Not many digital pianos can rival the aesthetic beauty of a full-sized, acoustic piano, but the Yamaha YDP-V240 comes close. Along with having a gorgeous cabinet and sliding metal key cover, the YDP-V240 also comes with a highly realistic key action, a great sound quality, and dozens of other features that will both help a beginner learn how to play and let an experienced pianist try out all kinds of new playing modes. In this Yamaha ARIUS YDP-V240 digital piano review, we will take a closer look at all these various details and features and determine if this piano is worth purchasing.
Yamaha ARIUS YDP-V240
- Dynamic Stereo Sampling AWM piano with 64-note polyphony
- 131 Voices + 361 XGlite Voices + 12 Kits; 160 styles; 30 preset songs
- 6-track recorder with hands-separate practicing
- USB connectivity for storing data or interfacing with software
- 88-key Graded Hammer Standard weighted-action keyboard
*last price update on 2021-10-22
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One obvious pro is that the YDP-V240 looks beautiful, especially for a digital piano. Beyond this though, the YDP-V240 is equipped with a whole host of hidden features and innovations that give it a leg up over the competition. Dynamic Stereo Sampling and AWM technology both give the YDP-V240 a highly nuanced, realistic sound, and the standard weighted action keyboard is a pleasure to play. Add to this a number of Yamaha’s renowned modes and programs, and the YDP-V240 is really a gem of a digital piano.
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The YDP-V240 is a costly piano. If you are on a budget, you may want to look for a more affordable option, such as the Williams Legato. Also, some have mentioned that the keys of the YDP-V240 are known to knock and bump, nothing too bad but still enough to notice. Other than this, there are not many disadvantages to this piano. If you can afford it, it is certainly one of the best options available.
The YDP-V240 is equipped with several key innovations that make its sound quality absolutely superb. The first of these is Yamaha’s Advanced Wave Memory technology. This recording technology effectively captures the realism of an acoustic piano through advanced digital recording of a concert grand piano and high-quality filter technology.
Along with this, Yamaha’s Dynamic Stereo Sampling helps further capture the subtle nuances of an acoustic piano and reproduce them in the YDP-V240. The YDP-V240 also comes with 131 voices, 361 XGlite voices, and 64 notes of polyphony. It is this level of attention to detail that really sets the sound quality of the YDP-V240 apart from most any other digital piano and really makes it a joy to listen to.
Key Action and Realism
The YDP-V240’s Graded Hammer Action Standard (GHS) keyboard is one of the best keyboards that Yamaha has ever produced. They keys of the YDP-V240 are all perfectly weighted and have a nice, heavy feel to them that most digital pianos are simply unable to replicate.
Along with having a realistic weight, the keys of the YDP-V240 are graded just like an acoustic piano, with the lower keys feeling heavier than the higher keys, and the higher keys being more responsive. Along with this, the responsiveness of the keyboard can be further adjusted to fit your own preferences.
All in all, this is a keyboard that really has to be played in order to be fully appreciated. It is beyond a doubt one of the most realistic key actions that you will find in a digital piano.
Other Features and Specifications
Other key features of the YDP-V240 include a 6-track recorder with hands-separate practicing, USB connectivity, 238 types of DSP (Digital Signal Processor) effects can be added to the main and dual voices, a dual headphone output, Performance Assistant Technology that allows you to play a song like a pro (even if you’re not one!), an Easy Song Arranger that comes with 160 different styles and 30 preset songs, anda built in music database with room for external files. Along with all of this, the YDP-V240 comes with over 500 different voices to choose from, giving you plenty of options as to how you want your performance to sound.
The Yamaha YDP-V240 is a beautiful digital piano with an even more beautiful sound. The key action of this piano is simply extraordinary, feeling as close to an upright acoustic piano as any digital piano has ever dared to replicate. The sound of the YDP-V240 is equally realistic, and the features that it comes equipped with are as useful as they are numerous. All said, the YDP-V240 is one of the finest digital pianos you will find today and is a great choice for any level of pianist.