Yamaha P80 review

Yamaha P80 Review [Updated 2020] – Worth The Price?

*The P-80 has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
The new model of this digital piano is the P-125*

The Yamaha P80 is one of the best instruments ever produced by the manufacturer.

The key features of this model include Graded Hammer Effect keys and a nice acoustic touch with some modern cutting-edge technology.

Pros

The main pro, again, on this keyboard is the GHE keyboard which is considered by many experts and professionals in the music field to be the best keyboard that Yamaha has ever made.

The model is also equipped with 88 fully weighted keys and the sound of the piano also has a richness embedded with the industry style technology of Yamaha.

Cons

The major con to this model is its issues with durability. A lot of users of this model had complained the keyboard doesn’t last long when it’s being used at a constant pace. Ideally, this is not an instrument which is suitable for hard use, but still, the durability is a concern.

This means that the players have to be extra careful with this instrument while touring. It also takes some time while loading the whole display and the players have to often wait patiently till this happens. Hence, it is highly recommended to take extra care of this digital piano while on tour, or better yet avoid this model if the purpose is only for hard use.

It is also important to note that this model does not have a built-in speaker. So, it needs to be plugged into a headset or some external speakers. While this wouldn’t be an issue to the professional musicians, the beginners would be more likely to have an issue with this absence. However, the sound quality of this keyboard is very realistic and rich.

Sound Quality

Yamaha P80 sound quality review

As always with Yamaha, the sound quality is unparalleled and the Yamaha P80 is no different. The model accompanies the key traits of Yamaha; sounding realistic and aesthetically pleasing with rich and full sounds

The P80 comes with 64-notes polyphony making it suitable for beginners who are learning to do complex performances without losing notes in between. The model also comes with an inbuilt metronome for even better performance.

The keyboard also comes with a music stand and pedal to complete its functionality. The music stand blends in with the overall design of the keyboard and when fully assembled the keyboard will have quite an elegant look. The pedal, on the other hand, isn’t exactly like the ones found in acoustic pianos, but still, it does the trick.

Key Action and Realism

Key Action and Realism of the p80

The Graded Hammer Effect keyboard is what sets Yamaha apart from the rest of the manufacturers and this reflects on the P80 as well. The keys offer plenty of resistance and all the keys are weighed nicely which makes playing easier and more fun. the resistance of the keyboard enables the notes to go lower similar to an actual piano.

The keyboard sensitivity can be adjusted on this model which makes it suitable for different players of different styles to play in the same keyboard. The portability of the keyboard is another advantage with it being able to move around without any issue.

Other Features and Specifications

Other Features and Specifications of the yamaha p80 piano review

The model comes with some new features of Yamaha including a dual headphone jack. This enables the keyboard to be listened to by two people at one go through headphones making it suitable for teaching and dueling.

It also has a built-in metronome, a MIDI connectivity, a sustain pedal, a detachable music stand, and a record and playback ability. There are also dozens of digital effects, a 64-note polyphony ability, and a rolling hard case for transportation.

The Yamaha P80 keyboard is a lightweight and highly portable that can be transported and used anywhere without complications.

This model weighs 37 pounds making it easier to carry around although there are many lighter models available. However, the weightage of this instrument is justified considering the 88 fully weighted keys. Hence, it would be a good choice for an instrument to be transported around.

Who Should Buy the Yamaha P80 Digital Piano?

The Yamaha P80 is a digital piano that is suitable for experienced piano players and beginners alike. However, I feel that the piano is aimed more towards beginners. It has some features that pros would enjoy, but beginners will make the most out of this piano.

The physical design of this digital piano is also great for display in the living room or any area of the house. It has excellent construction quality, making it durable and sturdy.

Final Verdict

The Yamaha P80 may not be the best piano in terms of extra features, but it is equipped with everything you need to learn how to play the instrument. The Yamaha P80 scored a 4 out of 5 in our charts, still making it a good choice. It is affordable, stylish, and equipped with a sound engine that produces an authentic sound.

The only downside is that the keys need a little bit of texture. Don’t get me wrong, the weight and action feel really lovely, but it lacks texture. It feels a lot like plastic to me. However, overall, the P80 is still an excellent digital piano, especially for beginners.

Pros:

  • Great sound
  • Affordable price
  • Sleek design
  • Best for beginners

Cons:

  • Plastic keys
  • No built-in speakers

Ratings:

  • Build Quality: 4/5
  • Sound Quality: 4/5
  • Touch Sensitivity: 4/5
  • Extra Features: 4/5
  • Total: 4/5

Related Questions:

  • How do I contact Yamaha customer service?

For any concerns about the product, such as warranty, repairs, and suggestions, you can contact them through email or by telephone. Their number is +1 (888) 787-5565. Yamaha has excellent and accommodating customer service.

  • How much do Acoustic Pianos usually cost?

Generally, acoustic pianos cost a lot more than digital pianos. They could cost anywhere between $1000 to $5000. They are pretty expensive, which is why a lot of people opt for digital pianos nowadays. Unlike acoustic pianos, you can experience the best of both worlds with digital pianos.

Final Thoughts

This model is the perfect combination of durability and portability along with the key traits of realistic sound quality and fully weighted keys.

The features of this model are also new and improved considering the other models on the market in the present time.

Therefore, this keyboard becomes a high recommendation to a player who is looking for durability and portability along with great sounds and features.

Last update on 2020-08-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API