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Re: Roland DP 990 - Need Advice
Geoffk #1271679 09/20/09 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Geoffk
The touch levels don't matter much at all. Both the DP-990 and HP-207 have 128 levels of touch response (MIDI standard). The difference is that on the DP-990 (and HP-203) there are 5 levels of key sensitivity (i.e. the keyboard is more or less responsive to hard playing). On the HP-207, remarkably, there are 100 levels that this can be set to. But 5 is plenty--I've never even changed it.

The 3 vs. 4-level sample would matter more. Have you confirmed this? The HP-203 also has a 4-level sample, so this is like the HP-201, which is also 3-level. I don't think it would be a huge difference, but 4-level is obviously better.

In general, the HP-207 sounds quite a bit better than the HP-203, because of the better speakers and equalization (and possibly duplex scale also--these are extra harmonics on the high strings). The high end of the keyboard is especially improved, being brilliant on the HP-207 and slightly weak on the HP-203. The larger display, extra sounds and effects (e.g. rotary speaker fast/slow for the organs) are also very nice. I think the HP-207 is definitely worth 1000 $/Euro more, and I'd choose it, if possible. But the DP-990 sounds almost identical to the HP-203, so it should be a solid, nice feeling and sounding DP. Just not *the best*.

Once concern I'd have to play to see is whether the action is like an HP-203 or like an FP-7. Some of Roland's portables and smaller keyboards, although all claiming to have the same PHAII action, feel very different. They feel like the keystroke is "shallow" and "hard-bottoms". If the DP-990 has this "feature", I'd go for an HP model instead.


Has anyone noticed a difference in sound and/or action between the hp203 and the dp990 when playing yet?
Thank you.

Re: Roland DP 990 - Need Advice
mariaristotle #1289414 10/18/09 06:10 PM
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I'm still shopping for my DP, and yesterday I tried out the Rolands DP990 and HP203 side-by-side (well, that's not entirely true because they were in different rooms and I wonder if that made a difference), but I thought the sound on DP990 is richer, especially in the bass. I gathered from this forum that it should be the other way around, but maybe positioning of the speakers makes a difference? On HP203 they are underneath the keyboard and face downwards, whereas on the DP990 they are located on a designated panel and face the front (which is also true for HP207). Perhaps the settings weren't exactly the same on the two pianos, but I definitely played around with them.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

A definite plus of DP990 is its availability through the internet, which makes it cheaper.

On a side note, I also tried the HP207, and the improvement compared to HP203 is very significant! After playing on these I don't really want to look at HP201 anymore, although I had my mind set on getting that one because of budget limitations.

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