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#1266741 - 09/11/09 10:51 PM Yamaha P85 or Korg SP250?
montag Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 29
Loc: Argentina
I'm new on this forum so first of all, hi there! I'm enjoying this community some time ago, but just reading until now... blush

I'm about to buy my first digital piano; have to say I've never put a finger on a key, except for the Casio PT-1 I had when I was a child (you know, one key at a time). I want to learn and I need a DP so my neighbours don't hate me (I promise I'll use headphones). After reading many reviews and posts, and given my budget constraints, I have two options: Yamaha P85 and Korg SP250. From what I read, I gathered the pros and cons:

Yamaha P85
- Nice grand piano sound
- Can record your performance (one track)
- 64 notes of poliphony
- No Line Out jack
- Cheapest action from Yamaha (GHS)
- Only one-level sample (AWM)

Korg SP250
- Nice grand piano sound
- Better action (RH3 from Korg)
- Line Out
- Stand and pedal (with half pedal dampering available)
- Noisy action (clicking keys?)
- 60 notes of poliphony
- 19 kg (The Yamaha is 11 kg)

They are in the same price range, so money makes no difference between them. Which one is better?

After much reading, I guess both are good pianos but I just can't decide between them. Anyone knows if the P85 changes its tone depending on how fast are the keys pressed? I know it sounds louder when you press hard, but is there a timbre change as well, as in real acoustic? Someone said in this forum that it has a filtering-based timbre change, wanted to confirm... since it has only one sample. I like classical piano, and want to be able to be 'expressive' with my DP (after hard work and months/years, of course).
About the Korg, are the keys so noisy? I watched some youtube videos in which you can clearly hear the keys while the guy plays...

I went to a local music store and heard both pianos; Yamaha seems to have a brighter sound, but overall I liked both.

Any advice is welcomed! About to buy in a week or two.

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#1266743 - 09/11/09 10:53 PM Re: Yamaha P85 or Korg SP250? [Re: montag]
MoodyBluesKeys Offline
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Registered: 06/24/07
Posts: 258
Loc: Trent Woods, NC
You will likely get more response if you make the post in the Digital Forum. I don't have either one - have a Kurzweil PC3X, with which I am well satisfied.
Jim Cason
Promised LAN Computing, Inc.
Howard C171 Grand, Kurzweil PC3X, PC3, PC361, PC2X, PC2.
JBL 10&15 EONG2s, EV SxA100+s QSC K10s, HP & ThinkPad DAWs, eMu 1820M & 1616M.
Epi Les Paul & LP 5str Bass, Trace amp-cabinets.
Formerly in electronic keyboard repair trade - semi-retired

#1266749 - 09/11/09 10:57 PM Re: Yamaha P85 or Korg SP250? [Re: MoodyBluesKeys]
montag Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 29
Loc: Argentina
I'm sorry, you're right, I meant to put this in the Digital forum. I copied my message there, if an Admin could just remove this from here...


#1267241 - 09/12/09 07:44 PM Re: Yamaha P85 or Korg SP250? [Re: montag]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
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Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Korg SP250, without question. smile
Rich Galassini
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Phila, Pa.
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