Yamaha P-255 Review
The Yamaha P-255 E-Piano is an affordable instrument with great sound and simple design. It asserts itself in the competitive competition of portable pianos and delivers a performance that is otherwise only found on much more expensive, professional pianos. Keeping a good keyboard of this quality with hammer mechanics always mobile, lets overlook the downer of the speaker system. If you want to experience the full sound quality of the Yamaha P-255, you will need headphones or external amplification anyway. Because of the excellent price / performance ratio, there is an excellent rating in the Yamaha P-255 review.
The Yamaha P-255 stage piano meets all expectations at home, in live or studio mode and delivers amazingly good performance at an attractive price point. Authentic feel and high tonal quality meet a straightforward and functional design. For whom pianists of all skill levels, live musicians, music students, amateur musicians, bands, choirs and churches.
Yamaha has continued to develop better pianos over the years. They are not only known to make great babies and concert grands, their electronic and digital series are also well known. Among today’s toppers include the P-series from Yamaha, such as the latest Yamaha P255 Digital Piano. This piano is especially popular among traveling musicians, who like to have a topper that can be used on stage. Read our Yamaha P255 review below.
Yamaha P255 specifications & Price
|Dimensions||1.52 x 0.47 x 0.26 meters|
|Keyboard type||Synthetic Ivory Keys with Gradual Hammer Action|
|Touch sensitive||4 Levels (Soft, Medium, Hard, Fixed)|
|Weighted Keys||Fully Weighted|
|Piano Sound||Pure CF Sound Engine|
|Number of pedals||1|
|Number of Pre-programmed Voices||24 (Grand Piano|
|Number of Pre-programmed Songs||24 Voice Demos, 50 Piano Songs|
|Amplifiers||15 × 2 watts|
|Speakers||(10cm + 2,5cm) x 2|
|Warranty||3 years on parts.|
Design and Dimensions
In principle, this new Yamaha product has been developed for easy transport. This best-selling new product is very light, only 17.2 kg, which makes it easy to transport.
The Yamaha P255, with 88 keys, is currently Yamaha’s flagship. it has improved functions compared to the previous models. it measures 1.5 meters at 0.3 meters.
This flagship of Yamaha is available in black and white. It is designed to be slim and smooth. It looks even slimmer in combination with the L255 Yamaha stand and the L255 Yamaha pedal board.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when buying a digital piano is the sound quality. With Yamaha P255 you play a great piano that feels great. Another important feature of the P255 is the sound boost switch, which adds an easy, instant gain. With the click of a button you can immediately make the piano sound louder, and make it more present.If your audience can not hear the piano above the other instruments, you can easily solve this problem with the Sound Boost function of the P255 . This Sound Boost function allows you to deliver a clear performance. This affects not only the built-in speakers, but also the external amplifier.
The Yamaha P-255 keyboard has 88 weighted action buttons, and it is specifically designed to be played. It is supported by synthetic ivory keys with gradual hammer action, which makes the response and functions feel like an authentic grand. it has a lighter touch for the higher keys, the lower keys need to be touched a bit harder. The synthetic ivory keys are extremely moisture-absorbent. With these features you are assured that your fingers do not slip, even if you play the piano for a longer period of time.
Another interesting fact about this latest Yamaha model is the increased polyphony . Where the previous models had 128 notes, the P255 with 88 keys now has the double number, which brings him to a 256-note polyphony. This way you can play more complex music without having to drop notes, for a better effect. This improvement also becomes immediately clear when you use sustain with the damper pedal.
The P255 with 88 keys is equipped with an adjustable pedal set.
Amplifiers and speakers
The Yamaha P255 with 88 keys also has an accurate acoustic design and circular speakers, which create a very natural vibration pattern. This gives you very balanced sound, with a quality that is relatively higher compared to other brands and models with oval speakers. More even, the lower notes of the P255 sound much richer than those of other pianos with oval speakers.
The Yamaha P-255 with 88 keys also highlights its built-in tweeters, which were added to reach the performer right away. This makes it possible to make the high sounds sound better and clearer. it also comes with two 15 watt amplifiers that are capable of delivering powerful sound.
The Yamaha P-255 with 88 keys is equipped with 3 frequencies (sliders): Low, Medium and High frequencies. You can easily adjust the sound of the digital piano to your own taste, or a range that best suits your acoustics or song, simply by using the EQ sliders. With this function you can deliver clear tones and powerful, existing sounds.
Impressive Piano Voices
This function enables the musician to imitate a concert grand on stage. He has 3 basic samples; key-off samples, sustaining samples and string resonance.
