Yamaha DGX 650 Review
The Yamaha DGX 650 is reasonably priced and is well worth the money. The piano Yamaha DGX 650 is a must for all music lovers.
One of the reasons for the popularity of Yamaha DGX 650 piano is its unique features. The Yamaha DGX-650 is equipped with an 88 key weighted GHS key board, giving you a lighter keystroke at the treble and a heavier bass sound (just like an acoustic piano). The 128-voice polyphony ensures a flawless performance, even if you play chords with two hands and use different voicelays. This model runs on a PureCF sound engine, making the quality of the sound excellent.
- 1 Yamaha DGX 650 Features
- 1.1 Pure CF Sampling – Pure Grand Piano Sound
- 1.2 GHS keyboard – the real feel of a piano
- 1.3 Voices Live! Cool !, and Sweet! Authentic guitars, luxurious strings, outstanding metals …
- 1.4 Large speakers – powerful and dynamic sound
- 1.5 Smart Chord function – the perfect accompaniment band
- 1.6 Styles Recommender – Styles the easiest way!
- 1.7 USB ports – Convenient data transfer
- 1.8 AUX-in port
- 1.9 Monitor speakers – perfect for use on stage
- 1.10 The best thing about the Yamaha DGX 650 Digital Piano
- 1.11 Yamaha DGX-640 vs Yamaha DGX-650
- 1.12 Yamaha DGX-650 Cons
- 1.13 DGX-650 DIGITAL PIANOS Specifications
- 1.14 MSRP: $1,299.00
- 1.15 Conclusion of the Yamaha DGX 650 review
Yamaha DGX 650 Features
Pure CF Sampling – Pure Grand Piano Sound
The Pure CF sampling system delivers the sound of a Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano, tuned with extreme precision and sampled in carefully controlled conditions, to reproduce the authentic sound and resonance of this magnificent instrument with impressive fidelity.
GHS keyboard – the real feel of a piano
Developed to capture the essence of an acoustic piano keyboard, the Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard offers the expression of an acoustic piano, allowing you to play with a sound full of nuances and with the most subtle dynamics. It even doubles the graduated touch of an acoustic piano, with a firm feel in the bass registers that becomes a light and delicate feeling on the keys of the high register.
Voices Live! Cool !, and Sweet! Authentic guitars, luxurious strings, outstanding metals …
The famous voices Live !, Cool! and Sweet! from Yamaha include an exclusive mix of long, stereo and multilayer samples, which capture the essence of each instrument, including genuine resonance, expression and vibrato.
Large speakers – powerful and dynamic sound
The powerful stereo speakers of the DGX-650 are housed inside large boxes and include independent woofers and tweeters that provide powerful bass without distortion and pure treble with excellent dynamic control.
Smart Chord function – the perfect accompaniment band
The incredible Yamaha Smart Chord feature offers all the accompaniment you may need, automatically detecting the appropriate chord based on the notes you play with your left hand. You do not even need to play a full chord, just play a note and Smart Chord will do the rest, providing a full and professional sound accompaniment so you can enjoy playing.
Styles Recommender – Styles the easiest way!
The Styles Recommender allows you to easily find styles without having to search through long lists until you find the right one. Play a few notes in the rhythm of the song you want to play, and the Styles Recommender will offer you a list of suitable styles so you can choose the one you want. The clear LCD screen allows you to view the scores and lyrics loaded on the DGX-650 via USB, freeing you from the need to use a music stand while you practice.
USB ports – Convenient data transfer
The USB ports (TO HOST and TO DEVICE) offer a convenient data transfer, making it easy to record and share your music, create your own CDs or edit the sound from your computer. You can even save your data to a USB device and take it wherever you go!
Connect an external device, such as an iPod or Smartphone, to the AUX-in port to listen to your music through the DGX-650’s speakers with crystal clear sound.
Monitor speakers – perfect for use on stage
The possibility of monitor speakers allows you to get the sound of your DGX-650 through the speakers even when using the headphones, perfect for when you want to use the piano speakers as monitors when playing live on stage.
The best thing about the Yamaha DGX 650 Digital Piano
The performance features of this model are impressive, because there are two amplifiers and four different speakers. By combining these, you come very close to the sound of an acoustic piano. You can also add external audio sources: for example, you can connect and play an external music player through the excellent speakers of the Yamaha DGX-650. This can be useful if you work with background tracks, because you create a real piano karaoke system.
Other great features of the Yamaha DGX-650 are for example a ‘smart chord’, with which you can compose all the chords with a touch of a button, from simple pop chords to complex jazz chords. To make this even easier, the guidance styles are put together by a virtual band. The Style Recommender function gives you a complete overview of all available styles.
You can use this to play a drum solo, or a piano piece, or simply any rhythm you want. You can save your music as a WAV file or as a MIDI file and save it to a USB stick. Yamaha has also succeeded in maintaining excellent sound quality with this digital piano.
