Yamaha has developed the successor of the P105 with the P115. In particular, the internal sounds have received a substantial update. The piano sounds are sampled from the Yamaha CF III concert grand piano, a piano that is used by Alicia Keys! There is also a controller app available for iOS that allows you to control the piano from your phone. The polyphony has also been upgraded to no less than 192 votes. Moreover, this P-115B has an equal ‘touch’ as an acoustic piano.
- 1 Yamaha P-115 Features
- 2 Yamaha P-115 vs. Kawai ES-100 vs. Roland F-20 Comparison test
Yamaha P-115 Features
The Yamaha P115 digital piano attracted the auditors the most in the musical spell. It has a “Graded Hammer” keyboard, so weighted keys with hammer mechanism. The stop is distributed differently via the keyboard with its 88 keys. Deeper tones that you grasp with your left hand are harder to hit than the high, airy tones of your right hand. Therefore, you get an authentic feel like mechanical pianos. In addition, the winner of the comparison has two connections for headphones, so you can even play at night. The digital piano is MIDI-capable via a USB connection and can be linked to the PC. The disadvantage is that it has no display.
The pure CF Sound Engine is the result of years of piano-making history combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology and expertise. Yamaha is the market leader in digital piano technology, and you can hear it in the sound of digital pianos using the Pure CF piano sample. The P-115 contains the sound of Yamaha’s renowned CFIIIS 9 ‘concert grand piano and is faithfully reproduced, making the dynamism and expressiveness of Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worth the Yamaha name.
Yamaha’s GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action has heavier touch in the low and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers in an acoustic piano. Great for the aspiring pianist, who practices the GHS action, builds the right finger technique when it is time to perform on an acoustic piano. Plus, the matt finish of the black keys is less slippery when you play for a long time.
The tweeter position has been improved in the P-115 to be in line with the performer’s ears. Melody lines and treble passages are therefore clearer and more expressive. This new configuration ensures that the instrument shines and comes alive over the entire tonal range.
|Keyboard:||88 Graded Hammer keys|
|Dimensions (W x H x D):||52-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ x 13-13/16″|
|Data Capacity:||User Songs (100KB x3)External Songs (447KB|
|Scale Type:||7 types|
|Speakers:||2 x (12cm x 6 cm)|
|Digital Amplifier:||2 x 12W|
|Metronome:||Yes (32-280 Tempo)|
|Transpose:||-12 to 0, 0 to +12|
|Number of Polyphony (Max.):||128|
Yamaha P-115 Price
The new Yamaha P-115 costs around US$580,00 – US$743,99 online.
Yamaha P-115 vs P-45
Hard-working pianists get their money’s worth as well as beginners who have yet to discover their talent and long-term passion for piano playing. A cheaper alternative is the Yamaha P-45 B, the winner in the price-performance comparison. Only about $449.99 will cost you this electronic piano. The digital piano is made of high quality materials and well finished. The keyboard instrument produces a realistic piano sound. A piano that does not sound like a piano quickly spoils the joy of playing. Unlike other Digital pianos in the comparison, it has no rhythms, styles, and demos. The Yamaha P-45 B is a great choice for beginners who want to try piano.
The Yamaha P155 piano comparison below helps you decide which keyboard instrument will produce the best sounds.
Yamaha P115 vs. P105
In this review, we look at the firstYamaha piano in the P-series (portable), the Yamaha P115. This piano replaces its bestselling predecessor, the Yamaha P105, but still has some features in common as well as those of the P255. These agreements will be discussed later in this article.
We discuss the pros and cons in this Yamaha P115 review so that you get a better idea of whether this piano is worth your money and time.
- Full 88-key keyboard
- Pure CF sound source
- Fully weighted keys with more weighted lower keys (graded action)
- reverb effects
- Metronome, recording function, split, and transpose
- Headphones and USB ports
- Music stand and sustain pedal
When we compare the Yamaha P105 with the new P115, first we will discuss the pure CF sound source. Both the P105 and the P115 give the sound of the Yamaha CGIIIS concert grand piano, a piano that has been in many concert halls around the world. Despite the fact that the P105 also has a CF sound source, the P115 has a clearer and livelier sound like an acoustic piano. The built-in true-circle speakers produce full low notes and pure clear tones in the height, something that raises the sound quality to a level higher.
Both pianos have the graded hammer technology, the feeling of a real piano with greater resistance in the lower register and less resistance in the high, as you can find with a real acoustic piano. This important feature makes it easy to switch to an acoustic piano.
