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Pros: YDP162 comes from one of the best series of digital pianos - Yamaha's Arius. It has everything you could expect from a digital piano; 10 voices, Graded Hammer keyboard with 88 notes and an advanced sound similar to one of the best concert grand pianos in the world - $120000 worth Yamaha CFIIIS. Read our complete review down below and check for current pricing and discount options.
Cons: None.

YDP-181 is one of those digital pianos, that are ideal for both beginners and even for the most advanced users and that’s the reason why Arius series is recommended by piano teachers from all over the world. Its Graded Hammer weighted action and synthetic ivory keytops provide a fantastic feeling, similar to the finest acoustic pianos in the world. Most pianist prefer traditional looks of acoustic pianos, but Arius series come in very attractive design as close to traditional instruments as possible.

Our Ultimate Yamaha ARIUS YDP-181 Review

Have you ever wondered how a $120000 worth grand concert piano sounds like? YDP-181 can take you as close as you can get without spending large amounts of money. It delivers sampled sound of CFIIIS concert grand with incredible clarity and power. It is on top of our list because of its quality, sound, advanced features and beautiful classic design as well, which makes it as close to traditional and romantic pianos as possible.

Yamaha’s Arius series is recommended by professional pianists through out the world. There is not much cons to find about any product from Arius series and YDP-181 is no exception in this area. For a quick review, watch the presentation video down below.


Full List of Features:

Sound Quality – Most Yamaha digital pianos stand out with their amazing sound and YDP-181 is no exception. Yamaha took one of their best concert grands (CFIIIS) and recorded its sound with their latest Pure CF Sampling technology. Combined with two in-built (16cm) stereo speakers and boosted with two 20-watt amplifiers, YDP-181 offers perfect user experience for every piano player.

Keyboard – It comes with standard 88-note keyboard with synthetic ivory keytops, which offer authentic feeling similar to the finest acoustic grand concerts available on the market. It also features a Graded Hammer technology, which is an essential part of all advanced digital pianos out there to imitate feeling of acoustic ones. Keyboard is also touch sensitive. You can choose from 4 different levels that fit your playing style.

Connectivity – Some people know very well how it feels when their neighbor is taking his first steps as a piano player in the middle of the night. YDP-181 has 2 headphone outputs, so your neighbors will get their well deserved sleep every night. It also has USB connectivity, which makes you able to record your songs without having to install any additional software and drivers on your computer.

Song recorder – YDP181 comes with in-built memory which allows you to record 3 songs. That doesn’t sound like much, but once you already have 3 songs recorded, you can easily copy them to your USB flash drive and start over.

Accessories included – YDP-181 comes with classic Rosewood bench, extended user manual and headphones hanger. Because Yamaha provides the best for their customers, they added a song book with 50 great songs in their package, so you can immediately start learning some of the greatest songs ever conducted.

Warranty – It comes with standard 1-year warranty, which can be extended for come additional costs to 3-years. Warranty includes free 2-way shipping, protection against drops, spills and hardware damages. It is fully transferable and Yamaha guarantees to fix it in 5 days or less.

Full List of Technical Specs:

  • Dimensions – 59” x 24.9” x 20.1”
  • Weight – 149 lbs
  • Keyboard – 88 notes with Graded Hammer Action
  • Touch Sensitive – 4 Levels (Hard, Medium, Soft, Fixed)
  • Weighted Keys – Fully Weighted
  • Number of Pedals – 3
  • Display – 3-digit LED with 7 segments
  • Internal Memory – 845KB
  • Preset Songs – 14 Demo and 50 Piano Songs
  • Metronome – 32-280 Tempo
  • Notes of polyphony – 128
  • Speakers – 2 x 16cm
  • Warranty – 3 years on parts and labor (spills and drops can be included for a small additional fee)

What’s the Price and Where to Buy it?



Yamaha ARIUS YDP-181 is one of the best digital pianos in affordable price range and that’s the reason it managed to get on top of our list of recommendations. It offers everything you could expect from a music instrument in this price range and it comes in stylish and classic design and it also comes with a bench. It’s appropriate for beginners and advanced piano players, and we rate it with pure 5/5 rating and rank it on the top of our list of recommendations.

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