Yamaha DGX650WH Review 

 March 3, 2021

By  Zen Chung

for a review of Yamaha DGX 650? You're in the right spot. So let's
begin with the initiation. The significance of a well-crafted, fully
tuned instrument is well known to concert pianists. They also
know the price of such an instrument. This price can be hundreds
of thousands of bucks higher, which brings such a tool out of reach
for those at home searching to fine-tune their craft.

where Yamaha gets in; they offer the value of the concert piano
(without the cost of the concert piano) with their range of house
concert instruments — the Yamaha DGX 650 Digital Piano.




For pianists playing or learning chords, this Yamaha model comes with an
application called Smart Chord. This particular function enhances
‘chord only playing’ by building up each note alongside the

This Yamaha model comes with an implementation called Smart Chord for
pianists practicing or teaching chords. By setting up each note
alongside the pianist, this specific feature enhances “chord play

This will make the performer sound like a professional, even though
they just start learning chords and playing chords. Smart Chord will
finish the pianist's full chord with a single stroke of a button.
Smart Chord steps in to help finish the player's sound, whether it's
a basic pop triad or complicated 7th and 9th chords of jazz.

This function also offers something called Accompaniment Styles that ends
the remaining of the "group," allowing the pianist to play


Similar to the Yamaha DGX 650-B Digital, from Yamaha's known CFIIIS
performance suite, the Yamaha DGX 650 was "sampled." This
model features a color shift and offers a running board so that a
3-pedal unit can be installed.

This avoids pedaling while playing the piano and contributes to the
feeling of the acoustic grand piano. The pianist can also use this
instrument to record multiple musical parts without leaving the offer
of specialist sound acoustic pianos. This instrument can still be
moved from room to room, although not classified as a portable piano,
giving the pianist the ability to practice in whatever room they
choose or move it to a recording room or studio without too much


The USB Audio Recording and Playback feature is also accessible with this
version. The pianist can record plays or uncompressed MIDI tracks
which, while using the USB Audio Recorder, guarantees the transfer of
CD audio performance to a USB flash drive. So whatever the pianist
chooses to record, it can be passed on to other media. The documents
can be transferred to an audio CD, distributed internet, or performed
via a portable music player after a recording has been completed.

Additionally, once the songs have been transferred to a computer; they can be
downloaded onto an mp3 or iPod, and be taken on the go. The pianist
now playback uncompressed WAV files stored on the USB flash drive.


Mother distinctive feature of this specific Yamaha model is the Auxiliary
Line Input, which gives the pianist the capacity to connect any
machine with a line input (Definition: one or more connectors or
terminals from which a signal output is supplied).

In other words, a headphone style jack.) This includes mobile devices
(phones, tablets and the like), mixers, and computers. Even other
keyboards (pianos) can be connected. Once any of the above systems
have been plugged in, the sound will pass through the internal
speakers that are straight integrated into the PureCF piano.

This includes mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.), mixers, and
computers. Other keyboards (pianos) can also be connected.

After connecting any of the above systems, the user can then combine, lay,
record and move songs, and discover fresh music parts.


Actually, the piano is a percussion instrument, which implies getting a lot of
weight behind the buttons, or "power" behind them. This
provides the pianist a way to really punch those points and
contribute to their output some weight. The pianist is needed to
practice comparable power with an acoustic piano by possessing a
completely weighted keyboard (GHS action).

They are also "touch sensitive" keys – a lighter key hit will
generate a softer sound, a stronger sound will be produced by a
stronger contact. It also offers an acoustic experience for the user;
not only in sound performance, but often only an acoustic instrument
can give the “grand piano pleasure”. 


The Yamaha DGX 650 is also available with a polyphony of 128-note.
Polyphony is defined on an electrical keyboard by "the amount of
notes or voices that can be played simultaneously without losing the
quality of tone or notes." While there may be 88 keys in a
keyboard, the polyphony may be lower or higher.

In particular, polyphony relates to certain individual notes / tones
that can be produced by a piano. By selecting a 128 polyphony
electronic keyboard, sufficient horsepower will be available to
accomplish what is known as a "dropout-free" output, while
providing the capacity to lay various voices, and playing two-handed
— continuous chords.

This feature can then be combined with another feature called ' Smart
Chord, ' which provides a well-rounded acoustic experience for the


There are a few elements to this specific feature. First, it teaches the
singer to perform by dividing up songs into individual parts like
pitch and rhythm; afterwards, the program reconstructs the songs once

This implies that the pianist can only exercise one side of a song while
the other is played by the DGX 650. There is also a Waiting Mode that
stops the accompaniment until the player performs the notes on the
display of the score. Your Tempo Mode will monitor and modify the
tempo depending on the precision of the pianist.

And finally, Minus One Mode enables the pianist, from start to finish, to
play the piano segment and then give the player a performance-based


The Yamaha DGX 650's ultimate feature is the "You Are the Mist"
Series. This request provides the user the opportunity to play
professionally organized, play along with music, along with Hal
Leonard's songbooks. If, from the comfort of their own home, the
musician dreams of "playing the greats," this request is a
great tool to accomplish that.

This feature gives the pianist the chance to become Elton John, Adele,
Taylor Swift and many others. Or, this is a perfect way to encourage
said classes for just starling out in their classes. In brief, the
series "You Are the Mist" is a beautiful way to display
different piano songs, styles, the skill of the pianist and more.

The Good Stuff

  • Capable of installing a 3 Pedal Unit, it acts as a stationary acoustic piano.
  • Ability to link different equipment to improve playback and recording.
  • Weighted keys offering an acoustic piano feel.
  • Excellent speaker sound.

The Bad Stuff

  • The buttons and the piano itself will "creak" after a while.
  • Not portable: moving/setup will require two individuals: it can complicate the initial installation.

What is included in the box?

Power supply, keyboard, stand, music stand, and owner's handbook. The
client will also want to buy a sustain pedal. Either the 3-pedal unit
FC4 or LP7. The Three-Pedal Unit provides extra play choices, but its
capacity to conn to the piano is the most significant characteristic,
preventing it from slipping around.

Will it be necessary to buy a seat independently from the piano?

Yes, this specific model requires an individually bought bench.

Is it possible to plug in an mp3 player or iPod and listen to both music
and piano at once?

Yes, at the same time as practicing the piano, a device can be plugged in
and used.

Is the stand included?

Yes, the stand comes with the piano. Pedal and Bench, however, must be
bought individually.

Does it record?

Yes, the user can record onto a USB flash drive.

How much does it weigh without the stand?

The keyboard alone is 10 ounces, 49 pounds. The stand weight is 65
pounds, one ounce.

Is this the follow-up model to the 640?

Yes, this is the next model up.

How does the sound quality compare with the P-1057?

The sound is very comparable, possibly a bit bigger. This model's primary
benefits are found in the "extras." I.E. More sound
programs, plug-in capacity in different systems, etc.

Bottom Line

Finally, the Yamaha DGX 650 Digital Piano is an ideal buy at home for those searching for the performance of the concert piano.

This Yamaha digital piano provides a wide range of characteristics
intended to fit every need, from beginner to professional, playing at
home alone, or recording for the masses. From the capacity to use
mobile devices, pcs, and additional keyboards to enhance the
experience of piano play, to a weighted keyboard with an acoustic
piano touch.

Lastly, it is important to make a note of the need for a pedal, and an adjustable bench in order to complete the concert
piano ensemble. For anyone performing on a symphonic or concert
stage, the significance of a well-crafted instrument is essential.

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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