Versatile is perhaps the best way to describe Yamaha’s P105. It is one of the rare digital pianos that is capable of servicing beginners and experienced pianists alike. It’s easy-to-use yet comprehensive features, good acoustic sound, and realistic key action make it a great choice for someone looking to buy a piano that will grow along with them. In this Yamaha P105 review, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of the instrument, as well as some of the features that set it apart.
- PureCF-sampled piano: Sampled from Yamaha’s own acclaimed CFIII concert grand
- Pianist styles: This built-In duet partner plays along with you in one of ten different playing styles.
- Built-In drum patterns: Basic drum patterns put the “fun” back into practicing and is a practical alternative to a metronome. Or turn your solo act into a two piece band where the drummer is always on time.
- 88-note, weighted GHS action: Heavier touch in the low end and lighter in the highs, just like an acoustic piano
- 128-note polyphony: Even when using dual Voice and split mode with a drum pattern, 128-note polyphony ensures every note gets heard.
*last price update on 2022-02-26
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One of the advantages of the P105, particularly compared against some of Yamaha’s other digital pianos, is the realistic texture of its keys. Other pros of the P105 is its acoustic sound, good key action, and an attractive LED display.
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One of the only cons about the P105 is that the speakers are somewhat small and incapable of producing a large, reverberating sound. Also, the key action of the P105 is a little noisy.
Sound Quality of the P105
Despite its speakers, the acoustic sound of the P105 is actually quite exceptional. The sound samples that it uses are recorded using Advanced Wave Memory recording technology (which leads to a fuller sound than some recording methods) and are taken from Yamaha’s esteemed CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano.
With 128 notes of polyphony, the P105 also ensures that every note that is played gets heard and isn’t cut short, making the P105 fully capable of performing complicated pieces in the hands of skilled pianists without missing a beat.
If you can get past the fact that you’re not going to be vibrating any walls with the P105’s speaker system, then the sound quality of the instrument is exceptional.
Key Action and Realism of the P105
The key action of the P105 comes out-of-the-box excellent, but if you don’t like it, you can adjust it. On top of being graded and weighted, the key action of the P105 can be changed between four different settings: Hard, Medium, Soft, and Fixed. Again, features such as this make the P105 an exceptional piano to grow along with a pianist. Should your style ever change, the key action of the P105 can change along with it.
The only knock against the key action of the P105 is the fact that its keys are a little noisy if they are pressed very hard. Thankfully, however, the keys of the P105 are textured (a big advantage over Yamaha’s P35) and other than a little noise feel great under the fingers.
Other Features and Specifications of the P105
Other details and features of the P105 that need to be considered include fourteen preset voices and ten built in drum patterns, (both more than you’ll find on almost any other digital piano in the P105’s price range) two pedals, a sustain pedal and a soft pedal, with the ability to add a separate LPS pedal unit that is also sold by Yamaha, and an attractive, easy-to-use display where all of the most important switches have LED backlights to let the user know whether or not they are on.
Lastly, the final benefit of the P105 is its portability. Weighing just 16.6 kilograms, the P105 can just about be moved around with a single hand, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a portable instrument.
Yamaha P105 Review – Final Thoughts
If you’re a beginner or an intermediate pianist and you want to purchase a digital piano that will service you now and still be servicing you when you are far more experienced, you should certainly consider the Yamaha P105. If you’re already an advanced pianist, consider it still. The sound of the P105 isn’t booming, but what it lacks in volume it makes up for in quality, and the action is absolutely superb, making it a piano that we would not hesitate to recommend.