Availability: Discontinued March 2014 – Replaced by new model Yamaha CLP585
Yamaha CLP-S408 Reviews
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“How do CLP-S408 and CLP480 compare?”
Hi Graham –
Moving to a flat I’ve got to sell my Steinway Model O and go for a digital piano. I notice the CLP480 heads your list of “best”, but no reviews as yet of the CLP-S408 Slimline. Any idea how they compare and which is preferable? Difficult question probably. Alas, space is at a premium and the Slimline would fit the bill from that angle. Btw. many thanks for your Free booklet.
Reply/ Hi Fred
You are welcome for the book.
I have tested the CLP-S408, and given it a Howard Score rating.
You can get the Howard Score here. It will probably be quite
useful for you. http://www.ukpianos.co.uk/the-howard-score.html
Anyway, here’s how they compare.
The CLP-S408 has the same key touch as the CLP480.
The CLP480 excels when it comes to pure piano tone.
It sounds much richer and more resonant in all registers
than the CLP-S408.
This is due to the way the speakers are placed, the
speaker placements, the larger cabinet and acoustic box.
If you sit down and play them side by side you will
notice how much easier it is to play dynamics on the
CLP480. The sound comes out almost effortlessly.
With the CLP-S408, although the sound is still very
good, it just takes a bit more effort .
Now, if you intend playing mostly with headphones
then it won’t matter which piano you choose. This
is because the original sound sample is the same on
both pianos. And this is the sound you hear when it
doesn’t have to go through internal speakers or
bounce around inside the piano.
Let me know if you would like more information.