The Yamaha P105 comes as the successor to the P95 with many inspiring features and functions for the beginner to enjoy. It’s a very approachable instrument with a control panel that’s user-friendly and intuitive enough for the user.
Coming from industry leader, Yamaha, there’s no question of quality here. It’s a fantastic for beginners and advanced players alike. It’s also compact, portable and lightweight which means that will easily fit into any kind of space.
As long as you keep your expectations realistic concerning the P105, you’re sure to like this very much. Come with us as we show you around this keyboard. We’ll show you what we like, what we don’t, and what was just there for us.
The Yamaha P105 At A Glance – Is This For You?
Here are the major highlights of the Yamaha P105…
The P105 comes with 88 keys and is backed by Yamaha’s most affordable hammer action – the Graded Hammer Standard. This is what makes the keyboard feel somewhat like an acoustic piano. Also, because the action comes graded, the keys are lighter on the high notes and heavier on the bass notes.
But hey, the keys still squeak a little though. So, don’t expect perfect bliss.
As for sound, Yamaha equips this with the Pure CF sound engine. This is actually one of Yamaha’s most advanced sound technologies. It’s an excellent sound engine and it reproduces the sound samples on the P105 beautifully.
For connectivity, there is an array of ports available. There’s a USB to Host port as well as line-level AUX outputs. With these connectivity ports, you can connect your digital piano to either your iPad or an amplifier.
Plus, this 128 note polyphony digital piano also comes with a good number of sound effects as well. So, there’s enough for you to modify your sound.
Moreover, the Intelligent Acoustic Control will also help your sound adapt itself to your current volume level. This way, you always get an ideal sound.
The speakers, however, aren’t excellent and they do tend to compromise the sound of this fantastic instrument quite a bit.
But then again, let’s not forget that this is a compact and portable instrument so it makes this the perfect candidate for a traveling musician. It can come with you on a bus trip, and it can as well sit on a table in your dorm room.
Do the afore-listed features work for you? Then it’s time to check out other features of this piano in our full review below.
Features Of The Yamaha P105
And now to the review in full…
Design and Layout of the Yamaha P105
Like we mentioned earlier, this is a compact piano, hence the reason it is in the Yamaha’s P series. It measures at about 52 inches in length and 11 inches in width which is the common size for most portable keyboards.
However, this keyboard weighs in 36 pounds which doesn’t exactly make this piano very portable. Most portable keyboards weigh about 25 pounds which makes the P105 about 11 pounds heavier than the average portable keyboard.
But then again, this is a compact unit which still makes it a convenient unit regardless of its size. There’s no place this keyboard won’t easily fit into, be it a studio, a house, a dorm, or whatever.
As for looks, this piano is actually quite aesthetically pleasing in its matte black finish.
But here’s the thing, this does not come with any accessory whatsoever, and that’s a bit confusing to us. There’s no stand, pedal, or adapter in the package at all which we feel is a bit funny considering the price.
But then you have the option of getting the L-85 stand which also comes in the matte black finish. Also, if you choose to purchase the L-85 stand, you also get the 3-unit pedal which include the sostenuto, soft pedal and the sustain. Of course, you also get the half-pedaling function with these pedals as well.
Well, that said, the P105 still comes with a music rest where you can place your music score sheets.
Built-in Tones, Rhythms, and Such Features
The P105 comes with 14 high quality built-in tones. And you can just hear the quality in their sound when you play this piano. Now, some people might find the number of tones here to be a disadvantage. But when you look at things from the right perspective, you’ll find that it isn’t really a disadvantage.
Yes, you might find some keyboards that come with hundreds of voices. But understand that number only matters when you’re looking for a keyboard, something to create music with. This is a digital piano where the quality of sound rather than the quality is more paramount.
That said, the quality of sound here is high quality and with the Pure CF sound engine, you can only expect a maximum level of performance.
Yamaha created the CF sound engine meticulously as an exact replica of its world famous CFIIIS concert grand piano. Now, combining this with a 128-note polyphony, you see why the sound quality here is incomparable.
You won’t ever experience a dropped note here whatever you’re playing. Even if you’re using either of the Split of Layered functions, or say you’re even playing over a drum pattern or a rhythm, you still won’t experience a dropped note.
