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#1252505 - 08/20/09 10:36 AM Yamaha YDP-140 or YDP S31?
Terri Moore Offline
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Registered: 06/19/09
Posts: 18
Hi there,
I will only buy one of the two: Arius YDP 140, or Arius YDP S31.
Which one shall i go for? They both use GHS, but apparently the S31 feels like a keyboard. Also, does the S31 have the 3 level AWM? I don't think it does... which one sounds better of these two?
Please do not suggest me to other models, I am only limited to these two,
All help appreciated,

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#1252573 - 08/20/09 11:48 AM Re: Yamaha YDP-140 or YDP S31? [Re: Terri Moore]
_just.jose Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 31
Loc: California, USA
Hmm ...
I say you go to the store, yourself- and check it out.
Try some (=
I've tried the YDP-140, but it was quite a while back...
I'm going to try it again, to see if it feels the same- but you should try both of them out.
As far as I can say, they both feel similar- due to the fact that they are both in the Arius series.

As for me, I would choose the YDP-140 because I like the sense of stability in a digital piano, so that's why I prefer cabinets- grands simply won't fit in the house ._.", but I would also choose it because I like the 3-pedal system better. To me, the YDP-140 feels a lot better with the GH as comparison to the S-31, but you should check that out for yourself and decide !

#1252897 - 08/20/09 07:14 PM Re: Yamaha YDP-140 or YDP S31? [Re: _just.jose]
Glen R. Offline
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Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 130
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: _just.jose
To me, the YDP-140 feels a lot better with the GH as comparison to the S-31, but you should check that out for yourself and decide !

Not sure if it's just a typo above, but according to the specs ( here ), The YDP-140 and YDP-S31 both have Graded Hammer Standard. You need to step up to the YDP-160 to get Graded Hammer.

As for choosing between the 140 and S31, they are identical except for the 140 having 3-level sampling vs. the S31's 1-level.

For what it's worth, I have the 140 and love it. I have never tried the S31.
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#1253016 - 08/20/09 10:13 PM Re: Yamaha YDP-140 or YDP S31? [Re: Glen R.]
Geoffk Offline
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Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 757
Loc: Tokyo, Japan
If the S-31 has a 1-level sample and GHS action (like the P-85), than it's going to be barely acceptable. Casios and most serious DPs have multi-level dynamic samples and better actions than GHS.

I'd avoid both of these and try to get a DP with GH/GHE or equivalent action and a multi-level sample. For example a P-140, P-155 or a Casio, Kawai or Roland.

#1254298 - 08/22/09 10:15 PM Re: Yamaha YDP-140 or YDP S31? [Re: Geoffk]
The_Linux_Crew Offline
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Registered: 08/08/09
Posts: 53
Glen and Geoff are both right. For many people the 140 is perfectly fine. The problem is that some people who should be using a GHE action, namely parents who want to have a practice piano for their children are choosing the entry level 140 when a student should really be practicing with a DP that most closely simulates an acoustic piano. For someone who already knows how to play and wants a cheap DP, the 140 is fine.


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