The graded hammer keyboard produces an authentic, natural sound with remarkable expressiveness. The notes change in tone and volume depending on how you play.
The two piano voices (one of them a full concert grand piano) sound wonderful in 64-note polyphony. There is also a variety of other high-quality instrument voices, including electric pianos, organs, strings and harpsichord. Buyers say that the sound quality of the piano is amazing, especially when you use headphones.
The dual voice function lets you play two instrument voices at the same time. Other features include the ability to record your own playing (hearing yourself play is a valuable self-improvement tool). There is also a built-in metronome for accurate time keeping.
The keyboard has a slim, sleek design and weighs only 26 pounds. The rather odd structure of the keyboard’s speakers means that the instrument won’t sit securely in anything but its custom made stand, so you’ll want to include that in your purchase.
Although the keyboard sounds and feels great, it does have a few flaws. There are no stage outs – if you want to hook up the keyboard to an amp or a mixing board, you have to use the headphone jacks. Some buyers think that the on-board speakers themselves leave a lot to be desired – you may want to supplement the system with quality speakers.
All things considered, the Yamaha P85 is quality digital piano that delivers impressive tone and feel at a reasonable price.
Here are some of the features of the Yamaha P85 Digital Stage Piano:
- – Extensive instrument voice selection and dual voice function
- – Recording feature for studying or accompaniment
- – Expressive half-pedal control
- – Three-pedal pedal unit (optional)
- – Built-in metronome for practicing and recording in perfect time.
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Here is what current owners have to say about the Yamaha P85 Digital Stage Piano:
Martin Doege: “The Yamaha P-85 looks and sounds great, is a joy to play, and has all the basics for piano playing covered, as well as some advanced features like voice layering. The quality, convenience (headphone jacks, easy recordings), and price of the P-85 make it pretty hard to fathom why anyone would bother with the hassle of a real grand or upright.”