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Yamaha P-255 Review

If you want a good piano, Yamaha is a brand that you can trust. Still, you should never buy a product sight unseen. That is the precise reason why you need a good, honest, Yamaha P-255 review.

The good news is that we have one for you right here.

We took a close look at the instrument that we will be explaining today. Our goal is always to help connect readers with the information we know musicians care about.

From sound quality to keys, to features, we studied it all. Everything that we found is explained in the review below. Read on!

Yamaha P-255
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Important Features

If you are going to drop some serious money on an instrument, you should know everything. That in mind, read on for some important features that will inform your buying decision.

Great Keyboard

Yamaha usually makes a pretty good keyboard, but this one was better than most that we have seen. As one would imagine, it is weighted, graded, and touch sensitive.

The weight means that it is going to feel quite a bit like playing on an acoustic. This means that different keys offer different levels of resistance. In other words, a low note will weigh more than a high one.

Touch sensitivity means that the keys will register soft and hard playing differently. Basic as this feature sounds, it is often overlooked in electric keyboards.

Yamaha P-255

Last but not least, the keyboard is completed with a synthetic ivory covering. One of the most common complaints about electric keyboard keys is that the feel plasticky.

Though the synthetic ivory is not going to feel exactly like the real thing, it does come satisfyingly close.

One of the main objectives of any electric keyboard should be to feel as close as possible to the real thing. To that end, the P225 is very successful.


Portable

Another nice thing about the P255 is that it is very portable. The keyboard features a conservative weight and dimensions that shouldn’t’ be too cumbersome.
This is a particularly nice feature for traveling musicians.

If you are the type of pianist that plays gigs, this keyboard will be a suitable option for your performances.

App Control

Phone connectivity is a feature that has become ubiquitous. Not just with pianos but with everything. Toothbrushes, microwaves. You name it and your phone will be able to hook up to it.
The P255 has definitely embraced this trend. It features an IOS app that will allow you to sync up with your iPhone.

The app allows you to easily navigate the interface of your keyboard.

Yamaha P-255

You don’t actually need to use it if you do not want to. All of the capabilities of the P255 are also accessible via the onboard controls.

The app interface simply lays out the information in an easily consumed format. It provides visual cues on features that you might not have even known that the P255 was capable of.

The only downside is that the keyboard is currently only IOS capable. This means that if you don’t have an iPhone or other IOS device, you will be out of luck.

Voices

Last but not least, you also get a variety of sound options to choose from. The voice range selection on this unit features twenty-five different options. This range includes a variety of instruments as well as different piano tones.

There are definitely keyboards out there that have more tones than this. Still, with twenty-five options, you should have no trouble finding something that you like.

Issues

You might notice the first issue before you ever touch, or even see the keyboard. Price. Though this Yamaha is not tipping the scales, it does feature a price tag that won’t jive with restrictive budgets.

If you have been a part of the world of pianos for some time, you may not be too concerned with the cost of the P255. Relative to some of the top-tier options out there, it may even seem affordable.

Regardless, the price of this instrument does make it a choice that won’t be friendly to beginners.

p255 review

This is especially true when you factor in that the package does not include a stand or bench.

Moving on from cost, we found most other areas of the keyboard to be free of issues.

We did, however, find that the onboard speakers were not extremely loud. Ultimately, how you perceive this matter will depend on how you intend to use the keyboard.


If you are planning on using it for performances, you will probably need some external speakers. But then that is usually the case anyway.

If you are only using the keyboard at home, the matter of volume should be mostly fine. Though the speakers are not the best we have seen, their deficits are not so bad that most would consider it a deal breaker.

These things aside, we really liked the Yamaha P255.

Pros And Cons

We are almost done. Which also means that you have almost reached the point where you might want to make a buying decision. Since there was a lot of information given today, it may help to review the facts.

That in mind, read on for a distilled version of this instrument’s pros and cons.

