Yamaha Arius Digital Piano Models Offer Improved Performance and iOS App Compatibility

Mike Lawson • Instruments & Gear • May 20, 2016

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Yamaha Arius YDP 163

Yamaha introduced the YDP-143 and YDP-163, the latest additions to the company’s popular Arius line of console digital pianos.

Designed to appeal to the hobbyist, returning or aspiring player, and to both students and their parents, these cost-effective Arius models retain the elegant cabinetry and sound associated with class Yamaha acoustic pianos.

The Digital Piano Controller app for Apple iOS devices allows users to interact with their YDP-143 or YDP-163 via a colorful, intuitive, touch screen graphic interface while choosing sounds, activating the recorder, and accessing other functions. When played through headphones, the Stereophonic Optimizer creates an enhanced listening environment where the sounds appear to emanate from the instrument itself, and not from the headphones.

The YDP-163 is the first Arius piano to use the Yamaha GH3 Graded Hammer action. A third sensor has been added that allows for faster note repetition in rapidly played passages, and the natural keys are finished with a premium synthetic ivory surface. GH3 is great for intermediate and advanced players, but also gives the beginner something to grow into. The YDP-143 employs Yamaha’s GHS Graded Hammer Standard action. Both actions are suitable for developing players, providing an accurate feel with matte black keytops.

These new Arius models feature Yamaha’s improved Pure CF sampling technology to deliver a faithful recreation of the nine-foot Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano experience. Natural Damper Resonance provides added sonic realism while pedaling. Both the Arius YDP-143 and YDP-163 come housed in a handsome furniture-grade cabinet complete with modesty panel, sliding key cover, all three piano pedals, and a matching music rest. Both models include a matching wood piano bench. Black walnut and rosewood finishes are available.  

“These new models raise the bar for entry level digital pianos by combining traditional cabinetry and a satisfying piano-playing experience with modern connectivity” said Dane Madsen, marketing manager, digital pianos, Yamaha Corporation of America, “The addition of the Digital Piano Controller app for iOS is ideal for attracting smart-phone and tablet users to the joys of playing a musical instrument.”

Pricing and Availability

Yamaha YDP-143 (MSRP: $1,499) and YDP-163 (MSRP: $1,999) Arius digital pianos will ship in April of 2016.



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