sounds have been sampled at three velocity levels  using their Advanced Wave Memory dynamic stereo sampling technology — which will provide you with a sound that is very similar to a real acoustic grand piano. I’ve found that Yamaha consistently provides the very best in authentic concert grand piano samples, even for their entry digital pianos like the YDP141.

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Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard piano action

Expect a real acoustic grand piano feel with this digital piano through its 88 GHS or Graded Hammer Standard keys. This is a great feature that allows you to realistically feel the weight of the keys that lessen from low to high notes.

The dual mode operation and the built-in reverb effects processor can both add depth and texture together with the combination of different available voices which is great if you want to experiment with more modern sounds like electronic piano and strings.

The built-in MIDI sequencer allows you to record your performance for review or for playback as it allows you to store almost 11,000 notes in just one track. This is a great feature for beginning piano students as they can listen back to their performances and improve their technique.

As someone who’s really into computers, another cool feature which I really appreciated are the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connections available also enable you to connect to MIDI capable devices and of course your PC or Mac.

The Bad:

Since this model is considered entry level, you might get quite disappointed with the limited number of features it has to offer you compared to the higher priced models aimed at the professional musician. Sure, the speakers could be a bit louder but I found them pleasing nonetheless. Also, after you’ve exhausted all of the available features like the number of available voices and the track recording limitation, you might be wishing that you could have a bit more and upgrade to its big brother the Yamaha YPD161.

What’s the Difference Between the YDP-140 and the new YDP-141?

In May 2019 Yamaha introduced the new version of the YPD-140 — it’s called the YPD-141. For the most part the piano is exactly the same with some minor changes which are:

  1. You can record 2 tracks instead of just 1 track — this is great for “overdubbing” a solo instrument or additional part on top of a backing track
  2. Yamaha doubled the internal storage memory from 337KB to  845KB — this will enable you to store longer songs
  3. The YDP-141 is 11 pounds lighter than the YDP-140!

Conclusion

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A YDP140 Owner’s Review:

By J. Anderson

Just bought the YDP140 yesterday after a lot of internet searching and weighing pros and cons of the choices out there. I have a Yamaha upright, but wanted something to play in the evening w/o bothering neighbors. Sensitive guy that I am, I wanted a digital piano w a sensitive acoustic piano touch– which is why I love my Yamaha upright. After trying several digital pianos yesterday at Guitar Center (mostly Casio and Yamaha), I have to say that the YDP140 is about as close as you can get to the feel and sound of a real piano. All of the other digital I tried felt a little clunky or the sound was slightly off.

Sure, you could spend a few hundred (if you want 20W speakers, a few more voices, and a headphone rack, you can spend $300 more and get the YDP160) or thousand more and possibly get a few hairs closer to the feel of a real piano, along w more bells and whistles, but if you want a quality digital piano w a few quality voices (most importantly, piano)- this is it. The construction and look of this piano is one of quality and looks good in my living room. Also, a nice plus for me is the sturdy rolling key cover, solid, acoustic-mimicking pedals, and included padded bench. I love playing this piano, and when I play my acoustic, the difference in feel is minimal. TRY IT- YOU’LL LIKE IT.

Here’s a video I found on YouTube of someone playing and demonstrating all of the features the Yamaha YDP140:

Comments

  1. Brad Bartram says:

    I just bought the Yamaha YDP 141 from Guitar Center.

    A week prior, I visited Guitar Center and sampled 12 of their top digital pianos or keyboards. When I played this model, it was noticeably better than the rest. Not only the sound, but the feel and response of the keys when expressing notes.

    I have a keyboard with all the bells and whistles, but I finally just wanted to get a digital piano that sounded like a real one.

    I waited a week to make my decision, went back in and sampled the different models with a friend that also plays. Sure enough, he came to the same conclusion. That is when I made the purchase! They must have got it right with this model…