SummaryBest Pianos Buying Guide & Reviews For Everyone. ... the cost, bundled into the digital age of the 21st century. It's the Yamaha DGX650WH Digital Piano.
However, there is also an enormous cost that accompanies such an instrument. So what are the options available to pianists wanting to achieve quality sound, without spending a fortune on an instrument? Yamaha has just what any pianist is looking for; a concert piano sound, without the cost, bundled into the digital age of the 21st century. It’s the Yamaha DGX650WH Digital Piano.
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For pianists playing or learning chords, this Yamaha model comes with an application called Smart Chord. This particular function enhances ‘chord only playing’ by building up each note alongside the pianist. This will make the player sound like a professional, even if they are just beginning to learn chords, and chord play. With a single stroke of a key, Smart Chord will complete the entire chord needed for the pianist. Whether it is a simple pop triad, or complex jazz 7th and 9th chords, Smart Chord steps in to help complete the player’s sound. This feature also provides something called, Accompaniment Styles which finishes the rest of the “band,” to allow the pianist to get straight to playing.
Similar to the Yamaha DGX-650-B Digital, the Yamaha DGX-650-WH has been “sampled” from Yamaha’s renowned CFIIIS concert grand. This model boasts a change in color and provides a running board so the player can install a 3 -Pedal Unit. This prevents pedal movement during piano playing and adds to the acoustic grand piano feel. The pianist is also able to use this instrument for recording various pieces of music, without losing the professional sound acoustic pianos offer. Though not classified as a portable piano, this instrument can still be moved from room to room, giving the pianist the ability to practice in whatever room they choose or move it into a recording room or studio without too much difficulty.
USB/MIDI Recording and Playback
Also available with this model is the USB Audio Recording and Playback function. The pianist can record performances or uncompressed MIDI songs, which then ensures the transfer of CD -quality audio to a USB flash drive while using the USB Audio Recorder. So whatever the pianist chooses to record, it can be transferred to other mediums. After a recording is complete, the files can be copied to an audio CD, shared online, or played via a portable music player. Additionally, once the songs have been transferred to a computer; they can be downloaded onto a mp3 or iPod, and be taken on the go. The pianist now playback uncompressed WAV files stored on the USB flash drive.
The Yamaha DGX650WH also comes with 128 -note polyphony. On an electric keyboard, polyphony is defined by “the quantity of notes or voices that can be played simultaneously, without losing the quality of tone or notes.” Though a keyboard may contain 88 keys, the polyphony can be lower or higher. Specifically, polyphony pertains to some individual notes/tones a piano is able to produce. By choosing a 128 polyphony digital keyboard, there will be enough horsepower available to achieve what’s known as a “dropout -free” performance, while offering the ability to layer multiple voices, and play two-handed — sustained chords. This feature can then be coupled with another function called ‘Smart Chord”, providing the player with a well-rounded acoustic experience.
This particular function has a few aspects to it. First, it teaches the performer to play by breaking up songs into individual components, such as pitch and rhythm; the program then reconstructs the songs once mastered. This means the pianist is able to practice only one hand of a song, while the DGX-650 plays the other. There is also a Waiting Mode, which pauses the accompaniment until the performer plays the notes on the Score Display. Your Tempo Mode will monitor playing and adjust the tempo based on the pianist’s accuracy. And lastly, Minus One Mode allows the pianist to play the piano section beginning to end, and then gives a grade to the player based on performance.
The Good Stuff
- Able to install a 3 Pedal Unit, so it performs like a stationary acoustic piano.
- Ability to connect various devices to enhance playing and recording
- Weighted keys offering an acoustic piano feel.
- Excellent speaker sound.
The Bad Stuff
- After some time, the keys and the piano itself will “creak.”
- Not portable: Will need two people to move/setup: Initial setup can be complicated.
Does this include the stand?
Yes, the stand comes with the piano. However, Pedal and Bench are sold separately.
Does it record?
Yes, the user can record onto a USB flash drive.
How much does it weigh without the stand?
The keyboard alone is 49 pounds, 10 ounces. The weight with the stand is 65 pounds, 1 ounce.
Is this the follow-up model to the 640?
Yes, this is the next model up.
To summarize, the Yamaha DGX650WH Digital Piano is an ideal purchase for any pianist seeking concert piano quality, at home. From beginner to professional, playing at home alone, or recording for the masses, the Yamaha DGX650WH boasts a vast array o features designed to suit to every pianist’s needs and desires. From the ability to record onto USB Flash Drives to a weighted keyboard providing an acoustic piano feel, to the latest features like Smart Chord and You Are The Mist. This Yamaha model is one of the many Yamaha digital pianos offering professional acoustic sound, on a modest budget.