Both pianos have four levels of touch sensitivity: soft, medium, hard, and fixed.
What are the differences between the P115 and the P105?
An important element of the Yamaha P115 is the higher polyphony. By polyphony, we mean the number of keys that can be played simultaneously.
So the higher the polyphony, the closer you are to an authentic acoustic piano sound. In addition, an authentic acoustic piano sound is determined by the ability to play multiple notes without a note or sound falling between them.
The P105 has impressive 128-key polyphony. The P115, on the other hand, adds another touch with 192-key polyphony and adds three more instruments to the range of 14, which the P105 has, making the P115 to 17.
The P115 has the options to choose grand piano, clear piano, and Wurlitzer and rock organ. The number of rhythms has also increased.
The P115 has ten available piano styles, a nice feature that allows you to play a chord and choose a style, such as the “boogie woogie”. The piano then plays further chords so you are free to play fuller melodies.
Connecting to the computer or tablet is also easier with the P115. There are plenty of options and he connects easily with a computer or tablet than the P105 did. To connect, the P115 has MIDI, USB ports and the “Digital Piano Controller” app for iOs (iPhone and iPad). This app allows the player to control the keyboard through the device making adjustments in settings and sound easier. Everything has to be plugged in, as there is no wireless option.
Which piano you should purchase?
If you are still a beginner and you have to choose between the P105 and the P115, go for a second-hand P105. They will be cheaper than the P115 and were the best-selling pianos for a reason. He was of very high quality, as you expect from a Yamaha. Therefore, beginners certainly do not have to spend so much money on the P115 if it does not fit their budget.
The P115 is more intended for professionals, musicians who perform and are always on the job for their job. Options such as Sound-Boost (an option that increases the sound that the EQ adjusts, so that the sound is not absorbed by other instruments in the band) are really meant for the musician who earns a living with it.
The varying piano sounds, the ability to split or combine instrument sounds, and the option to turn off the speaker to plug into a PA system are just some of the options a professional would use. Keep in mind that the P105 can only record one song at a time and does not have a MIDI output connector. If you are looking for one of these features, the P115 is more appropriate.
Yamaha P115 vs. P255
The Yamaha P255 is also a bestseller in the P-series but has a number of features that makes the P105 and P115 far behind. The P255 has 24 instrument voices (such as Rhodes, Wurlitzer and synth piano) and an astonishing 256-key polyphony, the highest of all three pianos discussed.
Like the P115, the P255 has circular speakers that produce rich lower tones and clear highs, using tweeters aimed at the pianist. Following features have the P255 and the P115 common:
- Graded Hammer technologies
- Pure CF sound
- The Sound Boost option, making the piano always audible within an ensemble
- 4 different reverb effects
- The Controller app for iOS devices
- Recording function
- USB and MIDI ports
- Music stand and pedal
The digital piano is a high-end high quality instrument aimed at professional musicians. The piano is heavier than the other (17kg compared to the 12kg of the P115) and is therefore difficult to move.
The P255 has synthetic ivory keys. If the feel of the keys is an important element for you, then this piano is something for you as many other professional musicians are very positive about this.
The P255 has three EQ settings, one for low, middle and high frequencies that make it possible to adjust the timbre according to your own preference. This also includes the various effects such as chorus, tremolo, and phaser.
Which piano you should buy?
The P255 is suitable for the advanced piano player. The P255 is sold from $1.948,45, it is a perfect piano for the serious working musician who benefits from the different bells and whistles that the P255 offers. You can say that the P255 is actually a P115 with nice extra features.
There are so many similarities between the two that the difference only seems to lie with the polyphony, the material of the keys and the increased number of instrument voices. These are important features but if you are an often-performing musician and you are looking for a good quality piano with an authentic sound and connection options with a computer or tablet, then the P115 is ideal. If you want more control over the timbre and instrument options, then the P255 is more suitable.
Personally, we recommend the Yamaha P115 because it has a nicer timbre than the P105. With the P255, you just pay extra for the sublime sound and synthetic ivory keys. However, is it worth the money?
When you play only a few times, go for the P105, if you are a more advanced or professional musician, go for the P115, or P125.
As mentioned earlier, Yamaha is known for his P-series. The high sound quality, voice options, and graded hammer technology ensure that any instrument of the three you choose is a good choice for a beginner as a pro. This is a piano for life and does not “wear out” or grow out just after a few years of use.
Yamaha P-115 vs. Kawai ES-100 vs. Roland F-20 Comparison test
As a test candidate, we have three models of the well-known manufacturers Kawai, Roland and Yamaha worried. The price range we set to a maximum of $700. Although we are not at the lowest end of the price flagpole, but as we will see later, one realistically already receives a decent piano for this amount.
