1. Amit

    Great post and very informative.
    We are planning to buy a piano for my 6 year old daughter. We have to make a choice between YDP -184 vs CLP-625 and are really confused which is good for her to start with and will long last (thinking of keep it at least for 5 year)

    • Hi Amit,

      Thank you for your kind comment. While the YDP 184 is excellent, the CLP 625 does have a few advantages. The voice of Bösendorfer Imperial and the binary samples would be the main reasons I choose CLP 625 over the 184.

      The question I guess is whether the advantages are worth the price difference. If you can find them at similar price, the CLP 625 is clearly a better choice.

      Quality wise, they are both from Yamaha and as a premium brand, I wouldn’t worry about any issue on that.

  2. Deepak

    Great Review. Could you please help me with a decision as I am an absolute beginner? I am torn between the below choices. Here, I can get a YDP-164 or a CLP-625 for the same price. For CLP-635 I have to pay 30% more. Answers I am seeking are:
    1) Between YDP-164 and CLP-625 which is better since it is same price for me.
    2) Is CLP-635 worth the 30% premium I need to pay.

    • Hi Nayla,

      If it’s within your budget, the YDP 184 is absolutely great for beginners. You start from the beginning with great sound and great key action and you don’t need to worry about upgrade in many years to come.

  3. Binu

    How does YDP 184 comapre with Casio PX-870. Looking to buy one for my daughter and confused between Yamaha YDP 184 and Casio PX 870
    Thank you for your advise

    • Hi Binu,

      Generally speaking, the Yamaha YDP 184 has quite some advantage over the Casio PX-870. After all, the YDP 184 is a much more expensive piano. The biggest benefit you would get from the YDP is the more powerful speaker system, more sophisticated internal recording capability and more connectivity possibilities.

      You do pay quite a lot for the Yamaha brand though. So if you are looking for the better bang for your buck, I would recommend the Casio PX-870. But if you have the budget, the YDP-184 is a better instrument.

  4. James

    How did you get all these fake comments to your articles? It’s probably against Google ToS, plus doesn’t really add any value and misleads the readers. Tired of seeing these fake low-quality sites online, especially on the first page of Google

    • Hi James,

      First of all, welcome to my site and thank you for your comment.

      I’m sorry to hear that you are not satisfied.

      I don’t know why you think the comments here are fake. They are not. These are real people interested in the Yamaha YDP 184 and I’m certainly not paying them to leave a comment on my site.

      It is true that the internet is full of fake stuff. I have certainly been fooled several times. So I can understand your skepticism.

      I also understand your frustration with Google. When I search on Google, the high ranked sites don’t always have the best content. However, quality of the content is a subjective matter.

      I certain don’t claim that I have the most valuable reviews on the internet. You might find it utterly useless and I respect that. It is your opinion.

      What I can tell you is that I do put in a lot time and effort for these reviews. I try to make them as helpful as I can. If you think about it, this is exactly the essence of a blog. If I’m an expert in digital pianos, I would be working for one of the manufactures, or writing columns for magazines. A blog is where I share my personal take on things no matter how unprofessional or even biased it is.

      If you can let me know specifically what you are looking for, I might be able to help you better. You can check my Best Digital Pianos of 2019 and see if there’s any information that’s useful to you.

      Again, I’m sorry that you don’t find my reviews helpful. I wish you all the best and hope to see you here again.



          • Liz

            Actually, I have found your review very helpful and try to be as subjective as possible.
            At least I started to be able to understand the meaning of all those professional terms from different manufacturers after reading your reviews.
            Back to James comment, I am not surprised that YAMAHA is over pricing its product for the brand. That is any manufacturer will do when there is a strong brand. For the buyer who doesn’t know all the technical details, it is always safe to go with these famous brand. The quality and after sales service is often very reliable. But on another hand, it is not necessarily the most cost efficient choice.

          • Hi Liz,

            Thanks a lot for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoy my reviews. I do try to make them as subjective as possible although some aspects like key action can be challenging.

            I myself started with a Yamaha digital piano. It is a bit more expensive but is a safe bet for those who are not quite familiar with the industry.

            There’s always a trade off when it comes to any purchase. Either you pay extra or you spend time doing research.

  5. Stew

    First I’m glad this looks like a traditional Grand.  Too many look cheap and uninviting to me.

    I’m amazed at the technology in them and this post was an eye opener to me.  We grew up with a Grand in our house.  Don’t know what kind and everyone played but me.  Now I have an interest in learning.

