Yamaha YDP-164B

Yamaha YDP-164B

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Yamaha YDP-164 Review: Is It Worth the Extra Over the YDP-144?


Yamaha has always been at the top of their game when it comes to musical instruments, be it acoustic ones or their digital counterparts.

Their digital piano lines have been bestsellers since their introduction in the late 1980s.

As you might expect, the technology behind each iteration of these instruments has improved by leaps and bounds.


The YDP-series digital pianos (also called the Arius series) is Yamaha’s answer for the beginners and intermediate players wanting a well-built instrument with all the features you’d need.

Unlike the more advanced CLP-series (also known as the Clavinova series), the YDP series leaves out the extra bells and whistles and focuses instead on delivering as much bang for your buck as possible.

In early 2019, Yamaha updated the YDP line with new models, including the YDP-144YDP-164 and YDP-S54 (slim, modern style version of the YDP-164), replacing the previous YDP-143, YDP-163 and YDP-S52 models.

These updates came with an overhaul of the sound engine and a some other minor tweaks that enhance the overall experience.

Is the Yamaha YDP-164 worth the purchase? How does it compare with the competition? Is it worth the extra $$ over the YDP-144?

In this review, we’ll be covering these questions in detail, giving you all the info you need to make an informed purchase.

Yamaha YDP-164 Specs

Yamaha YDP-164 Specs

  • 88-key fully weighted keyboard with simulated Ivory & Ebony keytops
  • Graded Hammer 3 (GH3) action
  • Touch Sensitivity (Hard, Medium, Soft, Fixed)
  • Sound: CFX Sampling
  • Simulated Sound Nuances: Damper/String/Key off resonance, Smooth release
  • 192-note polyphony
  • 10 instrument sounds (3 pianos)
  • 50 preset piano songs + 10 demo songs
  • Modes: Duo, Dual
  • Lesson Function (ability to practice each hand’s part separately)
  • 2-track MIDI recorder
  • Metronome, Transpose, Fine-tuning
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control, Stereophonic Optimizer, Acoustic Optimizer
  • Speakers: 20W + 20W (2 x 12cm)
  • Connectors: USB to Host, Headphone jacks (2)
  • USB Audio Interface function
  • 135 x 42 x 85 cm (53.4” x 16.6” x 33.4”)
  • 42 kg (92 lbs. 10 oz.)
  • Release Date: March 2019
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