To make matters more interesting, Yamaha makes an entry level portable digital piano called the P45. I have done a review of the P45 here on my blog and it's a nice model, especially for its low price of $449. Rather the totally reinvent the wheel, what Yamaha actually did is take their P45 portable digital piano and simply put it in a basic, more traditional cabinet with built pedals and sliding key cover and called it a new model...YDP103. If you look at the Yamaha specifications on their web site for both models you will see the features are identical. This is nothing new as Yamaha has done this before along with other digital piano manufacturers who have done it to add a new model and save money doing it that way. Using previous technology in a lower priced model and just changing the cabinet and calling it a new model saves them money and gives shoppers more choices which can be a good thing.
At $899 this new model does give Yamaha a slight advantage over the other major brands in that the YDP103 is the lowest priced digital piano in a traditional looking cabinet, although it is certainly more basic in technology than the others. The YDP103 has 64 notes of polyphony processing power instead of 128 or 192. More polyphony is better when playing more complex pieces or layering 2 or more sounds together. The YDP103 is also using an older and less realistic piano sound chip called AWM instead of their newer "Pure CF" piano sampling sound chip found in their portable model P115 as well as in other Arius models including the new YDP143 ($1099 internet price). So when priced is reduced...so are features. You usually don't get something for nothing and that's the case here. In fact if you look at pictures of the YDP103 compared to the YDP143, the YDP143 has a fuller/larger privacy panel backboard as compared to the YDP103 which some people may or may not like. But at $899 it's hard to complain.
Although the YDP103 is a bit more basic in features, has no built in recorder, no audio inputs or outputs, it does have the ability to connect with Yamaha's new "controller iPad app" which allows an iPad to control many of the internal functions of the YDP103 from the iPad touch screen. It's a cool app, looks great, and is intuitive to use. This is something that the portable P45 cannot do as far as I know and this app really does a nice job in making the user experience on the YDP103 a much better one, assuming you have an iPad and can dedicate it to the YDP103 or have use of it when you are playing the piano. The app also works on the YDP143 and YDP163 and a couple of other models including the lower price (and much better) P115 portable digital piano.
Please read my previous review of the P45 & P115 review and then you'll know all about the new new YDP103 in terms of specs and my personal experience playing those pianos. Go to the following link at: Yamaha P45-P115 Review. If it were me, I would instead purchase the Yamaha P115 ($599US price) with optional stand and 3-pedal unit because you'll get way more for the money in terms of piano chip sound quality, features, internal speaker system, and ease of us. The P115 with stand & triple pedal unit would come in at about $150 less than the YDP103, and the P115 is the much better instrument.
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