The Kawai ES-100 is currently the most expensive piano in our test environment. As other two competitors, the Kawai ES-100 can be used both on stage and with an optional base in the living room. Visually, the piano is very discreet, available in black and white. The weight of 15 kg already suggests that the housing is made entirely of plastic. This is nothing special in this price range, the Yamaha P-115 and many other models in this price range are made of this material. The processing of the ES-100 is good so there is nothing to criticize.
The Roland F-20 is our second test candidate and with just under $700,00, – the cheapest. Here, too, you put on a discreet look, available is the F-20 in black and walnut. Contrary to the other two pianos, the case of the F-20 is largely made of wood, which also illustrates the weight of around 20 kg. The workmanship is very good. While the F-20 looks elegant in black, it gets a slightly stale touch in the color walnut and reminds me of the good old home organs. As already, mentioned, stable wooden substructures are available for all three models, turning the mobile pianos into a real digital piano.
As is the case with a Yamaha product, it is also well made, again, no reason for criticism. Visually, the P-115 is the most modern for my taste. Some beveled edges give the piano both a no-frills and modern look. Nice is the red felt tape, which is attached to the upper end of the keyboard. In addition, the ES-100 and the F-20 have it, which leaves a noble impression.
Especially for the beginners, it is advisable to put a lot of emphasis on a good keyboard, because there are sometimes very big differences, especially for the slightly cheaper models. After all, the keyboard is one of the most important factors to develop a good hand position and strength in the fingers; here you should not save at the wrong end. All three models have plastic keyboards, wooden keyboards are only available for stage and digital pianos.
Fortunately, there are no total outages in our three test candidates in this area. However, the three keyboards play very different, so a reference to any case is recommended. Roland equips his F-20 with the “Ivory Feel G” keyboard, which is also used in some of the more stage-oriented FP models from the manufacturer. The 88 keys are equipped with pressure point simulation, provide a decent touch and overall, you get a good feel quickly. The attack should be set a bit harder for my taste, but otherwise everything fits.
The Kawai ES-100 comes with the so-called “Advanced Hammer Action IV-F” keyboard. As with the other two models, this is not an absolute new development, because these are, as is customary in all industries, initially only the top models donated. Later they “wander” further into the middle and entry class. The AHA IV-F is a solid keyboard that offers a good attack and neat dynamic range. Personally, I like this keyboard best overall, but of course it depends heavily on my own playing and playing feeling. Therefore, you must test it yourself. Really succeeded is the fast springing back of the keys, which is otherwise found only in higher priced models.
The manufacturer with a “Graded Hammer Standard” keyboard equips the Yamaha P-115. As already mentioned in the single test of the smaller brother P-45, the keyboard is very easy to play. Both have the same keyboard. The keys could spring back to their starting position a little faster after pressed down, but otherwise the P-115 keyboard presents itself with a nice touch and good workmanship.
In direct comparison, I see the Kawai ES-100 in this area at the forefront as it comes closest to my personal idea of a good keyboard. However, the other two keyboards are not much worse; also, here you get a good quality for his money.
No matter how good the keyboard or the internal sounds may be, without proper speakers the best sounds will not work. All three candidates have an internal sound system, consisting of two (ES-100, F-20) and four (P-115) speakers, depending on the manufacturer with 2x 6 watts (Roland), 2x 7 watts (Kawai, Yamaha ) are driven.
In the F-20, the two speakers radiate backwards, resulting in a spatial sound. Unfortunately, the F-20 is a bit weak in the bass range, but it brings the higher frequencies very well to the ear of the player. Distortions do not occur even at full volume. The rear-emitting speakers should be careful with a model that the piano is not too close to a wall, because this affects the sound of the piano but very clear.
On the ES-100, the two speakers radiate downwards, which does not lead to such a spatial sound as in the F-20, but it bypasses the problem of sound interference caused by walls, etc., because a table is being used you do not want to put the ES-100 (hopefully). Amazing is the ES-100 very well developed bass foundation, because the other two candidates cannot keep up. In addition, that, even though the Kawai has almost identical dimensions and the mobile pianos always have very weak bass ranges due to their design.
The P-115 also has two downwardly radiating speakers, but has the advantage over the ES-100 and the F-20 that there are two more speakers radiating through small, vent-like slots. Therefore, this gives me the best sound in the test environment. A nice spatial sound, which seems to me the most realistic of all three digital pianos.