So, when it comes to sound quality, the P105 does well in our books.
Graded Hammer Standard Keyboard
Now, when it comes to the keyboard on the P105, things are just basic. Yamaha uses one of its most basic hammer actions which is the Graded Hammer Standard action.
This keyboard has its pros in that it comes with tiny hammers in the keyboard. These hammers give the keys that resistance that makes the P105 feel a bit like a classical piano. Plus the action is graded, so there’s the variation in tension across the keyboard just like an acoustic piano.
However, there are still a few drawbacks to this keyboard. It doesn’t exactly feel one hundred percent like an acoustic. But then again we know that that’s asking a lot from a sub-$1000 digital piano. A few things could be improved on, definitely. But then again, this piano could cost a lot more too.
There are quite a number of Function modes on the P105. There are the Split and Layered functions which you probably know about. However, we will focus on the Duo Mode for the sake of the review.
The duo mode is an impressive feature that not many digital pianos carry but which carries some significant benefits.
In the duo mode, two people are able to play the keyboard simultaneously. So that means that if you have to practice for a duet, there’s no need lugging two separate pianos. The P105 can accommodate two players at the same time.
Plus, this function also facilitates learning as well. Now, tutors can show their students by actually doing. Teacher and student can play simultaneously on the keyboard since each will have their own middle C.
This way learning is faster and much more efficient.
This comes with a number of ports for connectivity. There’s a port for the USB to Host, and there’s also an auxiliary line out as well.
With these ports, you can hook your piano to your computer and expand the functionality of your piano. Plus, the lineout makes this piano excellent for performing live as well.
And now for those who need more technical details, check out the specs of the Yamaha P105.
Tech Specifications of the Yamaha P105
- 88 keys with Graded Hammer Standard action.
- Keys come with touch sensitivity: Hard, Soft, Medium, and Fixed.
- Tone Generation Technology: Pure CF Sound Engine.
- Max Polyphony: 128 notes.
- Number of Built-in Voices: 14.
- Sound Effects: 4 Reverb types, Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC).
- Damper Resonance.
- Functions: Split, Duo, Dual/Layers.
- Number of Preset Songs: 14 demo songs plus 50 preset piano songs.
- 2-track Recording and Playback function: Can record 1 song.
- Overall Controls: Metronome, Transpose, and Tuning Functions.
- 10 Built-in Rhythms.
- 10 Built-in Styles.
- Connectivity: DC IN, 2 headphones jack, 1 Sustain Pedal jack, AUX out, USB to Host port.
- 2 Speakers: 12 centimeters by 5 centimeters, &W + 7W.
- Dimensions: 58.1 x 15.1 x 11.1 inches.
- Weight: 36.4 pounds.
Pros Of Yamaha P105
- The sound quality here is great especially because of the Pure CF sound engine which faithfully reproduces the CFIIIS Grand Piano samples nicely.
- This is a compact instrument that can easily fit into any space. It might not exactly be super portable but it is still very moveable nonetheless.
- Action on this keyboard is nice enough in its imitation of a classical piano.
- Comes with headphone jacks which can help the user achieve a silent practice.
- Also features an LED display to improve interaction with the already user-friendly instrument.
Cons Of Yamaha P105
- This piano does not come with any accessory whatsoever which is funny considering the price.
- The keys, though nice, still give off a few squeaks when you play them.
- Finally, speakers are quite small so they might not deliver that expressive, reverberating sound that users might want.
Overall, the P105 is a quality instrument, no doubt. And that you can easily see once you get your hands on this. The keys actually feel pretty realistic when you compare it with those on other Yamaha keyboards at this price point. The only sad thing is that they also come a bit noisy.
The sound is another big pro on this keyboard. Yamaha’s Pure CF sound engine is no joke as you know. Plus with samples sourced from one of Yamaha’s best concert grand pianos, and 14 high quality built-in tones, sound here is marvelous.
In all, we will recommend this digital piano to any pianist at all who can afford it. The fact that it does not come with any accessory makes it a little out of place in the entry-level category, though. This is especially since most entry-level keyboards offer a lower price and with a couple of add-ons.
But finally, it’s undisputed the Yamaha P105 is a solid and dependable piano. So, if you can afford it, why not?