Pros Of Yamaha P-255

  • Excellent keyboard
  • 25-voice options
  • Portable
  • IOS compatible

Cons Of Yamaha P-255

  • Price may eliminate piano as option for some buyers
  • Speaker volume somewhat low
  • App not compatible with most smartphones

Conclusion

You’ve reached the end of our review. As you probably gathered from reading this, we think this is a really great instrument.

The price tag will probably be a turn off to beginners and budget buyers. However, the experienced musician that prioritizes quality has plenty to like. This feature-rich keyboard plays great, and does exactly what you need it to.

It’s portable, IOS compatible (because everything is these days) and it is perfect for practice or for gigs.

These things considered we think it is a keyboard that most will really like.

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  1. Enjoyed your review of the Yamaha P255. You did not say anything about polyphony although I am assuming that it’s 256, About like the predecessor the Yamaha P155 p125. also string residence whenever a key is released.
    Many reviews are excited about the Yamaha P125 (which was replaced by the P155 Which was replaced by the P255 which was replaced by the p-515) Means that the Yamaha P-125 MUST be an excellent digital keyboard to support so many upgrades!
    So my understanding is that they all have the same polyphony (256). They all have sweat conservation features on the graded and weighted and authentic feeling keyboards and they all have most excellent sampling of a Yamaha 9 foot concert acoustic piano, Yamaha‘s flagship piano.
    As the Yamaha P-numbers go higher the quality grows higher (not the qualities of the keys or their tactile qualities and not of the individually sampled sounds, but of the QUANTITIES of rhythms and sounds and speaker size and speaker design.
    So if I buy a Yamaha digital keyboard P-125, I have connectivity with my iPad and many other sounds and rhythms from apps available on the iPad and with a common electrical cord I can run an external amplifier. With these additions I can accomplish everything and more that you can do with a Yamaha P-515.
    Am I right or wrong?
    My question is well-intentioned and serious in nature, since I am financially limited and wish to have the best digital piano for my money. I am classically trained and my piano skills tend to be advanced.
    Thank you very sincerely for your consideration of a rather lengthy commentary!

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Paul loves guitars, guitarists, and music made with a guitar to an almost worrying extent. But he didn't start out playing the guitar and was a good pianist until the age of nine when 'Rock' entered his life. Since then, he has also become accomplished on a range of other instruments, but Guitar is still his number one love!

He has played in a lot of bands over the years, the majority of them rock bands and mainly playing guitar. He has a substantial home recording studio and enjoys recording his own and other people's music as often as he can.

His passion for the guitar always comes through in his writing, and he hopes to continue to preach the importance of guitar music for decades to come.

He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Pam and lots and lots of guitars!

1 thought on “Yamaha P-255 Review”

  1. Enjoyed your review of the Yamaha P255. You did not say anything about polyphony although I am assuming that it’s 256, About like the predecessor the Yamaha P155 p125. also string residence whenever a key is released.
    Many reviews are excited about the Yamaha P125 (which was replaced by the P155 Which was replaced by the P255 which was replaced by the p-515) Means that the Yamaha P-125 MUST be an excellent digital keyboard to support so many upgrades!
    So my understanding is that they all have the same polyphony (256). They all have sweat conservation features on the graded and weighted and authentic feeling keyboards and they all have most excellent sampling of a Yamaha 9 foot concert acoustic piano, Yamaha‘s flagship piano.
    As the Yamaha P-numbers go higher the quality grows higher (not the qualities of the keys or their tactile qualities and not of the individually sampled sounds, but of the QUANTITIES of rhythms and sounds and speaker size and speaker design.
    So if I buy a Yamaha digital keyboard P-125, I have connectivity with my iPad and many other sounds and rhythms from apps available on the iPad and with a common electrical cord I can run an external amplifier. With these additions I can accomplish everything and more that you can do with a Yamaha P-515.
    Am I right or wrong?
    My question is well-intentioned and serious in nature, since I am financially limited and wish to have the best digital piano for my money. I am classically trained and my piano skills tend to be advanced.
    Thank you very sincerely for your consideration of a rather lengthy commentary!

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