In addition to the keyboard and the speaker system, the internal sounds are certainly the most important quality criterion. In purely quantitative terms, the Roland F-20 with 35 different sounds is clearly ahead of the Kawai ES-100 with 19 sounds, followed by the Yamaha P-115 with 14 tones. It does not surprise that Yamaha is lagging behind, because even with the mid and upper class digital pianos, it is usually the case that Yamaha’s competitors have much more to offer, at least in terms of numbers. In addition, the leadership of Roland is nothing new, because the manufacturer likes to pack his pianos with many sounds full, also that one can observe in the other price ranges.
Let us start with the Yamaha P-115. The sound engine is based on the Pure-CF sound engine, which offers a maximum of 192 voices. Beautifully brilliant and assertive main wing sound from the speakers is a beautiful Yamaha typical. However, great sound variations are not possible with this sound, but we are also in the entry-level segment. Also on deeper sound details such as string resonance, hammer noise or similar. You have to do without, that is what the much more expensive pianos of the Japanese offer. In addition to three different grand piano sounds, the P-115 of course also has various electric pianos on board. There are exactly three of them. These are good to satisfactory, fun here is the Rhodes and Wurlitzer counterpart, and the FM piano falls off a bit. Immediately thereafter, follow again three organs, in each case a jazz and rock organ as well as a classical pipe organ. Positive emphasis is given to the church organ; here you can keep up in the field of church music in any case well. Rounding out the sound palette with Harpsichord, Vibraphone, Strings, and Bass.
The Kawai ES-100 already has a lot more grand piano sounds. A whopping eight presets are on board, and three electric pianos, just like the P-115. While you do not have much choice with the three pianos of the Yamaha, you get along with the eight presets of the ES-100 significantly. In addition, there is the possibility to regulate damper resonances, the type of hammerhead, hammer recoil, and damper noise. These are for such a cheap digital piano many intervention options, but there is definitely an extra point. For the electric pianos, I like the two imitations of a Rhodes and Wurlitzer very well, the FM piano, however, drops in quality from strong. The rest of the sounds offer a good sound quality, here for the money is good quality. The only pity is that the ES-100 has no rock organ on board. Especially if you want to use the piano on stage, such a sound should definitely be part of the repertoire.
The Roland F-20 offers the largest sound palette with 35 sounds. Again, as a beginner, you do not have to do without the possibilities of Roland’s own Piano Designer. This offers, as with the ES-100, intervention possibilities in the sound behavior of the acoustic pianos. Also for an extra point. Again, there is a lot of variety in the piano area, very nice. The rest of the sounds Roland has housed in the categories E-Piano and Others. In addition, you get as owner again three electric pianos offered, the rest is distributed to the classic “nice to have” sounds strings, bass, Harpsichords etc.
Overall, the sound quality of all three-piano models is good. Of course, in the entry-level segment, one should not expect too much in terms of sound quality, but there are no total failures here, as well as in the field of keyboards.
Two sounds on each of the three models can be split into two zones (split) or layered on top of each other on the keyboard. Even the four-hand mode, which divides the keyboard into two equal areas and thus allows the four-handed game, offer all three pianos.
A not to be underestimated aspect is the operation of a piano. Although the beginner’s range of digital pianos does not usually have overflowing functions, the number of controls and the ability to operate the instrument without finger movements should not be underestimated. For two of our three pianos, manufacturers rely almost exclusively on the combination of function and keyboard keys. To select a sound or a function, press either the sound category button plus a certain key of the keyboard or the function key plus a certain key of the keyboard. A display was dispensed with all three pianos, but that would have for example simplified the selection of a sound by displaying a specific number.
The handling of the P-115 from Yamaha is good. For every two sounds, a button is available to select the preset. A second press of this switches to the alternative sound. That one quickly arrived at the desired sound, very nice. This is more difficult with the F-20. Here, to select the sound, press the piano key plus a key on the keyboard. Depending on the size of the sound category, the bottom six to 22 buttons are assigned to the sound selection. What you may remember with six presets, however, becomes too confusing with 22 others sounds. The rest of the operation of the F-20 cannot keep up with the comfort of the Yamaha. There are simply too few controls ready.
The Kawai ES-100 behaves similar to the F-20. Again, there are the three categories of piano, electric piano and others. By pressing the combination of category and corresponding keyboard key the desired sound is activated. The remaining functions are largely selected in the same way. In addition to the three buttons for the sound categories, only the buttons Function, Play / Stop, Recording and Lesson are available.
