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  1. Taetske

    Good afternoon Wei,

    This is a great review of the Yamaha DGX-660. I am really impressed with this music instrument. When I was small I did play some piano but that was on a “normal” one.

    You call this piano a portable band and reading about all the special features it has I can only agree. That you can create the impression of being in a concert hall or just in a big room is quite amazing. I listened to the video and was impressed.

    Features like Jazz or Samba, really fun to have that possibility. To also be able to change the pitch of a note is great. 

    Further on in your post you say that having this digital piano you actually have access to 10 different piano sounds, what a great instrument. Thank you for all this information.

    Regards, Taetske.

  2. pmbaluka2016

    Well, this DGX-660 seems to be a well equipped machine which can be used by different people. When I look at the features they seem be way more advanced than those of an acoustic piano. 

    Some years back I had bought Yamaha PSR 2100 for my local church and it seemed very advanced and fit for any occasion. I don’t easlily find the PSR these days and I wonder what happened. Can you try to tell me the difference between the Yamaha DGX and PSR series? Again which is your recommendation piano for an audio recording studio.

    • Wei

      Thanks for your comment and questions. They are really good questions. The DGX-660 does have many features that are similar to the PSR series. The main difference is that the DGX-660 is a digital piano, which means it has full 88 keys and they are weighted and graded with touch sensitivity. The keys are suppose to work and feel just like an acoustic piano. On the other hand, the keys on the PSR series are just simple switchers. 

      As for audio recording studio, it really depends on your need and the music you are making. One of the questions you need to ask yourself is whether you need the keys to be sensitive to how hard you press them. 

      I hope my answers are helpful to you and please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have further questions.

  3. cpascal

    Although this keyboard has a big learning curve, it’s worth it. Most keyboards are limited in that they don’t have as many keys as a piano and you can only play a small number of keys simultaneously. This keyboard also sounds like a real piano, as the notes don’t have an electronic sound. It even offers a variety of pianos, not to mention all of the other Instrument voices it has.    

    • Wei

      Hi there, thanks for dropping by. As a digital piano, the DGX-660 has full 88 keys. It does sound very nice and have tons of instruments voices. 

      The learning curve is indeed its biggest issue. It would certainly be worth it if you would eventually use all the features. 

  4. Dale

    This is kind of what our grandson has been asking for Christmas.  He will be 8 soon so Im not sure if this is just a little too advanced for him.  However, kids these days continue to surprise me as to what they know and what they can do.  The review is great.  Now all I need is your opinion as to this is okay for an 8 year old or maybe you have a better recommendation.

    • Wei

      Hi Dale, welcome and thank you for the comment. I think the DGX-660 is great for your 8 years old grandson. Kids are easily distracted and one major challenge is to keep them focused and motivated. 

      With all the features on the DGX-660, he will have a lot fun playing and will keep coming back to practice. 

      Another advantage is that for kids, it’s important to explore different musical styles so that they can eventually find what they like. The Yamaha DGX-660 would be perfect for that.

  5. BEazzy Shifts

    Hi Wei. Thanks for sharing this review: Yamaha DGX-660 Review – Your Personal Band. I think you’ve done well with the review. I like your simplicity and realness with the review. Like you said, I think this keyboard isn’t good enough for the price. It could have been better. But overall I think it’s a good pick for anyone looking to buy a digital piano.

    Awesome contents here. Keep sharing

    • Wei

      Hi there, thanks for dropping by. I didn’t say that the DGX-660 isn’t good enough for its price. What I meant is that it depends. If you can utilize all the features, then it’s a great buy with awesome value. However, if your only focus is piano play, then you are paying for tons of features that you would never use. In that sense, there are better options on the market.

      It really depends on your personal needs.

  6. Chris

    Hi there, 

    I got a few questions regarding the Yamaha DGX-660…

    First off is the sound banks, or voice banks if you prefer – what type of quality are they? I only ask as most digital piano soundbanks these days pale in comparison with Kontakt MIDI samples, that can be controlled through a DAW. 

    Also, what is it’s compatibility like through Ableton and FL Studio? I only ask as I have had problems with MIDI controllers and digital pianos with these programs before. 

    • Wei

      Hi Chris, welcome and thanks for the comment. The sound source of the DGX-660 comes from sampling of Yamaha’s concert grand piano, the CFIIIS. It is a pretty decent re-production of the acoustic instrument. However, judging by the questions you asked, I suspect you would probably prefer something better. You can always link the DGX-660 to your computer and use it as a controller. 

      As for the Ableton and FL Studio, I do not have experience with either software. Let’s see if someone here can leave a comment and help with that. 

  7. Sylvia

    Thank you for this awesome review on the Yamaha DGX-660, I really do believe this is the one I was looking for in the last 10 months, on and off, of course.

    I started playing in the late 70’s with one of the first electric Synthesizer for home use, also a Yamaha. I really loved it than, although, these were real heavy ones and we didn’t had much room for it in our apartment, but I loved it then.

    I do like all the details you are providing in your article and it makes it easier for me to get one, finally, after a very long time, picking up playing again.

    Saved your site too. 🙂 

  8. Olonisakin Kehinde

    Yamaha products have made waves in the piano industry and I love this review.

    I don’t mind the cons in this review,  portability might not be a disadvantage  , at least for my kind of person,  I love good output moreso,  I always enjoy it in my music room.  

    Music is life,  it’s inspiring especially playing your piano at the cool of the day.  

    • Wei

      Yamaha has indeed made a big name in the digital piano industry. They also have a wide range of product lines to meet the need of different people. 

      The portability is a con because the DGX-660 is marketed as a portable grand piano. I want to make it clear to my readers that if you are looking for something portable, this might be your best choice. 

  9. Marlinda Davis

    Hey there! I’ve been wanting to get a digital keyboard for years now but they’ve been so far out of budget that I couldn’t get it. You know how it goes with life and bills. I’m so excited about this one because it is really decently priced and affordable! Thanks for sharing and I’m definitely bookmarking this for later! 

    Marlinda 

    • Wei

      Hi Marlinda, welcome and thank you for your comment. Do you have any experience with pianos? Are you interested in composing your piece or have a karaoke night with family and friends? The DGX-660 is great for these purposes. 

      However, if you are totally new to the instrument, all the features can be overwhelming and end up never being used. For that reason, I would recommend the Yamaha P45 or the Kawai ES110. Both are affordable and can help you with your learning without too many bells and whistles. 

      You can also check these best digital pianos of the year here!

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