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The Yamaha DGX-650 has 88 keys and is sampled from a Yamaha CFFIIIS concert grand piano. Within this price range, it is one of the most realistic sounding keyboards. The action and sound quality are up to any task. While it’s marketed as a portable, digital, grand piano, it’s quite heavy. It doesn’t require a lot of space, but you might not want to move it frequently.
The DGX-650 utilizes Yamaha’s famous Pure CF Sound Technology. The dynamic range is adequate even for those at the professional level. No similarly priced, portable keyboard can match the dynamic range of the DGX-650. A lack of dynamic control is one of the common complaints lodged at less-capable digital keyboards.
A sound catalog is included and addition songs can be downloaded from the associated Yamaha website. It’s possible to play along with some of the most popular music acts in the world. Play with Elton John, Adele, Coldplay, and more without leaving the comfort of your own home. 100 preset songs are included.
The keyboard has 128-note polyphony and includes 147 voice presets, 15 drum/SFX kits, and 318 XGlite voices. Also included are 44 choruses, 36 reverb channels, and 5 EQ’s. There’s a tremendous amount of tonal flexibility available to customize your sound.
All 88-keys have Yamaha’s Scaled Graded Hammer action with three weight settings. The effect can even be turned off completely. Whether you prefer a softer or firmer touch, the DGX-650 can accommodate. If your knowledge of chords is a little rusty, the Smart Chord function will allow chords to be played with a single finger.
The Accompaniment feature can fill-in the backgrounds of your composition. The keyboard will even recommend styles, taking into account your preferences and personal playing style. 195 preset accompaniment styles are available.
Learn to Play
The Yamaha Education Suite is included. It’s one of the better tools available for learning to play. The keyboard can be split to allow for student and teacher to play together.
The 320×420 LCD display is monochrome delivers the lyrics and score as you play along. The screen is small but easy to read. The contrast is excellent.
Store up to 1.7 megabytes of your compositions. As many as 5 songs can be recorded and stored. The 6-track recording is enough for most composition needs. A USB port is available when more storage is desired. Of course, you can play back your songs, too.
To further mold your sound, a Pitch Bend control and damper pedal are also part of the package. The option exists for a 3-pedal unit, but is not included with the keyboard. A stand for your keyboard, music rest, and AC power cable are also in the box. Everything you need to get started comes with the keyboard.
The Yamaha DGX-650 is an exceptional all-around digital grand piano. It’s not designed to mimic a grand piano as much as some offerings, but the large number of voices and sound effects are important to many players. The sound quality is extremely good, and the LCD screen really simplifies the operation. It’s a great option for those that want the feel and sound of a grand piano with the flexibility of additional effects and voices.
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