What has not played a major role in our last comparison test, but is now donated almost every piano, is the wireless connection of the piano to an iPad or other compatible device. This does not extend the functions of our test models, but rather the ease of use. Because, as with the Roland F-20, you have to step through several others sounds, which, as already mentioned, is quite annoying. The Help available with the free App Piano Partner, as it allows all sounds to be targeted and very comfortably selected via the app. In addition to the app and the matching Apple product, this requires the optional available Wi-Fi USB stick.
In addition, the P-115 offers such a WLAN connection. Again, the manufacturer provides the right apps free. In addition to the better ease of use, the other free apps from the manufacturer offer beautiful extra features.
Unfortunately, the Kawai ES-100 unfortunately looks in the matter of WLAN. Either way, I would like to mention that a digital or stage piano in my opinion should be well operable and functional on its own and should not be brought to life first by an optional possible iPad connection.
In addition to the optional Wi-Fi connection, our three test candidates also have a few more extras under the hood. An internal recorder is always a welcome feature, especially for beginners who can control themselves so well. While the Kawai ES-100 can record a maximum of three songs, but these cannot be transferred to the computer due to the lack of USB interface later, offer F -20 and P-115 only one song, the P-115 allows two separate tracks. However, you can transfer these both on the F-20 and the P-115 again via USB and so ultimately save more songs.
Common to all three pianos is the presence of different rhythms that can replace the (sometimes)-annoying metronome. The ES-100 offers 100 drum patterns of various styles, the F-20 a total of 32 slightly more complex accompaniment rhythms, in addition to the drum groove also bass, piano, strings and other instruments are used. Not as sophisticated as classic home and entertainer keyboards, but fully adequate for practicing at home. In contrast, the P-115 offers only 14 drum rhythms and 10 more styles that are piano. This can also be a small accompaniment start, but everything in the quiet piano garb.
If you use a digital piano not only at home, but also occasionally on stage or as a teaching instrument, you should look at the back of the piano before buying, because here are usually the connections of the device. The Kawai ES-100 offers a MIDI duo (In, Out) as well as the possibility to connect a damper pedal. On the front, there are two headphone jacks. Although the Roland F-20 only has a headphone jack, it has a 3.5mm stereo output, so you can connect the F-20 to an external PA system. One looks in vain for MIDI sockets, but the digital piano provides a MIDI connection via USB, as well as the possibility to connect USB storage devices. The Yamaha P-115 also has a stereo output, but it is a 2x 6.3-mm jack, plus two front-panel headphone jacks. This piano can also be connected to the computer via USB. Sustain pedal or 3-way pedal unit can also be connected here. Common to all three pianos is the external power supply, via which the digital pianos receive their power. The delivery includes a damper pedal, instruction manual and music stand on all models.
Although our three test models Kawai ES-100, Roland F-20 and Yamaha P-115 are quite different from each other, the first preliminary conclusion is quite positive, because all three models offer for an amount of $500, – to $700. You do not have to fear total failures with any model.
Although I am very fond of the keyboard and sounds of the Kawai ES-100, the first place is ultimately the Yamaha P-115. Although there are some criticisms, but in the overall field this piano represents the best overall package for me. The sound selection is a bit thin for a digital piano in this price range, but the quality is very good, the keyboard is super playable and the workmanship is nothing objectionable. The speakers and the operation of the P-115 are also very successful.
However, even the Roland F-20 is absolutely no mistake, because here you get with 35 sounds a nice wide range of sounds, even the keyboard makes a good impression. However, there is a trigger for the ease of use. If you have an iPad, the F-20 allows a very luxurious operation via touch screen, but as already noted in the test, a digital piano for me on the device itself must be easy to use and not only with the addition of other components. If you ignore that, the F-20 naturally makes a good leap forward.
The Kawai ES-100 is on the same footing as the F-20, thanks to its similar operation and almost the same number and quality of sound. Overall, I like the piano sound a bit better on the ES-100 than on the F-20, but instead the Roland has a lot more sounds to offer, which can make for a change. In terms of the keyboard, I see the ES-100 before the P-115, but ultimately only enough for a split second place with the Roland F-20.
Yamaha P115 Black Review
The Yamaha P-115 is the successor to the P-105. The 88 weighted keys give the feeling of a real piano. The biggest difference with its predecessor are the sounds, these have become a lot better. For the piano sound the famous Yamaha CF-III wing was sampled. The piano has 14 rhythms which makes practice a lot more fun. The piano is full of useful possibilities such as duo mode where the keyboard is split in two and each part has a central C. This makes the piano also ideal for giving piano lessons.