Yamaha ARIUS YDP-161 Piano Review 

 March 3, 2021

By  Zen Chung

Weighing 92 pounds, the ARIUS YDP-161’s dimensions are 32.1” (H) X 16.6” (D) X 53.4” (W). With a choice of keyboard playing settings (hard, medium or soft) to enhance comfort, the piano caters to various finger styles and capabilities during play. The internal memory capacity of the ARIUS YDP-161 is 845 KN and it also provides various functions for the pedals (soft, Damper and Sostenuto). With the availability of three pedals, there is the option of using a half pedal. 25% discount!

The ARIUS YDP-161 delivers a maximum of 128-note polyphony, can transpose (-6 to 0 and 0 to 6), has a metronome range of 32 to 280 (tempo), uses 2 amplifiers (20 W each) and is able to provide a variety of preset songs including fifty piano songs and ten songs for demonstration. Delight in the sound quality from the two oval speakers connected to the piano and measuring 6 cm X 12 cm.


Product Highlights

  • Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard with 88 keys
  • AWM technology and superior sound
  • Sound-sustaining damper pedal and system
  • High-quality tones and nuance effects
  • Touch sensitivity: Soft, Hard, Medium, Fixed


Advanced Wave Memory Sampling – Receive distinct sampling using AWM technology which generates true sound quality. Three levels which provide authentic sound are available on the ARIUS YDP-161

Damper Pedal – The Yamaha ARIUS provides a sustained sound through the use of a damper pedal with includes an effect that generates sound nuances suitable for providing the impression of a deliberate delay as the sound emanates from the piano

Dual Voice Capabilities – With your ARIUS YDP-161, you will be able to generate two sounds from different instruments simultaneously

Recorder – Use the recorder to keep track of your progress and effort. Record songs with two tracks and replay the audio as required. The recorder feature is also great to use for music projects or work in progress and allows others to collaborate on a composition

Keyboard – Designed for high-performance and style, the Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard is smooth to touch and play

Polyphony – While other pianos provide 64-note polyphony, the ARISU YDP-161 provides a 128-note polyphony

Touch Sensitivity – It is possible to select different touch sensitivity options for the piano bases on your comfort levels. These include a soft, hard and medium feel or touch

Voices – Ten voices are included in this piano including Strings, Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Church Organs and Harpsichords


Whether you are, the ARIUS YDP-161 from Yamaha is a suitable instrument to use. Enjoy clear sound from the ARIUS YDP-161 based on the inclusion of an outlet for sound returning from the piano. Also, get the full range of pedal capability with the use of the damper technology included in the piano. A half-pedal response is provides expressiveness of sound, a natural feel and purposeful music production.

Zen Chung

I'm Zen Chung, a piano and violin teacher based out of Plano, Texas. I started this blog because my students (and their parents) kept asking about the best musical instruments to buy online. Look no further I'm here to save the day! 

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