Yamaha P80 Review – The Best Digital Piano to Go For?

The piano continues to be a hugely popular instrument. And now that almost everything has become digital, this musical instrument has become more accessible for everybody. If you would like to learn to play the piano, then you may want to consider the Yamaha P80.

It is very important that, as a learner, you will find something that gives you excellent foundation, which means it should be easy to use and play, while also offering fantastic sound quality. Yamaha says that this is what they have created the P80 for. But how does it measure up during actual use?

Overall Rating: 4.6 out of 5


Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Advanced Yamaha technology
  • Fun features and extras to make playing more enjoyable

Cons

  • No longer manufactured, so it is hard to find replacements if something breaks.
  • The keys click a little bit because they are made from plastic.

Specifications and Features

Specification

Details

Keys

88 keys

Speakers

4 built-in speakers

Ports

USB and headphone ports

Weight

26 pounds

Recording

Built-in 2 track recorder

Measurements

58.2” x 16.1” x 11.8”

Sensors

Pure CF sound engine

The Yamaha P80 was clearly built for the learner, but it is also suitable for the experienced pianists. It models the grand piano, which means it has 88 keys. The keys are weighted, which means it offers the natural feel of the keys of a real piano. Plus, it comes with a sustain pedal and a music stand, for further realism. It is very light at 26 pounds. As a result, it is easy to store away or to take with you.

Yamaha created the P80 to help people learn how to play the piano with ease, while also offering the qualities expected of a professional piano. As such, once you feel confident in your abilities to play the instrument, you won’t have to replace it with a more advanced model.

The P80 comes with a range of connection ports, including one for headphones. The keys are plastic, which means they are very easy to clean.

There are two features that are of particular interest. First is the Pure CF Sound Engine. This ensures that the sound is incredibly close to that of a grand piano, while allowing for expressive and dynamic play. Second, it offers Pianist Styles, which means that, if you play a chord, you will automatically receive accompaniment as well.

Yamaha has made sure the P80 can also use some of the greatest benefits of being digital. Hence, it comes with a controller app for iOS devices, which gives you access to a user interface that enables you to configure the piano. The ‘Digital Piano Controller’ app is free to download and use.

The Yamaha P80 is no longer produced,  this is the P115 model.

According to Yamaha, the P80 has a number of key features that set this piano apart:

  1. The Pure CF Piano Sample is Yamaha’s pride and glory, and what has set them apart in the world of digital piano manufacturing. The P80 even comes with the CFIIIS 9’ Grand Piano sound.
  2. Thanks to the Grade Hammer Standard (GHS), the keys, which are weighted, feel very authentic to the touch. The low end is heavier, and the high end is lighter, exactly as it is on a real piano. Thanks to the GHS technology, beginner pianists can learn the finger technique required to play a true piano. Additionally, the black keys have a matte finish, and this stops the fingers from slipping, even when playing for a long time.
  3. The piano has an enhanced tweeter position so that it is in line with the performer’s audio field. The result is that the sound is more expressive and brighter.
  4. The P80 also has a wealth of drum rhythms included as standard, across a wealth of different styles. This can make playing more fun, but can also help people to keep the rhythm of their songs better.
  5. It can be hooked up to speakers and amplifiers, which makes this piano equally suitable for live events. It also has a USB TO HOST port, through which the piano can be hooked up directly to an iPad or computer.
  6. It includes Pianist Styles, which has ten different styles. When using this, it sounds as if two pianos are playing in tandem.

Average Rating On Amazon:
4.6 out of 5 stars


The Good

  • Warranty & Guarantee - The Jora composter has a full 1 year manufacturer's warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you don’t have anything to lose by purchasing it.
  • It comes with a full three year parts and labor limited warranty if the piano is purchased from an authorized dealer.
  • It is the ideal piano for people to learn how to play, while at the same time having enough features for it to be suitable for more advanced and confident players.
  • It is made by Yamaha, which has set the standard in terms of piano technology, so you know that you have a high quality instrument.

The Bad

  • For some, the piano is perhaps too simplistic, meaning they will be inclined to purchase something else quite soon after having learned to play.
  • The piano is no longer manufactured, which means it can be very difficult – and expensive – to have it fixed after the warranty has expired. Note: The P-115 is the upgraded model.
  • It only comes with an iOS app, and not with an Android app.

Is The P-80 Right For Me?

Best Suited for…

It is not suited for advanced professional players.

Not So Great for…

It is best suited for beginners who are getting to grips with playing the piano and who are starting to progress.


The Final Verdict

There are a lot of good things to say about the Yamaha P80. It is a fantastic piano for beginners to the somewhat more advanced players, having easy to understand features that are still good enough to play really good compositions.

While this model does leave some things to be desired, it is clear that this is because it is made to give people a chance to get to know the instrument, without having to invest thousands of dollars, while at the same time not having to compromise on quality.

It comes with all the features of a high quality digital piano as you would expect from Yamaha. Overall, this is a fantastic piano that will give people years of fun while they learn to become truly good pianists and it is therefore highly recommended.

Check Out The P-115 
On Amazon

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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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Paul Murrell
 

Paul Murrell is the Editor of Choosepianos.com. Who is a Pianos enthusiast and love to share what he know about this field. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.