Controller App for iOS
The Yamaha P255 with 88 keys can also be used with a free controller App for the iPad and iPhone, which can be easily downloaded via the online App Store . This app offers you the possibility to control the functions of the digital piano effortlessly. It is easy to use thanks to the touchscreen interface. Thanks to this visual approach, you can choose from a graphical list of voices when you layert, save and manage the songs you recorded, and even transfer them to a USB device, adjust the split point and so much more with your iPad .
The 10 different rhythm patterns offered by the P255 match seamlessly with different musical genres, such as jazz pop and bossa nova.
The Yamaha P-255 is designed as a portable digital piano (stage piano) and thus joins a long tradition of the Yamaha P-series. The device comes in a simple and functional design and is equipped with a weighted keyboard as well as first-class piano sounds. Optionally available in matt black or white, it blends optically into any environment. Whether in the living room, on stage or in the studio.
Unlike purebred stage pianos, this model has a built-in speaker system. So it is a hybrid system that can be located between stage piano and digital piano.
Yamaha P-255 Sound Selection Review
The Yamaha P-255 is a specialist. It was made by the manufacturer with a reasonable amount of playable instruments that hardly make any compromises in terms of sound. Four different piano sounds cover a broad stylistic spectrum. In the categories of electric pianos and organs you will find an equal choice. In addition, the usual instruments such as harpsichord, vibraphone or strings are well done.
Yamaha P-255 Keyboard Review
The manufacturer attaches great importance to the authentic feel of the P-series. The keys of the stage piano make a valuable impression and feel good because of the coating. The white buttons were coated with an ivory-like and the black buttons with an ebony-like structure. The individually weighted keyboard gives you a sense of real hammer mechanics and can be balanced and expressive.
Compared to competitors, the game severity seems a bit higher, which is due to the construction of the keyboard mechanism.
The Yamaha P-255 can save and play your own game internally or on a USB stick. Both audio and MIDI recordings are possible. In total, ten songs can be recorded with two MIDI tracks each.
If you want to make audio recordings of up to 80 minutes, you need an external storage medium with a USB port. Audio recordings are made in 16-bit and 44.1 kHz as WAV. This format can also be played back.
Of course, the electric piano also has an integrated metronome. In addition to the speed, you can also select different rhythms (drum patters) and control the metronome volume separately.
Layer & Split
The obligatory “Layer” and “Split” functions are also on board the Yamaha P-255. The keyboard can be divided from any position to simultaneously play different instruments in the left and right hands. For example, on the left you can play a plucked double bass that accompanies the piano jazz variations in the right hand.
The sound of the stage piano can be further adjusted. A 3-band EQ allows direct influence on the sound character. Aside from the usual option of affecting room reverb, the P-255 also offers creative options. For example, the built-in effects unit lets you apply tremolo phaser effects to the piano sound.
Professional Feature: Sound Boost
The “Sound Boost” function can only be found in this or similar function with professional stage instruments. This small but useful gimmick applies a predefined equalizer setting and a multiband compressor to the sound of the piano to give it a better assertiveness in the live context of playing with other amplified instruments.
Built-in speaker system
Unlike pure stage pianos, the Yamaha P-255 has a built-in speaker system that enables stand-alone operation. This can be used for the self-control and sonication of a sample – in contrast to a pure digital piano, but it can not do justice to the good quality of the sound production. The integrated speakers have problems with the reproduction of low frequencies, as well as with the impulse response. Both could be improved for an authentic sound experience.
This circumstance is, however, to be looked at the instrument for two reasons. On the one hand, since it is not common to use the internal speakers in studio or live mode, but to directly pick up the audio signal. Of course, the device has corresponding connections on the back. On the other hand, because the concept is designed for mobility, which contradicts the use of lush speakers and amplifiers for weight reasons alone.
- It is very portable and light, which makes it easy to transport.
- It has two great built-in speakers that do well everywhere, even without an external amplifier.
- The Pure CF Sound Engine function allows you to choose different voices, all of high quality.
- Value for money digital piano
- High quality samples
- Well integrated sounds
- Simple and functional design
- Optimized for professional use
We find this flagship somewhat on the expensive side compared to the previous models . Although, once you know what you are getting for that money in functions, that price seems less troublesome.
Yamaha P255 review Conclusion
The Yamaha P255 is perfect for any expert musician and performer looking for an excellent digital piano that they can use during performances and rehearsals. If you are looking for a cheaper digital piano with almost the same functions as the P255, the Yamaha P-125 is a good choice.
The Yamaha P-255 electric piano is an optimal compromise between sound quality, authentic feel and versatility due to mobile orientation. The sensibly selected range of additional functions allow (semi-) professional use wherever a good digital piano or stage piano is required.