Yamaha DGX-640 vs Yamaha DGX-650
As far as looks are concerned, the Yamaha DGX 650 is finished in black with rosewood side panels or with a white spotlight finish. The DGX-650 weighs about 2 kg more than the DGX-640 (including keyboard stand). This is probably due to the materials used. However, you notice no difference in construction between the two models, although the DGX-650 seems a bit better finished. The difference between the two models lies in the fact that the DGX-650 is delivered with a 128-voice polyphony, twice as much as the DGX-640, and also has the choice of more Voices (543 vs. 535). and Styles (195 vs. 165).
Yamaha DGX-650 Cons
An improvement point to the new Yamaha DGX-650 model is the LED display on the keyboard, which is on the small side. Although the keyboard’s finish looks solid and seems better finished than with previous models, the keyboard cracks occasionally. You must therefore ensure that you place your piano keyboard somewhere stable. Finally, it would be useful if Yamaha would add a 3-pedal setup, or a pair of XG song files that are currently sold separately by Yamaha MusicSoft in the basic price of the piano.
DGX-650 DIGITAL PIANOS Specifications
|Dimensions||Width||1,399mm (55-1/16″)||with keyboard stand|
|Height||761mm (29-15/16″)||with keyboard stand|
|Depth||445mm (17-1/2″) with keyboard stand|
|Weight||Weight||29.5kg (65lbs. 1oz.)||with keyboard stand|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|Type||Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard|
|Touch Response||Soft, Medium, Hard, Fixed|
|Other Controllers||Pitch Bend||Yes|
|Display||Type||Full Dot LCD|
|Size||320 x 240 dots|
|Score Display Function||Yes|
|Lyrics Display Function||Yes|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||128|
|Preset||Number of Voices||147 + 15 Drum/SFX Kits + 381 XGlite|
|Featured Voices||1 Natural! Voice, 9 Live! Voices, 8 Sweet! Voices, 7 Cool!|
|Tone Generation||Damper Resonance||Yes|
|Tone Generation||Piano Sound||Pure CF Sound Engine|
|Master EQ||5 types|
|Panel Sustain||Yes (Function Menu)|
|Types||Intelligent Acoustic Control||Yes|
|Preset||Number of Preset Styles||195|
|Fingering||Multi Finger, Full Keyboard, AI Fingered|
|Style Control||INTRO, MAIN x 2, FILL-IN, ENDING|
|Custom||User Styles||Style File Format|
|Other Features||Music Database||305|
|One Touch Setting (OTS)||Yes|
|Other Features||Style Recommender||Yes|
|Other Features||Smart Chord||Yes|
|Recording||Number of Songs||5|
|Number of Tracks||6 (5 Melody + 1 Chord)|
|Data Capacity||Approx. 30,000 notes for 1 user songs (when only “melody”|
|tracks are recorded)|
|Compatible Data Format||Playback||SMF (Format 0, Format 1), XF|
|Recording||SMF (Format 0)|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||100|
|Registration||Number of Buttons||4 ( x 8 banks )|
|Lesson/Guide||Yamaha Education Suite||Waiting, Your tempo, Minus one, Repeat & Learn, Chord|
|Tempo Range||5 – 280|
|Transpose||-12 to 0, 0 to +12|
|Miscellaneous||PIANO Button||Portable Grand Button|
|USB Audio Recorder||Playback||.wav|
|Storage and Connectivity|
|Storage||Internal Memory||Approx. 1.7MB|
|External Drives||USB Flash Memory|
|Connectivity||DC IN||DC IN 12V|
|USB TO DEVICE||Yes|
|USB TO HOST||Yes|
|Connectivity||Sustain Pedal||x 1|
|Connectivity||Pedal Unit||x 1|
|Amplifiers and Speakers|
|Amplifiers||6W x 2|
|Speakers||12cm x 2 + 5cm x 2|
|Power Supply||Adaptor (PA-150 or the equivalent )|
|Included Accessories||Music Rest||Yes|
Yamaha DGX-650 offers great sound quality, a fantastic range of voices, makes it easy to transition from the cool and mellow to bright and sweet sounding. According to the manufacturer, the piano has functions that competitors do not have in this price range.
Conclusion of the Yamaha DGX 650 review
To get to know all the ins and outs of your digital piano, there is the Yamaha Education Suite, a detailed manual. The main feature of the Yamaha Education Suite is the ability to learn, divide tracks into separate components and process them in a professional way. This guide is perfect for anyone just starting out with piano lessons. This model is full of interactive features, allowing piano playing, sharing music and learning how to make music for everyone.
This model comes with external power supply, music stand, matching piano stand, sustain pedal and three-year warranty. Using a metronome you can transpose your keyboard up to an octave higher or lower. Even though it is a digital keyboard, the sound quality is the same as that of a concert grand piano.