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#2405206 - Yesterday at 05:22 AM Roland DP90e / DP90se vs F130r
markalien Offline
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Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 11
After quickly trying both at my local store, I'm not convinced the DP90s/se are worth twice as much as the F 130r. I think they are both great in terms of sound and action. However the DP 90s/se looks a whole lot better and the sound is slightly better.

Has anyone compared them in depth? Or does anyone own a DP90e/se and recommend it?

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#2405511 - Yesterday at 09:00 PM Re: Roland DP90e / DP90se vs F130r [Re: markalien]
petes1 Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 221
I've not tried any of them, sorry, but I do own an RD800 which has the same keyboard action as the DP90se, the PHA-4 Concert action, and I believe that it uses the same SuperNATURAL sound generation, and I can swear by both of their quality. The feel and sound of this beast is nothing short of phenomenal. What I can't speak for though is the cabinet structure, goodies, and speakers on the DP90se since the RD800 shares none of these.
Keys: Yamaha GC2, Casio Privia PX-3, Roland RD800

#2405545 - Yesterday at 11:17 PM Re: Roland DP90e / DP90se vs F130r [Re: markalien]
lunobili Online   content
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Registered: 02/27/14
Posts: 37
Loc: Japan
I have a DP90se and after a year of playing it and lurking this forum, this is the opinion I formed:

1) Action. Depending on preferences is either the best or the second best action you can find on DPs (the other contender being the top of the line Kawai action).

2) Sound engine. Probably the best sound engine in the market. To find anything better you need to look into software pianos.

3) Speakers. Probably not top of the line, you need to compromise on this for the nice design. It still sounds very good to me, but I am a beginner and have not compared with much else, so I do not really have a very informed opinion on this. Notice that on headphone it will sounds as good as the very top of the Roland line.

4) Design. This is exactly the reason why I went for it. The assumption was that, passed a certain price point, anything would have been more than enough for a beginner and should take vary long before my daughter or myself outgrow it. This is the only DP that has top specs in a compact/stylish design and since it sits in our smallish living room, size and design was an important factor for me.

Bottom line, I do not regret my purchase at all. I practice every day much more that I though I initially would do and I am having a blast.

Probably the only thing that at some point in time I would like to try is a DP with a sound board to see how different it feels, but given my space constraints I would not go for it anyway.

Last note. I have lessons on a Yamaha acoustic vertical piano and I actually prefer my DP. This could well be because I am used to the sound and feel of my DP or because, being a beginner, I simply do not know what I am talking about ;-)

Edited by lunobili (Yesterday at 11:30 PM)

#2405558 - 19 minutes 40 seconds ago Re: Roland DP90e / DP90se vs F130r [Re: lunobili]
Charles Cohen Online   content
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1782
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
I sat at a DP90Se for a few minutes, with headphones. I think my description was "luscious", both for the action and the sound. You really could close your eyes and forget it was a _digital_ piano.

It's quite a step above the F130R in quality, IMHO. I'd like to try it against an FP7F or RD-800 or RD-80.

Whether it's "worth" the increased price -- that depends on your finances, your needs, and your desires.

. Charles

PS -- it was a short trial, but it left a long-lasting impression.


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