    • Wei

      Hi Stew, thanks for dropping by. Being the flagship of the Arius series, the YDP-184 can be considered a premium digital piano. Most of the premium ones feature the traditional upright cabinet design. I guess the others look cheap to you because they are cheap. 🙂

      If you have previous experience, then the YDP-184 could be a great instrument to start your piano journey. Although, please do go to a store and try it first. Because key action is a very personal issue and to me the keys on the YDP-184 is a bit heavy. You really need to try it yourself before you buy.

  6. Holly

    This looks like a fabulous piano. I prefer a keyboard myself as well, just for practical reasons (no tuning, can actually take it with you when you move, hah). I’ll keep this one in mine for when we are going to upgrade. Right now we have a budget one from costco. It works for now, but once the kids have gotten better I know I’ll want to invest.

    • Wei

      Hi Holly, thanks for your comment. Indeed, digital pianos have so many advantages for home use. That’s why I do believe some day in the future they will replace acoustic upright. And maybe, just maybe, upright pianos will disappear. 

      The YAMAHA YDP-184 is definitely a good choice for your future upgrade. Just like many Yamaha digital pianos, it’s solid all around. 

      Do take your kids to the store and have them try it first. It’s important that they enjoy the key action. 

  7. Darren

    Yamahas are always a good bet when it comes to keyboards and pianos  and this  model is no exception.

    I like the style and size of the Yamaha  YDP 184.

    Do the keys press down as firm as a normal piano  keys or is it easier being electric?

    I do agree that the 184 would fit most decors and most likely be an asset to the room it was in.

    • Wei

      Hi Darren, thanks for being here. Yamaha is indeed solid in many ways. And if you don’t want to spend a lot of time checking reviews and compare products, Yamaha is probably a safe bet most of the time.

      Personally I prefer a more sleek and modern design for digital pianos. But those might not fit every decor style, while the Yamaha YDP-184 kinda sits in the middle of modern and traditional. Making it more versatile in terms of home decor.

      The keys are firm, definitely. I would even say it’s a bit heavier than an acoustic piano. If firm key press is your preference, you should definitely check it out and give it a try. 

  8. Marlinda Davis

    Hey there! This piano looks awesome! I have a friend who in as entertainer and also plays piano for my local church. He was in the market for a piano with triple sensor key action so I will definitely show him this piano. I love the design just too bad that it doesn’t connect to bluetooth.

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Wei

      Hi Marlinda, nice to see you again. The YDP-184 should perform well in a church due to it’s good sound sample and decent speaker system. The other Roland LX700 series you commented on are also viable options. Although we have to wait and see if those new models deliver their promises. 

      One more thing to consider is budget. If your friend’s church has a much bigger budget, there are much better choices out there. Like the Yamaha Clavinova series, or the Kawai CA series.

      Come back for more reviews and I hope I can help your friend finding the right digital piano for his church!

    • Hi Stu,
      To get the best sound quality, definitely record internally or use the line out.
      I sometimes use microphone to record but only to show how the intrument would sound with their built in speakers.

  9. pmbaluka2016

    I’ve been playing piano for close to over 20 years now but hadn’t come into contact with Yamaha YDP 184 which looks cool and the best choice in the market today. The piano I am used to play is so acoustic not like this one and so I need to congratulate Yamaha for great work they are doing in improving their products.

    This review is good enough for me because it gives much details as I wanted however, I’m currently shopping for a keyboard digital piano which I can use for my music promotion and according to your review, YDP 184 has all the qualities I was looking for except portability. From the photos, it looks a little bit bulky.

    I need quite a smaller machine I can easily carry and move around anywhere without much hustle. I wonder if you have any recommendation for me.

    • Wei

      Hi there, thanks for dropping by. If you’re giging and need to move the instruments around, the YDP 184 is obviously not for you.

      Take a look at my review on the Kawai ES8. It’s a portable digital piano that had amazing sounds and realistic key action. Personally I’d take the ES8 over the YDP 184 even for home use. Because I find the keys being a bit too heavy for me on the YDP184.

  10. Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and very informative.

    I am a lover of pianos, and sooner or later I will buy one, certainly now we have a big house.

    I love the fact it looks like an older piano, but has the modern touches.

    For me the bluetooth that is missing isn’t so bad, I’m not a fan of it anyway.

    The price is reasonable, for the quality it brings, but it is known of Yamaha that they bring good products.

    I want to put it in the living room, in the winter will look so nice.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Wei

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Thanks for dropping by. It is a solid digital piano and it looks great in the living room. 

      However, if you are a total beginner, I think you should start with something cheaper. Something like the Casio PX870, or the Kawai ES110.

      Come back for more digital piano reviews.

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