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Better than Yamaha DGX 660 #2720211
03/10/18 04:33 AM
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Dear friends

Need your assistance

I wanna get a portable digital piano with

- graded hammer touch
- microphone input jack
- abilities of an arranger

The Yamaha DGX 660 has these abilities. But I don't know if there is any other and better product that I can look into.

Please suggest

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Re: Better than Yamaha DGX 660 [Re: VMK] #2720227
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Some full and partial matches:

- Roland FP80, more or less discontinued, can still be found as new perhaps, has arranger features and microphone input with effects, could be "better" than the Yamaha
- Casio Privia PX-560, has only "audio-in" so maybe not suitable for all/any microphones
- Korg Havian 30, has no audio input at all but apparently good arranger features
- Medeli SP-4200 and its variants under other brands, has a microphone input and arranger features, but is probably even not as good as the Yamaha
- Roland's recent portable pianos (FP30, FP60, FP90) have arranger features available with a free iOS/Android app.
- Likewise Dexibell's pianos offer arranger features with a separate iOS app. They seem to have audio inputs, but I don't know if they are suitable for microphones. The Vivo P series have speakers and Vivo S series are stage pianos.

Re: Better than Yamaha DGX 660 [Re: VMK] #2720248
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Roland FP50 was the "little sister" model of FP50, but has no mic input apparently. And not all the latest FP models have a mic input either. FP90 does.

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And of course Kawai ES8 has arranger functions, but just an "audio input" and might not work for microphones.

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Re: Better than Yamaha DGX 660 [Re: VMK] #2720394
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I reckon you're stuck with the 660. It is made for the job, but if and when you outgrow it, you'll need a workstation set up with all the stuff that entails. Or a CVP Clavinova that even a rhinocerous wouldn't love . . .


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Hi Peterws... how u doin

Yes at this point the DGX 660 can do the job.
Since my budget is somewhere around $3000 Do you suggest to go straigt forward and buy a decent workstation?... like Korg Kronos for example...?

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Hi VMK! If you are looking for a workstation why do you even have an entry-level DP/portable keyboard like the DGX 660 on your list? Your original post states that you want arranger capabilities. The Korg Kronos is a workstation, not an arranger - although it can be programmed to match several features of an arranger. Keyboards like the Korg Pa4x and the Yamaha Genos are arrangers. However, the Kronos, Pa4x and Genos along with the equivalent models from Roland, Kurzweil, and others are not just "decent" keyboards but top-tier models. So, if you are even considering a basic DGX 660 then these keyboards may be overkill for you and also above your budget. It all depends on what you are looking for...

Re: Better than Yamaha DGX 660 [Re: clothearednincompo] #2720757
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Originally Posted by clothearednincompo
Some full and partial matches:

- Roland FP80, more or less discontinued, can still be found as new perhaps, has arranger features and microphone input with effects, could be "better" than the Yamaha
- Casio Privia PX-560, has only "audio-in" so maybe not suitable for all/any microphones
- Korg Havian 30, has no audio input at all but apparently good arranger features
- Medeli SP-4200 and its variants under other brands, has a microphone input and arranger features, but is probably even not as good as the Yamaha
- Roland's recent portable pianos (FP30, FP60, FP90) have arranger features available with a free iOS/Android app.
- Likewise Dexibell's pianos offer arranger features with a separate iOS app. They seem to have audio inputs, but I don't know if they are suitable for microphones. The Vivo P series have speakers and Vivo S series are stage pianos.


Quick correction here, the PX-560 also has line in which can be used for microphones.

That said, the PX-5S is a bit cheaper and has more arranger capabilities, I believe. But I have a PX-560 and love how intuitive it is to use. They are also both much lighter than the Yamaha at circa 25 lb compared to 46.

Last edited by napilopez; 03/12/18 03:56 PM.

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