Yamaha P95- Striking The Right Note?

Yamaha P95Yamaha have made some very decent digital pianos to date and it’s brand name is very well know in the world of pianos and digital pianos alike. So, its time to investigate and report on its newbie- the Yamaha P95.

Let me start this review by stating a clear and obvious fact- not every musical instrument is good. There are many substandard musical instruments out there in the market, especially in the world of digital pianos. So how does the new P95 stack up against the competition? Well, in a nutshell after some in pretty in depth analysis, I was pleasantly surprised at the volume of owners who are very happy with the sound, feel, features and cost of this unit. So, here’s a closer look for you to make up your own mind…

Yamaha P95 Features

The Yamaha P95 is a standard 88-key and 64-note digital piano. The entire setting of the P95 is actually quite similar to another product, the Yamaha P85. The major difference, however, is the feel of the keyboard and the sound it projects. The keyboard has weighted keys that are the size of any standard acoustic piano. The lower octave keys are heavier than the rest, and really similar to the weight of acoustic piano keys.

The Yamaha P95 has what is called an Advanced Wave Memory or AWM stereo sampled piano sounds. In layman’s terms,  it means that the instrument can deliver a very realistic and acoustic piano-like sound which is not common in most other digital pianos.

The Yamaha P95 gives you 10 sounds or voices to choose from, including 2 piano sounds. One of them is the classical grand piano sound, and the other is a bright grand piano, along with reverb for playing pop music. The voices can be dual layered as well, which means that two tones can be selected and played at the same time very easily. All you need to do is press two voice buttons together. Here is a brief look at some of them:

  • Vibraphone
  • Strings
  • Harpsichord
  • Choir
  • Electric jazz organ
  • Triple choir pipe organ, which is for Baroque

Yamaha P95There are 50 preset songs in the Yamaha P95, and the list includes compositions by Mozart, Bach, Joplin, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. There are also some songs by Debussy, Chopin, and Beethoven. You can store up to 11,000 notes, which includes your practice notes or personal songs.

You get a basic sustain pedal along with the P95, which can be connected to the digital keyboard through a 6 inch cable and a ¼ inch plug and jack. You also get a music rest along with the package. To help with practice sessions, the unit also features an inbuilt metronome that ranges from 32 – 280 beats per minute and also the option to record a song or practice session via the song recorder.

The instrument sound function on the Yamaha P95 is really simple, with each of the 10 sounds having its own specific button. In fact, you can even change over from one sound over to another while you’re playing the song. This is something I could not find in most other pianos.

The built in speaker system for the keyboard is a 2 speaker 6W, which is ideally meant to amplify a little more than it actually does. Nevertheless, the speaker output is still loud and sharp enough to give good quality sound. If you are looking to practice quietly, you could always connect your headphone into one of the piano’s 2 jacks. If you want it to get loud, you can also connect it to the external speakers or an amplifier.

A MIDI connection is available at the back of the unit. For composers (or even just for fun), it means that you can connect your keyboard up to your computer to download your music to the PC. It should be noted though, that an additional cable is required to do this. It’s the Yamaha’s UX16 USB-MIDI interface.

The Advantages

1. Real sound: Yamaha has created a high quality tonal output for this piano. Every review I have read- good or average- has mentioned the Yamaha P95’s spectacular sound quality.

                                              Here’s a small demo of the tonal quality…

2. Real feel: The next advantage of the Yamaha P95 is the realistic feel of an acoustic piano, right down to the slightly heavier low octave keys and the ability to adjust touch sensitivity to play comfortably.

3. The ‘Grand Piano’ tone: I know I have said this before, but I just want to point specifically to the piano sounds, because that is why digital pianos are made. The sound is really great, and in line with high end digitals like the Korg N-one. The classical piano sound is truly amazing, and almost exactly like a grand piano.

4. Built In Songs: Most people reported the high quality of the 50 preset songs that comes with the keyboard, from by Mozart, Bach, Joplin, Mendelssohn, and Schubert and more.

Yamaha P955. Reasonable pricing: The final advantage of the Yamaha P95 is, of course, it’s pricing. It is very rare to see a good digital piano that is still really reasonably priced for almost every music lovers out there. The Yamaha provides exceptional value for money.


Customer Reviews…

I read quite a bit of reviews from customers and here’s some of the more recent ones:

“For the price and the sound and playing experience you get, I rate this 5 stars.”

“Speaking of which, it is a real bargain – you will not be disappointed with a P95, even if you are still looking for the perfect digital piano, which after all may or may not exist. I Highly recommend the P95.”

“It sounds and feels great for a digital piano. “

“The sound is great. The speakers get loud enough for my taste, although I often play with headphones on. The keys have a good feeling. The features are basic but you get what counts.”


The Disadvantages

  1. The sound of the piano is almost perfect and misses out by a mark. It is not exactly a real disadvantage, but that is the only thing I could find in my research.

Bottom Line

With a number of features, high quality design and feel, stunning sound quality, and a reasonable price, the Yamaha P95 is a steal in every possible way. Yamaha has always been associated with quality products, and the P95 is no exception.

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