“The sound of the built-in speakers is good at moderate volumes but suffers a bit in the bass end”
Thanks to Graham’s information we were able to purchase a piano we were happy to begin learning on.
My wife and I are both beginners and were initially looking for an acoustic piano but quickly decided that a digital piano would be more suitable. We initially looked at a large number of pianos in the 1-2 thousand dollar range. This list included the following from Yamaha: the low end Clavinovas, Arius models, DGX-630, as well as a couple of the pro line like the CP33 and CP300. Other models we checked out included Roland’s FP series and a few models from Korg & Casio.
Once we had narrowed the field we came to the conclusion that the P155 was the best match for us. The keyboard feels very much like an acoustic piano and we both really like the sound, especially through high-quality headphones or patched through the stereo. The sound of the built-in speakers is good at moderate volumes but suffers a bit in the bass end, which is to be expected given the size. While the piano has a relatively small number of voices and is lean on non-piano features it really does excel as a compact great sounding piano — the more we use it the more it seems like a “real” piano.
There are a few things that could be better. RCA jacks would be the more common method to connect to home audio equipment and the existing 1/4 inch jacks do not automatically disconnect the internal speakers (a dummy plug in a headphone jack is required for that). There is a usb connection but it’s only for external memory and won’t connect to a computer: a separate midi adapter is required for that. We skipped the Yamaha stand as it seemed over-priced.
On the plus side we thought the keybed feel was very good and both of us really like the grand piano voice sound. It’s a joy to learn on.
Thanks for the info on this site as it helped with the decision quite a bit…..
Review by Doug and Cathy Morgan, Kelowna, Canada
“Initially I was a bit disappointed with the quality of sound when I set the keyboard up at home”
I purchased a brand new Yamaha P155 keyboard 3 days ago and absolutely LOVE it. The information in your article was very helpful, and enabled me to focus in on what features were most important to me. I took piano lessons as a teenager and am going back to them now as an adult in my 50’s. I have had a Yamaha PSR 2000 keyboard for quite a few years (61 keys, all the bells and whistles). I wanted to purchase something with a true piano keyboard (88 keys, fully weighted). Digital pianos seemed to be a good fit for my needs – the feel of an acoustic piano, a headphone jack (which would enable me to practice any time of day without disturbing anyone else), and the ability to record / upload / download music files via MIDI (USB) connection.
I looked at Yamaha, Roland and Kawai keyboards and digital pianos. Initially, my biggest challenge was trying to determine whether I wanted a piece of furniture (something like the Clavinova or Yamaha Arius) or a keyboard on a stand. Keyboard quality (weighted keys, touch sensitivity) and price were the 2 main factors affecting my choice. I also wanted a USB port (not just the MIDI in/out) if at all possible.
After trying every product available, I came to the conclusion that, based on my playing ability, any one of the products would more than meet my needs (both now and in the future). In the store, there is always ‘something a bit better’. Although the fully loaded products were very tempting, I decided that I didn’t need all the bells and whistles (300 voices, rhythms). My PSR 2000 has all that and I find I use very few of the extra functions. I also decided that buying a keyboard with the fully weighted keys would meet my needs and keep the price point within my budget. The Yamaha P155 offered a cost-effective solution.
Initially I was a bit disappointed with the quality of sound when I set the keyboard up at home. My husband hooked the keyboard up to some Yamaha speakers and a subwoofer. What an improvement! The keyboard is very easy to use – very few buttons, intuitive interface, easy to navigate. I’ve already downloaded files to a memory stick and loaded them into the keyboard via the P155’s USB port. The USB port is located at the back of the keyboard (rear panel), which is not particularly convenient. The solution: A D-Link USB adapter sitting on top of my keyboard, within easy reach. The adapter plugs into the keyboard’s USB port and the memory stick plugs into the D-link adapter, which is easily accessible. Right now, I have the keyboard on a portable X stand. It’s reasonably sturdy, but I do plan to get a stronger / more permanent stand for it.
I’ve only had the keyboard for 3 days, and will be starting my piano lessons next week. Can’t wait!
Review by Michele Jeannotte, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
“The action feels very realistic for the price range and feels better than some of the other pianos I tested”
I did quite a lot of extensive research before purchasing my Yamaha P155,
because I wanted something of quality that would fit my budget. I went to
various music stores and tested various makes and models. Luckily, a friend
of mine has a P155, so I was able to practice on their’s and get a really
good feel for the piano.
I really like the P155 because the action feels very realistic for the price
range and feels better than some of the other pianos I tested. The sound is
pretty good, although I did invest in a decent set of headphones as I feel
the piano sounds better through headphones than it does through the built-in
I live in South Africa, so I bought the piano from Music Boyz based in
Moreleta Park. They gave really good service and a really great price. As
soon as I got home, I unpacked it straight away and spent the next few
hours sitting behind it enjoying my new purchase.
Review by Roger Bull, Moreleta Park, South Africa
“The P155 is ideal, even though the digital piano still finds it difficult to compete with a good accoustic!”
We bought the Yamaha P155 from Dawsons at a price equal to the best
internet price. We had excellent service. Ordered on Thursday last week
and took delivery on Tuesday this week.
Shortage of space in our retirement property meant that we had to
accommodate a piano upstairs in the study. We had to leave behind
our Yamaha accoustic piano when we down sized. So for us the P155 is
ideal, even though the digital piano still finds it difficult to compete with
a good accoustic!
Its a lovely keyboard. We were pleased that your digital piano booklet
confirmed our assessment of it in the show room, so we could buy
with confidence. Thank you for your invaluable help
Review by Sonia
“The sound of the speakers was excellent”
Yamaha P155: As soon as I played it I had a big smile on my face. I had thought
either that no digital Piano could replicate a real one, or if it could I couldn’t afford
it. The action was really nice, it was heavy and smooth like a good real Piano
(heavier than the Roland FP4 and infinitely superior to the Kawai ES6).
The touch response was great allowing for a great deal of expressiveness.
It is not as I had imagined 4 levels of loudness, but a smooth gradient from
whisper to loud using four samples for accuracy of sound. The sound of the
speakers was excellent, which was very surprising as the similar Kawai
speakers had been so poor. They were rich at the bottom and crisp at the top.
Review by John Taylor
“I don’t think I could safely move it by myself if it were heavier”
I have bought a piano now and thankyou so much for the advice. I have
bought a Yamaha P155 digital stage piano. I sounds beautiful and we are so
happy with it. It is for my son to learn on, he is 8, and for myself to take up
playing again. I think I reached grade 1 or 2 when I was about 12 and now
after 30 years I have the time to take it up again. It cost £864 from Gear4Music
We wanted a portable piano due to space being tight and we also wanted to
be able to transport it for my son to play with friends. The P155 is a weight and
size that I can just lift and manage on my own 18.6kg (41 lbs.) and length
133.4cm (52-1/2″). I don’t think I could safely move it by myself if it
were heavier. It also has four little rubber feet on the underside of the
piano so that it stands securely on any table. However, you can buy a
wooden/chipboard stand (L140) which it fixes securely to using four screws.
We bought this, £98, so that it does look like a solid piece of furniture.